LGW presents a Livestream Mini Festival on 29th-31st January in association with Independent Venue Week 2021.
The event will be hosted over three nights showcasing live music performances, video exclusives and interviews to celebrate Independent Venue Week. The festival will be live streaming out of London’s finest independent venues, including The Windmill, The George Tavern and The Gallery at Tileyard London.
Independent Venue Week is unique in that it is a nationwide initiative with a completely local feel. By championing venues, they are able to highlight why they are so much more than just places for live music – they are cultural hubs for learning, creativity, arts and culture connecting people in their local community.
These venues, all local businesses, are the backbone of the live music scene and Independent Venue Week recognises 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.
We caught up with Joe, one of the driving forces behind the project to ask why it is such an important time to keep music playing.
So Joe, tell us more about London Gig Weekly.
London Gig Weekly started as an idea but over time has been founded and run by local event organisers, promoters and sound and vision technicians offering services for free to support the local music industry.
The venues we work with give artists their first experience of playing live in front of an audience, they also give fans somewhere to get up close to artists.
How has 2020 impacted your operations and how have you adapted?
Our job has never been easy or very well paid – at least in the underground music environment – so we had to adapt to the conditions. It’s given us time too to think about the best way forward.
Why is what you do so important?
London Gig Weekly is where artists and crew have come together organically, as one. We like music, and want to provide bands with opportunities while the live circuit is not there, as well give them incredible content that they can use when it returns. We also have been very lucky to have talented people with passion who have brought a lot, Lou Smith our head videographer for example. It works and it is a test platform of a new approach to music, as 2020 became a new chapter in music history. We understand this is a very difficult time for art, so we have a vision of why we are here.
How important do you believe it is that we continue to deliver events, even in a remote way?
If it’s what motivates you, then you should do it. Me and Manny who started the project both worked with a radio station KEXP from Seattle during International Clash Day in London, it was at Studio 9294 a venue I was involved with at the time, that was a career highlight for me. Working with such great people, and video recording bands like IDLES, Snapped Ankles, Ghost Poet and others, so that experience gave us a lot.
What have you chosen Tileyard London as one of your venues?
As previously I had been introduced by Manny to Tileyard and had put on a gig with a great young band called FEET a few years ago. Manny championed the venue and also brought in personal endorsements such as Waves Audio, Shure, Aston Mics, Kazbar Systems to facilitate the equipment and professional touring technician connections like Matteo Cafelli.
If you’d like to tune into Independent Venue Week’s Livestream Festival, you can purchase a ticket here.