Independent Venue Week begins in three days and we couldn’t be more excited! Check out the highlights from the South East and London.

South East

Known for a buzzing music scene and an all round chilled-out, hippy way of life, Brighton plays a considerable part in IVW. The incredibly versatile venue Komedia will be hosting two events during the week. The first of which, on Monday (29th January), will feature Americana singer-songwriter Tyler Childers from Kentucky. On the 1st February, Komedia will be holding Famous Seamus Presents: A Riot Of Our Own which will feature acts such as ska/punk duo Phoenix Raven and tribute band The Sex Pistols Experience.

Be sure to check out The Brass Monkey in Brighton’s neighbour, Hastings, on the 3rd February for a noisy, rock and punk-filled evening featuring Arrows of Love, Bloody Knees, Yowl, Lice and Heavy Lungs.

Closer to London, The Boileroom in Guildford is holding four consecutive nights of great music during IVW. Commencing on Tuesday 30th January, ’50s inspired band, Trudy and the Romance will be performing their first of two IVW shows. Following suit, immensely popular band, Spring King will also be kicking off their four-night IVW tour at The Boileroom on the 31st. The following night (1st February) mixes things up by featuring death metal band The Faceless. And in case that didn’t finish you off, British rock band Dead! will perform on the final night (2nd February).

Further West on the 2nd and 3rd of February, Portsmouth’s Wedgewood Rooms will be holding a part the Icebreaker Festival, a music-packed two-day festival held at twelve venues and featuring around 150 local acts. The Wedgewood Rooms will feature 17 acts across the two days including singer-songwriter Richard Morris, Americana and country fusion band Southerlies, and rock trios Is Bliss and Type Two Error.

Near to Portsmouth, The Brook in Southampton will be holding two music-filled evenings during IVW. On 31st January, eight piece, folk-fusion band Police Dog Hogan will be performing their first of two shows at IVW. Three nights later, the 3rd February will be a night for the rock fans featuring indie band The Real People, rock and roll four-piece The Dead Freights and rock band The Villanovas.

Other venues include The Joiners Arms, Southampton, Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading, and Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton.


Surprisingly, London is holding a considerably less amount of events compared to the other regions. However, there still will be some great music to check out. Three nights will be held at Half Moon Putney, kicking off with a solo acoustic set by Starsailor’s frontman, James Walsh, on the 29th January. The following Wednesday (31st) will be owned by British pop group T’Pau, probably best known for their chart topping hit ‘China In Your Hand’ back in the ’80s. The following Friday evening will be one for Americana and blues fans, featuring indie-Americana band William the Conqueror.

On 30th January, Bush Hall will present country folk trio I’m With Her in the run-up to the release of their debut album two weeks later. The following night (31st), Texan sibling duo The Oh Hellos  will be stopping by during their UK tour, with support from British indie-Americana band Carousel.

On the 31st January, Scottish rock trio Baby Strange will be performing their first of three IVW shows at The Five Bells.

The following night on 1st February, 100 Club will be hosting singer-songwriter and former The Seahorses frontman, Chris Helme, along with singer-songwriter and The Bluetones frontman, Mark Morriss.

And finally on the 2nd February, Rich Mix will be holding the first night of the London Remixed Festival 2018, a showcase of around 25 bands and DJs across four stages over two nights, featuring genres such as Tropical Bass, Desert Remix and Urban Roots. The lineup will include DJ Chris Tofu and Count Bassy.

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