Winter and Spring music festivals 2023

Dream­ing about sum­mer fes­ti­vals? No need – there are plen­ty of win­ter and ear­ly spring events hap­pen­ing around the coun­try, help­ing liv­en up these dark and drea­ry months. No tents involved. Check out our list of good­ies below. Win­ter Sprint­er at The Lexington11–14 Jan­u­ary At The Lex­ing­ton pub close to King’s Cross, there’s a four-night festival…

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The Orielles at The Trades for IVW week

The Orielles played at The Trades in Heb­den Bridge as part of IVW. As a local out­fit – and the one who osten­si­bly kick­start­ed the ‘Calder­for­nia’ pletho­ra of local bands, there was a sup­port­ive atmos­phere, with plen­ty of their friends out in the crowd, singing along, word per­fect. I’ve prob­a­bly seen The Orielles more than…

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Independent Venue Week 2020

Inde­pen­dent Venue Week lights up the end of Jan­u­ary with a fab­u­lous roll-call of musi­cians at venues around the coun­try. It’s the sev­enth IVW 2020, and it’s hap­pen­ing Mon­day 27th Jan­u­ary to Sun­day 2 Feb­ru­ary. This year cel­e­bra­tions include inti­mate live shows and tours, a fea­ture doc­u­men­tary and a new live record release – details…

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Independent Venue Week gathers pace

Hav­ing put on a few gigs myself at a local venue, a par­tic­u­lar­ly atmos­pher­ic and beau­ti­ful space, which was sub­se­quent­ly sold off to be trans­formed into flats and a hotel, Inde­pen­dent Venue Week is a much-need­ed ven­ture. Run­ning from Mon­day 28th Jan­u­ary to Sun­day 3rd Feb­ru­ary 19, for IVW19 there are near­ly 190 venues signed up…

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Independent Venue Week 2016

Per­fect tim­ing. If you’ve been hid­ing your­self away for most of Jan­u­ary, Inde­pen­dent Venue Week comes along from Mon­day 25th to Sun­day 31st Jan­u­ary to bring back music into your life. And it’s all for a good cause – to help raise aware­ness of the UK’s rich seam of quirky and indi­vid­ual music venues, along with all the benefits…

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