This week is Independent Venues Week, a seven-day celebration of grass roots venues and the people who work in them.
Launched in 2014, it highlights the plight of small clubs – many of which have faced closure and rising rents over the past decade.
More than 170 clubs and concert halls are taking part, from the 3,100-capacity Troxy in East London to the tiny Grayston Unity in Halifax, which has space for just 22 gig-goers.
BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq is supporting the initiative by visiting a different venue every day this week – culminating in a live broadcast from Liverpool’s Studio 2 on Friday night.
The movement has attracted the support of musicians from all walks of life. We asked a few of them about their first ever gigs.