As I plan to embark to the capital this Friday for a field visit scouting out a new live music venue as part of my work, I started to cast my mind back to all the pivotal and fantastic live music venues, scenes and works that can be seen shaping and evolving out of London. Will the one I’m set to visit become part of the roster?
It’s also important to note that it’s not just the residing music venues that make London London. Roundhouse. KOKO. Royal Albert Hall. The O2. Jazz Cafe. O2 Academy Brixton. The 100. Alexandra Palace. The Lexington. Electric Ballroom. Wembley. O2 Forum Kentish Town. I could go on. But it’s the individual musicians, avid creators and workers of the industry that make the city what is it. Avant-garde polish with craft and profession sliced with sheen, it is a city of pure culture.
Sidled with their neighbouring music cities of Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool, London is often the place to acclimatise with, if you’re planning to enter the realms of the music industry – as a professional or otherwise.
It’s a community of sparking bright ideas, inspiring the next inventors and embarking on unimaginable ideas that were first laughed at. Every time I go to London and share in the music festivities, I feel a real buzz, an electric buzz that cannot really be felt anywhere else in the UK music scenes. There are certainly buzzes in other music-orientated cities, but it’s not the same buzz at all. With these feeling somewhat fraudulent, London is the legit accompaniment of a music scene. Despite the risk factor when embarking within such a city, – with it being stamped as one of the most expensive cities to live in the world – it’s certainly worth the visit, at least.
Let’s hope I get to see some of the familiar sights of the live music work when I get to visit for the day!
By all means, share your most memorable moments from London below and we can have a good catch-up.
Thanks, folks. See you tomorrow.