It should be readily apparent by this point that In The City Magazine are strong supporters of live music. Between promoting the best local venues, special events, acts and promoters, you’d think we have every base covered. Not quite. Independent Venue Week is (as its name suggests), a huge celebration of one of live music’s most vital foundations. Everybody has heard the stories. Tales of big-name bands’ early days “slumming it” in tiny-capacity venues are legendary across the entire music canon.
It doesn’t matter if its The Ramones tearing up CBGB’s in New York, Nirvana howling away in one of Seattle’s Punk clubs, or the Arctic Monkeys laying waste to a 100-capacity bar in Camden, there is one consistent element. The independent venue is a hallowed musical institution, a venerable proving ground where emergent acts can cut their teeth and fans can forge iron bonds with bands that might someday rule the (air)waves. Birmingham is no exception to this. Some of the country’s finest independent venues are dotted around the city centre (including, but not limited to: The Sunflower Lounge, Mama Roux, The Rainbow, Digbeth Irish Centre, The Victoria… and that’s not even touching venues further afield like the Hare And Hounds in King’s Heath, The Station in Cannock or The Robin 2 in Bilston). As such, it makes sense that Birmingham should want a hefty slice of Independent Venue Week action.
And, Birmingham will get just that on Tuesday January 24th when Southern Psychedelic Rock/Neo-Grungers The Wytches arrive to play an extra special intimate show at The Sunflower Lounge. Part of Independent Venue Week, the event has been set up by the good folks at Surprise You’re Dead promotions and Birmingham Promoters.
The Wytches have played alongside bands including The Cribs, Blood Red Shoes and Pulled Apart By Horses, as well as making appearances at multiple major UK music festivals. Appearing in the cosy confines of The Sunflower Lounge’s 120-capacity basement venue, you can be sure this will be a gig well worth attending – even if just to say you were there!
In addition to the appearance by The Wytches, BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq is also set to make a stop at The Sunflower Lounge on January 24th. Steve will be touring the UK to visit some of the country’s most iconic independent music venues in support of the IVW initiative. Steve says
“Now, more than ever, it’s important to support small, grassroots venues around the country, because, while a lot of them continue to thrive, we’ve seen many of them shut down and many still under threat”.