The UK's Favourite Music Venues

As a nation, the UK is a community of music lovers who regularly head to local venues and national stadiums to catch performances of our favourite artists.


As a nation, the UK is a community of music lovers who regularly head to local venues and national stadiums to catch performances of our favourite artists. If you’re lucky, you can catch some top artists up close and personal in the UK’s iconic venues!

A ranking out of 100 was created using social media followings and Tripadvisor ratings, we’ve looked at hundreds of venues from the landmark stadiums to the smaller pubs and bars across the UK to determine which holds the title of the UK’s Favourite Music Venue.

These venues are the peak of any artists’ career, playing in front of thousands of fans must be an incredible experience. But according to social media and Tripadvisor, which stadium is the fan favourite?



Indoor arenas are sometimes smaller than other local stadiums, but that doesn’t lessen how popular these arenas are for the top music acts.


Theatres across the UK host a huge variety of acts from classical proms, dance nights and good old rock and roll. A great mix of character and style makes theatres and halls magnets for great music!


It’s these venues that form the musical heart of any town or city. Often where the biggest acts start their journey, you can soak up the atmosphere with a handful of other music lovers, often without paying for entry!


To work out the UK’s favourite music venue we used the full list of music venues from Wikipedia plus venues found on To feature, venues had to have an active Instagram hashtag, Facebook and Tripadvisor page.

Data from Instagram, Facebook and Tripadvisor has been collated into a ranking formula used to find the UK’s favourite in each category.

We then normalised the results to reach a total score out of 100, with a weighting of 50% for 5* reviews, 25% for review counts, 12.5% for hashtag count and 12.5% for Facebook likes.

The venues with the highest in each category have also been labelled to show the top venue for each measure.


Open Air Stadiums City Score/100 Badge
Old Trafford Manchester 89.29 Most Liked
Wembley Stadium London 68.93 Most Instagrammed
Anfield Stadium Liverpool 61.40 Most Reviews, Highest % of 5* Reviews
Etihad Stadium Manchester 50.46  
Principality Stadium Cardiff 34.05  
London Stadium London 24.55  
Twickenham Stadium London 24.34  
Stadium of Light Sunderland 23.03  
Kingsholm Stadium Gloucester 22.93  
BT Murrayfield Stadium Edinburgh 22.66  


Indoor Arenas City Score/100 Badge
The O2 Arena London 90.63 Most Instagrammed, Most Reviewed, Most Liked
Manchester Arena Manchester 60.93  
The SSE Hydro Glasgow 56.91  
Alexandra Palace London 56.13  
Liverpool Echo Arena Liverpool 42.38  
First Direct Arena Leeds 40.10  
Resorts World Arena Birmingham 31.86  
Braehead Arena Glasgow 31.56 Highest % of 5* Reviews
Metro Radio Arena Newscastle upon Tyne 29.97  
Motorpoint Arena Nottingham Nottingham 29.72  


Theatres/Halls City Score/100 Badge
Royal Albert Hall London 80.12 Most Instagrammed, Most Reviewed
Ministry of Sound London 70.25 Most Likes
Royal Opera House London 69.67  
Barbican Arts Centre London 37.76  
Royal National Theatre London 33.64  
Southbank Centre London 32.75  
O2 Academy Brixton London 30.97  
Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon 30.95 Highest % of 5* Reviews
Sadler's Wells Theatre Londin 29.80  
Sage Gateshead Newcastle Gateshead 28.48  


Small Venues City Score/100 Badge
The Cavern Club Liverpool 82.09 Most Instagrammed, Most Reviewed
Ronnie Scott's London 63.91  
Jazz Cafe London 54.30 Most Liked
Union Chapel London 50.29  
Wylam Brewery Newcastle 46.72  
Concorde 2 Brighton 44.23  
Band on the Wall Manchester 42.24  
Brudenell Social Club Leeds 39.45  
The Deaf Institute Manchester 35.96  
Camden Underworld London 31.69  


Here at ICMP, we love the vibrant music culture across the UK. From the crowds in the cities to the hidden gems in local venues there’s a lot to be discovered. If your dream is to perform on the big stage, explore our range of courses and study music in London with ICMP.

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April 15, 2019
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