Gigs in the UK: Recommend Venues

A friend from Japan wants to bring his band to the UK and organise their own tour.

Is there anywhere to find a good list of venues or do you guys want to make recommendations of places to play?

Here’s his band:

Brighton:

  • Hope and Ruin
  • Green Door Store
  • Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
  • Joker
  • West Hill Community Hall (not a gig venue per se so you’d need to link up with a promoter)
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Leeds… Brudenell or Wharf Chambers.

Great place

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Ramsgate music hall

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I love sticky mikes and brudenell. Legit thought we were gonna get shanked the first time we wandered down that dark alley to get to sticky mikes though.

Manchester - Star & Garter, Deaf Institute, Sound Control
Bolton - The Alma
Preston - The Ferret
Hull - The Adelphi

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Thanks, guys. Keep it up. When I have a good comprehensive list with other towns and cities I’ll find somewhere to put it as a resource for everyone to see, with places I know included.

I went to somewhere in Bristol recently, I forget the name of it but it’s a coffee shop/bar downstairs with a nice little venue in the back, and a record shop upstairs which stayed open during the gig. Quite nice little place if anyone can help with the name.

Moth Club
Boston Music Rooms
Shacklewell Arms

(All London venues)

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Glasgow:
BLOC is your best bet, they’re keen to put pretty much anyone on, will pay, usually give the band a bit of food too (not a feast but they’ll get pizza or sutin). Free entry for punters.
Nice N Sleazy
Broadcast
Stereo
13th Note
Hug & Pint
King Tuts (probably need a booking agent to get on here)

Edinburgh:
Sneaky Pete’s
The Mash House (drop me a dm, got bookers details)
Henry’s Cellar Bar
Bannermans
Whistlebinkies

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Liverpool:
DROP the Dumbulls
Buyers Club
Magnet
Caledonia
Zanzibar

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All places I have put on gigs myself. :smiley:

Along with the Finsbury, Nambucca, Jazz Cafe, 100 Club, Windmill, Stag’s Head, Fiddler’s Elbow, Dublin Castle, Unicorn…

Rise?

Sounds like the Exchange? On the corner near a big roundabout just behind the Stag & Hounds pub?

Sounds familiar. Is it staffed by hipsters? And opposite a tapas place?

Leicester Cookie
Leicester The Musician
Exeter Cavern

Birmingham

Sunflower Lounge
Hare & Hounds
The Flapper

Pretty sure this is Rise, or at least was because it closed a couple of weeks ago(it’s being absorbed by the new Rough Trade opposite the Lanes).

Bristol venues likely to cater to the band in the OP: Louisiana, Cube Cinema, downstairs at Cafe Kino, potentially the Exchange, possibly St John on the Wall.

Great stuff.

What are we missing?

Canterbury
Cardiff
Chatham/Rochester
Derby
Durham
Ipswich
Maidstone
Middlesbrough
Newcastle
Northampton
Norwich
Nottingham
Oxford
Plymouth
Portsmouth
Southampton
Swansea

And various points inbetween?

The Underground and the Junction are all that’s left.

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