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Yard Act and Wet Leg among full line-up for Independent Venue Week 2022

Nearly 500 performances will take place in 210 UK venues from January 31-February 6

By Will Richards

A composite image of Yard Act and Wet Leg
Yard Act. (Photo: James Smith); Wet Leg. (Photo: Hollie Fernando).

The huge full line-up for Independent Venue Week 2022 has been announced, and includes rising stars Wet Leg and Yard Act.

Nearly 500 performances, panels, Q&As and more will take place across 210 independent venues in the UK next week (January 31-February 6).

As part of the celebrations, BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq is set to host his own short tour across the week, with gigs from Wet Leg (who are also IVW ambassadors for 2022), Yard Act, Franz Ferdinand and more.

Elsewhere during Independent Venue Week, Years & Years will play a special small show at The Wardrobe in Leeds on February 1, while other performers include James Bay and Porridge Radio.

In a statement ahead of the celebrations, Lamacq said: “Independent Venue Week has always played a vital role in helping grassroots venues at a financially perilous time of year. But this time round, it’s even more important to help support the live music circuit after it’s been hit so hard by Covid,” Lamacq explained.

“It’s a chance for us all to rally round and celebrate just how important these places are to emerging artists and alternative performers.”

See the full line-up for Steve Lamacq’s Independent Venue Week tour below.

31 – Franz Ferdinand @ PJ Molloys, Dunfermline

1 – Yard Act @ Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
2 – Melt Yourself Down @ Future Yard, Birkenhead
3 – Wet Leg @ Louisiana, Bristol
4 – Bess Atwell @ The Horn, St Albans

Find out full details on the line-up for Independent Venue Week 2022 here.

Wet Leg pose for a photoshoot
Wet Leg (Picture: Hollie Fernando).

Two of the Independent Venue Week line-up – Yard Act and Years & Years – are currently embroiled in a tight battle for the UK Number One album this week.

According to Official Charts, at the midweek stage, less than 400 chart sales separate the two albums. 93 per cent of sales of the Leeds band’s debut album ‘The Overload’ so far have come from physical formats including vinyl, CD and cassette, while Olly Alexander’s ‘Night Call’ has greater streaming and digital download numbers.