Craufurd Arms reveals Independent Venue Week line up

Goldie Lookin Chain headline the Friday night
Goldie Lookin Chain headline the Friday night
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The Craufurd Arms has revealed five of the acts which will play the venue during Independent Venue Week which returns next month.

While the venue is yet to reveal who will kick off proceedings on Monday, January 23, Ocasan will be playing a one-off reunion at the venue on the Tuesday. Tickets cost £5.

Tim Burgess of The Chalatans is the ambassador for this year's event

Tim Burgess of The Chalatans is the ambassador for this year's event

The Thursday night will be headlined by Grammy nominated rockers Nashville Pussy, tickets cost £12, while the Friday night will be headlined by members of Welsh rap collective Goldie Lookin Chain. Tickets cost £10.

Seattle’s Candlebox will headline on the Saturday night, tickets cost £15, before Milton Keynes’ rap metallers Hacktivist will bring IVW to a close on the Sunday night.

The Monday and Wednesday night acts will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Booking fees apply to all shows.

Tickets for all shows are available from www.thecraufurdarms.com

Staged across 120 venues around the UK, the seven day-long national event, supported by Arts Council England, is now a firm fixture on the UK’s music calendar giving tens of thousands of fans and hundreds of artists their first taste of live music each year.

The project, which retains a strong local focus, will see venues from across the country hosting special shows throughout the week.

Following the likes of Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood and Frank Turner, who have taken the role in previous years, Independent Venue Week’s ambassador for 2017 will be Tim Burgess, frontman of The Charlatans, solo artist and author.

He said: "Independent venues are where every band starts and where music fans get to see emerging talent.

“Without them bands would not get a chance for their all-important first hometown gigs and subsequent tours.

“These venues and bands need our support and the best way you can do that is by having a night out. Lots of venues are closing – we definitely need to stick together and stop this happening."

Independent Venue Week 2017 will also feature a host of gigs with line-ups hand-picked by the likes of SXSW, Huw Stephens, Killimanjaro, Domino Records, Bugged Out, Springboard, a Karousel Music x SESAC Showcase, Trashmouth Records, Field Music & Independent Presents, Melting Vinyl and Live UK 16 Award winning promoter Juicebox Live, with more artists.

With Arts Council England supporting Independent Venue Week for the third time, their Director Of Music Helen Sprott, stressed how the annual event has come to nourish local music scenes around Britain.

She said: “We remain committed to Independent Venue Week and to highlighting the importance of grassroots venues to local communities and emerging artists across the country.

“Grassroots venues are critical to the health of the music industry, an invaluable circuit for new talent, making the connection between musicians and audiences everywhere. We are delighted that once again, an Arts Council England Grants for the Arts award is enabling this vital work to continue.”

Details of all participating venues can be found at the main website independentvenueweek.com.