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Burgess leads Night & Day IVW celebrations

A trio of acts from Tim Burgess's O Genesis label will perform at Manchester's Night & Day Café for the third Independent Venue Week

By IQ on 19 Jan 2016

The Night and Day Cafe

image © Phil King

Three bands from Tim Burgess’s O Genesis label will play the Night and Day Café in Manchester on 31 January as part of Independent Venue Week.

A DJ set by the Charlatans frontman will follow performances by Hot Vestry, Slowgun and Tear.

“I’ve seen so many bands make their start at independent venues, so it make sense that we do what we can to make sure they don’t disappear,” Burgess told the Manchester Evening News. “Independent venues are the lifeblood that gives bands their first places to play, and so many have closed. We have to make sure that we do as much as possible to help them survive.”

The Night & Day was close to losing its own licence in 2014 following a noise complaint by a neighbour. Over 74,000 people signed a petition in support of the venue.

The third Independent Venue Week runs from 25 to 31 January. Other Manchester venues participating include Band on the Wall, Soup Kitchen and the Ruby Lounge.

Outside of Manchester, music charity and event partner Attitude is Everything will seek to raise awareness about how small venues can attract greater numbers of disabled fans and artists in partnership with disabled artist/technologist Winter of ’82, who will play shows in Guildford, Coventry, Bristol and London.