Independent Venue Week Spotlight: The Ferret, Preston

This Independent Venue Week The Ferret are continuing their tradition of supporting emerging talent, with six massive gigs, including one IVW All Dayer. Find out more below!

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 25th Jan 2024

Occupying a leading role in Preston's music scene, The Ferret is the city's most popular grassroots live music venue. Playing a vital part in the underground scene, the venue provides a stop for emerging bands and artists to play in the city and runs over 200 gigs a year. This Independent Venue Week they are continuing such tradition with six massive gigs, including one IVW All Dayer.

Opening its doors in 2006 The Ferret has played host to many a band that has gone on to massive things, whether that be IDLES, Working Mens Club, Frightened Rabbit, Ed Sheeran, Alt-JCatfish and the Bottlemen, The Orielles, or Bob Vylan. Whilst at the same time providing a space for classic British bands to bring their iconic music to the Lancastrian masses; with bands like A Certain Ratio and Buzzcocks

This Independent Venue Week, The Ferret are putting on gigs almost every day! With bands like Ist Ist, Skinny Living, Baba Ali, and more heading to Preston to perform. Whilst some of these events have sold out, you can head to the bottom of this page to grab tickets to the IVW events with tickets still available.


The Ferret is no stranger to the current problems grassroots venues across the country are facing. Back in 2022, the owners of the building in which The Ferret, Preston, is housed announced they were selling the building; potentially letting the place fall into the hands of a developer and putting The Ferret at serious risk of closure.

Yet, thanks to the endeavours of The Ferret, the Music Venue Trust (who secured an incredible £500k of funding), Preston Council, and the live music community and scene as a whole; The Ferret were able to purchase the building and secure its future for the long foreseeable. Shining a light on what the future could and should be for grassroots venues.

The Ferrets story champions everything Independent Venue Week is about and instils true belief in just how much the money and awareness raised during the time can go into helping the venues that take part, and the wider scene as a whole. 

So, be a part of the solution, and see some absolutely wicked live music whilst you're at it, by grabbing tickets to one of The Ferret events for IVW in the boxes below!




All of the Independent Venue Week gigs at The Ferret, tickets for which are in the boxes provided, are below. Click or tap on the titles for more information on each event: 


Tickets for HASSAN K. + Beija Flo + OORYA + Polypores (IVW Launch Night) - Sunday 28th January 2024

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Tickets for Ist Ist - Independent Venue Week Tour - Wednesday 31st January 2024

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Tickets for Skinny Living - Independent Venue Week Tour - Thursday 1st February 2024

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Tickets for Baba Ali + guests - Independent Venue Week show - Friday 2nd February 2024

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Tickets for #IVW24 All-Dayer ft Cowtown, Pleasureinc, Ginnel, Better Joy - Saturday 3rd February 2024

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Tickets for Dubinski with Revivalry & Cadaver Beach - Independent Venue Week - Sunday 4th February 2024

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Want to find out some more information about some of the venues that are taking part in Independent Venue Week 2024, read our blog by clicking, or tapping - HERE

Or, if you want to attend an Independent Venue Week gig, but Preston is just too far, check out all the other IVW 2024 gigs, on sale on Skiddle, by clicking or tapping - HERE



Check out our What's On Guide to discover more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.








Header image credit: The Ferret on Facebook