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10 Of The UK's Best Music Venues
Each year thousands of music events take place in the UK, from large capacity arenas to more intimate but no less impactful venues, Great Britain is renowned for its range of music venues.
Here at Champions Music & Entertainment, we have compiled a list of the country’s top ten music venues.
1. Motorpoint Arena
Who: Little Mix, The Killers, Liam Gallagher
When you think of music venues in the UK, the big cities such as London, Manchester and Glasgow tend to come to the forefront of people’s minds, however, the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham continues to see the world’s biggest stars visit every year.
Also, the home of the city’s ice hockey team, the Nottingham Panthers, the venue is extremely versatile and can seat up to 10,000 people. This year has already seen the likes of Little Mix, the Killers and Liam Gallagher visit the venue and as well as music has seen comedians, dancers and a whole host of celebrities perform events.
2. The Cavern Club
Who: The Beatles
Arguably Liverpool’s most famous music venue, the Cavern Club is renowned for being the place where the Beatles called home when they were at the peak of their fame. The club provided the backdrop for many of the fab four’s gigs back in the 60s and still host a range of popular music events to this day. Whether you want to attend a Beatles anniversary event or listen to a new act, the Cavern Club still regularly sees hundreds of people come through its doors.
3. The Genting Arena
Who: Gary Barlow, Ozzy Osbourne, Adele
From sport, comedy and variety shows, the Genting Arena in Birmingham has become renowned for its wide range of entertaining acts. However, music will always remain its main event and a concert at this location is certainly unique. Prior to any gig getting underway, guests are able to visit the arena’s outdoor Forum Live area where food and drink are served as well as music from unsigned acts being performed before the main event gets underway.
4. The o2 Arena
Who: The Spice Girls, Beyoncé, Monty Python
Perhaps the best-known music venue in the UK, the 02 Arena sees acts come from far and wide to perform at London’s premier location. Able to hold 20,000 people, this year will once again see the stars come flocking and it’s not only music stars who will be performing there this year, with the most famous faces in the world performing events. The venue also has a fantastic restaurant and bar on-site meaning guests can enjoy the entire evening at one of the UK’s biggest and best venues.
5. Norwich Arts Centre
Who: The Stone Roses, Oasis, Nirvana
The East Anglian city has several music venues worth a visit, but the Norwich Arts Centre is perhaps the most interesting and quirky of them all. Opened in the 1980s, this venue is a converted church which over the years has seen a whole host of stars appear. Renowned for seeing rock bands appear, in the past they have hosted the likes of Oasis, Nirvana, Muse, The Libertines and The Stone Roses and continue to see a range of acts perform.
6. The Eden Project
Who: Elton John, Muse, Rufus Wainwright
The environmental project based in the county of Cornwall may seem like an odd choice for a music venue, but the location hosts more than just plants. The location which has become famous for its iconic domes which are home to thousands of species of plants regularly hosts its Eden Sessions events which has seen numerous famous faces appear over the years. 2018 is no different and the likes of Gary Barlow and Bjork are set to delight revellers this summer.
7. King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Who: Oasis, The Verve, Pulp
This iconic Scottish venue is the location where the music producer Alan McGee made the decision to sign Oasis to his label and has gone on to be known as one of the most popular in Britain. Every year the venue sees a range of stars appear. Taking its name from a club in New York, the venue also has its own bar and restaurant.
8. Concorde 2
Who: The White Stripes, Kaiser Chiefs, The Scissor Sisters
Offering incredible picturesque views as well as wonderful music, Concorde 2 has become something of a hidden gem on the south coast. Starting out as a tea room in the Victorian era, the venue now hosts events all year round and has gone on to become known as Brighton’s number one live music and nightclub venue.
9. Hyde Park
Who: Green Day, Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi
Outdoor music events are always a hit, particularly in the summer months, and London’s Hyde Park is a fantastic location to experience some live artists. Relax on the luscious green grass or by the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain whilst taking in your favourite acts is a great way to spend a summer evening.
10. Etihad Stadium
Who: Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift
Home of the football team Manchester City, the Etihad Stadium is now known across the world as not just a sporting arena, but a musical one too. Year on year the venue hosts more concerts and this summer alone will see the Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift perform there.