Essential Gig Guide: Independent Venue Week 2019 Special

Essential Gig Guide: Independent Venue Week 2019 Special

With Independent Venue Week in full swing, the week bridging January and February is utterly jam-packed with incredible gigs you simply shouldn’t miss.

Running from Mon 28th Jan – Sun 3rd Feb these events shine a spotlight on the vital importance of these crucial venues and the people that keep them alive.
For many new and emerging bands they also offer a chance to climb those first important steps as an artist and play in front of crowds, while also giving fans a chance to get up close to artists that one day, may well be playing stadiums and festival main stages.

So go out and get behind your local music venues and bands, as without your support they would quite simply stop to exist and soon result in a decline in the incredible live music culture that we all love so much.

To find out more about the ethos behind IVW as well as the bands and shows involved in this year’s edition visit their website.

Monday 28th January
Lost Under Heaven / Pearl City / Hivemind @ Think Tank? Underground Newcastle

Genre: Blues- Pop / Rock
Price: £10
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Described as a “Raw Soul Power Ministry”, Amsterdam duo Lost Under Heaven are sure to provide a powerful night of live music to kick-start your Independent Venue Week venture. And making the show even more alluring are the two supports: Manchester’s Pearl City and Sunderland’s female-fronted emotive rock outfit Hivemind.

Tuesday 29th January
Estrons / Venues / Hidden Depths @ Head Of Steam Newcastle

Genre: Alt-Rock
Price: £10
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North-East music promoters The Kids Are Solid Gold present this diamond of a gig which forms part of Estrons’ Independent Venue tour ahead of joining Frank Carter & The Rattle Snakes on the road. The female-fronted alt-rock outfit from Cardiff have provided a steady stream of shout-along bangers that are fierce yet full of raw emotion as proven on their stellar debut album 'You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough' which was released in October. This intimate show is quite possibly the last chance to see this promising band up close at such an intimate venue. Support comes from all-girl rock band Venues from Leeds and Camden Town rock duo Hidden Depths.

Wednesday 30th January
Heavy Lungs / Vulgarians @ Think Tank? Underground Newcastle

Genre: Punk-Rock
Price: £7
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Boisterous punk-rockers Heavy Lungs are quickly stepping up their game and building a reputation for a loud-mouth band that has to be seen live. Having recently toured with fellow punksters Idles, the band are now out on the road for their very own headline tour that makes use of the numerous grass roots venues across the country, including Think Tank? Underground in Newcastle. Support comes from Kingston-Upon-Hull based fuzzy rock outfit Vulgarians.

Thursday 31st January
Soham De / Lesley Roley / Sara Connolly / Maya Wallis @ Little Buildings Newcastle

Genre: Acoustic / Singer-Songwriter
Price: £6
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With Little Buildings having battled many plights that small music venues face, and now being ousted to a new location in Spring, its only too right that the much loved haunt plays host to Independent Venue Week. And this particular gig is one that is sure to provide chills and tingles by the bucket-load when Newcastle singer-songwriter Soham De makes a long awaited return to the stage. With his sublimely haunting voice and emotional lyrical style, Soham De is a talent that deserves to be witnessed in such an intimate surrounding. Adding to the magic of the night are performances by Lesley Roley, Sara Connolly and Maya Wallis.

Friday 1st February
Tall Shaves / FIKA / Heather Story @ Think Tank? Underground Newcastle

Genre: Folk-Pop/ Acoustic / Singer-Songwriter
Price: £6
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The upbeat and charming folk-pop duo Tall Shaves host this EP Launch headline gig that is perfect to fill your bodies with warm, feel-good vibes on a cold February night. Made up of well-established North East singer-songwriters Kieran Taylor and Paige Temperley, the two skilled musicians provide a magical balance in style and vocal sound while perfectly bouncing off each other in their story-telling lyrical style. Also on board are harmonious two-piece FIKA and Teesside singer/songwriter Heather Story.

Tall Shaves Photography by Holly Olivia Photography

Tall Shaves
Photography by Holly Olivia Photography

Friday 1st February
Cohesion / The Tracies / Plastic Glass @ Independent Sunderland

Genre: Alt-Rock / Indie Rock
Price: £3
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Sunderland’s prime grassroots venue The Independent plays host to this special IVW showcase, featuring their very own home-grown talent in the shape of melodic alt-rockers Cohesion. With powerful soundscapes and enthralling song-writing prowess this band really has to be seen and heard live to fully experience their gravitas. Warming things up on the night are The Tracies as well as indie rock and rollers Plastic Glass.

