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.


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.

Robert Ashcroft - Chief Executive, PRS for Music

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.


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.

Jude Kelly - Artistic Director, Southbank Centre

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
  • Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
  • 02 Academy, Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • 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.

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of 100,000 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 £3.5bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £665.7m in 2013, 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

  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
switching account

Switching your account...