On the week where The Brit Awards (and Adele) truly took the UK by storm, we’ve been nattering about the great British music scene and where to go for a fun night out. From rock to pop, find out which destinations made our definitive list of where to go for great live music.
Let’s be honest, Sheffield has produced some of the biggest and best bands of the last few decades. Along with electro-alumni The Human League, bands such as Pulp, Bring Me The Horizon and, of course, The Arctic Monkeys have all come from the grungy, steelwork city. Often seen as a must-visit venue for Northern music-enthusiasts (including myself), The Leadmill is perfect for fresh live music in an intimate environment.
From Simply Red and The Smiths to Oasis and Take That, Manchester is home to some of the most successful live music acts in the country. As well as the famous arena, visitors to the area can find some pretty cool live music spots dotted around the city with a bit of searching – all with their own unique vibe.
The Rolling Stones… Queen… Blur… Coldplay… David Bowie – a stellar list of musicians, right? And they all hail from the capital! London is a quintessential melting pot of genres and styles of music, making it a fab place to go to soak up the atmosphere. Wanting to sit down whilst watching your favourite artists? (I can empathise!) Try the Royal Albert Hall or The O2 – you won’t be disappointed. For an alternative musical experience, head to the West End to see the story behind The Kinks; Sunny Afternoon.
Definitely a contender for the ‘most alternative music scene’ award, Glasgow is rife with new talent and hip venues. Franz Ferdinand and The Fratellis have both enjoyed international success from their humble Scottish roots, as have 90s pop-rock sensation Texas (find your cassette, now). As well as larger venues, perfect for visiting on a short break, Glasgow is home to the bustling King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.
You may think it’s all sticks of rock and sandcastles, but Brighton is the place to be if you’re looking for new tunes to add to your ultimate playlist. No matter what your music tastes, the city is sure to have something that’ll please your ear buds. If you like your rock, try Royal Blood; if you prefer rap then Rizzle Kicks are worth a listen. When you want your music loud and your drinks cheap, the Green Door Store is the place to visit.
Where do you go for great live music? Let us know your suggestions by commenting below!