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Independent Venue Week
31/01-06/02/22 – Various Venues

Arriving to destroy the post-Christmas blues and define the New Year as one filled with community, creativity and celebration, Independent Venue Week returns from Monday 31st January.

The annual event is a celebration of the UK’s independent music venues and the communities which sustain them. It is a national festival at a local scale, recognising the vital role that independent venues play in fertilising the wider music scene through the provision of local support, encouragement and early career development for artists and those behind the scenes.

A selection of the Merseyside’s finest independent venues will be hosting gigs, events, discussions and parties in defiance of the challenges they have faced over the past 18 months and in celebration of the contribution of grassroots music spaces to the wider sector.

Future Yard excel with a non-stop offering of live music throughout the week. The week begins with the ascending TERTIA MAY, gracing Birkenhead with her intoxicating audio concoction of hip hop, jazz, soul and pop. On Tuesday 1st February PENELOPE ISLES return to the venue after their sold-out socially distanced show last year. The dreamy pop duo explore the confusions of 20-something life through alt-rock and psych pop tunes. Throughout the week, DU BLONDE, ONIPA and OPUS KINK will also join the celebrations.

Meanwhile, the Invisible Wind Factory and Kazimier Stockroom team up to present a series of panel discussions on pertinent issues within the city’s music sector, titled Sustaining Independence and Safe Spaces. Details of the panels are yet to be announced at the time of writing but are guaranteed to offer a sharp critique and thoughtful consideration of the hostile environment facing independent venues within the city, as well as the opportunities for progress.

The Kazimier will also play host to a film screening on Tuesday 1st February, collaborating with upcoming film makers and producers. The evening will screen three contemporary and independently curated short films, exploring topics such as gender acceptance and rave culture unity. The event will also provide an opportunity to engage with grassroots producers, revealing the inspiration, challenges and realities of underground cinema.

The IWF Substation will conjure an evening of “chin stroking subculture”, filling Liverpool’s iconic basement venue with hardcore breaks and unusual dance music. Expect the experimental and iconoclastic.

The diversity of these events serves to highlight the vital role played by independent music venues, operating as multi-use spaces for performance, community gathering, education and release.

This year, 121 venues from 66 different villages, towns and cities have already signed up to take part, 89 per cent of which are outside of London, proving the diversity and strength of the grassroots scene. Despite the challenges facing independent venues locally and nationally, Independent Venue Week is proof that they are valued, respected and more necessary than ever.

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