English Teacher Announced as Artist Ambassador for Independent Venue Week 2024

By Gemma Cross


Independent Venue Week has announced English Teacher as its Artist Ambassador for 2024. The band, who formed in 2020 after meeting at Leeds Conservatoire, follow in the footsteps of artists including Wet Leg, beabadoobee, Arlo Parks, Nadine Shah, Anna Calvi and Wolf Alice by leading the UK’s annual 7-day celebration of independent music and arts venues.

Independent Venue Week, which returns on 29 January 2024, encourages music fans to start the new year by visiting their local venue and experiencing a live show. During the week, independent venues come together with artists, promoters, agents, record labels and media to create a unique series of special live events across the UK to highlight and celebrate the work these venues do year-round.

English Teacher will play a special show at Hull’s Polar Bear Music Club on 1 February 2024 as part of a tour across the week. Tickets go on sale at 10:00AM on Monday 20 November 2023 on the Independent Venue Week website.

Sybil Bell, founder of Independent Venue Week, said:

“We’re so excited to have English Teacher as our IVW24 Ambassadors. They are an incredible live band, who have built their reputation through playing independent venues. They also have a strong affinity with IVW having played numerous shows over the years, including a brilliant gig for BBC Music Introducing in West Yorkshire earlier this year at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge – a true ‘I was there’ moment for me. We are really honoured to have their continued support, and I can’t wait to see them perform again at The Polar Bear in Hull.”

Lily Fontaine from English Teacher added:

“We’re delighted to be the Ambassadors for next year’s Independent Venue Week. Over the years that we’ve developed as a band, we’ve always tried to be vocal about our relationship with the local venues, organisations and scenes that have supported us in our careers and practice, and that continues next year with our tour of some of the most vital grassroots music halls in the country.”

Read the full Artist Ambassador announcement on the Independent Venue Week website

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By Gemma Cross

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