Independent Venue Week Returns in July with More Than 120 Venues Already Confirmed

Returning for its third installment in the U.S., Independent Venue Week has announced the first round of confirmed venues for 2020.

Returning for its third installment in the U.S., Independent Venue Week has announced the first round of confirmed venues for 2020. Taking place from July 6-12, over 120 independently owned venues in 70 cities spanning 32 states have already confirmed their participation in a week of venue-curated shows celebrating the importance of independent venues for live music, for the community, and especially for the artists.

Founded in the U.K. by Sybil Bell in 2014 to highlight these incredible spaces and featured in Long and Winding Road, a documentary on the UK’s independent music venues featuring Radiohead drummer Philip Selway, the U.S. event has grown rapidly from its first edition in 2018. Seeing a rise from 20 venues in its debut to well over 100 venues, and counting, in its third edition.

Independent venue week
Independent Venue Week 2018 @ Pianos (New York, NY), by Dana G. Trunk

“Looking at the number of venues signing up this year for Independent Venue Week in the U.S. is incredibly exciting,” says Bell, who wrapped up the seventh U.K. iteration of Independent Venue Week yesterday, “Venues across both territories, and in fact, around the world have such a huge role to play in the development of artists and crew as well as local and national culture. I can’t wait to come back to the U.S. again this year, visiting new venues and communities around the country and sharing in the rich live music scene.”

The American edition of Independent Venue Week is produced by Marauder. Managing partner Rev. Moose predicts even deeper community engagement in the 2020 event after two years of meteoric growth.

“Last year’s edition of Independent Venue Week saw 488 artists play in front of 35,000 fans across 83 venues,” Moose says, “With the number of venues and promoters that are already confirmed for this July, it will be rewarding to see this initiative reach even more fans. We are particularly excited that several independent promoters will be joining us this year. We are unendingly grateful to the partners that have helped us shine light on these business leaders in their own communities.”

Independent venues can still apply to participate: Submit Your Venue

The still-growing list of participating venues can be found below.

Independent Venue Week 2020
Participating US Venues (as of Feb. 3)


Zydeco, Birmingham


The Nile Theater, Mesa
The Rebel Lounge, Phoenix
191 Toole, Tucson
Rialto Theatre, Tucson


The UC Theatre, Berkeley
Lodge Room, Los Angeles
The Satellite, Los Angeles
Elbo Room Jack London, Oakland
The Glass House, Pomona
The Dip, Redding
The Starlet Room, Sacramento
Soda Bar, San Diego
Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco
Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco


The Caribou Room, Nederland

District of Columbia

City Winery, Washington
9:30 Club, Washington


High Dive, Gainesville


The Foundry, Athens
City Winery, Atlanta


Wooly’s, Des Moines


Beat Kitchen, Chicago
Beauty Bar, Chicago
City Winery, Chicago
Empty Bottle, Chicago
Hideout, Chicago
Lincoln Hall, Chicago
Reggies, Chicago
Schubas, Chicago
Sleeping Village, Chicago
Subterranean, Chicago
Thalia Hall, Chicago
The Promontory, Chicago
Fitz’s Spare Keys, Elmhurst
SPACE, Evanston


8 Seconds Saloon, Indianapolis
HI-FI, Indianapolis
The Vogue Theatre, Indianapolis


Wave, Wichita


Blue Moon Saloon, Lafayette
Howlin’ Wolf Music Club, New Orleans


City Winery, Boston
The Middle East, Boston
Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River
Gateway City Arts, Holyoke
ONCE Somerville, Somerville


The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids


Fine Line, Minneapolis
First Avenue, Minneapolis
The Turf Club, St. Paul


recordBar, Kansas City

North Carolina

The Orange Peel, Asheville
Motorco, Durham
Pour House Music Hall, Raleigh
Magnolia Roots Music Lounge, Wake Forest

New Jersey

Asbury Park Music Foundation, Asbury Park
The Saint, Asbury Park
White Eagle Hall, Jersey City

New York

Saint Vitus, Brooklyn
Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo
The Park Theater, Glens Falls
Arlene’s Grocery, New York
City Winery, New York
The Delancey, New York
Lola, New York
Pianos, New York
S.O.B.’s, New York
United Palace, New York


Jilly’s Music Room, Akron
The Auricle, Canton
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland
The Kent Stage, Kent
Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City


Doug Fir Lounge, Portland


Mr. Small’s Theatre, Millvale
Ardmore Music Hall, Philadelphia
Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia
Milkboy Philly, Philadelphia
World Cafe Live, Philadelphia
Underground Arts, Philadelphia
Club Cafe, Pittsburgh
Rex Theater, Pittsburgh
118 North, Wayne

South Carolina

Charleston Pour House, Charleston

South Dakota

Red Rooster, Aberdeen


The Concourse, Knoxville
City Winery, Nashville
Exit/In, Nashville
Marathon Music Works, Nashville
Cannery Ballroom, Nashville
Mercy Lounge, Nashville
The High Watt, Nashville


Esquire Jazz Club, Amarillo
Barracuda, Austin
Empire Control Room and Garage, Austin
Hotel Vegas, Austin
Mohawk, Austin
North Door, Austin
The Far Out Lounge and Stage, Austin
Acoustic Kitchen, Dallas
Club Dada, Dallas
Deep Ellum Art Co., Dallas
Granada Theater, Dallas
Satellite Bar, Houston
Warehouse Live, Houston
The Bugle Boy, La Grange
ChopShop Live, Roanoke
Paper Tiger, San Antonio
Big Texas Dance Hall & Saloon, Spring


Kilby Court, Salt Lake City


Richmond Music Hall, Richmond
The Broadberry, Richmond
The Camel, Richmond
The Golden Pony, Richmond


Higher Ground, Burlington


High Dive, Seattle
Nectar Lounge, Seattle
The Crocodile, Seattle

West Virginia

123 Pleasant St, Morgantown

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