Following a tradition of shows that have taken place in the United Kingdom since 2014, Independent Venue Week is now launching in the United States for the first time this summer, showing appreciation for independently-run music venues.
IVW, which will be partnering up with Eventbrite and Songtrust, is being produced and promoted by Marauder and will run from July 9 to July 15 across major cities such as Austin, Los Angeles and New York. The lineup will include acts such as Western Medication, LEV, The Get Up Kids and The Lone Bellow, with more to be announced.
Participating venues in the U.S. this summer include iconic, intimate spaces like the Middle East in Boston (technically Cambridge for those scoring at home); Pianos in Manhattan’s Lower East Side; the long-running 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.; and Minneapolis’ legendary First Avenue, among others.
“It’s so exciting to see the first edition of Independent Venue Week in the U.S. come together. We’ve been talking with the brilliant team at Marauder for a few years about making this happen,” said Independent Venue Week’s founder Sybil Bell in a statement. “The list of founding venues announced so far is so strong. It feels like this is the perfect foundation to celebrate these spaces all across the U.S., with more amazing venues to be announced. As we celebrated our fifth birthday in the U.K. this year with a ten-fold increase in participating venues from year one, we hope we can expand in the U.S. in the same way. It sets the scene to make this a true celebration of venues globally over the coming years.”
“As a trusted partner to a tight knit community of 2,000 of the top independent music venues and promoters across North America, Eventbrite could not be a more perfect partner for Independent Venue Week,” added Andrew Dreskin, president of Eventbrite’s music division and co-founder of Ticketfly. “We’re excited to get behind an initiative that will drive more people to go out and see great live music and to support their local venues and promoters.”
“We are humbled to have such outstanding venues as part of the inaugural American event,” said Marauder managing partner/co-founder Rev. Moose. “The owners and operators of these independently owned venues face daily challenges unique to their spaces. We look at the American launch of Independent Venue Week as a chance to celebrate these people that are the cornerstones of their individual communities. The success of the UK event is a glowing model that shows the potential of what can be done on American soil. This upcoming week of special events is a great way to refocus people’s attention on the rooms that build musical careers.”
Check out the confirmed venues, lineup, and announced dates so far, below.
TBA — Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
TBA — Boston, MA @ The Middle East
TBA — Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
July 11 — Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Co, presenting LEV
TBA — Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
TBA — Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
TBA — Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
July 13 — Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge/The High Watt, presenting Western Medication
July 12 — New York, NY @ Pianos
TBA — Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
July 13 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre, presenting The Lone Bellow
TBA — Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
July 15 — Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club, presenting The Get Up Kids
For more info and updates, visit Independent Venue Week’s website.