The UK boasts a diverse and thriving music scene that caters to many tastes and continues to dominate global music charts with the likes of Adele, Ed Sheeran and Calvin Harris.
Along with the industry come some of the most iconic music venues. These including London’s Royal Albert Hall, Brixton Academy and Dublin’s Olympia Theatre where legendary musicians David Bowie and Pink Floyd have performed. In addition to the more spectacular venues is also a range of smaller, independent ones worthy of a mention, such as King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow and Moles Club in Bath.
It was classical music that put Britain on the map musically during the nineteenth century. Later it became known for its folk genre before making an impact in the pop and rock sectors during the twentieth century. The early 1960s marked the British Invasion and the introduction of British Pop and Rock bands such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Not only is the UK responsible for some of the most iconic bands of all time, it is also home to music festivals and events that celebrate every genre from rock, pop and dance to folk and jazz music. Whether you prefer huge headliners, independent bohemian festivals or boutique music events, the UK caters to every audience.
The popular Glastonbury festival is a five-day event that dates back to 1970 when it sold just 1500 tickets, a far cry from the 170,000 people the event attracts today. Located in the heart of Somerset, you will find some of the most celebrated rock and pop artists performing on no less than 100 different stages throughout the venue.
Though it may not be as well-known as Glastonbury, Green Man is more than just a festival, it’s a cultural, family-run event that aims to give back to the community. What began with a small gathering of family and friends grew into a following of crowds of up to 20,000 and four days of festival fun. Latitude Festival is a Suffolk based event that has carved a reputation for dedicating just as much time and attention to the arts as it gives to music. Thousands of people return year after year to experience its relaxed vibe. Here you will find stages dedicated to music as well as poetry, film, cabaret, literature and theatre.