"Supporting independent music venues is a cool thing to do, so it's very exciting that a whole week [is] dedicated to doing just that...The long and short of it, then, is that you get to go to a bunch of good shows and feel warm and fuzzy for supporting a worthy cause."—Noisey
"The IVW initiative is essentially uniting the small dark rooms above, below and behind pubs that we all did a lot of growing up in. They're the places where most musicians have their first gig, learn how to work a crowd, and earn your undying love and respect as they climb the ladder of success."—i-D
"Independent Venues are all crucial for the musical development of the UK because they provide local artists with places to hone their show skills and a window to other musical worlds when a tour hits town..."—Colin Greenwood of Radiohead
Independent Venue Week US has announced its first confirmed venues and shows across the country partaking in its upcoming debut edition. Following a half-decade of massive success in its home region of the UK, Independent Venue Week will make its US debut July 9-15 in venues across the country. The American version will launch with a limited number of venues, echoing how the event was originally introduced to the UK. An alphabetically ordered list of founding cities, venues, dates, and performers is below, with more to be announced.
Date: City - Venue (Artist)
July 9: Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry/First Avenue (Cut Worms) - Tickets
July 9: Boston, MA - The Middle East (Zonez, Blueberry Syrup, Mokamazo) - Tickets
July 10: Berkeley, CA - The UC Theatre (Neurosis) - Tickets
July 10: Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live (Bombino) - Tickets
July 11: Dallas, TX - Deep Ellum Art Co. (Lev) - Tickets
July 11: Los Angeles, CA - The Echo (Liily) - Tickets
July 11: Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge (Jeremy Enigk) - Tickets
July 12: Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom (Falling Stars) - Tickets
July 12: New York, NY - Pianos (Night Screams, Grim Streaker, Dead Stars, more) - Tickets
July 12: Seattle, WA - The Crocodile (Phoebe Bridgers) - Tickets
July 13: Chicago, IL - Schubas (TV Girl) - Tickets
July 13: Jersey City, NJ - White Eagle Hall (The Get Up Kids) - Tickets
July 13: Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge/The High Watt (Western Medication) - Tickets
July 13: Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls (The Lone Bellow) - Tickets
July 14: Austin, TX - Mohawk (Deafheaven) - Tickets
July 14: Nederland, CO - Caribou Room (Flow Tribe) - Tickets
July 14: San Francisco, CA - Cafe du Nord (Brigid Mae Power) - Tickets
July 15: Durham, NC - Motorco (River Whyless) - Tickets
July 15: St. Paul, MN - The Turf Club/First Avenue (Unsane) - Tickets
July 15: Washington, DC - 9:30 Club (The Get Up Kids) - Tickets
Full show details including ticket links to be updated at Independent Venue Week's website.
Independent Venue Week officially welcomes Eventbrite and Songtrust as founding year partners for the US launch. Eventbrite partners with over 2,000 of the top independent promoters, venues and festivals across North America, and along with bringing leading technology to the live music space, the company demonstrates a fierce commitment to the independent live music community both in the US and abroad. Songtrust provides a technology platform for music publishing and royalty collection services to help songwriters, artists, managers, labels and publishers simplify music rights management.
Independent Venue Week, which debuted in the UK in 2014, is a celebration of, a display of gratitude for, and a series of shows in independently run music venues. It gives a nod to the people that own, run, and work in them day in, day out to bring the very best new live talent to eager audiences. The fifth UK Independent Venue Week, which this year saw BBC Music make official their support as its broadcasting partner, took place in late January and early February; Independent Venue Week US was announced concurrently.
Independent Venue Week's founder, Sybil Bell, says of the US debut:
"It’s so exciting to see the first edition of Independent Venue Week in the US come together. We’ve been talking with the brilliant team at Marauder for a few years about making this happen. The list of founding venues announced so far is so strong. It feels like this is the perfect foundation to celebrate these spaces all across the US, with more amazing venues to be announced. As we celebrated our 5th birthday in the UK this year with a ten-fold increase in participating venues from year one, we hope we can expand in the US in the same way. It sets the scene to make this a true celebration of venues globally over the coming years."
Marauder is producing and promoting the American event from scratch. Managing partner/Co-founder Rev. Moose says:
"We are humbled to have such outstanding venues as part of the inaugural American event. The owners and operators of these independently owned venues face daily challenges unique to their spaces. We look at the American launch of Independent Venue Week as a chance to celebrate these people that are the cornerstones of their individual communities. The success of the UK event is a glowing model that shows the potential of what can be done on American soil. This upcoming week of special events is a great way to refocus people's attention on the rooms that build musical careers."
Andrew Dreskin, President of Eventbrite’s music division and Co-Founder of Ticketfly, on partnering with the US Edition:
"As a trusted partner to a tight knit community of 2,000 of the top independent music venues and promoters across North America, Eventbrite could not be a more perfect partner for Independent Venue Week. We're excited to get behind an initiative that will drive more people to go out and see great live music, and to support their local venues and promoters."
About Independent Venue Week
Independent Venue Week is launching in the US from July 9–15, 2018 to unite venues, rising and established artists, promoters, labels, media, and tastemakers across a nationwide series of gigs. This is a unique live music project that, although it runs across the whole United States, has a completely local feel—there’s nothing else like it.
These are the venues that continue to give artists the early experience of playing live in front of an audience. For fans, these are the venues to get up close to artists that, one day, may well be playing stadiums. And for the working industry, these are the venues where new talent gets discovered and behind-the-scenes careers are fostered. Independent venues are the backbone of the live music scene, and Independent Venue Week annually recognizes all that they have done to create some of the most memorable nights of the past so they can continue to do the same in the future.
The project has shown impressive growth in its first five iterations hosted in the UK. It works with lots of venues not just in major markets but, just as importantly, venues in secondary and tertiary locations. Artists at all levels support the project, as independent venues are where any credible performer hones their craft. Performing artists don’t need an active release to be involved with Independent Venue Week; most are just happy to give back to the spaces that gave them a start.
Independent Venue Week is a platform providing considerable exposure to venues across the country. Participating venues in the UK have said that not only do they love the extra foot traffic, new contacts, and the chance to build relationships with new partners including agents, labels, artists, promoters and media, but that for this week they feel part of a collective rather than just operating in isolation.
Extensive previous press coverage of the UK event can be found here with an explanation of the statistics. In addition, Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Music Tour can be found on the BBC’s website.
For more information, visit Independent Venue Week's website.