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Top 100 UK music venues revealed 

Southbank Centre tops list of leading concert venues

PRS for Music analysis highlights healthy growth in live shows

Southbank Centre in London is the leading music venue in the UK, according to new figures released by PRS for Music. During 2011, Southbank Centre, which consists of the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery, held 422 musical events - attended by over a million people.

Robert Ashcroft, Chief Executive, PRS for Music said: “I am thrilled to see so many cultural centres featured in the analysis, from the newly opened Kings Place in London and The Sage in Gateshead to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. These venues have very diverse and exciting programmes that appeal to many different audiences. It is an enormous accomplishment to run a successful live music space and in spite of economic challenges, the British live music scene is still strong.”

PRS for Music, the organisation that collects royalties for songwriters and composers, analysed data of more than 10,000 live music events in 2011. In a year where the focus is on sporting venues, the report celebrates the value of all venues and reinforces music is at the heart of Britain’s creative industries. The music business is worth £3.9bn to the UK economy and live music is an essential contributor to growth.

Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, said: “What a marvellous accolade to win this prestigious award for the second year!  We are excited by the chance to present all forms of  music across our entire  21 acre site and to work with the world’s great and emerging musicians.  It’s a tremendous and exciting challenge - so thanks for this vote of confidence in what we're doing.”

Highlights

The PRS for Music research also shows that:

  • In total, the top 100 venues put on 13,781 concerts last year
  • The top 5 venues in 2011, put on more than 1,829 concerts between them.
  • London accounted for 30% of the top 100 live music venues
  • Other top concert locations were: Glasgow (8), Manchester (5); Birmingham (4); and Bristol (3).

The top 10 UK venues are:

  • Southbank Centre, London
  • The Sage Gateshead, Tynne and Wear
  • O2 Academy, Birmingham
  • Stables, Milton Keynes
  • Ronnie Scotts, London
  • O2 Academy, Islington
  • King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
  • Kings Place, London

The full top 100 is attached at the end of this press release listed in order of live performances.

ENDS

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 118,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £537.4m in 2015, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

About PRS for Music data

PRS for Music licenses live performances at 7000 venues in the UK and is able to track music and live trends.  PRS for Music collect 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.

About Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and The Hayward as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. The Royal Festival Hall reopened in June 2007 following the major refurbishment of the Hall and redevelopment of the surrounding area and facilities.  Southbank Centre is home to Resident Orchestras, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.  For further information please visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk

The UK’s top music venues:

Rank Venue Post Town
1

Southbank Centre

LONDON

2

The Sage Gateshead

GATESHEAD

3

O2 Academy Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM

4

Stables

MILTON KEYNES

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

25

HMV Institute

BIRMINGHAM

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

36

Anvil

BASINGSTOKE

37

The Square

HARLOW

38

Band On The Wall

MANCHESTER

39

The Met

BURY

40

The Brook

SOUTHAMPTON

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

79

The Apex

BURY ST. EDMUNDS

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

87

Cox's Yard

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

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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