London is European centre of live music, study finds

Gig crowd - The Department of International Trade roadshow

The UK capital is Europe’s biggest city for live music according to new research, prompting mayor Sadiq Khan to praise its ‘world class arenas’ and ‘amazing grassroots venues’.

In a study published by IQ, in conjunction with Songkick, London ranked well ahead of its EU counterparts, with 19,940 live music events taking place last year.

This is more than San Francisco (13,672), Paris (11,248) and Chicago (11,224) and renowned music hub Austin, Texas (6,781).

The city is also in third place globally, behind number one music city New York, with 28,529 shows in 2016, and runner-up Los Angeles, with 20,843 events.

Khan told IQ: ‘London’s buzzing live music scene is world renowned, having produced artists from Adele to Ed Sheeran, the Clash and the Rolling Stones.

‘I’ve made growing London’s culture and creative industries a core priority, and music is a huge part of this. That’s why I appointed night czar Amy Lamé to act as a champion for venues and the night-time economy to ensure we strengthen our reputation as a powerhouse for music.’

He continued: ‘In London, we have some of the greatest places to catch a live gig – from world-class arenas to amazing grassroots music venues – and it is little wonder that music lovers come from across the globe to enjoy our city’s incredible nightlife.’

In full, the 2016 top 12 are:
New York (28,529)
Los Angeles (20,843)
London (19,940)
San Francisco Bay area (13,672)
Paris (11,248)
Chicago (11,224)
Philadelphia (8,691)
Las Vegas (8,023)
Denver (7,343)
Washington DC (7,219)
Seattle (6,893)
Austin (6,781)