Top 100 live music venues

Southbank Centre in London is the leading music venue in the UK, according to new figures released by PRS for Music.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 29 May 2012
  • min read
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 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.'


  • 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 100 UK venues are:

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