Every music fan has their favourite venue where they love to see bands play. I’ve always preferred venues that have a unique atmosphere, so it’s great to see bands choosing tour-stops at churches these days.
Musicians looking for the next venue can check out Venue Finder for ideas. Or read on for some serious venue inspo!
4 Must-Visit Music Venues in the UK
If you’re into live music, chances are you’ve already experienced this place first hand and understand why it’s so universally loved.This is where you go to celebrate music, not just listen to it. Artists wear dates here like a badge of honour.
Brixton Academy would hold a special place in my heart even if it wasn’t the coolest large music venue in the UK, with it’s Art Deco entrance, Venetian court yard ceiling and intimate vibe. Brixton Academy features something that every music venue should have imo: A sloped floor that ensures everyone has a chance at getting a decent view of the stage.
Favourite Brixton Academy Memory
Brixton was the venue I saw my first proper gig. It was Weezer back in June ’05. Until then I’d been to a few local pub gigs but nothing prepared me for that night. It was magical and life was never the same again.
The KOKO has been around longer than your Great Nan. It’s almost 120 years old and has hosted Charlie Chaplin, Madonna’s first show and was a hub of the London punk scene for a while in the 70s.
Decked out in ultra-luxe gold and red décor: This place is GLAM, but you’ll want to take earplugs as it gets loud in there. It was also the venue that gave me the worst temporary tinnitus of life (but I now have permanent tinnitus so it doesn’t seem as bad… Yay I guess!).
Best KOKO London Memory
There was this one time when Ginger Wildheart handed me a bottle of water during a show. I’m very easily pleased.
Royal Albert Hall
If you thought KOKO was old, The Royal Albert hall is 30 years it’s senior. Wagner himself has even played there. Performances have to as special as the building they’re hosted in, so regulars include The Proms, Orchestral movie viewings and the star studded Teenage Cancer Trust charity shows.
Best Royal Albert Hall Memory
A few years ago I witnessed Tori Amos backed by the Metropole orchestra and it blew me away.
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
This Goliath structure took 74 long years to build, but we can all agree it was well worth the wait. I’ve visited many times over the years – both with my school as a kid, and as a tourist when I lived away from Liverpool – and have watched organ recitals and hymns, but last year the cathedral put on a special event that I hope to see more of: Cream Classics performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. An evening of celebration of the music that was so important in the region in the 90s. Just listen to that bass!
What’s your favourite UK music venue? Let me know down below 🙂