Putting the spotlight on Belfast during Independent Venue Week

Independent Venue Week (IVW) is back in January for its fourth consecutive year and we’re thrilled be involved with the seven day-long national event and ensure that the Northern Ireland’s vibrant grass roots music scene is celebrated.

IVW is now a firm fixture on the UK’s music calendar giving tens of thousands of fans and for hundreds of artists their first taste of live music each year. 120 venues will be taking part 2017.

Following the likes of Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood and Frank Turner, who have taken the role in previous years, Independent Venue Week’s ambassador for 2017 will be Tim Burgess, frontman of The Charlatans, solo artist and author.

Tim will kick off IVW at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room. Then under Burgess’ Tim Peak’s banner and with his O Gensis label, HMUK will be supporting a mini-tour of their artists, starting in Belfast’s very own Voodoo on Friday, 27 January 2017, with a headline set from Northern Ireland’s Documenta.

Tim Peaks is the coffee and gigs brand that Burgess takes to festivals, with additional performances by Yucatan in North Wales and Horsebeach in Manchester. All three performances Tim Burgess has curated, plus the Royal Albert Hall show, are being supported by us, continuing our regional presence following our recent launch in Northern Ireland.

Tim Burgess said: "Independent venues are where every band starts and where music fans get to see emerging talent. Without them bands would not get a chance for their all-important first hometown gigs and subsequent tours. These venues and bands need our support and the best way you can do that is by having a night out. Lots of venues are closing – we definitely need to stick together and stop this happening. I've picked some of my favourite bands to play in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for Independent Venue Week. Hopefully see you at one of the shows".

IVW Founder Sybil Bell said: ““What’s so exciting about this year is just how many people are now involved in Independent Venue Week. The support means grassroots venues are benefitting from brilliant artists, promoters and media who are helping to start the year off with some amazing shows. Last year, nearly 40,000 people went to gigs during IVW – a huge boost to venues and a great way for people to kick the January blues into touch.”

Details of all participating venues, shows, artists and partners are available on Independent Venue Week’s website.

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