UK’s most popular grassroots venues listed by Ents24

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Manchester’s Deaf Institute, the Garage in London and The Joiners in Southampton have been listed as some of the UK’s most popular grassroots venues.

Ents 24 has compiled the statistics by analysing its user base ahead of Independent Venue Week (IVW), a week-long celebration of the smaller live music venue taking place from Monday 23 January.

Grassroots music venues can be split into small (capacity of less than 350), medium (351-650) and large (651+) venues.

Ents24’s Adam Brooks told CMU: ‘As founder members of the Music Venues Alliance, veterans of Venues Day, and through our daily work with the 22,500 active venues listed on Ents24, we put our belief in the cultural and economic importance of the UK’s live music venues into practice.

‘Whilst the business of running an amazing venue isn’t a popularity contest, we wanted to recognise the grassroots venues that fans return to again and again, and encourage everybody to take a look at what’s happening near them during Independent Venue Week – and beyond.’

Here’s the full list of venues. M is also hosting a live gig during IVW with a secret headliner performing. Find out more and how to get tickets for the event.

South West England
Small: The Louisiana, Bristol
Medium: The Fleece, Bristol
Large: Bristol Academy

South East England
Small: The Joiners, Southampton
Medium: The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
Large: Brighton Dome

North West England
Small: The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Medium: Band On The Wall, Manchester
Large: Liverpool Empire Theatre

North East England
Small: Ku Bar, Stockton-on-Tees
Medium: ARC, Stockton-on-Tees
Large: Newcastle City Hall

East Midlands
Small: The Bodega, Nottingham
Medium: The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Large: Rock City, Nottingham

West Midlands
Small: The Roadhouse, Birmingham
Medium: Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Large: The Robin 2, Wolverhampton

East England
Small: The Portland Arms, Cambridge
Medium: The Waterfront, Norwich
Large: Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

Small: Fruit, Hull
Medium: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Large: Leeds Academy

Small: The Borderline
Medium: The Garage
Large: Brixton Academy

Small: The Globe, Cardiff
Medium: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Large: St. David’s Hall, Cardiff

Small: Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
Medium: Oran Mor, Glasgow
Large: Glasgow Academy

Northern Ireland
Small: The Black Box, Belfast
Medium: The Belfast Empire
Large: Ulster Hall, Belfast