Best nights out in UK

Music and nightlife

England beats to a different rhythm after dark. For one of the best nights out in the UK, join the crowds in pubs to hear new bands play. Book a karaoke booth and test your friends’ tolerance levels as you try it yourself. Catch a famous comedian testing out new material at a local bar, or join the boisterous queue to get into one of the hot new night clubs. Our music festivals are the envy of the world. An eclectic mix of families, students and hipsters all happily pitch tents to listen to the world’s best bands, while munching contentedly on organic hot dogs.

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May events: The Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Norwich becomes a hotbed of international art and performance every May.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

 

Take in a weekend of jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival

Hear old school traditional to cutting-edge contemporary jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival.

Location: Marsden, West Yorkshire

 

Dance the weekend away at East London's Lovebox

See dance-music greats strut their stuff on stage at this hip East London festival.

Location: London

 

Enjoy music, arts and wild lake swimming at Latitude

Combine sing-your-heart-out music with theatre, comedy, wellbeing, food and family-friendly activities and you have Latitude Festival, held in Henham Park, Suffolk.

Location: Suffolk

 

Watch a performance by the Scarborough Spa Orchestra

Hear the UK’s last remaining professional seaside orchestra in the surroundings of the Grand Spa.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 

Watch Indie A-listers at the End of the Road Festival

The intimate surroundings of the End of the Road Festival give you the chance to get up close and personal with the bands and their music.

Location: Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset

 

May events: Open your mind at the International Festival of Psychedelia

Soak in a dynamic display of visual and auditory treats at this critically-acclaimed festival in Liverpool’s creative district.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 

Enjoy Newcastle’s nightlife – and its famous ales

Get a real taste of NewcastleGateshead on a local ale trail to buzzing pubs, then head on to catch a live gig in the coolest neighbourhoods.

Location: NewcastleGateshead, Tyne and Wear

 

August events: Embrace Beatleweek at the legendary Cavern Club

Get swept up in Beatlemania as fans from all over the world descend on the city where it all started.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 

Enjoy shopping and culture on a city break by the sea

Whether you’re looking for top notch restaurants or bohemian independent shopping, Brighton offers urban glamour by the bucket load.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

Rock out at Download Festival

Horn signs at the ready; get set for a weekend of rock as the biggest names in metal take to the stage at Download Festival.

Location: Leicestershire

 

Head out on a Beatles Magical Mystery Tour

Follow in the footsteps of John, Paul, George and Ringo with this immersive tour of where they lived, met and played throughout Liverpool.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 

Get the inside story on Manchester’s music scene

See the sights of the city that inspired Manchester’s legendary music scene and made it the envy of the world, with Manchester Music Tours.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

 

Wander into the Wilderness Festival

A ticket to Wilderness in Oxfordshire's countryside is like a ticket to a mini paradise where art, music, fine food and nature collide.

Location: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

 

Hang with the hipsters at Field Day

The coolest festival in London is back and better than ever.

Location: London

 

Experience Cambridge evensong

The perfect musical accompaniment on a winter evening in Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

 

Enjoy free, live music at Southsea Bandstand

Is there a better summer afternoon than a fantastic free programme of music and dance in a beautiful natural amphitheatre looking out to sea?

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Head to Birmingham for a summer of festivals

This summer the streets, parks, bars and squares of Birmingham will be filled with melody as the city plays host to some fantastic music festivals.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 

Trace the lives of The Beatles in their home city

Buzzing Liverpool is renowned for its music scene. Discover how its four most famous sons still set the beat for a fab visit to the city.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 

Go to Liverpool Sound City, an innovative music, film and art festival

Get a ticket for one of the UK’s largest international music, digital and film festivals.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 

Get your jazz hands out for the Scarborough Jazz Festival

Each September, the annual Scarborough Jazz Festival on Yorkshire’s north coast provides the ideal tonic for music lovers to wash away those summer blues.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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