Edwyn Collins for venue celebration

Edwyn Collins
Edwyn Collins

Music star Edwyn Collins will appear live and curate a week of events at a local venue to mark national Independent Venue Week in January.

The former Orange Juice front man, who ten years ago battled back from a brain haemorrhage to resume his career in music, will play at The Trades Club, Holme SAtreet, Hebden Bridge, on Saturday, January 30, as the week comes to a close.

But he will also curate the week, covering gigs from Januaru 25 to 31, at the club, say the organisers of Independent Venue Week, which is now in its third year. Other venues include fsamous names like London’s 100 Club.

This year’s Ambassadors are Mercury Prize Shortlisted Artist Wolf Alice who are taking over from Frank Turner (2015) and Colin Greenwood (2014).

“Nationally, artists performing over the seven days include Everything Everything, Matthew E. White, Mallory Knox, Childhood, Misty Miller, Beans on Toast, Eliza and the Bear, Saffron (Republica) Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets), Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, Georgia, Get Inuit and Edwyn Collins who is following up his involvement last year. As well as playing live, he is also curating the week at Hebden Bridge Trades Club.

“Other curating partners include Rob da Bank and Sunday Best, BBC Introducing, PIAS, Domino Records and The Joe Strummer Foundation with a DJ set from Shikari Sound System. More artists will be announced across social media in the coming weeks,” said a spokesperson.

This year, IVW is partnering with two charities; Attitude is Everything, the music charity that works with audiences, artists and the music industry to improve deaf and disabled people’s access to live music, and Stay Up Late, with their gig buddy scheme linking adults who have a learning disability to a volunteer with similar interests in music, so they can attend gigs together.

Details of all participating venues can be found at the main website independentvenueweek.com - an interview with Trades manager Mal Campbell is included.