It’s Independent Venue Week this week, and here in Hull we’re lucky enough to have three awesome venues signed up – and none of them are that far from the University!

IVW is a 7 day celebration of small music venues all around the country, with lots of awesome bands and artists organising tours specifically around participating venues. Small independent venues are essential to give bands their first chance to play live in front of an audience (and for punters to see awesome bands before they end up playing giant stadiums) and often have a character and atmosphere that just isn’t found in bigger venues.

So what’s going on? Well the Polar Bear (last gig we saw there was the awesome Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs) have recently had a big refurbishment, and they’re celebrating with the first Sesh of 2019, featuring local heroes Three Day Millionaires. It’s free entry (as always with the Sesh) and if you like catchy riffs and pounding drums Sick of it All style then you’ll probably love the 3DM boys.

Welly are actually a bit quiet this week, but they do have some pretty awesome gigs coming up later in the year including The Orielles in February and Slow Readers Club in March (plus club nights including the mighty Shinobi D&B) so we’ll let them off.

The Adelphi down De Grey Street are properly knocking it out the park though with (almost) a full week of gigs and clubs for you to get involved with. You can see the full listing at the Adelphi events page, but highlights for us include Radio 1 presenting ‘poster boy of grime’ Novelist, ably supported by Hull’s very own Chiedu Oraka and (slightly weirdly) a Yorkshire Tea van so you can get a brew, probably in the rain. There’s also the Adelphi’s very own legendary Easy Skankin’ club night and an as yet unspecified launch night on Wednesday.

So if you’re at a bit of a loss as what to to this week, why not check out what’s going on at some of your awesome local venues and get down and support them?