Study ranks Edinburgh’s live music scene just 19th in UK

A new study has ranked UK cities according to their live music scenes – and Edinburgh comes a lowly 19th on the list.

Predictably, London comes out on top, followed by Manchester, Bristol and Glasgow.

The study was conducted by entertainment listing website Ents24, and it’s not just Auld Reekie that doesn’t even make the Top Ten (see below) – Nottingham (14th) and Sheffield (2oth) do not either.

Explaining the study in a blog post, Ents 24 says that it lists “more forthcoming events in the UK than anyone else” and has “details of more than 22,000 active venues listed”. This, says the company, “gives us a great insight into which gigs – and areas – are the most popular”.

The study points out that so-called “satellite towns” – those located in close proximity to large cities – often struggle to build live music scenes of their own.

An example of this is Luton, a town which has a population of over 200,000,  and yet “doesn’t have a single music venue on the national circuit”. This is presumably due to its close proximity to London.

Pictured are Aussie legends Dirty Three, who play Edinburgh’s Summerhall tonight (photograph: Simon McKenzie).

See the Top Ten below.


1. London

2. Manchester

3. Bristol

4. Glasgow

5. Leeds

6. Cardiff

7. Birmingham

8. Brighton

9. Liverpool

10. Wolverhampton

19. Edinburgh



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