Independent Venue Week – go to Esquires!

Independent Venue Week (29th January – 4th February 2018) is a seven day celebration of small music venues around the UK and a nod to the heroes that tirelessly own, run and work in them, week in, week out.

All the good stuff at Esquires #IVW2018

Here in Bedford we happen to have one of the finest grassroots venues in the UK – nay the world – right on our doorstep, with Esquires offering a smorgasbord of entertainment across many genres every week of the year.

Full house!

These smaller venues are the lifeblood of the industry and give artists their first experience of playing live in front of an audience and for fans, somewhere to get up close to artists that one day, may well be playing stadiums and festival main stages. Independent Venue Week brings together these venues to create a nationwide series of gigs at the end of January as a celebration of their importance.

This year Gareth Barber and the Esquires team have put together their strongest ever IVW line up and you are all invited!

In the last few years alone, Esquires has hosted bands like Royal Blood, Wolf Alice (twice!), Pete Doherty, George Ezra, Blossoms and Catfish & The Bottlemen to name a few, which is a true testament to the booking policy at the venue.

Royal Blood take the Esquires’ stage

So, we implore you to go and take a chance on a gig, even if it’s just once a month. You may just find your new favourite artist.


On Tuesday 30th January John Bramwell from I AM KLOOT headlines. Wednesday 31st is the weekly ‘Jam Night’, just roll up, plug in and play, or enjoy some of the best local musicians for free.

Friday 2nd, hotly tipped INHEAVEN return to the main stage and Sunday is the weekly free entry Blues sessions in the bar, but another band on the tastemakers lips, DEAD! headline the main stage too! Saturday sees Black Uhuru – Grammy-winning Jamaican reggae legends – hitting the Main Stage.

Dead! good stuff at Esquires

Keep an eye on Esquires’ social media and tickets for all shows can be picked up from Seetickets, Slide Record Shop or over at

To read an interview with Esquires’ Gareth Barber & Pad Presents’ Kev Bailey, check out this piece in the Northampton Chronicle.



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