Independent Venue Week announces 2018 plans

The event will return for its fifth edition next year from January 29 to February 4

The organisers of Independent Venue Week have announced their initial plans for the 2018 staging of the event.

Now in its fifth year, Independent Venue Week will run once again next year to shine a spotlight on the people who run independent venues across the country.

With 160 venues signed up to participate in Independent Venue Week 2018, organisers have now released further details about next year’s staging of the event.

Taking place from January 29 to February 4, five ambassadors will front the event – with Nadine Shah and Portishead’s Adrian Utley the first two to be announced. The Charlatans‘ frontman Tim Burgess served as an ambassador for the 2017 staging of Independent Venue Week earlier this year.

Shah and Utley will both curate their own shows for the Independent Venue Week programme, while Shah will perform at Hebden Bridge on February 3.

Nadine Shah at the IVW18 Launch

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a fancy sit down gig in some elaborate venue, but I’ll take a sweat fest in some small dive any day of the week”, Shah said about her affinity for independent venues. “Being so close to a stage and properly submerging yourself in a show is hard to top. As a musician it gives me a proper thrill to have the audience so close, they don’t miss a trick so I have to pull my finger out and really up my game.

“Do yourself a favour and get yaself down to an independent venue to watch artists you’ve never heard of before, you can be that smug arsehole who says ‘I saw them first’.”

BBC Music have also confirmed themselves as the broadcasting partner for Independent Venue Week 2018.

Details of all participating venues can be found over on the Independent Venue Week site, with more gig announcements, specific dates and ticket links due to go live over the coming days and weeks.