Music and nightlife

Best nights out in UK

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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Enjoy free, live music at Southsea Bandstand

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

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Love saves the day at Bristol’s Dance Party

Love saves the day at Bristol’s Dance Party

A city festival that refuses to sacrifice any festival atmosphere for its urban location, Love Saves the Day is the true opening to festival season.

Location: Bristol

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Catch a film at a 1930’s picture house in historic Bath

Catch a film at a 1930’s picture house in historic Bath

Spend an evening dining in a restored Georgian Chapel followed by an indie film in the art deco styled Little Theatre.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Enjoy a summer festival of fun

Enjoy a summer festival of fun

The South Tyneside Summer Festival promises to be music to the ears of anyone looking to be entertained during the summer months.

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

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Discover a music venue set amidst 13th century sandstone caves

Discover a music venue set amidst 13th century sandstone caves

Head to Nottingham to catch a performance at one of England’s oldest theatres, then find 13th century caves beneath a former Victorian music hall.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Enjoy top-class music and haute cuisine at the Big Feastival

Enjoy top-class music and haute cuisine at the Big Feastival

Whatever happens at this festival, you won't go home with an empty stomach.

Location: Kingham, Oxfordshire

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See A-listers perform at Europe’s largest open air theatre

See A-listers perform at Europe’s largest open air theatre

Elton John, Jessie J; you might think you’re reading the line up for a big city gig, think again.The stars flock to Scarborough.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Get your jazz hands out for the Scarborough Jazz Festival

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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Celebrate Mozart with world-class cultural events in Bath

Celebrate Mozart with world-class cultural events in Bath

If Mozart is music to your ears then don’t miss a spectacular celebration of the musical genius at the annual Bath Mozartfest this November.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Global sounds and a world of words at WOMAD

Global sounds and a world of words at WOMAD

Grab your tent and get down at the long-running World of Music, Arts and Dance Festival.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

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Immerse yourself in Leeds' eclectic music scene

Immerse yourself in Leeds' eclectic music scene

Leeds has a thriving live music scene with a host of exciting venues, from the intimate Brudenell Social Club to the vast First Direct Arena.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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Feel inspired at Bath's International Music Festival

Feel inspired at Bath's International Music Festival

Be serenaded by music from around the world at Bath’s premier festival of sound.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Relive the music of Joy Division

Relive the music of Joy Division

Trace the steps that shaped the English rock band’s much-loved music with a walking tour of Macclesfield, hometown of Joy Division’s iconic frontman.

Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire

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Enjoy a performance at Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Enjoy a performance at Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Take in a show in the City's newest state-of-the-art performance and arts venue, Milton Court.

Location: London, Greater London

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Take the River Ferry to Beeses

Take the River Ferry to Beeses

Enjoy a delicious Sunday roast at this scenic English riverside tea garden in Bristol.

Location: Bristol

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Enjoy Newcastle’s nightlife – and its famous ales

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

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Enjoy live music in the birthplace of Oasis and the Stone Roses

Enjoy live music in the birthplace of Oasis and the Stone Roses

Watch an intimate gig at Band on the Wall, or head to Manchester Arena for the ultimate music experience.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Lose Yourself in the Sound of Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Lose Yourself in the Sound of Cheltenham Jazz Festival

With world-renowned annual festivals of not only jazz, but also science, literature and music, Cheltenham is one of the country’s leading cultural destinations.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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Head out on a Beatles Magical Mystery Tour

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

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Watch a performance by the Scarborough Spa Orchestra

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

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