NIVA Announces First-Ever ‘The Live List’ In Celebration Of The Indie Industry’s Favorite Live Performers 

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 29: Bartees Strange performs on the Sutro Stage during day 1 of the 2021 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on October 29, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic for Outside Lands)

It’s awards season and the The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) has partnered with The Black List to put together “The Live List,” highlighting over 300 artists with 35 featured acts including Automatic, Danielle Ponder, Sierra Ferrell, Genesis Owusu, BenDeLaCreme, and Bartees Strange. The Live List will help elevate rising, must-see artists that have started their careers at independent venues.

“I feel really lucky to be recognized for performing,” Bartees Strange said in a statement. “I think about it a lot and we work hard to put on a great show. I love playing shows, it’s one of the greatest gifts I can ever have and share. Thanks to NIVA, and all of the venues and promoters behind the scenes of our shows.“


The first-ever Live List was determined by anonymous votes from more than 1,000 NIVA members, including independent music and comedy venues, festivals, and promoters.

“NIVA members book, promote, and attend countless shows a year,” said Jordan Anderson, Troubadour Talent Booker and The Live List Task Force Co-chair. “We see acts who really have the ability to go the distance and, with that, we believe The Live List is a way for us to continue to help develop and foster these artists as they move forward in their careers.”

Jake Diamond, Marketing Director of Union Stage Presents and The Live List Task Force Co-chair, added, “We are very excited to launch this initiative. The artists included on the list were handpicked by the folks who see hundreds of shows a year, so the authenticity is real. We hope both NIVA members and fans are excited to dive in and check out the acts they aren’t familiar with, and ultimately see them live. The Live List has endless possibilities when it comes to helping promote these acts!”

NIVA plans on celebrating the debut Live List artists all year long, starting with an unofficial SXSW event: NIVA’s The Live List Day Party presented by TIDAL, which takes place at Parish, in Austin’s Sixth Street Entertainment District, from 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. The lineup features Live List artists Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs, Bartees Strange, The Heavy Heavy, Cheekface, Gabe Lee, Oh He Dead, Mary Santora, and Lowertown. NIVA points out that TIDAL has generously paid “all of the talent’s performance fees and continues to prioritize economic empowerment of emerging artists, through TIDAL RISING.”

Other featured up-and-coming artists on the 2023 Live List include Amyl and The Sniffers, Bendigo Fletcher, Caitlin Peluffo, Celisse, Dijon, Dustin Nickerson, Early Eyes, Ethel Cain, Fontaines DC, Geoffrey Asmus, Haley Heynderickx, Kiss the Tiger, Lowertown, Mary Santora, Maxo Kream, MJ Lenderman, Momma, MUNA, Nur-D, Oh He Dead, Orville Peck, Sam Tallent, Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs, Sudan Archives, The Heavy Heavy, The Local Honeys, The Scarlet Opera, Thee Sacred Souls and Wet Leg.

Visit to RSVP for NIVA’s The List List Day Party.

And click here: for TIDAL’s official playlist of The Live List’s featured artists.

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