Bringing together some of the most relevant, important and historic venues around the country, Independent Venue Week supported by PRS for Music is a 6 day long series of gigs running from 28th January – 2nd February 2014.
Independent venues sit at the heart of their local community, providing a vital lifeline to upcoming artists early in their careers whilst bringing together those fans who are passionate about live music. With more and more small to medium sized venues continuing to close around the country, Independent Venue Week supports those venues that play such a significant role to musicians and fans alike.
We want to celebrate the venues, and the people that run them, that have played host to some of the biggest names in music when they were no better known than the bands that are playing there now.
In this inaugural year, each of the 18 participating venues will host one night over the course of the week as their official Independent Venue Week gig.
And at Fibbers, for twenty one years promoting national and local live music, the majority all booked by one man Mr H aka Tim Hornsby, we present two fiercely independent acts.
One of the fastest growing bands in the north of England with fans now travelling from far and wide, A Joker's Rage, fronted by clown-in-chief Zakk Taylor, have a winning mix of powerhouse rock, hugely memorable tunes and a delivery not unlike being trampled by a herd of dinosaurs with their haemorrhoids on fire.
One minute the crowd's moshing, the next they're headbanging. Give it five minutes and they're bouncing up and down. Take your eye off 'em for a second and next you know the whole heaving mass is waving their arms and singing along. Ah yes . it's called having a bloody good time!
It's a party, it's celebration of great music, IT'S A PROPER ROCK SHOW and, let's be honest, when did you last see one of those when you weren't a mile from the stage and paying fifty quid for the privilege. You might have caught them blowing bigger and 'better' bands off stage, or storming a 2000 crowd supporting The Darkness. Whatever, you're either a convert or about to be.
Amazed to have GLASS CAVES on the bill; yet another band who have stuffed the venue in their own right. Fusing agitated rhythms, yo-yo guitars and vocal harmonies soaring above wonderful and unplifting material, the band draw on classic international influences and put them through a very British filter.
Building a huge UK following and shifting thousands, yes thousands, of self-released “Glass Caves EP” alongside sold out shows, the word finally got overground when, in April 2013, BBC Introducing gave the band their coveted Radio 1 Playlist slot.
We love Blind Eye, they've come from nowhere with a crazy mix of Chilli Pepps, Alter Bridge and Biffy. Touring in 2014 is definitely on the horizon in a van that fronnt man Harley Daniels is threatening to live in as well. Probably not a good move as they tend to set things on fire, amps and a practice room being recent casualties.
So ... it's Californicators with balls, it's the men from Metalingus and it's Leeds/Reading headliners all rolled in to one. No pressure.