Top Five Small Music Venues

Top Five Small Music Venues
Top Five Small Music Venues

With the uncertainties surrounding small music venues due to the coronavirus – we’ve picked some of the UK’s best venues that you can support with a donation or a visit post-lockdown. Check out the Music Venue Trust for more. 

Bush Hall – London 

Formerly built by a publisher in 1904, one of a trio of London dancehalls he built for each of his daughters, Bush Hall is now the only surviving of the three. From rehearsal spaces for the likes of The Who and Cliff Richard in the late 50s to now hosting everything from rising musicians, comedy, and cabaret. 

The Forum – Turnbridge Wells 

Since opening in 1993, The Forum has hosted the likes of Adele, Coldplay and Green Day. Previously used as a public toilet and a brass rubbing centre, the independent music venue has notably become a name within the music industry, picking up NME Britain’s Best Small Venue on the way. 

The Wedgewood Rooms – Portsmouth 


The Wedgewood Rooms – Portsmouth

One of Southsea’s oldest landmarks has hosted heavyweight names within the comedy and music industry from Kasabian to Jo Brand. Becoming a local hub within Portsmouth, the team have helped turn it into a primary destination for many artists and comedians on their tours. 

The Live Rooms – Chester

Being a central location, Chester’s largest independent live music venue has proved to be popular with their audiences; with their diverse mix of acts within live entertainment. Over the years, performances have varied from Idles to Marth Reeves and the venue is well known for supporting DIY artists. 

The Deaf Institute

The Deaf Institute – Manchester 

One of the most well-known independent music venues; housed in a historic Manchester building, originally built in 1878. At first, a derelict venue which was transformed over a decade ago into a statement within Manchester. Now home to upcoming stars and has featured the likes of The 1975, Slowthai and Haim.