The UK’s Best Underground Music Venues

Posted on Jul 24 2013 - 1:28pm by Jamie Monteath


A fan of new bands and underground music? Anyone living in the UK, or planning to take a holiday there, will be spoilt for choice if so. No matter what styles of music you prefer, whether you lean towards small-scale gigs or are hoping more for large outdoor festivals, this short guide will provide you with all the information you need to help you find the musical experience which is right for you.

There are many great locations for live music in or around Camden, so any music lovers who are taking a trip to the capital are advised to find a London hotel in the Camden area. Once there, it will take only a quick search online to find out what’s on in Camden in terms of music and festivals.

If you take the time to explore the city, you will find a trip to East London to be most rewarding. As the birthplace of several genres – including grime music – East London is home to a wide variety of top underground music venues, catering to fans of many different styles.

Bristol is another city with a thriving underground scene. In terms of music, drum and bass is traditionally the dominant genre; Bristol has even been credited with spawning an entire subgenre, termed “trip hop”. There is also a strong appreciation for graffiti-style artwork which ties in with the local urban music ethos. If you travel to Bristol, you should have no trouble finding some lively underground music venues.

It is not just England which has a vibrant underground music scene, of course. If you are in Scotland and want to sample some of the best live music in the country, then you should make an effort to stay at one of the many Glasgow hotels for hard rockers and get yourself a room in the city centre, close to the famous clubs such as ABC, Sub Club and Cushion.

Wales, too, has an underground music scene to call its own, although it is focused more on festivals than individual venues. If you are planning to sample music in Wales, it will be worth your time checking to see what festivals will be taking place during your visit; by planning the time of your trip, you will be able to get the most out of Welsh underground music.

For all true lovers of the contemporary underground music scene, there are many more locations available to visitors, of course, but part of the strong appeal of underground music is the pleasure of seeking out and exploring the many varied bands, gigs and venues for yourself.

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About the Author

Jamie Monteath is a writer that loves to write about his passions which include travelling, theatre and music. He recommends Electric Circus in Edinburgh for music, The Vine Leaf in St Andrews for food, Norwich for its architecture and Cornwall for the most beautiful coastal scenery.