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We Brits fancy ourselves a musical people. Folk, rock, grime, dubstep, jazz – you name it. That’s why every few years we orchestrate a “British Invasion” of the American charts. But if you want to see the invasion before it starts, here are our picks for some of the best places to catch live music.

 

The Cavern Club | Liverpool, England

Ever wished you could travel back in time and see the Beatles in their heyday? Here’s your chance! Catch a set of the best Beatles music at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, played by a killer tribute band. The club – site of hundreds of the Beatles’ first gigs – has been faithfully restored to its original early ’60s décor. 

Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru | Cardiff, Wales

The striking Wales Millennium Centre has made its mark on the Cardiff skyline. It’s also a center of culture, from the Welsh National Opera Company to musical theater, rock concerts and modern dance.

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Ronnie Scott’s | London, England

Since 1959, this Soho jazz club has held a special place on the jazz circuit, and has served as a home away from home for legendary names in jazz and jazz fusion for everyone from Cassandra Wilson to Wynton Marsalis. Advance bookings are a must, particularly when well-known names swing into town.

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The Roundhouse | London, England

The best music venues are the ones with personality. At the Roundhouse, formerly a train shed, the walls ring with rock history. Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie all played here, and this Camden music venue is still one of the best places to see big acts and discover new bands.

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King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut | Glasgow

“Quite possibly the finest small venue in the world,” according to British music magazine, NME. King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut constantly features emerging talent. Radiohead, Oasis and the Verve played here before becoming famous.

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