Photography: Keith Ainsworth

There is no time like the present to go out and celebrate the importance of independent music venues around Liverpool and express your gratitude by going to a boss gig. Kicking off Monday 29th January, Independent Venue Week celebrates what it is to be an independent grassroots music venue with the help of a massive bill of both locally and internationally renown artists. We’ve picked some highlights from the week-long festivities, with a psych folk DJ Set from Stealing Sheep, a celebration of female artists at The 27 Club and the closing show from yours truly.

Independent Venue Week runs from Monday 29th January to Sunday 4th February.


False Advertising

+ Déjà Vega – SPARK – SPILT

CMD Presents @ The Jacaranda – 29/01 

An epicentre for the grassroots Liverpool music scene, the Jacaranda Club plays host to False Advertising. The Mancunians have gone from strength to strength since their SXSW triumph, and will be bringing their unique brand of grunge and garage to the Slater Street venue.


Stealing Sheep DJ set

+ Silent K – Pale Rider – Vain Male

Getintothis @ EBGB’s – 30/01

It is apt that a Liverpool based electro pop band should be headlining EBGB’s. Expect psych-pop darlings Stealing Sheep to bring together their influences of Kraftwerk, Talking Heads and Gary Numan to cultivate a DJ Set like no other in a club which has enjoyed a renaissance since it’s facelift two years ago.


Female Form

+ Alice Nancy – Nic T Smith – Karen Turley – Joanne Louise Band – Ellie Rose Smith – Vanessa Murray – Mars Island

@ 27 Club – 31/01

Celebrating all those incredible female artists on the scene right now, the 27 Club are hosting a night all for the fantastic femmes with performances from Alice Nancy, Nic T Smith, Karen Turley, Joanne Louise Band, Ellie Rose Smith, Vanessa Murray and Mars Island.


Ali Horn

+ Emilio Pinchi – Charity Shop Pop

Getintothis @ The Jacaranda – 01/02

The Strange Collective’s Ali Horn performs solo for what will be a special night at the Jac. The excellent Emilio Pinch supports along with newbies Charity Shop Pop.



BBC 6MUSIC @ Parr Street Studio2 – 02/02

As part of Steve Lamacq’s Independent Venue Week Tour, BBC 6MUSIC are set to broadcast live from Studio2 on Parr Street, with the special addition of IDLES for the last broadcast hour. The venue, next to the world famous studio which has welcomed the likes of Black Sabbath, Bjork and The Smiths, holds a special place in Liverpool’s music scene.


Salt The Snail

+ Bisch Nadar – Vuromantics

Society of Losers @ Jacaranda – 02/02

Everyone’s favourite It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia-inspired monikered band launch their new single Spanish Announce Table in the cellar they were born to play. Support from Bisch Nadar makes the £2 door tax well, well worth it.


Pure Joy…Go Galactic

+ Jo Mary – The Blurred Sun Band

@ The Jacaranda Club – 03/02

To end Independent Venue Week, the closing party is brought to you by Bido Lito! we are bringing together space-epic creators Pure Joy, Jo Mary and gloopy psych quartet The Blurred Sun Band for a party of stratospheric pr0portions.


There’s also much more going on around Liverpool with The Writers Club presenting The Mono LPs, Daisy Gill and Hannah Kewn. Good Problems heading up a stellar line-up at the Zanzibar on Monday and Katie Mac supporting Neildsy on the Friday at the same storied venue.  The legendary Edgar Jones also plays a sold out show at the Jacaranda.

Independent Venue Week takes place from Monday 29th January to Sunday 4th February across 7 venues in Liverpool.

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