It’s been neglected, this website of late, but we’re back: in fact just recently back from our 6Music Independent Venue Week Homecoming tour, a week on the road living and broadcasting from a bus, driven by a veteran of the road, Billy (who spent seven years driving Lemmy and who, by the time you read this will have hosed the bus down in preparation for a trek around Europe with…James Blunt).
And it was a great week: covering five homecoming shows, taking artists back to their home towns or early gig roots. We started in Newcastle with Nadine Shah (whose new song ‘Ladies For Babies (Goats For Love)’ landed this week with a terrific new album to follow – of which more in later posts); then Sheffield Leadmill with Self Esteem; Gruff Rhys in Cardiff; Frank Turner in Exeter at the Cavern, where we had a late night lock-in with the owners; and finishing in London at the Brixton Windmill with two sets from Anna Calvi.
You can find all the shows and our live Tour Bus Sessions with the artists on BBC Sounds for a limited time.
And thanks if you were at any of the gigs, or we bumped into you along the way.
It took hours and hours and hours of organisation, but it was heartening to re-engage with audiences around the bits of the country we made it to.
Support your local independent venues while they’re there: you’ll miss them if they go.
For further information: Independent venue Week