THE Salty Dog is looking to keep the momentum going after a breakthrough year in 2018 with a busy schedule of events celebrating Independent Music Week.

The venue has gained an impressive reputation in a short space of time, especially after it was included in an elite list of the top 10 small music venues in the country.

Chris Mundie, owner of the Salty Dog, spoke to the Guardian about his hopes for 2019 and Independent Venue Week.

Chris said: “This is all about celebrating music venues across the country.

“We have got to build on what we have already done and get people interested in coming to the town.

“It is a great excuse to do something cool in the town and it is really nice to be able to have these great acts perform.

“One of the nights has already sold out and the others are selling well.”

The week of music will start on Tuesday, January 29 with Salty Dog regulars Softlad Promotions hosting a special showcase, headlined by The Luka State and featuring 32 Tens and Evan Kirwan.

The Softlad team have been making themselves known in the north west, cumulating in last years sell out Deja Vega Christmas gig in the Salty Dog.

Wednesday, January 30 will be a music quiz special, with resident music quizmaster Bryan Spink at the helm and all entry money will go to St Luke Hospice.

Chris is particularly excited for the event on Thursday, January 31.

He said: “We have the legendary Tommy Scott from Space doing a special one-off solo show. This is ahead of an extensive tour with Space that he embarks on in February.”

Ally Dickaty from The Virginmarys will be performing on Friday, February 1 and will be supported by Northwich legend, Arms and Hearts.

On Saturday, February 2 Rick Witter of Shed Seven will be performing a DJ set. This is a special edition of Scott Burstow’s monthly ‘Live Forever’ DJ Night and is raising money for Tiny Steps. This has already sold out so there are no more tickets available.

Finally to round off a stellar week of music, Sunday, February 3 features a performance from Ed Tudor Pole, frontman of Tenpole Tudor who also appeared in the Sex Pistols film, The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle.

Northwich’s own music comedy genius, Chris Tavener will also be performing before Ed Tudor Pole.

This is the second year that the Salty Dog has taken part in Independent Music Week after a recommendation from a supplier.

Chris said: “Signature Brew, one of our suppliers, sponsored the event last year and they suggested that we get involved.”

Signature Brew have collaborated on beers with artists such as Mogwai, Alt-J, The Prodigy and Frank Turner to name a few.

Tickets for the events are available from The Salty Dog or at