Independent Venue Week 2022 announces full schedule

Published: 31 Jan 2022

Band Moa Moa playing a gig on a stage covered in cables and washed in colourful lighting. The back drop is a sign for Independent Venue Week

Moa Moa. Image credit Darren Russell

Independent Venue Week 2022 announced its full schedule for its ninth consecutive edition, which returns in person and will take place from Monday 31 January to Sunday 6 February.

This year over 485 events will be taking place across the nations offering gigs, Q&A interviews, comedy shows and films. The inaugural event will see a massive line-up of performances from the likes of Wet Leg, James Bay, Idles, Nova Twins, Yard Act, Years & Years + many more.

Over 210 venues have signed up for Independent Venue Week 2022, from across 93 different villages, towns and cities. 56 of the venues are taking part in IVW for the first time, 180 of venues are outside London, and 47% of venues are outside major cities.

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Presenter of BBC Radio 6, Steve Lamacq, will celebrate Independent Venue Week with a series of special shows during IVW. The shows will feature live and recorded-live performances in these venues from artists including Franz Ferdinand, Yard Act, Melt Yourself Down, Wet Leg and Bess Atwell.

Steve Lamacq says: “Independent Venue Week has always played a vital role in helping grassroots venues at a financially perilous time of year. But this time round, it’s even more important to help support the live music circuit after it’s been hit so hard by Covid. It's a chance for us all to rally round and celebrate just how important these places are to emerging artists and alternative performers.”

Independent Venue Week 2022 is represented by four ambassadors - Wet Leg, Mace The Great / Wales, SOAK / N.Ireland, and Joesef / Scotland and is gratefully funded by a longstanding partnership with Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council Wales, See Tickets, PPL and See Tickets are the official ticketing partner for IVW 2022 championing independent venues across the UK.


Independent Venue Week is a seven-day nationwide celebration of music venues around the country and the people that own, run and work in them. The venues - the backbone of the live music scene - give artists their first experience of playing live to an audience and allow fans to get up close to artists who may one day be playing stadiums and festival main stages. They also provide those wanting a career in music, off the stage, the chance to learn their craft up close in a small venue.

IVW highlights why they are also cultural hubs for learning, creativity, arts and culture more widely in the local community for people from all walks of life. IVW brings together venues with breaking and established artists, promoters, labels, media and tastemakers to create a nationwide series of gigs.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland distributing funding provided by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. Further information at Follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. Learn more about the value of art and creativity in Scotland and join in at

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