THEY are the lifeblood of local music scenes all over the world and, for a third year running the industry is getting together to remind people how important independent music venues are.
The kind of venues involved provide many artists with their first experience of playing live in front of an audience.
For fans, it is somewhere to get up close to artists and bands that one day, could have moved on and may well be playing stadiums and festivals.
Using public funding from Arts Council England, IVW brings together the venues along with breaking and established artists, promoters, labels, media, and bloggers.
To mark the week on PostMusic, we run down all the venues in Yorkshire who are taking part in the event and hear from Richard Watson, owner of Leeds’s 360 Club which is staging two IVW nights this Friday and Saturday.
We also here music from the eight local acts that will be performing at the 360, as well as grabbing a few words with Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell, whose band are ambassadors for the event.
List of events in Yorkshire over the next seven days to mark Independent Venue Week
The Live Room at Saltire - Friday 29th January: Tim O’Brien
Arden Road Social Club - Friday 29th January: Hunck + Postcards From Jeff + Moth Loves The Flame
Hebden Bridge Trades Club - Thursday 28th January: Frankie & The Heartstrings
Friday 29th January: HB Soundsystem (AKA Hookworms) perform Sound of Silver
Saturday 30th January: Edwin Collins
Sunday 31st January: Linden
Fruit - Friday 29th January: No Nothings + Love Buzzard + Sister Strange
The New Adelphi Club - Tuesday 26th January: Eagulls + LIFE + more
Thursday 28th January: Night Flowers + Dead Hormones + Serial Chillers
The Library/360 Club - Friday 29th January: Happy Daggers + Marsicans + The Seagulls + Meihaus
Saturday 30th January: Fold + Ceiling Demons + Rawschah + Terra-ist
The Harley - Monday 25th January: Adam French
The Leadmill - Tuesday 26th January: Minus The Bear
The Plug - Tuesday 26th January: Matthew E. White
Friday 29th January: Kitty Daisy and Lewis
Unity Works - Friday 29th January: Thomas Wilby Gang + One Day After School + Climbing Alice + Charlie Padfield
Fibbers - Tuesday 26th January: Halo Blind + Fronteers + The Pylons
Wednesday 27th January: FM + No Hot Ashes
Thursday 28th January: The Talks + China Shop Bull + The Magnificent Seven
Friday 29th January: Rick Witter & Paul Banks (Shed 7)
Saturday 30th January: The Bastard Sons + RSJ + Dead White Doves + Pantheon
Sunday 31st January: The Lake Poets + Boss Caine + Zak Ford + Ryan Spendlove + Edwina Hayes
The Fulford Arms - Monday 25th January: The Drink + Frog + Missing Kids