Friday 1st February
FEVA / Lost State of Dance / Rambler / Strangeways @ KU BAR Stockton

Genre: Rock / Electro
Price: £5
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Blistering Newcastle rockers FEVA bring their scorching rock sounds and energetic live show to KU Bar Stockton as part of Independent Venue Week. Quickly establishing themselves as one of Newcastle’s bands to watch, this fierce four-some really know how to lay down a performance that pushes themselves as well as the crowd to the max with powerful vocals and hooking guitar-driven rock melodies at the forefront. Adding to the burning intensity of this show are nostalgic electro outfit Lost State of Dance from Hartlepool, as well as two of Teesside’s most promising rock bands: Rambler and Strangeways.

Saturday 2nd February
Vandebilt + Dead Wet Things @ Independent Sunderland

Genre: Electro-Pop / Rock
Price: £3
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Another fantastic line up of bands hit The Independent as part of IVW that highlights both the importance of these small music venues as well as the abundance of incredible local talent right here on their doorstep. Sunderland four-piece Vandebilt create dazzling electro-pop that is full of groovy rhythms and sublime vocals to sink your teeth into and shake your hips to. The band are due to hit the road with Smooth and Turrell this summer so here is a great chance to support them on their home turf. Support comes from psych-rockers Dead Wet Things.

Vandebilt Photography by Daniel Stark

Vandebilt
Photography by Daniel Stark

Saturday 2nd February
The Faim / Chapel / Halflives @ Think Tank? Newcastle

Genre: Alt-Pop / Indie-Pop
Price: £10
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Edgy alt-pop outfit The Faim are making the long journey from sunny Australia to our shores as part of their world tour. The band have seen an ever growing following across the globe that has only sky-rocketed further since their debut EP 'Summer is A Curse' in September late last year, making this a perfect time to catch them in such an intimate venue as part of IVW. Supports are also strikingly international with Athens based indie pop duo Chapel and French alt rock four-piece Halflives.

Saturday 2nd February
Broken Hands / Swears / Leopard Rays @ Base Camp Middlesbrough

Genre: Rock / Alt-Pop
Price: £10
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Thumping rockers Broken Hands from Canterbury are a phenomenon that is quickly gaining momentum and attention from the big wigs in the music industry including regular BBC Radio 1 airplay, as well as having recently signed to Atlantic Records. And it’s easy to see why when you first experience the band's mighty soundscape of epic riffs and haunting vocals that are bound for the big stages. But for now you can catch them up close at one of the many grass root venues across the UK that are part of IVW. Support comes from equally impressive rockers Swears and Leopard Rays who are representing North East talent!

Sunday 3rd February
Broken Hands / Them Things / FEVA @ Cluny 2 Newcastle

Genre: Rock / Alt-Pop
Price: £9
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If you didn’t make it down to Middlesbrough to see Broken Hands blow the roof of the Base Cape, here is another chance to catch these hotly tipped Canterbury exports up close – this time at The Cluny’s smaller brother Cluny 2 for that extra intimate feel. With their massive collision of epic rock in every tune this could be one of the few chances to catch them in such a small venue following their recent signing to Atlantic Records. Setting the night up right are two of Newcastle’s finest: melodic alt-pop marvels Them Things and the highly charged rockers FEVA who always lay down an incredible live show.

Monday 4th February
Cancer Bats / Bleed From Within / Underside @ Think Tank? Newcastle

Genre: Metal / Hard-core 
Price: £15
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Raucous Canadian hard-core outfit Cancer Bats are out on the road for a tour that includes some of the best new music supporting venues the country has to offer. Well established on the scene with 5 studio albums under their belt, the band's heavily roaring and riffing sound is sure to melt everyone’s head off and send the intimate crowd into an early mosh pit frenzy. Equally wild are Glasgow metal outfit Bleed From Within and globe-trotting metal four-piece Underside, all the way from Kathmandu, who are opening this show.

Cover photo: Cohesion
Photography by Holly Olivia Photography

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