Idles shared a new video for album track "Carcinogenic". Recorded live for Independent Venue Week, the video sees each of the band members performing the track from separate venues across their hometown of Bristol including The Louisiana, Exchange, The Mother's Ruin, The Old Duke and Trinity Centre.
Speaking about Independent Venue Week, guitarist Mark Bowen says:
"Now more than ever independent musicians and the music industry at large need to unite to keep from being decimated. Between the pandemic and a government who not only don’t care about the future of the arts (especially independence within the arts) but take a pro-active role in its diminishment, independent venues are at greatest risk because they are mostly small businesses, not interested in profit or investors but in the nourishment of creative, open-minded, critical thinking.
Independent venues are the fertile soil in which the future of the performing arts will grow. They are where your future favourite band will play, where the best song ever written will be tested out, where the new can bud and flourish.
They are also vital for a sense of community and union, something people sorely need and miss at this time, without them we’re all f**ked"
In addition to this special performance, IDLES will also be undertaking a live AMA with fans on their Instagram account to talk about the importance of venues and how crucial they were to the growth of the band. The live AMA will take place at 7PM GMT on Saturday 30th Jan. For it's eighth edition, this years' Independent Venue Week (25th Jan - 31st Jan) is being held digitally with over 141 virtual events taking place across the country. Over 110 venues have signed up to take part playing host to performances, ‘In Conversation’ interviews, panel discussions with industry professionals and more. Other artists involved include the likes of Arlo Parks, Gruff Rhys, Jordan Adetunji, Amy Macdonald, Blossoms, Bombay Bicycle, Club, Chubby & The Gang, Cowgirl, Dry Cleaning, Fontaines D.C., Frank Turner, Gerry Lyons, Johnny Marr, New Pagans, Sam Smith, Simone Butler / Primal Scream, Skin, Peter Selway / Radiohead, Young Knives + more Full schedule and tickets available HERE Donate to Independent Venue Week HERE More info about Independent Venue Week: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram