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What's On: IVW in Scotland

Posted on Tuesday 23rd January 2024 at 16:00

Jimi Arundell

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Jimi Arundell


Independent Venue Week is fast approaching. Sweeping across the UK from Monday 29th January to Sunday 4th February 2024 – the seven-day celebrations shine a light on the importance of independently run venues hosting art exhibitions, live music, comedy gigs, and theatre.

Keep scrolling, and you can see the best Independent Venue Week gigs hitting Scotland. You can check out all IVW shows and events by clicking the link below.


Remember, GIFT VOUCHERS are available and can be redeemed on all Independent Venue Week events. They also make the perfect Valentine’s Day present for music lovers and can be bought HERE.


Whistle Binkies

Live music seven nights a week

The vaults under South Bridge contain the cavernous live music bar Whistle Binkies. First established over 30 years ago, the vibrant venue has become a famed Edinburgh institution which is open till late every night.

The Maccabees members Felix and Hugo White have teamed up with their brother Will to form the 86TVS. Check out their anthemic indie at Whistle Binkies on Tuesday 30th January 2024.



Mac Arts

Named one of Scotland's Top Four music venues by GQ Magazine

Live music and arts venue Mac Arts can be found in the Scottish Borders town Galashiels. The independently ran space hosts touring artists from across the globe in addition to local acts, including stand-up comedy, theatre, and community events.

Edinburgh-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Brooke Combe was a major breakout artist in 2023, thanks to her stirring and soulful single “Are You With Me?”. It follows the release of her hit viral covers including thrilling reworkings of Marvin Gaye. See her play a headline an IVW show on Wednesday 31st January 2024.



Cabaret Voltaire

The historic club is an iconic venue on the Scottish scene

Found in the heart of the capital city’s Old Town, Cabaret Voltaire is part of cavernous network of Edinburgh Vaults completed in 1788 which has now been converted into a popular subterranean nightclub. The main room boasts a state-of-the-art D&B sound system completed with tailored stage lights for a dazzling experience. Cabaret Voltaire serves a wide range of craft beers plus tasty pizza.

Alt rockers The Filthy Tongues are native to Edinburgh and have recently dropped their latest LP In These Dark Places. They thrill a home crowd when they takeover Cabaret Voltaire for IVW on Saturday 3rd February 2024.


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