We at eudaemoniablog are firm supporters of the independent music venue as without them the music industry would struggle to survive. Though the modern world limits their existence, the small venue is the metaphorical breeding ground of the small band and a hive of activity for musicians and fans alike.
Independent Venue Week celebrates this, a tribute to those who ‘own, run and work in them, week in, week out.’ Occurring during the final week of January, this years events will take place across the country at a large number of well known, small venues; without whom many of todays well known bands would cease to exist.
Think of the UK’s biggest musical exports of the last decade? The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys, The 1975, Wolf Alice, Slaves, Catfish and the Bottlemen – the list is endless. In the case of all of these bands the small, independent venue provides an imperative role in their growth. They act as practise ground, a chance to improve musical ability and an early opportunity to expose material and express their talent. Whilst the large, corporate venue exclusively caters for profit through already known names with generally no care for emerging talent, the small venue acts as a saviour for those still struggling to make a living through musical existence.
Projects such as the Independent Venue Week provide a welcome form of exposure for the small venue. In many cities, stringent licensing issues along with the harsh realities of modern capitalism mean that it is hard to maintain a venues existent. This is especially evident in London where well known venues such as the 12 Bar Club, the Marquee and the Mean Fiddler have all closed due to harsh gentrification, a trend which is repeated across the country. At a time of uncertainty, the cultural escape music and its grassroots venues provide should be celebrated not withdrawn.
This years Independent Venue Week features a hive of known and upcoming talent across a range of venues, some of the most notable being Leicester’s Cookie, London’s 100 Club and Manchester’s Night and Day Cafe; however, the list features much loved venues in most of the UK’s major cities. Interestingly, the event also promotes solidarity between labels, artists, promoters, bloggers and the media; a togetherness which allows the event to occur in the first place.
The event’s organisers provide perhaps the most important message of all:
“These venues are the backbone of the live music scene in this country and Independent Venue Week wants to recognise all that they have done to create some of the most memorable nights of the past so they can continue to do the same in the future.”
It is important that we make an effort to retain the services of these venues, whilst they remain worthy of a ‘night out’ it is perhaps the realm of possibilities which they provide for the ‘emerging band’ and the culture as a whole which is most important. Whilst it seems that the majority of fraudulent government ministers lack any real plan to provide the small venue with assurances of longevity, it is now more important than ever that we support the culture through events such as the Independent Venue Week.
Here is our short gig guide for next weeks Independent Venue Week, the official guide can be found here: http://www.independentvenueweek.com/tickets-info/
The Cookie (Leicester): Tuesday 24th January: Declan McKenna + Clay
Brixton Jamm (London): Friday 27th January: Recreations + Sean McGowan
New Cross Inn (London): Wednesday 25th January: Treacherous Dogs + The Luka State + The Royals
Soup Kitchen (Manchester): Sunday 29th January: Tim Peaks and Independent Venue Week present: Horsebeach + Documenta + Yucatan
The Hope & Ruin (Brighton): Sunday 29th January: Jack Rocks and IVW present: The Wytches
The Exchange (Bristol): Thursday 26th January: Tim Peaks and Independent Venue Week present : YAMA WARASHI + KAYLA PAINTER
The Chameleon (Nottingham): Karma & Independent Venue Week Presents: Crosa Rosa