This week, smaller venues around the country that are the lifeline of the music scene are being championed with the annual Independent Venue Week.
The 360 Club at the Library in Leeds is once again putting on a celebratory show as part of the national campaign with a stellar line-up of local talent on Friday night.
Leeds is blessed with so many independent venues that welcome some of the leading lights in the burgeoning Yorkshire scene as well as tomorrow’s Next Big Things from around the world.
It’s at venues like that where the music starts – these venues give bands their first taste of playing live, of selling out a show, of selling their merch and getting their music out to more and more people.
And the 360 Club has been giving bands – from arena-filling Alt-J to nu-grunge heroes Allusondrugs – a vital platform to share their music with a hundred-odd new fans every week.
This Friday, GLASS MOUNTAIN will return to the 360 Club stage for their first show of 2017. The band have spent this week filming the video for new single Cowboy Song on desolate moorlands and beaches. Expect something suitably bleak and beautiful – much like the delicate and dramatic sound that twists from the Bradford four-piece.
The band are just stunning live, and a must-see. It also helps that they’re joined by three other cracking acts.
Leeds lot FIGHTING CARAVANS are also quite a spectacle live. Their frenetic blues-drenched alt-rock is almost as in-your-face as singer Dan’s presence – he won’t stay on that stage for long.
The band played some decent shows last year, taking to stages at Liverpool Sound City and Leeds and Reading Festivals as well as plenty of headline shows around the country,
The five-piece are releasing a new single, It’s A Nice Ride, as part of Clue Records’ Clue Club. Get more info on that exclusive release here.
Less boisterous but no less passionate, will be singer-songwriter SAM WILDE. Offering up a stirring mix of gentle Americana and rousing indie-rock, there are echoes of his hometown of Manchester in his sound.
Leeds electro-fused alt-pop four-piece DUSK, who stormed the BBC Introducing Stage at the Leeds and Reading Festival line-up last summer, will be making the most of their IVW show by celebrating the release of their debut EP on Friday.
The three-track EP Visions bursts with brooding soundscapes, twisting through fierce percussion, on-point bass grooves and ethereal vocals. It’s a shimmering collection of dream-pop shaped from the same mold as Portishead and Massive Attack.
More info on the night can be found here. The action kicks off at 8pm and it’s £5 in. See you down there.