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.

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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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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Dance the weekend away at Lovebox in East London

Dance the weekend away at Lovebox in East London

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

Location: London

 
August events: Enjoy top music and tasty cuisine at the Big Feastival

August events: Enjoy top music and tasty cuisine at the Big Feastival

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

Location: Kingham, Oxfordshire

 
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

 
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

 
May events: Visit the 1940s in West Yorkshire

May events: Visit the 1940s in West Yorkshire

Head to Haworth in West Yorkshire and get a glimpse into life in the 1940s.

Location: Haworth, West Yorkshire

 
Click your fingers to the sounds of Bristol's Jazz and Blues Festival

Click your fingers to the sounds of Bristol's Jazz and Blues Festival

Bristol plays host to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative jazz and blues artists for the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival.

Location: Bristol

 
Dance the night away at Love Saves The Day

Dance the night away at Love Saves The Day

Bristol is home to an array of festivals in summer but Love Saves the Day is undoubtedly a stand-out event, kicking off the UK festival season in style.

Location: Bristol

 
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

 
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

 
Experience the sound of the North of England

Experience the sound of the North of England

Music in the North of England is thriving, with a bold sound that's pinned the cities of Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool firmly on the map.

Location: Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool

 
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

 
Spend an evening crafting cocktails and dancing to live music

Spend an evening crafting cocktails and dancing to live music

Experience the best of Bath’s nightlife with a personalised cocktail masterclass before dancing the night away at the art deco styled Forum.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
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

 
June events: Mix music and rides at Margate’s Dreamland

June events: Mix music and rides at Margate’s Dreamland

Mix retro rides with modern music at Dreamland in Margate.

Location: Margate, Kent

 
August events: Wander into the Wilderness Festival

August events: 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

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