There are some great music venues in the UK, and these include, probably some of the best in the world. The United Kingdom has always been renowned for producing great music and musicians, so it is only fitting that many of the venues there are top of the line and ideally suited for performances.
It’s a tough choice to pick out the best venues, there being so many and all with their own styles and features. Certainly, it is also the question of taste. Some people like classical music, others like club nights with all the other genres in between. However, whatever you’re looking for, the UK is the right place for you to enjoy some memorable moments of your life.
So now we’ll take a look at a selection of the best music events, hopefully including something for everyone.
The Royal Albert Hall
This list would not be complete without one of the most famous and iconic music venues in the world. The Royal Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria in 1871, in memory of her late husband, Prince Albert. Since then it has played host to most of the world’s leading artists from many different musical genres.
Every year, nearly 400 events are held at the venue, including opera, ballet, classical, rock and pop concerts. Here, you browse through the full list of upcoming events at Royal Albert Hall. There are also awards ceremonies, charity events, banquets and even film screenings which have a live orchestra. So you can enjoy a great time there.
Annually, since 1941, the hall has also hosted the famous Proms Concerts.
There are so many great music venues in London that it would be impossible to include them all. One that really deserves a mention, though, is Brixton Academy. It was originally opened as the Astoria cinema in 1929.
It now has the official title of the O2 Academy, Brixton. Since its opening in 1989, the academy has hosted many of the leading rock acts and continues to do so. These include UB40, who were the first band to play there, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Madonna and many, many other top names.
Many live albums have been recorded there by various artists.
The Corn Exchange Cambridge
Moving out of London, we find a music venue that, once known only to the students and locals, is now one of the biggest and rising venues in the UK. The Corn Exchange is large enough to host all but the biggest acts and regularly sees many of the top names and shows there.
It plays host to all sorts of music shows from pop and rock to classical and ballet. A lot of the current top musicals are also staged at the venue (such as Sister Act and the Wedding Singer).
Interestingly, the Corn Exchange is still used as an exam hall for the students!
The Civic Hall Wolverhampton
For those that don’t know it, the Wolves Civic may seem an unlikely choice as one of the top music venues in the country. However, it certainly is, and not only that but big Brit pop bands such as Blur and the Manic Street Preachers actually considered it to be one of the top venues in the world!
The sound, acoustics and the atmosphere at the Wolves Civic are all top-notch, and many of the big rock names, as well as a lot of up and coming bands, play here. Several great performances are scheduled for the venue.
Bridgewater Hall Manchester
Possibly better known for its club scene, Manchester has long been a centre for classical music.
Bridgewater Hall is probably the best known of the concert halls in the north of England. It boasts three resident orchestras, one of which is the Halle Orchestra which was founded by Sir Charles Halle in 1858. The music here is not restricted to classical, however. There are regular appearances by rock and folk artists.
The Bridgewater Hall was finished in 1996 and can now hold up to 2,400 visitors. The acoustics are excellent, and the Hall is also very attractive to look at, especially when floodlit at night.
Barrowlands Ballroom Glasgow
The famous market area of Glasgow was opened in the 1930s by one Margaret McIvor, a famous Glasgow business woman. At the same time, she opened the music venue.
Situated in the east end of Glasgow, the ballroom doesn’t have the nicest surroundings, but nonetheless, it has thrived over the years, and some very big names have performed there. These include the likes of David Bowie, Paul Weller, Robbie Williams and the Michael Clark Ballet Company. Surely, a great place to have fun.
The Barrowlands Ballroom is another venue with excellent acoustics and also fantastic views wherever you are in the audience.
The Cavern Club Liverpool
This list wouldn’t be complete without a visit to what many people consider to be the spiritual home of British music-Liverpool.
The Cavern Club is, of course, where it all started for the Beatles and the club is still going strong nowadays. The style of the club is still very much dedicated to the Beatles, and the décor is all sixties style and memorabilia. So you may love to relive the old memories, or you want to be a part of the past.
There is music on most days and nights, usually in the form of tribute bands. Well worth a visit, though, even if just for nostalgia’s sake!
The Full Moon/ The Moon Club Cardiff
The Full Moon is one of Cardiff’s latest clubs, and there is something for everyone who enjoys the latest club sounds or live acts. The downstairs area is regularly playing host to DJs and live acts, and there is a bit of a more relaxed, lounge area upstairs.
Music style is everything from rock and reggae to hip-hop and drum and bass. The atmosphere is just outstanding, and it is a place worth visiting. Some cool performances are coming up in the nearest future.
The place certainly is very popular and seems to get rave reviews for the music, the atmosphere and the staff.
So there’s a selection of some of the top music venues in the UK. There are so many others that have been left out, but that are just as deserving of inclusion here. Just not enough space for all of them!