DUE TO THE LOCKDOWN MEASURES PUT IN PLACE BY THE GOVERNMENT EARLIER THIS MONTH AND ONGOING UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDING THE PANDEMIC, WE ARE DEEPLY SORRY THAT THE INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK SHOWS SCHEDULED FOR LATER THIS MONTH ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO GO AHEAD AS PLANNED AND THE VENUE WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. FORTUNATELY, ALMOST ALL THE SHOWS HAVE BEEN RESCHEDULED* AND TICKETS WILL REMAIN VALID FOR THE NEW DATES BELOW:
Thu 8th April: Tomfoolery
Sun 11th April: Jack Cullen
Mon 12th April: Chartreuse
Tue 13th April: Mysie
Wed 28th April: SCORS
Sun 30th May: April
Tickets remain available to purchase HERE
- Due to social distancing measures in place, we will be operating a reduced capacity, with tickets limited to 52 people per show.
- *The MarthaGunn show has been moved to Lafayette London
In celebration of Independent Venue week (25th Jan - 31st Jan), we’ll be celebrating music venues around the uk, the staff that work in them, be that: venue managers, programmers, promoters, sound engineers, bar staff, and the gig goers that fill those holding spaces for creativity.
The singular, independent moments created in these venues are a shared experience for any music lover. We’ve all had that gig which has moved us in an indescribable and transformative way, for which these venues play a fundamental and irreplaceable role.
Although Independent Venue Week can no longer go ahead on the week that was originally planned, we still felt it was important to shine a light on the artists who intended to play here and share some of the moments which independent venues have provided a vessel for.
So to celebrate and show solidarity with these special places, we’d like to share with you some of these moments as told by some of the artists who were set to take to our stage, accompanied by the tracks which defined the moments for them. Enjoy.
Show: Ninet Tayeb @ Unknown Venue, Berlin
Track: Find My Love
“When I was 18, I was on a trip around Europe with my best friend Rishi. One evening in Berlin, he excitedly told me he had tickets to see this incredible artist named Ninet Tayeb, in a really small and hidden away venue and that I had to trust him and ask no questions. Rishi is a purveyor of all things dark and loud and I knew I was in for a treat of an evening.
We had one problem, the tickets were stored on the falling apart iPhone of Rishi’s which died while we were in the queue to the venue. Too far away from where we were staying to go back and make it in time, we ran through the streets of Berlin looking for places to sell an iPhone 4 charger which even then was outdated and not a common thing to find. Eventually we found one, and sat perched on a bucket in the back of a dimly lit German / Korean fusion food restaurant while we waited for the phone to gather enough charge to get back to the venue and show the bouncer our tickets.
We got in, and thank God we did because Ninet was a powerhouse and one of the best people you could ever hope to see live. The performance shook me to my core. The music was the embodiment of beauty intermingled with primal rage and so packed with energy from the musicians, it was totally glorious. This is one of the reasons I hold small, intimate venues so dear and am so proud to support independent venue week! “
Tickets to TomFoolery’s rescheduled, socially distanced Independent Venue Week show at Omeara on 8th April 2021 are available here.
Artist: Jack Cullen
Show: JP Cooper @ The Slaughtered Lamb, London
Track: September Song
Date: 10th December 2014
“One of my first ever gigs was JP Cooper at The Slaughtered Lamb… I was on a first date with a girl who I have to admit, got very little of my attention as I was so fixated on the show in front of me. I put these kind of small, over heated and wonderfully intimate rooms down to my love for music growing as it did! We’ll be back again soon :) “
Tickets to Jack Cullen’s rescheduled, socially distanced Independent Venue Week show on 11th April 2021 are available here.
Show: Nilufer Yanya @ Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
Track: Baby Luv
“We went to see Nilufer Yanya at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath, Birmingham in April 2019. The Hare & Hounds is our favorite place to see live music in Birmingham, it’s such a special and intimate venue which always sounds great. We headed there to watch Nilifer Yanya and her band play and were lucky enough to see Westerman open up the evening, we were blown away by how one person and their guitar can captivate you and felt grateful we got to watch him play. Nilufer Yanya and her band then jumped on stage and instantly we were all excited by the musicality and the way she plays guitar is really interesting, the main thing though was her voice and we all agreed we’d never heard anything like it, she completely uses it as an instrument and forms insane vocal melodies.
The track that stood out for us was Baby Luv, we’d heard the studio version but live it just seemed to feel different and give a different energy. Its definitely a show that we’ve all remembered fondly and frequently talk about how great it is to see live music which stands up against the record and it was obviously great to see them in our favorite Birmingham venue.”
Tickets to Chartreuse’s rescheduled, socially distanced Independent Venue Week show at Omeara on 12th April 2021 are available here.
Show: Kean Kavanagh @ The Workman’s Club, Dublin
Track: Eviction Notice - “It was Kean and Kojaque playing ‘Eviction Notice’ but it was a sick live version, different to the original, & that defined the set for me. “
Date: 20th April 2019
“I went to see Kean Kavanagh in The Workman’s Club, Dublin City in April 2019.
It was such a memorable experience, loads of my friends were there, it was such a small room & it felt so full and lovely and warm, it was such a good night, pints live music and good company.
Kean Kavanagh is such a talented Irish artist, part of the soft-boy collective, I know most of them so seeing them all play on stage was so lovely, the small venues in Ireland have allowed me to make friends with other Irish artists and creatives and hold a place in my heart.
The Workman’s club has so many special memories for me, I have seen some of my favourite artists play there and had some of my favourite nights out in the Workman’s club. Small venues are so great and gigs there have a special magic to them, I can’t wait to get back there.”
Tickets to April’s rescheduled, socially distanced Independent Venue Week show on 30th May 2021 are available here.