Independent Venue Week 2020

Independent Venue Week is a 7-day celebration of music venues around the country and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out.

These venues give artists their first experience of playing live in front of an audience. They give fans somewhere to get up close to artists that one day, may well be playing stadiums and festival main stages. They also provide those wanting a career in music, off the stage, the chance to learn their craft up close in a small venue.

Independent Venue Week is unique in that it is a nationwide initiative with a completely local feel.

By championing these venues, Independent Venue Week are able to highlight why they are so much more than just places for live music – they are cultural hubs for learning, creativity, arts and culture more widely in the local community for people from all walks of life.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England, Wales and Creative Scotland in the UK as well as the wider music industry and brands globally, Independent Venue Week brings together these venues along with breaking and established artists, promoters, labels, media and tastemakers to create a nationwide series of gigs.

These venues, all local businesses, are the backbone of the live music scene and Independent Venue Week recognises 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.

The venues taking part in our region are:

VenueTownEvents
ChinnerysSouthend, EssexGig List
Hunter ClubBury St Edmunds, SuffolkGig List
John Peel CentreStowmarket, SuffolkGig List
The JunctionCambridge, CambridgeshireGig List
Norwich Arts CentreNorwich, NorfolkGig List
OpenNorwich, NorfolkGig List
Steamboat TavernIpswich, SuffolkGig List
The SmokehouseIpswich, SuffolkGig List
Three Wise MonkeysColchester, EssexGig List
The WaterfrontNorwich, NorfolkGig List