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Top 5 UK Concert Venues

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It’s a mystery why certain venues become more synonymous with great gigs
than others. Much of the time it depends on what one may be looking to
get for the price of their ticket; great acoustics, fun lighting, an
exciting atmosphere – but one thing for certain is some venues contribute
more to a making a live performance special than others.

Here, five top UK venues are put under the microscope in an attempts to
explain why this phenomenon might happen, so the next time yo...


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It’s a mystery why certain venues become more synonymous with great gigs
than others. Much of the time it depends on what one may be looking to
get for the price of their ticket; great acoustics, fun lighting, an
exciting atmosphere – but one thing for certain is some venues contribute
more to a making a live performance special than others.

Here, five top UK venues are put under the microscope in an attempts to
explain why this phenomenon might happen, so the next time you buy your
concert tickets, you might consider improving on the experience by
attending it at one of these top locations.

Top of most people’s list, certainly if you ask the acts that have ever
played it, is the Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow (www.glasgow-
barrowland.com/ballroom.htm).

Recently voted the second best small venue in Europe (it has a capacity
of 1900); it is located at the bottom end of the Gallowgate, resplendent
with a large rainbow façade. It has seen almost every band in recent
history gracing its famous stage, from the Arctic Monkeys to All About
Eve, and The Who to Robbie Williams. All of them have come away from gigs
at ‘The Barras’ raving about the atmosphere it generates.

But what is it that makes this wooden-floored, sweaty 60’s throwback so
appealing?

The answer is simplicity; the stage is the perfect height and distance
from the crowd (in your face all the time), and the sound is condensed
within the four walls creating a totally awesome live music experience
that sweeps everyone into a frenzy.
Glasgow audiences are amongst the toughest to please but the most
rewarding when you do, and when this happens in The Barrowland the result
is electric.

At number two there is no doubt the Brixton Academy (www.brixton-
academy.co.uk) is as good a venue for a gig as you will get anywhere in
the world. A favourite for Ian Dury and more recently, Madonna, this
jewel in London’s crown creates an explosive and urban atmosphere, so
that people continue to snap tickets up for gigs there faster than
Linford Christie does 100m.

The venue, run by Carling, has   spread into other cities too, with
replicas of the interior being   constructed to capitalise on the
successful layout the building   affords. It’s a simple philosophy; create
a classic look but with modern   facilities, and slope the crowd as far as
they can go towards the stage.

In third place is a pub backroom that tops all small venues, purely
because of its history and openness to introduce new acts to the music
scene: The Dublin Castle (www.bugbearbookings.com/pages/dc.htm).

Found in Camden Town’s Parkway, this pub is perhaps most famous for being
the home of Madness, but it has also been the heart of a Camden musical
enterprise that has seen the likes of Oasis and Blur stake a claim.

The Dublin Castle stage is small, but its impact on the British music
scene proves it has punched over its weight for many years. Catch a gig
there if you can some night – a single ticket will get you at least three
bands for under a tenner, and the beer is half bad either.

From the smallest to the largest now, and the title of best arena venue
in the UK goes to the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle
(www.metroradioarena.co.uk). Highly adaptable and with superb facilities,
this arena is a must-play venue to the hottest live music acts on the go,
as well as sporting occasions and stand-up comedy acts.

It always guarantees an energetic and enthusiastic crowd of up to 10,000
people, with superb views and sound quality, whether standing, seated, in
the expensive boxes, or the rear balcony. It’s as good a venue on this
scale for performing acts as it is for the paying public.

Last but not least on the list of top five best UK concert venues goes to
a much forgotten centre of musical and artistic excellence - another
Camden classic - The Roundhouse (www.roundhouse.org.uk).

Built in 1846, this legendary and recently refurbished Grade II listed
building is as steeped in British music history as you can get. Pink
Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley have all graced its famous stage, and
it’s a pleasure to see it revitalize its fortunes as a going concern.
Since a period of degeneration and regeneration, it now plays host to
some of the best top and wide-ranging acts the music and theatre scenes
have to offer.

				
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