Halfway through Independent Venue Week, it's worth a reminder why this event is so important.
There are over twice as many people involved as last year after its launch in 2014 and it's only getting busier, with artists like Tim Burgess (who has a show at Night & Day in Manchester on 31 January) and Wolf Alice, who tell The Independent that these venues are where artists “cut their teeth”, getting involved which organisers say has been a "real boost".
“Getting artists on board is a pleasure,” Independent Venue Week's founder Sybil Bell says. "Independent Venue Week is less of a campaign, and more of a celebration of the venues that are there."
Jeff Horton, of London's legendary 100 Club, says a high cost of rent led to a worrying time for the venue, but they simply cannot move. “The stage has been there since 1964, we've had everyone from Muddy Waters to the Rolling Stones to the Sex Pistols playing there.”
“We [ venue managers] are cut from the same cloth - we do this because we love it,” he adds. “A lot of people now are full of self-entitlement, and for us who run independent venues I think we've got a role to play in putting a stop to that. There's not enough places for young people to let loose and get rid of that energy diving into a mosh pit."
Music festivals guide 2016
Music festivals guide 2016
Where: Bansko Ski Resort, Bulgaria When: 12-17 March Price: From £175 Line Up: Âme, Goldie, Nina Kraviz, John Talabot, Lady Leshurr, Craig Charles
2/20 Live At Leeds
Where: Leeds, UK When: 30 April Price: £32.50 Line Up: Jess Glynne, Circa Waves, Mystery Jets, Band of Skulls, We Are Scientists
3/20 Primavera Sound
Where: Barcelona, Spain When: 1-5 June Price: €175 Line Up: Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Sigur Rós, PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, Beach House, Suede, The Last Shadow Puppets
4/20 Best Kept Secret
Where: Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands When: 17-19 June Price: €147.50 Line Up: Beck, Editors, Two Door Cinema Club, Beach House, Bloc Party, Caribou, Half Moon Run
Best Kept Secret Festival
Where: Worthy Farm, Somerset When: 22-26 June Price: £220 Line Up: Coldplay, Muse, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, PJ Harvey, Jess Glynne (TBC)
Where: Copenhagen, Denmark When: 25 June-2 July Price: 2,020 DKK Line Up: LCD Soundsystem, New Order, PJ Harvey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foals, Tame Impala, Savages, Skepta, Tenacious D
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7/20 Hideout Festival
Where: Zrce Beach, Croatia When: 26-30 June Price: From £152.90 Line Up: The Martinez Brothers, Joris Voorn, Waze & Odyssey
8/20 Bilbao BBK
Where: Bilbao, Spain When: 7-9 July Price: From £69 Line Up: Arcade Fire, Pixies, Tame Impala, Foals, New Order, Hot Chip, Father John Misty, Years & Years, Wolf Alice
Where: Gdynia, Poland When: 29 July-2 August Price: From €130 Line Up: Bastille, Florence + the Machine, Foals, LCD Soundsystem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The 1975, The Last Shadow Puppets, Wiz Khalifa
10/20 Electric Love
Where: Plainfeld, Austria When: 7-9 July Price: €119 Line Up: Alesso, Zedd, Tiesto, Chase & Status, Steve Aoki, Knife Party
Where: Ferropolis, Germany When: 15-17 July Price: From €136 Line Up: Two Door Cinema Club, Disclosure, Jamie xx, Sleaford Mods, Skepta, Jamie Woon
Where: Budapest, Hungary When: 10-17 August Price: From €215 Line Up: Bastille, Bloc Party, M83, Sigur Ros, Bring Me the Horizon
Where: Helsinki, Finland When: 12-14 August Price: €165 Line Up: Sia, New Order, The Last Shadow Puppets, Jamie xx, M83, Chvrches, Four Tet, Stormzy, Daughter, The Kills
Flow Festival / Jussi Hellsten
14/20 Rock En Seine
Where: Paris, France When: 26-28 August Price: From €119 Line Up: TBC
Where: Marrakech, Morocco When: 16-18 September Price: From €110 Line Up: Bicep, Derrick May, Tale of Us, Dixon, Dusky, Hunee
Where: Henham Park, Suffolk When: 14-17 July Price: £205.50 Line Up: The Maccabees, The National, New Order, John Grant, Beirut, Father John Misty, Chvrches, Grimes
Where: Robin Hill, Isle of Wight When: 8-11 September Price: £190 Line Up: The Cure, Major Lazer, Hot Chip, Fatboy Slim, Craig David, Years & Years, Wolf Alice, Tourist, Katy B
18/20 Isle of Wight
Where: Newport, Isle of Wight When: 9-12 June Price: From £186 Line Up: Queen + Adam Lambert, Stereophonics, Faithless, Iggy Pop, Adam Ant, Buzzcocks, Sigma, Jess Glynne
Where: Victoria Park, London When: 17 July Price: From £54 Line Up: Sigur Rós, Caribou, Lianne La Havas, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
20/20 End of the Road
Where: Larmer Tree Gardens When: 2-4 September Price: £195 Line Up: Joanna Newsom, The Shins, Animal Collective, Bat for Lashes, Teenage Fanclub, Devendra Banhart, Savages, Cat's Eyes
James Gillet of Mallory Knox - one of the bands performing during IVW, says: “I think Independent Venue Week is such an important event not just to help raise awareness for the smaller independently run venues, but to actually get people through the door. These venues are like hidden gems. Some people may not even realise they have one right on their doorstep.
"Hopefully it will help people realise how important these venues are to the music industry as a whole too. Most of your favourite bands will have gone through at least one of these venues in the rise of their career. They didn't just start out playing to thousands of people in arenas. Without these venues, bands and artists wouldn't have the platform they need to actually get their music out there. In the long run, that could be the death of live music or at the very least, the death of new music. Social media can only do so much, bands need to be seen live to really connect with people.”
And a representative for The Leadmill in Sheffield says: “So many bands and artists have given us some incredible moments on our stages and I've only been here for 6 years of those. One of my favourite shows of recent times would have to be the sell out Royal Blood gig on Halloween 2014. This was just after they broke through and the show was packed out. It was Halloween, so the band asked that every one dressed as skeletons, which about 80% did, and the record label send the guys a surprise present of a real life size coffin! They wanted to incorporate the coffin into the set so they asked our staff if they would carry Mike Kerr through the crowd inside of the coffin during the opening number - it was one of the most surreal moments of my career at the Leadmill, watching a sea of skeletons part to make way for a coffin. The guys then went into one of the most incredible sets I've ever seen on that stage.
"In an age of economic uncertainty and free and easily accessible music, independent and small venues can be easily forgotten and overlooked. However, small independent venues are the life blood of the music industry in developing and nurturing young and emerging talent. Without these venues taking the risks, there would be nowhere for the arena bands of tomorrow to grow! IVW puts a spotlight on those venues and reminds music lovers of why they are so special and why they should be supported."
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