SIXTY-FIVE new venues will be taking part in Independent Venue Week (IVW), which pays homage to the work of grassroots venues and aims to increase their profile.
In all, more than 160 venues from across the UK will be joining the event as IVW reaches its fifth edition, between 29 January to 4 February, 2018.
To mark the milestone IVW held a launch event at London’s 100 Club (cap. 350), which will hold seven nights of live music during the week.
“We’ve gone from having 17 venues in 2014 and it’s a chance to get more people going to gigs,” IVW founder Sybil Bell tells LIVE UK.
Venues taking part include Leicester’s Dryden Street Social (450), Bury’s The MET (220) and London’s Troxy (3,050), with Arts Council England (ACE) helping fund IVW and PRS For Music and Help Musicians UK among its supporters.
“These venues are the hubs from which the bands that eventually play the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury [140,000] come from,” says 100 Club owner Jeff Horton. “They are a vital cog if live music is going to continue to flourish.”