Independent Venue Week Will Launch In the U.S. This Summer

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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.”

Radiohead's bassist Colin Greenwood, who served as the inaugural U.K. event's ambassador, echoes Bell's point: "Independent venues are all crucial for musical development; they provide local artists with places to hone their show skills, and a window to other musical worlds when a tour hits town."

The event offers more than just concerts; it aims to unite both rising and established artists, promoters, labels media and tastemakers on a small scale. But, according to the release, the biggest takeaway is that for a week, participating venues “feel like part of a collective, rather than operating in isolation.”

The U.S. cities hosting Independent Venue Week shows have yet to be announced. Participating artist and venues will be revealed in May.