The Top 100 Music Venues in the UK (Source PRS)

We’re all addicted to lists. PRS for Music researchers have compiled a league table of the UK’s best 100 music venues. The Southbank, which is top, is proud to have put on 422 musical events. Grant-in-aid last time I looked was  £26m, and annual rent one peppercorn. The Vortex, Ronnie’s and the 606 Club would not be far behind, on that measure. And to my friends around me here at Kings Place, wow –  did I miss the celebration?


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PRS have sent a couple of indications about the methodology for compiling the list: PRS for Music licenses live performances at 7,000 venues in the UK and is able to track music and live trends. PRS for Musiccollect set-lists directly from the venues or attends concerts at these spaces to collect set lists, to ensure that members who created the music are paid their royalties.

The criteria are the number of different live music events (e.g. one artist/show counts as one musical event). Which is why somewhere like King Tut’s in Glasgow ranks quite high as they have a different show on each night yes as opposed to a big stadium doing a tour of Take That (which counts only one time).

1 South Bank Concert Halls LONDON
2 The Sage Gateshead GATESHEAD
3 O2 Academy Birmingham BIRMINGHAM
5 Ronnie Scotts Club LONDON
6 O2 Academy Islington LONDON
7 Royal Northern College Of Music MANCHESTER
8 O2 Academy Newcastle NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
9 King Tuts Wah Wah Hut GLASGOW
10 Kings Place LONDON
11 Royal Albert Hall LONDON
12 Wigmore Hall LONDON
13 Robin R’N’B Club 2 BILSTON
14 Glasgow ABC GLASGOW
15 Spa Complex SCARBOROUGH
16 Philharmonic Hall LIVERPOOL
17 Borderline LONDON
18 Bridgewater Hall MANCHESTER
19 St Martin-In-The Fields LONDON
20 O2 Academy Oxford OXFORD
21 Jazz Cafe LONDON
22 Underworld LONDON
23 Norwich Arts Centre NORWICH
24 Colston Hall BRISTOL
26 Garage LONDON
27 Royal Conservatoire of Scotland GLASGOW
28 Symphony Hall BIRMINGHAM
29 O2 Academy Shepherds Bush Empire LONDON
30 O2 Academy Bristol BRISTOL
31 Barbican Centre LONDON
32 O2 Academy Liverpool LIVERPOOL
33 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall GLASGOW
34 O2 Academy Sheffield SHEFFIELD
35 Cadogan Hall LONDON
37 The Square HARLOW
38 Band On The Wall MANCHESTER
39 The Met BURY
41 Ruby Lounge MANCHESTER
42 St Davids Hall CARDIFF
43 City Halls GLASGOW
44 Komedia Cabaret Bar BRIGHTON
45 Bush Hall LONDON
46 Birmingham Town Hall BIRMINGHAM
47 The Slade Rooms WOLVERHAMPTON
48 St George’s Bristol BRISTOL
49 Colchester Arts Centre COLCHESTER
50 Sands Venue BLACKPOOL
51 Koko LONDON
52 The Venue LONDON
53 Concorde 2 BRIGHTON
54 O2 Arena LONDON
55 Queen’s Hall EDINBURGH
56 Royal College Of Music LONDON
57 O2 Manchester Apollo MANCHESTER
58 St Johns (Main Hall) LONDON
59 Customs House SOUTH SHIELDS
60 Royal Academy Of Music LONDON
61 Barfly Club LONDON
62 St James’s Church LONDON
63 Scala LONDON
64 Brighton Dome BRIGHTON
65 Pavilion Theatre BOURNEMOUTH
66 Seafront Bandstand EASTBOURNE
67 Usher Hall EDINBURGH
68 Gordon Craig Theatre Cinema STEVENAGE
69 Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre (Live) GLASGOW
70 Dartington Hall – Great Hall TOTNES
71 HMV Hammersmith Apollo LONDON
72 Fairfield Halls CROYDON
73 Music Hall ABERDEEN
74 O2 Academy Brixton LONDON
75 Buxton Opera House BUXTON
76 Corporation SHEFFIELD
77 O2 Academy Leeds LEEDS
78 Eden Court Theatre and Cinema INVERNESS
80 Darlington Arts Centre DARLINGTON
81 Union Chapel LONDON
82 Wharf Arts Centre TAVISTOCK
83 Farnham Maltings FARNHAM
84 Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum GLASGOW
85 The Masque a.k.a. Barfly Club LIVERPOOL
86 Pavilion Theatre WORTHING
88 Hawth Theatre Complex CRAWLEY
89 Huntingdon Hall WORCESTER
90 Queens Theatre BARNSTAPLE
91 Forge LONDON
92 Market Place Theatre ARMAGH
93 The Junction CAMBRIDGE
94 The Roundhouse LONDON
95 O2 Academy Glasgow GLASGOW
96 Cambridge Corn Exchange CAMBRIDGE
97 Snape Maltings Concert Hall SAXMUNDHAM
98 De Montfort Hall LEICESTER
99 21 South Street READING
100 Rock City NOTTINGHAM

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