Independent Venue Week 2019

With Christmas festivities now a long-forgotten memory, January is often the time when our bank balances begin to feel the pinch and our live music venues often suffer because of it. ‘Independent Venue Week’ is an initiative which is looking to change this, by bringing some of the biggest names in music to an intimate venue near you.

Hull’s music mecca, The Adelphi Club will play host to all of the IVW events being staged in Hull this year, launching with a sold-out show from Public Service Broadcasting on Monday 28th January. Their last show in Hull was supporting The Flaming Lips at Zebedee’s yard back in 2017, a stark contrast to the 200 strong capacity crowd that will pack their way into The Adelphi.



Another notable mention must go to the arrival of BBC 1Xtra on Friday 1st February, as they bring a headline set from official IVW 2019 Ambassador, Novelist. Dubbed the ‘Poster Boy Of Grime’, at the age of 22 he’s already been nominated for a MOBO Award, collaborated with the likes of Chase and Status and even featured on Skepta’s 2016 Mercury Prize winning album, Konnichiwa.

Since IVW’s inception 6 years ago, genres such as grime, hip-hop and rap haven’t necessarily featured as prominently compared to what you might refer to as ‘guitar music’, but this appears to be a balance they are looking to address this year. Speaking to IVW 2019, Director Chloe Ward said “What’s so exciting about having an artist like Novelist as ambassador is that we can bring together a musician with venues and gig goers that might not have crossed paths before, all around the country”.  



Support on the BBC1Xtra show, which will be broadcasted Live on DAB Radio, comes from Hull’s very own Chiedu Oraka, who will be aiming to put on a strong performance, following his recent Darcy single reaching 1 Million streams on Spotify.   

We’ve all heard the almost mythical tales of when the likes of Oasis, Pulp, The Stone Roses, amongst many others treaded the boards of The Adelphi in yesteryear, some of you I’m sure will have even attended some of these. Although it’s great to look back in fondness at some of these moments, it’s also equally as important that we continue to look forward and still get out to support our local artists & venues. As we’ve seen with the likes of the newly Brit Award nominated, Idles, passing through The Adelphi in recent times, it’s still possible for us to create new memories, that will also go onto become an ‘I was there’ moment.

Although IVW events in Hull are solely at The New Adelphi Club this year, it’s also worth noting the whole host of other small/independent live music venues doing great things within our City. ‘The Sesh’ every Tuesday night at the recently refurbished The Polar Bear, The Welly, O’Rileys, Dive, Thieving Harry’s, Kardomah94, Off The Road-Live Lounge, to name just a few.

As for a lot of people my age (mid-twenties), the loss of Fruit last year was a huge blow. This was a place where a lot of our formative gig memories were made and almost certainly encouraged a lot of us to pick up instruments ourselves. Let’s try and prevent a similar story happening elsewhere by getting out and supporting Independent Venue Week 2019!

Full lineup and tickets can be viewed on The Adelphi website:

Words by Joe Gray.


Independent Venue Week 2019 events at The New Adelphi Club:


Monday 28th January – Public Service Broadcasting – Sold Out
Tuesday 29th January – Sound of the Sirens + Support – Tickets Available Here

Thursday 31st January – Rozi Plain + Support – Tickets Available Here
Friday 1st February – BBC 1Xxtra Live: Novelist + Chiedu Oraka – Tickets Available Here
Saturday 2nd February – Easy Skankin’ – £3 OTD
Sunday 3rd February – Matilda’s Scoundrels + Pat Butcher + Henrietta Lacks – £5 OTD