Our Indie Venues Are Something We Should Celebrate

By Entertainment, Sarah Walters | Manchester Evening News, January 28, 2016 | Go to article overview

Our Indie Venues Are Something We Should Celebrate


Entertainment, Sarah Walters, Manchester Evening News


AS our cities get more and more saturated with national chains and every vacant spot turns into a Cafe Nerbucks, we should be raising our voices in fond celebration of Independent Venue Week.

The international event was set up to pay homage to those venues that operate free of sponsors or corporate agendas, that don't belong to a chain of successful live spots, and who dictate their own terms on who plays there.

In Manchester, we're a little bit spoiled for choice. And I'm not just talking city centre. Sure, there are piles of them in both our neighbouring cities - everything from the Albert Hall to The Castle in Manchester, and from The Lowry to Islington Mill, The Eagle Inn or The White Hotel in Salford.

Head out into the suburbs and you'll find wonderful spaces for live music, comedy, theatre and all kinds of performance in pretty much every town. Independent Venue Week is all about the music, and Greater Manchester is no short supply of those spaces either - from the Witchwood in Ashton to Fuel in Withington, The Dulcimer in Chorlton, or The Swan in Saddleworth, there are plenty out there.

So if the scene is so buoyant, why is it important we celebrate it? …

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