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The UK’s best live music venues

Live music venues

Whether you’re a serious music lover or simply want to find out where to watch the latest bands, there’s always a great gig happening near you.

From famous bars to locally loved venues, here are some of the best places to listen to live music across the UK.

Live music venues in London

The Windmill

This Brixton bar slowly evolved into a music venue, where you can catch great bands just before they hit the big time. The slightly scrungy atmosphere, an actual windmill in the next-door park and infamous ‘roof dogs’ make The Windmill well worth a visit.

Union Chapel

Atmospheric, excellent acoustics, and Grade 1 listed architecture all help make Union Chapel one of the best places to see your favourite bands. It’s perfect for the stripped-back sets many choose to perform, and is still a working church; all the gig profits go back into the community.


A former engine shed, built in 1847, Roundhouse is now home to one of the biggest music venues in London, but hasn’t lost its intimate feel. Artists from Jimi Hendrix and The Doors to The Chemical Brothers and Paul Weller regularly rattle the iron girders.

Live music venues in Edinburgh

Sneaky Pete’s

It may be small – only squeezing in 100 – but Sneaky Pete’s still packs a punch! Expect DJs, loud bands and a busy queue at the tiny bar seven nights a week. If it’s shouty, sweaty, seriously good fun you’re after, this the place in Edinburgh to find it.

Liquid Room

A great gig venue in the basement of a Nineteenth Century church, where you can catch big-name bands and international DJs, or dance the night away at an Indie disco. Get to Liquid Room early for a balcony spot to watch acts including Calvin Harris, Kaiser Chiefs, or Stiff Little Fingers.

Live music venues in Glasgow

King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

Helping cement Glasgow’s reputation as one the best live music scenes in the UK, is King Tut’s. The venue is famously where record boss Alan McGee spotted and signed Oasis, but bands such as Coldplay and The Verve have also played the stage – on their way up and during current tours. Drop in to discover the next big thing.

Òran Mór

This converted church is more than just a live music venue – there’s restaurants, theatre space and a nightclub too – but watching big-name bands, or those who are about to be, is the big draw. Amy Winehouse, Rudimental and The Proclaimers all became part of the Òran Mór legend.

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