Independent Venue Week is back! A tradition since 2014, IVW was created to celebrate the smaller venues around the UK that help make up the fabric of our music scenes. This year there will be a total of 190 venues taking part across the country, with nineteen new additions presented this year. With that in mind, this week we’re solely casting our eyes to our wonderful indies to pick out a bunch of shows you won’t want to miss over the next seven days…

Monday 29th: Baby Strange (Jimmy’s)

// Things kick off this week at Jimmy’s with Glaswegian three-piece punk band Baby Strange, still out supporting debut album ‘Want It Need It’.

Tuesday 30th: The Oh Hellos (Band On The Wall), Mali Hayes (Soup Kitchen)

// Young Mancunian vocalist and songwriter Mali Hayes presents her mix of jazz, rock, neo-soul and R’n’B over in Soup’s basement, meanwhile Texan indie folk siblings The Oh Hellos greet an audience at Band On The Wall for an evening of folk-flavoured rock.

Wednesday 31st: Carla J. Easton (Castle Hotel), Liima + Koalas (Soup Kitchen)

// We’re heading back to Soup Kitchen for a night of synth-pop perfection, when Danish outfit Liima team up with Koalas. Unfortunately for synth-pop fans, you’ll also face the dilemma of Carla J. Easton’s visit to the Castle Hotel on the same night…

Thursday 1st: Moon Duo (The White Hotel)

// Moon Duo are a band who seem to take pleasure in playing intimate venues when they could quite easily fill up a larger room. This week they play a cosy date at The White Hotel, and if their showing at Band On The Wall last March is anything to go by, this will be a belter.

Friday 2nd: Altar Flowers (Castle Hotel), Yungblud (Jimmy’s)

// Manchester-based gothic pop outfit Altar Flowers take to the Castle for a healthy dose of alt-pop melancholia. Elsewhere, we’ll be back at Jimmy’s to catch riotous Sheffield singer-songwriter Yungblud.

Saturday 3rd: Irma Vep (Castle Hotel), Remake Remodel Tame Impala Night (The Ruby Lounge), Alvarez Kings (Night & Day Café)

// Welsh-Mancunian singer-songwriter Irma Vep is back on stage at the Castle, while The Ruby Lounge host the latest outing for indie disco Remake Remodel, this week putting their efforts towards a Tame Impala special. Over at Night & Day, they welcome South Yorkshire quartet Alvarez Kings, who, according to themselves, “summon pop power through timeless analog synth and guitar magic.”. Stick around afterwards to join the 45 Live crew for a night of classic 45s and their boundary-crossing selection of funk, soul, rock & hip-hop.

Sunday 4th: The Hollow Bodies (Castle Hotel), Anteros (Jimmy’s)

// Bringing IVW to a close, we head to the Castle Hotel for an evening with local trio The Hollow Bodies, or just around the corner, budding quartet Anteros take to Jimmy’s intimate stage.

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A full listing of this week’s events may 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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