BBA Recommends - Independent Venue Week #IVW18

January 31, 2018

This week is all about celebrating the best and boldest independent music venues across fine old Blighty.


A whole week of championing those music venues that get the riffs running through your blood, and provided a powerful platform for artists across the board.


These exceptional East Anglian venues have been chosen to feature in this years list, so read on, click and book, to see the best in new music right on your doorstep this week


Cambridge Junction


The youthful, purpose built space at the Junction lives and breathes art, performance and modernity. The edgy and versatile space gives home for the night to musicians of every genre, from the up and comers to the powerhouses of industry experience. This all encompassing venue brings real vibrancy to the city.


What’s on this week?


Friday 2 February – Police Dog Hogan


The Portland Arms - Cambridge


There is no sweeter combination then beer, pizza and live music. The Portland Arms in Cambridge takes this holy trinity to a whole new level.

130 year old pub CHECK

200 person music venue CHECK

Band Merch CHECK

Tiki hut ! CHECK


What's on this week?


Wednesday 31 January – Green Mind Presents: Hot Snakes

Thursday 1 February – Green Mind Presents: INHEAVEN

Friday 2 February – Green Mind presents Goldblume + Moonstrips + Special Guests


John Peel Centre for Arts - Stowmarket


If John Peel taught us anything, it was to listen loud, listen often and listen varied.

This mantra runs through the heart and soul of this Stowmarket venue. Only enter if you’re ready for true original music, real emerging talent and the very best in unique artistic talent.


What’s on this week?


Wednesday 31 January – TENSHEDS + BEX & FREDA + ROBIN DICKER


Saturday 3 February – Thy Last Drop + Support

Sunday 4 February – Vinyl Lounge Sunday Chillout


Norwich Arts Centre


This little gem doesn’t just win awards, it collects them.


Just inside the city centre, in C14th church, hides the delectable live music venue that is Norwich Art Centre. All charitable, all original, all encompassing. This hall of fame has hosted little known musicians like Nirvana, Muse, The Manic Street Preachers…so we’re not saying that all their acts go on to dominate the world, but….


What’s on this week?


Thursday 1 February – SWARB! It Suits Him Well

Friday 2 February – The Hempolics


Bassment - Chelmsford


Dark. Intimate. Over 18s.


Just how we like our live music venues!

With a real focus on original music, this small club-come-bar-come-gig haunt ticks every box. Offering regular live music, comedy nights and an excellent drinks selection, this is a must visit EA venue - just watch your head if you’re over 6’2”!


What’s on this week?


Friday 2 February – SLAVES DJ SET + Bad Nerves + The Horse Heads + Victories + Grandma’s Waffle Velocity

Saturday 3 February – Asylums + Bare Traps


The Smokehouse - Ipswich


This inclusive, visionary, mega platform for all artistry is changing the face of the Ipswich music scene.


A nurturing and explorative space: the Smokehouse is enabling the underrepresented, the disillusioned and the marginalised a place to explore, heighten their profile and engage new audiences.


What’s on this week?


Friday 2 February – Darko + Actionmen + PMX + Pessimist

Saturday 3 February – Jack Rundell + Polly Preacher + Grof



Three Wise Monkeys - Colchester


This is no ordinary pub.


4 floors of joy bring Colchester it’s finest independent music venue. Take time to enjoy a quality ale on the ground floor, move on unto floor two and fill up on slow cooked smokey BBQ, then onto floor three where the best in live music will sooth your ear holes. Finally, top it all off in the basement (!) with a cold, refreshing gin.


What’s on this week?


Friday 2 February – TWM Live Presents – Witch Kids/Laurence & Cow/Sam Eagle & The Lemon Lizards /Beth Marie




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