So this is something I’ve been really looking forward to. Quite alot if I’m honest. You all know how frustrated I am at the closer of independent music venues in Leeds over the last few years, the last 18 months in particular. If you don’t know – it’s a topic I will be addressing in more detail shortly.
I am torn as of course it is a brilliant idea to allow independent venues to be celebrated and receive the credit and recognition they deserve. However, it does also feel a shame that something like this has to be done in order for their future to remain intact. Kind of a double-edged sword really. To avoid the ending that many pubs have faced over the last few years, it is something that has to be addressed.
These independent venues are integral to a city, regardless of how big that city may be. They provide the essential platform for musicians to establish themselves, create a fanbase and start their journey. Grafting hard selling tickets, promoting, juggling full-time jobs with band practices, playing those venues where only a fraction of the crowd have any idea who you are. It’s a valuable learning curve and one that is being seriously threatened by the closure of the independent venues.
Now since Leeds are already down a few venues in compaison to recent years, it is good to see the likes of The Library on the official list of venues for this celebration. York, Doncaster and Wakefield to name but a few in the region also have venues on offer this week. Check out the full list here .
As they say; if you don’t use it, you will lose it. After all, how many more venues can Leeds afford to lose?