Independent music venues week at Bootleg Social

Blackpool a place based on live performance and showmanship – over many years the town has hosted high-profile acts at The Winter Gardens through to historical happenings such as The Good, The Bad, and The Queen playing North Pier a couple of years ago.

Through lockdown, live music events couldn’t be missed more with music fans wondering when they can get back to what they enjoy most. This week sees a full programme of live streams for Independent Music Venues Week at Blackpool’s own Bootleg Social.

What is Independent Venue Week? 

Independent Venue Week is a 7-day celebration of music venues around the country and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out.

These venues give artists their first experience of playing live in front of an audience. They give fans somewhere to get up close to artists that one day, may well be playing stadiums and festival main stages. They also provide those wanting a career in music, off the stage, the chance to learn their craft up close in a small venue.
By championing these venues, we are able to highlight why they are so much more than just places for live music – they are cultural hubs for learning, creativity, arts, and culture more widely connecting people in their local community of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, genders, skills, and walks of life.
These venues, all local businesses, are the backbone of the live music scene and Independent Venue Week recognises all that they have done to create some of the most memorable nights of the past so they can continue to do the same in the future.
How would somebody watch the live streams?
The streams will be free to watch via Bootleg Socials Facebook page, YouTube account and Twitch
Line up
Wednesday 27th January 7:15pm
Kyle Falconer (The View) + Ivory Skies
After five hit albums, a Mercury Prize nomination and countless sold-out shows with The View, the band’s frontman Kyle Falconer released his debut album in 2008 and is back with new material for 2021! Support from Ivory Skies.
Thursday 28th January 7pm
Devon + Jekyll
Two exciting emerging new acts both strongly supported by BBC Radio One.
Friday 29th January 7:15pm
Connor Fyfe + Emily Rhodes
Quickly rising Scottish talent selling out iconic venues before his 15th birthday, support from local talented singer songwriter Emily Rhodes
Saturday 30th January 7pm
Spilt + Tinfoils
Two exciting North West garage rock bands part of the Whispering Pines Collective.
“With all that’s happening in the world its great feeling that we’re in a position to programme events like these which give artists a chance to work again, perform and play to an audience.
As well as the artists it brings sound engineers, lighting engineers, booking agents, booking assistants, and promoters back in to work. None of it would be possible without the hard work of the Music Venue Trust which has kept Bootleg alive with it’s hard work securing funding for grassroots venues.”

Milo McManus Promoter & Booker at Bootleg Social

Photo credit: Tirikilatops at Bootleg Social (2016) by CJGriffiths Photography


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