The Hall is thrilled to be taking part in this year’s Independent Venue Week – a seven day celebration of the spirit and independence of live music.

From Monday 25 January to Sunday 31 January, independent venues around the country will accomodate some of the most talented and innovative alternative artists on the scene today.

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On Monday 25 January the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room will host acclaimed singer-songwriter Jono McCleery, whose stripped back acoustic compositions have earned him a record deal with prestigious music label Ninja Tune.

McCleery will be performing songs from his newest album Pagodes alongside older material from his past LPs. His work has been described as ‘Miles Davis, Massive Attack, John Martyn, Fink and Radiohead wrapped up in one exquisitely produced sound.’

Support will come from Bristolian hidden gem, singer and musician RHAIN.

Now in its third year, Independent Venue Week started as an initiative designed to highlight the importance of smaller, independently run music venues that often provide lesser-known artists with the opportunity to perform for the first time ever in front of a live audience.

‘There’s a particular kind of excitement when you go to a gig at these venues. They’re visceral and intimate. The band that you’re taking a chance on at the start of the evening could be your new favourite by the end of the night.’
Phil Selway, Radiohead

Supported by public funding from Arts Council England, IVW brings together a diverse range of venues, musicians, promoters, labels and publications for an exciting week-long series of gigs. Artists that have featured in previous years include: Slaves, Archie Bronson Outfit, Royal Blood, Frank Turner, Laura Marling, Ghostpoet, Palma Violets, and many more.

Visit independentvenueweek.com for more information and to view the full programme of events.