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Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq Hit the Road with BBC 6 Music for Independent Venue Week 2024

By allenpetersonreviews Jan 9, 2024

Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq are set to amplify the spotlight on independent music venues by taking their BBC 6 Music shows on the road for Independent Venue Week 2024. Announced during the premiere of Lamacq’s Teatime Session on Mondays, the dynamic duo will broadcast from diverse grassroots venues throughout the UK from January 29 to February 2. Their initiative aligns with the nation’s week-long tribute to recognizing the pivotal role of independent music venues.

Here’s the lineup:

  • Lamacq will kick things off at Belfast’s Oh Yeah Music Centre on January 29, featuring a performance by Ash.
  • Stephens takes over on January 30 from Whistle Binkies in Edinburgh, with a show by 86TVs.
  • Other stops include The Fulford Arms in York on January 31 (NewDad), Polar Bear Music Club in Hull on February 1 (English Teacher) and concluding at The Rockin’ Chair in Wrexham on February 2 with Antony Szmierek.

Throughout the week, listeners can savor intimate live performances and engaging interviews with the artists. Exclusive opportunities are available for fans to attend special live sessions with Ash and Antony Szmierek by registering through a free ballot until January 15.

In addition to these iconic moments, each venue will feature performances by emerging talents like Problem Patterns, Grace & The Flat Boys, Kindelan, Jodie Langford, and Picture Parlour, all backed by BBC Music Introducing. Expressing his enthusiasm, Lamacq emphasized the crucial role of these venues amidst challenges like rising costs, urging fans to embrace local music scenes. Stephens echoed this sentiment, highlighting the significance of these venues and their impact on nurturing musical talents.

Despite the celebratory atmosphere, recent data from the Music Venue Trust paints a grim picture, labeling 2023 as a devastating year with 125 grassroots venues closing, affecting thousands of jobs and opportunities for musicians. In response, calls for levies on larger events and potential governmental support are gaining traction, underscoring the urgency to preserve these cultural landmarks.

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