1. Liverpool Central Library – Liverpool
Forget what you were told about being quiet in the library! Liverpool Central Library is holding a gig for Give a Gig Week and you can raise your voice and boogie on down to up-and-coming band She Drew The Gun. The more intimate environment of the library will be a refreshing change from traditional live music venues.
2. Ronnie Scott’s – London
Opened by the British saxophonist Ronnie Scott in 1959, this legendary Soho institution has the perfect ambiance with low lighting and a ‘50s speakeasy vibe. The venue has hosted some of the biggest names in jazz from Wynton Marsalis to Kurt Elling. For Give a Gig Week Brass Funkeys and Brasstermind will be playing a fantastic Sunday evening gig. There’s also good food for you to enjoy while listening to the bands.
3. Monotones – 3 Peaks, Yorkshire
This is definitely an ep-Peak venue for a gig! The Monotones will be performing live at the top of each of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Unless you’re a keen climber you won’t be able to attend this one in person – but instead you can tune in to watch their performance on Facebook Live. Donations will be accepted via their Justgiving page.
4. The New Adelphi – Hull
This venue has survived the test of time! It was originally a terraced house that narrowly escaped a Luftwaffe bomb during the Blitz, later becoming a working men's club, then finally The New Adelphi. The club has hosted thousands of live bands - local and international - including Radiohead, Green Day and Oasis. For Give a Gig Week we have two awesome gigs taking place at this venue: The Residents Association and Black Kes.
5. Dingwalls – London
Located in one of the most bustling parts of London, Camden has always been a key hub for the city’s live music scene. And Dingwalls doesn’t disappoint, with its cool vibes and great venue layout. For Give a Gig Week, come down for a night of 70s and 80s soul music with DJ Aitch.
6. Omeara – London
A fairly new venue in London Bridge’s refreshed railway arches, run by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons. Omeara is a multi-disciplinary creative hub that hosts live music, comedy shows, and indie club nights. For Give a Gig Week, Success Express Music has an impressive line-up of artists performing on the main stage of the stunning venue that has the look of a derelict Victorian music hall!
7. Sage Gateshead - Newcastle
Sage Gateshead, a pioneering international centre for music, is an impressive venue to look at. Architecturally it’s a work of art - designed by Foster and Partners, it’s said to have one of the best acoustics in the country. So that means you can truly enjoy the Give a Gig Week performance by Go Penguin and Shobaleader One, and the special DJ mix of tunes written by young participants of Sage Gateshead's Youth Music programme.
8. Hackney City Farm – London
For those looking for a taste of the countryside in the city this venue may just be the gig for you! Don’t worry, the Hackney Harmony choir aren’t influenced by the voices of the animals in the farm: instead they’ll be singing beautiful harmonies which will include some folk and heart-warming South African songs.
9. The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy – London
A hidden gem located just below the Strand in London, the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy is a building with a fascinating history. It was the first church lit by electricity in London (1890), and it’s one of eleven churches known as a Royal Peculiar that are under the direct control of The Queen. The Citi Choir – stars of Gareth Malone’s series Sing While You Work - will be performing here to support Give a Gig Week, raising funds for Youth Music.
10. Band on the Wall – Manchester
This venue has been a big part of Manchester’s thriving music scene for many years. Regulars coined the name because the house musicians quite literally played on a stage halfway up the back wall to make room in the busy pub! For Give a Gig Week, Youth Music-supported organisation Brighter Sound will be showcasing Manchester’s up-and-coming music talents, with the night produced by young musicians.