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Independent Venue Week returns this week (29th Jan – 4th Feb 2024) for a seven-day celebration of independent music and arts venues and the people that own, run and work in them. It’s a great way for venues to kick-start the year and it’s the perfect opportunity to blow… er, we mean to spend your first post-Christmas pay packet on doing something we all love doing… Going to gigs!

To help you decide on what to see, we’ve compiled what’s going on at venues celebrating IVW24 around the region.

Starting at Newcastle, over at Bobiks on Thursday 1st February Wandering Oak presents richly lyrical, Irish singer-songwriter Junior Brother with support from Ceitidh Mac and Spider Noises. Then Friday 2nd February, courtesy of F54 you can expect a night of fuzzed-up sounds from indie outfit congratulations, with support from Labyrinthine Ocean And completing the week, on Saturday 3rd February, is the sold-out Notion Live and Shin Gigs show with Park View.

Heading to The Globe, you’ll be able to enjoy alt-rock/weird-pop on Thursday 1st February when some of the region’s finest, The Timewasters, Amateur Ornithologist and Oddo’s Gaze, do their thing. On Friday 2nd February, promoters Afterlight offer us a hand-picked section of North-East bands complete with ‘catchy melodies, powerful vocals, and captivating stage presence’ in the form of Polyvinyl, with support from Red Remedy, and Pretty Velvet. That’s followed by ethereal shoegaze artist, Hannah Robinson (with support from Kites & Citrus) on Saturday 3rd February and Stan The Band on Sunday 4th February who, for those not in the know. sound like “Crowded House on steroids!”

One of Newcastle’s newer music venues, The Grove will be hosting Slamdunk Presents co-headline show with Canadian emo outfit Arm’s Length and Leeds alt-rockers Beauty School on Thursday 2nd February, as well as doing their show with hometown heroes Little Comets on Friday 2nd February. Completing the Toon-based celebrations is The Shooting Gallery at Zerox who will be putting on a free entry IVW 24 showcase on Friday 2nd February with psychedelic punk rockers Pink Poison with support from Tin Ribs, Circus and William Denton Wilde

Moving further down the Tyne to The Engine Room, North Shields you can enjoy a night of alt-country/folk with Lost Lot, complete with support from Hels Pattison, on Wednesday 31st January and an evening with Scottish indie-rockers Dubinski, alongside Uncanny Valley and Paloma Colombo on Friday 2nd February.

Over on the other side of the river at The Central Bar in Gateshead Hapless Museum Worker will be making a day out of Durham folk-rockers Martin Stephenson & The Daintees who will be performing both a matinee and a (now sold out) evening show on Saturday 3rd February.

For those looking for some action around Sunderland, Independent will be going all dark on us with the post-punk sounds of IST IST on Friday 2nd February, Sunderland indie powerhouses The Voyd play a one-off intimate show at The Bunker on the same evening and local synth-pop lovelies ‘noyou’ round off the Friday fun with a show with Patrick Gosling at Ship Isis.

Last but not least we finish off at Teesside, which is brimming with events at its many venues. The Georgian Theatre in Stockton will be hosting IVW ambassadors English Teacher (with support from Sarah Johnsone) in their sold-out show on Wednesday 31st January. On Friday 2nd February you can soak up the experimental, alt-folk sounds of Richard Dawson and Me Lost Me and On Saturday 2nd February there will be some double trouble with local acts Provenance, End Credits, Mascara’s Lies and Guilty Pleasure in The Georgian Theatre and Tyneside troubadours Hector Gannet and The Early Purple next door at The Green Room. 

Staying in Stockton, KU (who were interviewed live by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music for last year’s event), as always, come up with the IVW goods with indie-pop icons Komparrison (complete with added Jam Tub and Lost In Translation) on Friday 2nd February and Wakefield’s soulful songsmiths Skinny Living (with support from Jodie Nicholson) on Saturday 3rd February. 

NE Volume Music Bar plays host to Rose Malus, Ripcord and Ozzy on Wednesday 31st January, Sugar Roulette, High Tide and EMU on Thursday 1st February, a DJ set from Jon McClure (Reverend & the Makers) with support from We Tibetans and Gone Tomorrow on Friday 2nd February and Dubinski, Dossers and Painted Places on Saturday 3rd February.

Along the Tees to Middlesbrough, Cafe Etch bring a night of caffeine-fuelled noise from The Likkor Men, Charlie Thomas and EMU on Saturday 3rd February and down the A66 The Forum in Darlington offer a Tracks-programmed night of alt-rock from Billingham’s best, AKA Mouses, alongside Irked and Maeve and The Trains, on Thursday 1st February, an album launch from North East duo Maria & James on Friday 2nd February and a Hilarity Bites comedy event on Saturday 3rd February featuring Rob Deering, Phil Pagett, Jules O’Brian & Danny Deegan.

To find out more about Independent Venue Week and to check out all the venues involved, head to their website.

 

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