Call to arms to celebrate indie venues

James Hanley

The plight of the UK’s grassroots circuit hovers over the third annual Independent Venue Week (IVW), which begins today.

Supported by funding from Arts Council England, IVW is a week-long celebration of the sector, bringing together 120 indie venues from January 25-31. 

IVW founder Sybil Bell is also a consultant to the Music Venues Trust, launched in 2014 to help safeguard the future of the circuit. 

Of the 430 music venues that traded in London in 2007, only 245 remain and ...

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