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Independent Venue Week Announce Wet Leg As 2022 Ambassadors

Wednesday, 27 October 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Hollie Fernando

Independent Venue Week have announced Wet Leg as their ambassadors for 2022.

Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers follow in the footsteps of Arlo Parks, Anna Calvi, Novelist, Tim Burgess, Wolf Alice, Frank Turner and Radiohead's Colin Greenwood, among others, in taking the title. They said:

"We grew up in a place where we had no music venues at all and after living in Bristol and London, it’s been incredible to experience what it's like to be a part of a scene; to feel that sense of community that you can pinpoint geographically to a place, to a venue, I think is quite important and quite special particularly for emerging bands and artists. 

"It's a bit of a delicate ecosystem - Music makers and lovers are supported by the venues and in turn the venues are supported by bands/artists and their fans passing through. The way I see it is this - No Independent venues = No music scene. No community. And to me, I feel that that’s something worth continuing to preserve and nurture. That's why we're super stoked and very, very proud to be ambassadors for this year's Independent Venue Week."

Independent Venue Week will run across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from January 31 to February 6, with so far 121 venues from 66 different villages, towns and cities already signed up, 89% of which are outside of London, with more to be announced in due course. 

The Director of Music at Arts Council England, Dr Claire Mera-Nelson added: "As we move beyond lockdown and into a recovery phase, the importance of independent, grassroots music venues to the local and artistic communities they serve is greater than ever. Independent Venue Week is a vital ingredient in the success of our grassroots live music sector, showcasing our brilliant independent venues and artists across the country each year. Thanks to National Lottery funding and the players that make it possible, we’re delighted to be able to support Independent Venue Week and the grassroots venues and artists it supports."

Three additional ambassadors for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be revealed on October 29. Head here for more information about Independent Venue Week.

Wet Leg recently announced a headline UK tour for spring 2022 and dropped their second single of 2021, Wet Dream, which follows the success of their debut track Chaise Longue. They also have gigs lined up supporting Shame.

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