The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess announced as Independent Venue Week ambassador for 2017

Campaign aims to highlight the plight of small gig venues and celebrate their importance to the UK music scene

Independent Venue Week is to return in 2017 for its fourth year, with The CharlatansTim Burgess announced as ambassador.

120 independent music venues across the UK will host gigs during the seven day campaign, which runs from January 23-29, 2017 and aims to highlight the plight of small gig venues and celebrate their importance to the UK music scene.

Burgess follows in the footsteps of past ambassadors, Wolf Alice (2016), Frank Turner (2015) and Radiohead‘s Colin Greenwood (2014).


He said of the news: “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.”

Burgess added: “I worked with the Independent Venue Week organisers last year on a gig in Manchester. It was an honour to accept their offer of being this year’s ambassador – 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”.

Tim Burgess will perform live at Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room on January 23, with support from Tear and Pheromoans. There will also be gigs curated by Richard Hawley, Simian Mobile Disco, Martha Wainwright and more.

Find more details at the Independent Venue Week website.