In 2014, Independent Venue Week debuted in the U.K. as a way to celebrate independently-owned and run music venues with a series of special shows. Now, the event is coming stateside.
Today (Feb. 2), it has been announced that the week-long event -- described in the release as “Record Store Day, but for venues” -- will take place in the U.S. for the first time from July 9 through July 15. Sybill Bell, founder of Independent Venue Week, says that as the U.K. gears up to celebrate its fifth successful year, the timing felt right to launch elsewhere.
“Bands still need to play and tour small venues here in order to get a foothold,” Bell says of the event’s purpose. “Local communities, too, need somewhere that knows how to put live music on.”