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:


South West

Small: The Louisiana, Bristol

Medium: The Fleece, Bristol. Read their Venue Spotlight here.

Large: O2 Academy, Bristol


South East

Small: The Joiners, Southampton. Read their Venue Spotlight here.

Medium: The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth. Read their Venue Spotlight here.

Large: Brighton Dome


North East

Small: Ku Bar, Stockton-on-Tees

Medium: ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

Large: Newcastle City Hall


North West

Small: The Deaf Institute, Manchester

Medium: Band On The Wall, Manchester.

Large: Liverpool Empire Theatre


East Midlands

Small: The Bodega, Nottingham

Medium: The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

Large: Rock City, Nottingham (pictured)


West Midlands

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


South Wales

Small: The Globe, Cardiff

Medium: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. Read their Venue Spotlight here.

Large: St. David’s Hall, Cardiff


North Wales

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


Northern Ireland

Small: The Black Box, Belfast

Medium: The Belfast Empire

Large: Ulster Hall, Belfast