Packed programme at Where Else? Margate to celebrate Independent Venue Week

Where Else? is in The Centre in Margate

A series of events at Where Else? in The Centre, Margate, will celebrate Independent Venue Week (January 29-February 4).

The week is a celebration of independent music and arts venues as well as the people that own, run and work in them.

Kicking off events at Where Else is an exhibition of gig posters by Raissa Pardini,  a designer, artist and creative director.

Raissa has been working with clients like Nike, MTV, Apple, SKIMS, Adobe, NY Times, WeTransfer, Vevo, Pull&Bear, Financial Times, The Standard Hotel, and artists including Blur, Måneskin, Willie Nelson, Paul Weller, Nadia Lee Cohen and Sarah Bahbah.

She is also involved with charities such as Brian Eno’s Earth Percent, Endometriosis UK, Rape Crisis, Music Declares.

Her work has been acquired by the V&A as part of its permanent collection and Raissa is in this year’s iconic top 100 creatives in the music industry by Patreon and

Raissa will be exhibiting Musica! Musica! Musica! a collection of her gig posters, at Where Else? for a month starting on 30th January.

Chumps Comedy with Olga Koch, Sikisa, Luke McQueen – January 31

Olga Koch can be seen in hour special ‘Just Friends’ on YT, her previous show ‘Homecoming’ on Amazon Prime or on Live at The Apollo.

Sikisa is another act it’s been hard to avoid over the last few years having featured on James Acaster and Ed Gamble’s podcast ‘Off Menu’, Live at the Apollo, Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club and Comedy Central. She’s a comedian, a wrestling enthusiast, an award winning burlesque performer and an immigration lawyer!

Luke McQueen is a frequent collaborator with Lou Sanders and James Acaster.

The Oozes with support from Girls Like Us – February 1

The Oozes are a queer punk band from London.

Support from Girls Like Us

English Teacher with support from Human Interest (sold out) February 2

Independent Venue Week Ambassadors, English Teacher, are a self described indie/post-wonk band from Leeds.

The Kent Pop Exchange IVW All Dayer – February 3

The Kent Pop Exchange is a new live music showcase brought to you by the Where Else? community, platforming new sounds from Kent’s underground music scene, with admission prices set at a rate accessible for all audiences.

This showcase will be across two stages from 4pm – midnight. Featuring; Lo Barnes, Sisyphes, Cool Hot Rockers, Soft, Ruby Tipple, Ernest Graves, Sam Slattery & More.

Find details and book tickets here


  1. “a queer punk band”? Why do people even feel the need to state their sexuality when playing music? I don’t get it.

    • ”queer punk band” ? Some may consider that to be an oxymoron.

      We have 1001 ”queer” singers and musicians who are (or were) successful because of their talents rather than their sexual orientation.

      Why is it that we now have to have ”queer” as a designation to various musicians, artists, authors, performers, etc. I do not see other such folk openly describing themselves as ”straight”.

      Not so very long ago, the term ”queer” was considered a derogatory term that we were not allowed to use.

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