A tradition since 2014, Independent Venue Week was created to celebrate the smaller venues around the UK that play live music. In total there will be 190 venues taking part all over the country, with 19 new ones being presented this year. The first of the shows kick off January 29th running up until February 4th, acting as a perfect opportunity for up-and-coming artists to showcase their talent and music lovers alike to experience some new material in some of the quirky, independent live music venues across the UK. Some Manchester based independents featuring are Night & Day, Soup Kitchen, The Castle Hotel and Jimmy’s.

Ambassadors for the event have been revealed as singer-songwriter Nadine Shah and Portishead’s Adrian Utley. “The idea for the tour is to shine a light on some of the music and performers I love, who are currently out there playing,” said Nadine. Other ambassadors include hip-hop artist Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels and jazz-pop artist Jamie Cullum.

We are excited to see things kick off at Jimmy’s on Monday 29th with Glaswegian three-piece punk band Baby Strange. Heading into Tuesday, playing at Night People we’ll see The 99 Degree bring with them a healthy helping of their surf-psych vibes, also on the bill with Control Of The Going who hold heavy influences of the Inspiral Carpets. Midweek will see Copenhagen band Liima play Soup Kitchen on 31st Jan, slipping into the 1980’s with synths and raw bass sounds, concluding the week in a full circle at Jimmy’s is indie-pop quartet Anteros, known for their energetic soft grunge performances, it will be enough to finish the week with a bang. Head to the IVW website here for more information.


Independent Venue Week takes place from 29th January until 4th February. Tickets for shows can be found here.

Fancy listening to some of the best artists performing across Manchester in the coming months? Listen below for our latest playlist previewing those in town for this month’s best shows!

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