Dig in to our Independent Venue Week playlist and then listen below...
Anna Calvi – As A Man
A powerful track from an outstanding musician who we’re fortunate to have as our ambassador this year. She’s playing a very special show at The Windmill as part of the BBC 6 Music Homecoming Tour with Steve Lamacq
Nadine Shah – Place Like This
Another commanding track from a brilliant album and one of our former ambassadors – cannot wait for her new record this year. The lovely Nadine is also part of Steve’s homecoming tour and kicks the week off at The Cluny in Newcastle.
Public Service Broadcasting – Theme from PSB
One of the artists on our second vinyl release – Independent Venue Week Live 19 which is released the Friday before IVW and a superb track (available on the IVW website). This taken from their show at Trades Club Hebden Bridge.
IDLES – Colossus
This track is from an incredible second album by a phenomenal artist. The band features in our documentary Long and Winding Road also released the week before IVW and are on our first ever vinyl release (also available on the IVW website).
Demob Happy – Autoportrait
Demob Happy are headlining our first ever tour in partnership with DIY Magazine, hitting five locations in the south west England/Wales and Midlands. This is going to be one of the last times to see the band in such small venues, so we are super excited.
Talk Show – Banchee
The next single from the mighty Talk Show. They have been part of IVW shows for the past year or so and every show is more powerful than the next. Can’t wait for the EP release in 2020 and a headline tour from them.
Warmduscher – Disco Peanuts
We’ve been firm fans of Warmduscher since they started playing IVW shows at The Windmill in Brixton years ago. It’s been fantastic to track their progress via their position on the different line-ups from The Windmill for IVW and now they are out on a headline tour across the UK.
TOY – Sequence One
TOY were the headliner of the first ever IVW gig I went to as part of my first year of IVW, way back in 2015. It was the Monday of the week and I was already knackered, but they blew me away. It’s well good to see them return in 2020 and even better to see that they are out on tour visiting some of our amazing venues.
The Specials – 10 Commandments
Without a doubt, this was my favourite show of IVW19 at 100 Club, London. A reworking of the legendary Prince Buster’s 10 Commandments. The Special’s version features activist Saffiyah Kahn. To see them in such a legendary venue was a dream come true.
I SEE RIVERS – We Don’t Get More Time
The latest single from the Nordic trio who will be doing a show at The Half Moon, Putney for IVW20. Beautiful harmonies with an important message behind it. I love the production on this and can’t wait to hear more.
This Is The Kit – Moonshine Freeze
This Is The Kit did a tour for IVW19. I couldn’t get to a show, but Moonshine Freeze ended up being on our IVW19 Live Record due for release on Friday 24 January right before IVW20. The track reminds me of an incredible week on the road travelling the country far and wide.
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Reducer
The new single from Newcastle’s very own. King of Cowards has been on constant rotation at home and in the office. Reducer is the brand new single. I haven’t had a chance to see them live yet, but I’ll be making my way up to Independent Sunderland to kick off the week.
Brian Jonestown Massacre – Pish
This absolutely has to be one of the best tracks ever. Not technically an IVW track, but we listened to it repeatedly in the car on the way back from the week. I now can’t listen to the first two seconds without being teleported into the front seat again. Brilliant.
John Paul – This Is England
I first heard of John Paul through Sleaford Mods, and seeing him at the 100 Club was amazing. I’m so excited that he’s on our record this year, it’s seriously well-deserved and I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s got coming up next. Essentially, it’s an important message on a great soundtrack.
Chemical Brothers – Burst Generator
Again, not technically an IVW show, but a total dream for #IVW21 and beyond. Another repeated song in the car, I think the cd played three times in a row.
Ugly – The Last Supper at the Regal Wetherspoons
Looking forward to this gig during the week. I’ve seen Ugly a few times and they never fail to disappoint. Their show at The Social has a great lineup, nice one Council Records.