Independent Venue Week Announces Venues for 2020 – Including The Rebel Lounge

Independent Venue Week Announces First Round of Confirmed Venues for 2020 – Including The Rebel Lounge in Phoenix, AZ

The third US edition of Independent Venue Week (IVW) will take place July 6-12 with over 120 venues confirmed and counting. The Rebel Lounge in Phoenix, AZ will participate in IVW for the second year in a row. In 2019, The Rebel Lounge featured concerts with Authority Zero, The Appleseed Cast, Vansire, Jet Black Alley Cat, and more. More info on The Rebel Lounge’s events for IVW 2020 will be announced in the near future.

Returning for its third iteration in the US, Independent Venue Week has announced the first round of confirmed venues for its 2020 edition. Taking place from July 6-12over 120 independently owned venues in 70 cities spanning 32 states have already confirmed their participation in a week of venue-curated shows celebrating their invaluable role as pillars of artistic community and connection. The still-growing list of participating venues can be found here.

Founded in the UK by Sybil Bell in 2014 to highlight these incredible spaces and featured in Long and Winding Road, a documentary on the UK’s independent music venues featuring Radiohead drummer Philip Selway, the US event has grown rapidly from its first edition in 2018. Participation has soared from 20 venues in its first year, 83 venues in its second, to well over 100 participating venues – and counting – in the upcoming third edition. “Looking at the number of venues signing up this year for Independent Venue Week in the US is incredibly exciting,” says Bell, who wrapped up the seventh UK iteration of Independent Venue Week yesterday, “Venues across both territories, and in fact, around the world have such a huge role to play in the development of artists and crew as well as local and national culture. I can’t wait to come back to the US again this year, visiting new venues and communities around the country and sharing in the rich live music scene.”

The American edition of Independent Venue Week is produced by Marauder. Managing partner Rev. Moose predicts even deeper community engagement in the 2020 event after two years of meteoric growth. “Last year’s edition of Independent Venue Week saw 488 artists play in front of 35,000 fans across 83 venues,” Moose says, “With the number of venues and promoters that are already confirmed for this July, it will be rewarding to see this initiative reach even more fans. We are particularly excited that several independent promoters will be joining us this year. We are unendingly grateful to the partners that have helped us shine light on these business leaders in their own communities.”

Independent Venue Week 2018 @ Pianos (New York, NY) – photo credit: Dana G. Trunk

Why Independent Venue Week?

Independent venues are the places that continue to give artists the early experience of playing live in front of an audience. For fans, these are the venues to get up close to artists that, one day, may well be playing stadiums. And for the working industry, these are the venues where new talent gets discovered and behind-the-scenes careers are fostered. Independent venues are the backbone of the live music scene, and Independent Venue Week annually recognizes all that they have done to create some of the most memorable nights of the past so they can continue to do the same in the future. Additionally, as the first multinational event pledged to the Keychange Initiative, which invests in emerging female talent whilst encouraging festivals to sign up to a 50:50 gender balance pledge by 2022, Independent Venue Week has joined the push for greater gender equality in the music industry.

The project has shown impressive growth since it’s 2014 beginnings in the UK. It works with venues not just in major markets but, just as importantly, venues in secondary and tertiary locations. Artists at all levels support the project, as independent venues are where any credible performer hones their craft. Performing artists don’t need an active release to be involved with Independent Venue Week; most are just happy to give back to the spaces that gave them a start.

Independent Venue Week is a platform providing considerable exposure to venues across the country. Participating venues have said that not only do they love the extra foot traffic, new contacts, and the chance to build relationships with new partners including agents, labels, artists, promoters, and media, but that for this week they feel part of a collective. 75% of venues who participated in the 2019 edition either noticed or may have noticed an increase in media attention because of Independent Venue Week.

For more information, visit Independent Venue Week’s website.

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