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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.

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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Nightly summer bandstand concerts and weekly fireworks

Nightly summer bandstand concerts and weekly fireworks

The UK’s busiest bandstand on Eastbourne’s seafront offers nightly concerts from pop to rock throughout summer, with a weekly firework crescendo.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 
August events: Embrace Beatleweek at the legendary Cavern Club

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

 
Rock out at Download Festival

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

 
May events: The Norfolk & Norwich Festival

May events: The Norfolk & Norwich Festival

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

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

 
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

 
Revel in the sounds of the Cambridge Folk Festival

Revel in the sounds of the Cambridge Folk Festival

Join thousands in enjoying some of the finest folk music in Europe, at a gorgeous country hall in Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

 
Enjoy music, arts and wild lake swimming at Latitude

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

 
Head to Birmingham for a summer of festivals

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

 
See global superstars at the Isle of Wight Festival

See global superstars at the Isle of Wight Festival

See some of the biggest names in the business from the past, present and future at this legendary music festival in June.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

 
Go to the movies 1930s style at Tyneside Cinema

Go to the movies 1930s style at Tyneside Cinema

Live the glamour of 1930s cinema-going at this restored movie theatre, with free newsreel screenings, guided tours, a stylish bar and recent releases.

Location: NewcastleGateshead, Tyne and Wear

 
Enjoy shopping and culture on a city break by the sea

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

 
Take in a weekend of jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival

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

 
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

 
November events: Celebrate Mozart with world-class cultural events in Bath

November events: 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

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

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

 
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

 
Experience Cambridge evensong

Experience Cambridge evensong

The perfect musical accompaniment on a winter evening in Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

 
Hang with the hipsters at Field Day

Hang with the hipsters at Field Day

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

Location: London

 
July events: Global sounds and a world of words at WOMAD

July events: Global sounds and a world of words at WOMAD

Grab your tent and learn more about cultures across the world at the long-running World of Music, Arts and Dance Festival.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

 
Get the inside story on Manchester’s music scene

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

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