November 2016

Independent Venue Week 2017 #1November 29, 2016


The Boileroom are proud to announce their involvement with Independent Venue Week (IVW), in association with Arts Council England, Musician’s Union (MU), Attitude Is Everything (AIE); and PRS for Music; for the fourth consecutive year in a row.

Taking place between Monday 23rd – Sunday 29th January; we’ll be announcing 7 amazing gigs showcasing the versatility of our programming; highlighting the importance of grassroots music venues across the country as tastemakers for emerging local and national creative talent.

Our first two announcements are the fantastic Beans on Toast on Monday 23rd January, and Flamingods on Thursday 26th January.

“We’re all very excited to be a part of Independent Venue Week for our 4th consecutive year. Being part of this positive initiative is really important to us; it provides a great example of unity across all areas of the industry; coming together to celebrate the hard work of indie venues and the service they provide all year round. It’s always a fun week to book for and we can’t wait to share our full 7 days of world class live music with everyone.” says Duncan Smith, in-house booker at The Boileroom.


Beans on Toast plays IVW at The Boileroom on Monday 23rd January


Tim Burgess, frontman of The Charlatans is taking the helm as IVW’s ambassador for 2017 to celebrate the 120 grassroots music venues in the UK (up 30 new venues taking part this year). Previous IVW ambassadors have included champions of independent music; Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood and Frank Turner.

About IVW, Tim said “Independent venues are where every band starts, and where music fans get to see emerging talent. Without them bands would not get a chance for their all-important first hometown gigs and subsequent tours. These venues and bands need our support, and the best way you can do that is by having a night out. Lots of venues are closing – we definitely need to stick together and stop this happening.”

With Arts Council England supporting Independent Venue Week for the third time, their Director Of Music Helen Sprott, stressed how the annual event has come to nourish local music scenes around Britain, “We remain committed to Independent Venue Week and to highlighting the importance of grassroots venues to local communities and emerging artists across the country. Grassroots venues are critical to the health of the music industry, an invaluable circuit for new talent, making the connection between musicians and audiences everywhere. We are delighted that once again, an Arts Council England Grants for the Arts award is enabling this vital work to continue.”


Flamingods play IVW at The Boileroom on Thursday 26th January


“What’s so exciting about this year is just how many people are now involved in Independent Venue Week” said IVW Founder Sybil Bell. “The support means grassroots venues are benefiting from brilliant artists, promoters and media who are helping to start the year off with some amazing shows. Last year, nearly 40,000 people went to gigs during IVW – a huge boost to venues and a great way for people to kick the January blues into touch.”

For more information please visit or follow Independent Venue Week on their following social media:

Facebook: @independentvenueweek
Twitter: @IVW_UK #IVW17
Instagram: @IVW_UK

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