IVW Closing Party | Future Yard

Independent Venue Week 2023

To round off our activity for Independent Venue Week 2023, we’re throwing a big party. Headlined this year by Hull’s post-punk agitators LIFE, who are touring grassroots venues as part of IVW this year. They’ll be joined by a full line-up of acts to be announced in due course, with some national touring artists joining our local big-hitters in what will be a proper celebration of what Independent Venue Week stands for in the grassroots community.

Last year’s IVW Closing Party saw Audiobooks wow the crowds, along with performances from All We Are, Bleach Lab, Yammerer and IAMKYAMI. This was the culmination of a week of great shows which also included a live broadcast show with Melt Yourself Down which was syndicated to BBC Radio 6 Music.

Tickets on sale now.

IVW Closing Party


IVW Closing Party

Hull’s post-punk absurdist polemics LIFE made quite an impact with their DIY debut album. 2017’s Popular Music was championed by BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq and won firm fans (and friends) in fellow post-punkers Idles. Most unexpectedly, Popular Music even ended up in BBC Radio 1 Albums Of The Year list, where LIFE’s gnarly, Humberside riffs and scattergun wordplay kept unlikely – but deserved – company with the likes of Jay-Z, Skepta, the xx and Wolf Alice. Two years on, their eagerly awaited, dryly-titled second album, A Picture Of Good Health, upped the ante again, both musically and lyrically.

LIFE are anchored by their hometown; the geography, history and community has always been the inspiration behind their creativity and on their third LP, North East Coastal Town, released in August 2022, the band pay homage to Hull and its folk. The album is an ode to kinship and relationship with its musical and lyrical spine picking out themes of love, desire, beauty, horror, chaos, pride and most importantly the sense of belonging.