Top 100 UK music venues revealed

PRS for Music analysis highlights healthy growth in live shows

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
  • King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
  • Kings Place, London