Live events guide and ticketing platform Ents24 has compiled a list of the most popular grassroots venues in the UK.
Ents24 issued the selection of 65 locations ahead of Independent Venue Week, which takes place between January 23-30.
Using the Music Venue Trust’s definition of grassroots venues, Ents24’s list comprises the venues that are most tracked by Ents24’s two million monthly visitors.
The venues named have been categorised as either small (capacity of less than 350), medium (351-650) or large (651+).
“As founder members of the Music Venues Alliance, veterans of Venues Day, and through our daily work with the 22,500 active venues listed on Ents24, we put our belief in the cultural and economic importance of the UK’s live music venues into practice,” said Adam Brooks of Ents24.
“Whilst the business of running an amazing venue isn’t a popularity contest, we wanted to recognise the grassroots venues that fans return to again and again, and encourage everybody to take a look at what’s happening near them during Independent Venue Week and beyond.”
The full list is below:
Small: The Louisiana, Bristol
Medium: The Fleece, Bristol. Read their Venue Spotlight here.
Large: O2 Academy, Bristol
Small: The Joiners, Southampton. Read their Venue Spotlight here.
Medium: The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth. Read their Venue Spotlight here.
Large: Brighton Dome
Small: Ku Bar, Stockton-on-Tees
Medium: ARC, Stockton-on-Tees
Large: Newcastle City Hall
Small: The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Medium: Band On The Wall, Manchester.
Large: Liverpool Empire Theatre
Small: The Bodega, Nottingham
Medium: The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Large: Rock City, Nottingham (pictured)
Small: The Roadhouse, Birmingham. Read their Venue Spotlight here.
Medium: Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Large: The Robin 2, Wolverhampton
East of England
Small: The Portland Arms, Cambridge
Medium: The Waterfront, Norwich
Large: Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea
Small: The Borderline
Medium: The Garage
Large: O2 Academy Brixton
Small: Fruit, Hull
Medium: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Large: O2 Academy Leeds
Small: The Globe, Cardiff
Medium: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. Read their Venue Spotlight here.
Large: St. David’s Hall, Cardiff
Medium: The Tivoli, Buckley
Large: William Aston Hall, Glyndwr University, Wrexham
Small: Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh and King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
Medium: Oran Mor, Glasgow and The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Large: O2 Academy, Glasgow and The Liquid Room, Edinburgh
Small: The Black Box, Belfast
Medium: The Belfast Empire
Large: Ulster Hall, Belfast