Independent Venue Week 2020 starts today: complete guide to the gigs and what’s on


The crowd at Sound City 2019

Independent Venue Week has arrived, with a line-up as varied and individual as each venue, Getintothis’ Steven Doherty has all the latest news.

Independent Venue Week starts today and will see hundreds of venues across the UK take part.

And tonight sees a few early highlights, with The Heavy North playing Phase One as well as Henrio at Some Place and Jack Perrett at Manchester’s Castle Hotel.

The Zanzibar, which is reopening in time for the week ahead, have announced details of a special showing of the special IVW documentary Long And Winding Road on January 28.

Long and Winding Road celebrates and explores the eclectic, dynamic and magical world of independent music venues

Contributors to the feature documentary include Nadine Shah, Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), IDLES, and many more.

Limited to just 80 lucky ticke tholders, it’s free admission.

And it’s not just locally where big things are afoot.

6 Music’s Steve Lamacq, a massive advocate of the event, starts a week presenting his show from different venues with various special guests.

The Courteeners – Kevin Barrett

Here’s everything that’s going on this week:


The Heavy North: Liverpool Phase One, January 27
Henrio: Liverpool Some Place, January 27
Jack Perrett: Manchester Castle Hotel, January 27
Avalanche Party: Liverpool Phase One, January 28
Yr Ods, Papur Wal: Jacaranda, Liverpool, January 28
Maddie Stenberg: Liverpool Craft Taproom, January 28

Liverpool gig guide: Sleep Token, The Heavy North, Poison Point, Ali Horn and more

Amelia Wallace: Liverpool Some Place, January 28
Munkey Junkey: Liverpool Some Place, January 29
Sky Valley Mistress: The Jacaranda, Liverpool, January 29
Gruff Rhys: Lancaster Priory, January 30
Ali Horn: Liverpool Handyman, January 30
Roam: Liverpool Phase One, January 30
Della Mae: Bury Met, January 30
Deja Vega: Northwich Salty Dog, January 30
Espedairs, Reclaim Vienna, Kula Bay, Evan Kirwan: Liverpool EBGB’s, January 31
Turin Brakes: Bury Met, January 31
Mai 68 Records Takeover: Liverpool Craft Taproom, January 31
Silent K: Liverpool Handyman, January 31

Whyte Horses reveal UK tour calling Liverpool Arts Club: watch Ça Plane Pour Moi video

Eli Smart: Liverpool Some Place, January 31
Skeleton Key Takeover: Liverpool Phase One, January 31
Big Bambora: Liverpool Zanzibar, February 1
Dirty Laces: Liverpool Handyman, February 1
Man Of Moon: Manchester Castle Hotel, February 1
Egyptian Blue, Sinead O’Brien: Birkenhead Library, February 2
Astles: Liverpool Some Place, February 2

Jimmy’s name Liverpool basement venue The Cabin

Other UK IVW gigs:

January 27:
Peaness: Leicester Firebug
Nadine Shah: Newcastle Cluny
Pigs x7: Sunderland Independent

January 28:
Giant Drag: Glasgow Hug And Pint
Self Esteem: Sheffield Leadmill

January 29:
Squid: London Brixton Windmill
Warmduscher: Stoke Sugarmill
Faux Pas: York Victoria Vaults
Gruff Rhys: Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach

Bloodstock – Chris Everett

January 30:
Toy: Bedford Esquires
Indoor Pets: Guildford Boileroom
Mik Artistik: Halifax Square Chapel
Frank Turner: Exeter Cavern

January 31:
Girl Ray: Margate Elsewhere
Stereo MC’s: Darlington Forum
Marsicans: Huddersfield Parrish
The Ninth Wave: Edinburgh Summerhall
B.C Camplight: Bedford Esquires
Ist Ist: Halifax Lantern
Geneva: Brighton Komedia
Anna Calvi: London Brixton Windmill

February 1:
Frauds: Leicester Soundhouse
Honeyblood: Galasheils Mac Arts
Nova Twins: Cardiff The Moon
IDLES (DJ Set): Stafford RedRum
She Drew The Gun: Halifax Lantern
False Advertising: Keighley Exchange

February 2:
Shed Seven: Leeds Wardrobe
JOHN: Guildford Boileroom
Raging Speedhorn: Blackpool Waterloo Music Bar




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