Independent Venue Week 2016

Sybil Bell, IVW

Sybil Bell, founder of grassroots initiative Independent Venue Week (IVW), spills the beans on the artists she's been looking forward to catching at this year's live music bonanza.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 29 Jan 2016
  • min read
Sybil Bell is the founder of Independent Venue Week (IVW), a growing grassroots initiative aimed squarely at artists, small venues and music fans up and down the country.

The seven-day live music celebration is now in its third year, and is in full swing right now up and down the country. This time around 120 venues are taking part, with Wolf Alice the official ambassadors.

They are joined by literally hundreds of other small and medium sized bands who are all paying homage to their local small indie venues which play such a crucial role in Britain’s musical ecosystem.

PRS for Music has yet again thrown its weight behind IVW, sponsoring the initiative and teaming up with us here at M magazine to host a showcase at Sebright Arms, London, last night (28 January) with Tomaga, Circle Sky and DJ Doug Shipton.

With support from BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, this year has been the biggest yet.

Here, Sybil picks the bands she’s been most excited about this IVW:

IVW 2016 runs from 25 to 31 January. To find out more about gigs near you, see

C Duncan - For
Life – Popular Music
Mallory Knox - Lighthouse
Childhood – Blue Velvet
Eliza & The Bear - Friends
Tom Hingley – The Silver and the Gold
Edwyn Collins – Down the Line
Matthew E. White – Rock & Roll is Cold