Returning for its seventh consecutive year, Independent Venue Week is a seven day celebration of independent music venues around the UK, championing the venue’s importance to the nation’s culture and identity through those that own, work and play in them. IVW will take place from Monday 27 January - Sunday 2 February 2020.

To further celebrate the fruitful live music scene in the UK, IVW will be releasing their second vinyl-only live album on Friday 24 January, featuring a collection of standout acts from 2019’s Independent Venue Week. Independent Venue Week Live 19 includes live recordings captured across 2019’s installment of IVW, from artists including : Cancer Bats, John Paul, Pip Blom, Public Service Broadcasting, Rozi Plain, Talk Show, The Blinders, This Is The Kit along with the live performance of the poem written by Dom Frazer from the Boileroom, recorded at the IVW launch in November 2019.

J. Willgoose Esq, Public Service Broadcasting, says -

“We loved playing Independent Venue Week in 2019 - we're still very used to playing small rooms, especially on the continent, but it's been a while since we played venues like the Adelphi and the Trades Club here in the UK and it made for a great atmosphere.”

Limited to only 250 units, the double gatefold, 180g record will be released by I like The Sound Of That, the label of IVW’s commercial arm on Friday 24th January 2020 and only available in UK stores or online here for £16 (+P&P).

Funded in partnership with Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, Creative Scotland, BBC 6 Music, BBC Sounds, Fred Perry, Harman, Musicians Union, PPL, PRS For Music, Yamaha and Yorkshire Tea and with over 230 venues across the UK signed up to take part, these independent venues have given artists their first live platforms, they have given fans their first experience of live music, and they have inspired careers within the music industry on and off stage. Independent venues are at the beginning of each journey and a host of incredible musicians, crew and gig-goers will come together to celebrate their grass roots in a week long celebration of independent venues.

Following the announcement of Independent Venue Week 2020 Ambassador, Mercury Prize nominated musician, Anna Calvi (UK) at a launch event in London in November 2019, Anna said “As an artist who spent many years developing my art in small venues across the UK, it’s such a pleasure to be named the ambassador of Independent Venue Week 2020”

“At a time where independent venues continue to provide a vital platform in every artist’s career, yet still struggle to keep their doors open, it’s more important than ever for every artist, no matter what size, to continue our support and be vocal about their vitality.”

For the first time, there are two additional Ambassadors for the nations, BBC Radio 1 presenter, Huw Stephens (Wales) and BBC Radio Scotland presenter, Vic Galloway (Scotland).

For full event listings please visit:



1. Dom Frazer - Poem, 229 The Venue, London
2. The Blinders - Brave New World, The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
3. IST IST - Preacher’s Warning, The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
4. John Paul - This Is England, 100 Club, London
5. Cancer Bats - Winterpeg, 100 Club, London


1. Public Service Broadcasting - Theme From PSB, The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
2. Pip Blom - I Think I’m In Love, The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
3. Rozi Plain - Symmetrical, Green Door Store, Brighton
4. This Is The Kit - Moonshine Freeze, Green Door Store, Brighton
5. Talk Show - Banshee, Peckham Audio, London