Top 5 live music venues in Liverpool

When it comes to music, Liverpool has it all. The birthplace of the Beatles is home to scores of high-profile venues, all of which regularly welcome some of the biggest acts in the UK and beyond. No matter what your tastes are, you shouldn’t ever struggle to find a gig to suit your musical requirements, no matter the time of year.

Some of Liverpool’s most cherished venues include the o2 Academy, the Echo Arena, Leaf, The Brink, Sound Food & Drink and Camp & Furnace. The city can cater for you wonderfully whether you’re a fan of metal, indie, hip-hop, R&B, rock, pop, dance or even classical. Let’s take a look at five of the best music venues in Liverpool right now.

O2 Academy: This ever-popular venue is part of the Academy Music Group chain and is located at Hotham Street. The site is actually home to two performance areas: Academy 1, which holds 1,200 people, with the smaller Academy2 offering space for 500. The building has five bars and draws in gig-goers from across the North and beyond.

Camp and Furnace: The Camp and Furnace offers an outdoor festival atmosphere in an indoor setting. It regularly plays host to three-day events as well as performances from leading DJs and bands. The venue is regarded as one of Liverpool’s finest cultural hangouts and a great place to eat as well as drink.

Sound Food and Drink: Sound Food and Drink is found on Duke Street and regularly receives five-star ratings on social media. The venue offers a wide range of performances, with nights themed around everything from electro dub to fifties rock ‘n’ roll having taken place there. Having provided vast support to young local talent, the venue has been regularly praised for keeping the grass roots scene alive.

Leaf: Bond Street’s Leaf is a tea shop and bar consisting of two floors that hosts a wide array of music and club nights. Leaf is a great place to unwind day and night and a favourite amongst the city’s musicians and other creative types. Forthcoming gigs for Autumn 2016 include Teleman and The Low Anthem. The venue is also noted for its atmospheric open-mic nights.

The Brink: If you prefer to enjoy music in a non-boozy setting, The Brink could be for you. The Brink is the city’s first dry bar and welcomes a wide array of creative types through its doors every single day. The Brink team work closely with some of the Liverpool’s best artists and musicians to offer a diverse calendar of cultural events. All profits go towards helping people suffering from alcoholism and addiction.

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