Want to discover the best small music venues in your area, but don’t know where to begin? Or are you spending a weekend in another part of the country and want to catch a local band but don’t know where to go? Thankfully, help is at hand.
, a specialist music insurance provider, has created a comprehensive guide to the UK’s best small live venues in the form of an interactive map.
This map covers all corners of the UK, from Northern Ireland to South East England, and is split into 12 regional pages. It is designed to save people time in finding the best live music venues to watch up-and-coming artists.
Each page contains key stats for the region’s venues – such as capacity, contact details and which venues provide a backline.
It also features some interesting ‘Did You Know’ trivia, notable acts who’ve played in specific venues as well as unique insights from venue spokespeople.
Nobody is more aware of the importance of the UK’s live music venues than the Labour MP John Spellar. Mr Spellar’s ‘Agent of Change’ Bill to save live venues from closure gained public backing from Paul McCartney and Billy Bragg among others.
Since Mr Spellar took the Bill to Parliament, the government has incorporated it into planning guidance for local authorities, meaning any new developments such as flats must be integrated effectively with existing facilities such as music venues.
Mr Spellar said: “This map highlights why the UK’s vibrant live music scene is celebrated the world over. Quite simply, small music venues make our country a more attractive destination. The most famous musicians of all time have started out at some of these iconic venues and it’s vital that people continue to support them. Otherwise, the future of live music is in danger. The support for Agent of Change has been fantastic and the Bill’s success presents a fantastic opportunity for the next generation of musical talent to emerge. Local councils must use the power they’ve now been given to back British music.”
Discover the UK’s best small venues and help support our country’s live music scene by visiting the interactive map via the link below. If you think we’ve missed a great venue from our list, Tweet .
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