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The fourth US edition of Independent Venue Week will run in the US from July 12–21, 2021 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 ...

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Independent Venue Week debuts "On The Road" Documentary featuring members of Radiohead, Portishead, IDLES, and more

'On The Road With Independent Venue Week' will make its stateside debut on Friday, January 29 at 9 pm EST. All funds from the US screening will benefit the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund as venues nationwide await federal aid via the Save Our Stages Act


This week, Independent Venue Week premieres its highly anticipated feature-length documentary, On The Road With Independent Venue Week. With appearances and interviews from members of IDLES, Pink Floyd, Portishead, Radiohead, and more, the film takes music fans on an intimate journey to the stages that act as the beating heart of the UK's independent live music scene and share the stories of those who run, work, and play in them.

On Friday, January 29 at 9 PM EST, the film will make its stateside debut via a digital screening event. Following this special screening, a pre-recorded Q&A from Monday, January 25th filmed as part of Independent Venue Week in the UK will be showcased to viewers of the feature documentary. This exclusive Q&A features Philip Selway (Radiohead), Adrian Utley (Portishead), Dom Fraser (The Boileroom), Rebecca Walker (The Leadmill), Nathan Clark (The Brudenell Social Club Leeds) Big Jeff (Bristol), and Sybil Bell (IVW Founder) hosted by Matt Everett (BBC 6 Music).

Admissions for the screening start at $3, which grants fans access to view both the full documentary and its companion prerecorded Q&A following the film's runtime. All monies raised from admissions and additional donations will go to benefit the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund to aid ailing rooms nationwide as they await federal aid via the Save Our Stages Act. 

Tickets go sale on Monday, January 25 at 6:00 PM ET, available for purchase HERE


About The Documentary

On The Road with Independent Venue Week is a feature documentary filmed over two years, including the 2018 and 2019 Independent Venue Week celebrations, taking you on a very special journey to independent live music venues across the UK, meeting those who run, work, and play in them.

Contributors to the feature documentary include Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Adrian Utley (Portishead), Fatboy Slim, Nadine Shah, IDLES, Gaz Coombes, Novelist, Richard Hawley, Talk Show, Pip Blom, Big Jeff, and more.

The documentary was filmed on location at the following venues and includes interviews with owners and operators there; The New Adelphi Club – Hull,  The 100 Club – London, The Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, The Trades Club – Hebden Bridge,  The Boileroom – Guildford, Moles Club – Bath, The Leadmill – Sheffield, John Peel Centre – Stowmarket, The Met – Bury,  Bush Hall – London,  The Cookie – Leicester & Others

After gathering footage during #IVW18 and throughout the rest of that year, the Independent Venue Week team hit the road with Philip Selway for #IVW19, visiting places that were instrumental in the early days of Radiohead.

Speaking about his week on tour, Selway said, “Going on the road trip for Independent Venue Week, I was able to reconnect with the venues and people that I came across in the early days of touring with Radiohead. It gave me a greater insight into the highly motivated and inspirational communities that make these venues happen. They truly are the backbone and wellspring of music in the UK.” 

The passion and stories captured in the film truly reflect the love there is for these venues. Selway spoke with owners, artists, and promoters along with local people involved in their scene, including audiences, to understand how important these venues are to everyone that comes through their doors.

Sybil Bell, Founder Independent Venue Week Founder said, “Over the last 8 years of planning and running Independent Venue Week, we have met some incredible people who own and run venues all around the country. Their support of artists, live music, and their local communities means everything to them."


About Independent Venue Week

Independent Venue Week is a seven-day celebration of independently owned music venues that runs across the US. Having started in the UK in 2014, Independent Venue Week brings together venues, rising and established artists, promoters, labels, media, and tastemakers to create an international series of gigs. The annual event, which Marauder produces in America, provides collective media exposure drawing attention to the venues and key programming on both local and national levels. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Independent Venue Week raised money for the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund to help ensure the survival of independent venues through 2020 while also celebrating their independence. Independent Venue Week 2021 will run July 12 - 18 in the US and independent venues and promoters can sign up to participate HERE

About NIVA Emergency Relief Fund 

The NIVA Emergency Relief Fund is a tax-deductible way for individuals, companies, and foundations to contribute. The NIVA ERF directly supports the preservation of the independent live entertainment ecosystem that presents music, comedy, and the performing arts, helping these critical spaces survive through the Coronavirus pandemic. ​Individuals, foundations, businesses, and organizations that are interested in contributing to the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund should visit ​