Gruff Rhys has been introduced as Unbiased Venue Week 2021’s ambassador for Wales.
Having already introduced Arlo Parks as the England ambassador for the eighth edition of the annual, seven-day celebration of independent music venues around the UK (going down from January 25 to 31), now the Super Furry Animals legend shall be becoming a member of her to highlight the grassroots music group of his native Wales.
“As a touring musician – my work is totally linked to having impartial venues exist,” mentioned Rhys. “It’s about individuals, not the precise buildings. It’s in regards to the vitality and enthusiasm that music followers have created in cities and cities and villages and so, we have to give a voice for these individuals to be heard.”
Tremendous Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys CREDIT: Gaelle Beri/Redferns
He continued: “Touring artists are fully depending on the passion of impartial promoters and venues. The truth of music is that for most individuals it’s a lifelong ardour, and musicians can not often make a full dwelling out of it, so music exists due to individuals’s ardour to need to hear music, share music and provides a stage to thrilling new music.
“Unbiased venues maintain that spirit going they usually make it doable for musicians to play – most individuals concerned are doing it for the love of it. These impartial venues create the circumstances that make it doable for every thing else to occur inside music.”
Ambassadors for the remainder of the UK shall be introduced within the coming days, alongside extra particulars of what the programme will contain. Visit the IVW website for extra info.
The initiative, which invitations a host of thrilling artists to play unique exhibits up and down the nation in celebration of impartial venues and their communities, offers an enormous highlight on the grassroots ecosystem throughout the stay music sector.
To date this yr, 64 venues from 37 completely different villages, cities and cities have signed up to participate in IVW, 82% of that are outdoors of London.
A spokesperson added: “As we step into 2021, it’s clear we’re a good distance from any sort of alternative to securely get pleasure from stay music in grassroots music venues and the well being and well-being of our complete group is our precedence. IVW is responding by adapting the best way exhibits can be found throughout the week with a variety of digital occasions. From “In Conversations” with artists, labels, promoters, gig goers and different trade organisations to album listening events, pre-recorded stay streams, comedy and quizzes.
“There shall be fewer venues and artists collaborating than in earlier years, however there are nonetheless tales to be informed and experiences to be shared and they’re as necessary now as they’ve ever been – many of those shall be with people who find themselves often behind the scenes, giving a brand new alternative to seek out out extra about how the trade works. IVW is dedicated to placing venues and their communities on the coronary heart of what they do by persevering with to shine a highlight on them, throughout the UK, because it has accomplished for the final eight years.”
Unbiased Venue Week’s Unbiased’s Day (Image: Unbiased Venue Week)
Final month, Anna Calvi, Sleaford Mods and more appeared on a new live album which has been released by the organisers behind Independent Venue Week. The nine-track vinyl-only album was recorded at numerous impartial venues throughout the nation.
‘Unbiased Venue Week LIVE 2020’ is in the stores from the Independent Venue Week website in addition to a lot of impartial shops throughout the nation.