Frank Turner’s top 5 independent UK music venues

April 14, 2015, Article by Tom in Culture, Music

With his tour memoir The Road Beneath My Feet out now, musician Frank Turner picks his 5 favourite independent music venues in the UK.

I can’t possibly put this in order as it’s just too tough, so I’ll give you four that are even and then give you my overall number one. Here are the four in joint 2nd place…

5. Joiners Arms, Southampton

I went to my very first ever gig there back in 1995, and it was to see a band called Snug who Ed Harcout played bass for. I would have been about thirteen years old and it just blew my mind. My old band Million Dead played our last ever gig there before we went our separate ways and I started performing solo, so it’s always been quite a significant venue for me.

4. King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

It’s just punk as f*ck and I love it. I’ve been to loads of great gigs there and played some of my own favourite shows there as the crowd is always just awesome. Glasgow crowds – you just can’t argue with them! So passionate.

3. The Monarch, Camden

And I’m not just picking it because my flatmate runs it! They put on loads of great gigs there, with a proper mix of genres and styles. I love it.

2. Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

It’s a great indie venue, which is why I chose to launch Love Ire & Song there in 2008. Nath that runs it is one of the good guys on the live music scene, and it’s a cool place to hang out, play a show, play some darts, and drinks pints of ale with the locals.

And my undisputed number one…

1. Rock City, Nottingham

The people who run it are so cool. Punk as f*ck. They really look after the bands and have really long memories – in a good way. When you arrive for a show they put out photos of all the previous times you’ve played. Little touches like that make it such a great place to play. Long may it reign.

Rescue Rooms, the smaller venue next door is also really good too, although I did once get food poisoning on stage there. So not quite as happy memories…

FRANK-3dThe Road Beneath My Feet is out now in hardback and ebook