The Parish pub and music venue in Huddersfield was one of 17 venues around the country that recently hosted launch announcement shows for Independent Venue Week 2020, whilst also unveiling their own programmes for January 2020.
Celebrating grassroots venues all around the country, 2020 will see the 7th edition of Independent Venue Week (IVW), with over 200 venues already signed up. IVW runs from Monday 27th January to Sunday 2nd February 2020 and the celebration continues to increase its reach across the country through the number of venues taking part, the audiences it is engaging with, locations where venues are signing up and genres of music covered.
According to the organisers, around 89% of participating venues are outside London and the week continues to aim for a representative spread of genres performing across the week including Indie, Rock, Metal, Jazz, Folk, Rap, Hip Hop, Grime, Electronic, Neo-Classical and artists DJ sets.
At the IVW launch event, held at 229 The Venue in London and hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Anna Calvi was announced as Ambassador for the event in 2020. Calvi’s recent accolades include a Mercury Music Prize nomination for her third studio album Hunter and the Q Awards Fender Play Award, as well as having scored the soundtrack to Peaky Blinders and performed a headline show at the Roundhouse in London.
Commenting on the role, she said: “As an artist who spent many years developing my art in small venues across the UK, it’s such a pleasure to be named the ambassador of Independent Venue Week 2020. At a time where independent venues continue to provide a vital platform in every artist’s career, yet still struggle to keep their doors open, it’s more important than ever for every artist, no matter what size, to continue our support and be vocal about their vitality.”
IVW is supported using public funding by Arts Council England, Wales and Creative Scotland in the UK, whilst BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Sounds will also be supporting Independent Venue Week again in 2020.
Speaking at the launch event, Claire Mera-Nelson, Head of Music from Arts Council England reminded independent venue operators and promoters about the Supporting Grassroots Live Music fund – as there is still £900k up for grabs, which has to be allocated by the end of March 2020. Grants for £15,000 and under take 6 weeks for a decision, those over that up to the maximum of £40,000 take 12 weeks. Contact Arts Council England for further information.
About The Parish
Opened in 2006 The Parish fast became a go to venue on the UK touring circuit. The listed building set behind the main bar has become well known for its hospitality, amazing sound and outstanding live shows – boasting nearly a hundred bands a month covering all genres and everything from grassroots bands to some of the biggest international touring names.
The Parish aims to give patrons a great experience and prides itself on getting the best bands and artists to play at the venue, covering a multitude of genres including punk rock, indie, metal, hip hop, dance, electro swing, emo, hardcore, acoustic, folk, pirate metal and polka.
About Independent Venue Week
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, we 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.