Independent Venue Week kicked off with a bang last night across the UK. With just six nights to go, check out the highlights from the South West.

South West

The South West will hold a plethora of music throughout Independent Venue Week. Bristol will be an important centre, with three venues holding events. Tomorrow night (31st), Exchange will play host to local experimental trio Jesuits, jazz fusion band Iceman Furniss Quartet, indie singer-songwriter Emily Isherwood with her band and DJ BIG JEFF.

The following night (1st) will be based at Bristol’s Hy-Brasil Music Club where the fourth night of the We Broke Tour will be held, which will include performances by local grunge band No Violet, Bournemouth indie band San. Marlo, Irish singer LYRA and sad dream pop band Sad Love.

The final night in Bristol will be on the 3rd February at The Lousiana music venue. The night will play host to a number of music acts including lo-fi pop duo Oro Swimming Hour and the incredible (and Bristol-based) singer-songwriter Fenne Lily as the headliner, to make up Chiverin’s IVW Mini-Festival.

Not far from Bristol, St. James’ Wine Vaults in Bath will be holding a generous three nights during IVW. Tomorrow night, former I Am Kloot frontman John Bramwell will be performing his first of three IVW shows. The 2nd February will be a night of variety, featuring acts such as jazz fusion duo Run Logan Run, improv trio Marcy and alternative rock band Charivari. The final night of IVW at St James’ will be owned by balladic alternative folk artist Irma Vep with support.

On the south coast, Old Fire Station in Bournemouth will play host only once to melodic indie band The Magic Gang on the final night of the week (4th).

Further west, multi-use arts venue Exeter Phoenix in Exeter will hold three consecutive nights during IVW starting on the 1st with the prolific singer-songwriter, Paul Young. The following night, eclectic folk-rock siblings The Oh Hellos will have travelled all the way from Texas to please your ears. The final night on Saturday (3rd) will feature London fusion band Dub Pistols.

Further south along the coast from Exeter, Kingskerswell Parish Church in Newton Abbot will hold four events, a unique venue in IVW and an experience not to be missed! The jam-packed schedule kicks off TONIGHT (30th) with folk band, Songdog. The 2nd February will be held by Cambridgeshire musician Boo Hewerdine, followed by the return of John Bramwell on the 3rd. The week will come to a close on the 4th, featuring singer-songwriter and guitarist, Nick Harper.

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