The latest industry news to your inbox.


I'd like to hear about marketing opportunities


I accept IQ Magazine's Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy


Insure4Music maps UK’s grassroots venues

The insurer has creative an interactive map of Britain's small music venues, highlighting stand-out venues in 12 UK regions

By IQ on 17 Oct 2018

The 425-cap. Bush Hall is ranked as one of London's best venues

The 425-cap. Bush Hall is ranked as one of London's best venues

image © Bush Hall

Specialist music insurance provider Insure4Music has created an interactive map of its pick of the UK’s best small venues.

The map, designed as a reference tool for both artists and concertgoers, is split into 12 regional pages, with each containing key statistics for each region’s venues, such as capacity, contact details and whether they provide a backline.

It also features pieces of of ‘did you know?’ trivia about each venue, as well as notable acts who’ve played there and insights from venue spokespeople.

John Spellar MP – who tabled a bill, later adopted by the government, that introduces the agent-of-change principle to protect small venues from property developers – comments: “This map highlights why the UK’s vibrant live music scene is celebrated the world over. Quite simply, small music venues make our country a more attractive destination.

“This map highlights why the UK’s vibrant live music scene is celebrated the world over”

“The most famous musicians of all time have started out at some of these iconic venues and it’s vital that people continue to support them. Otherwise, the future of live music is in danger.

“The support for agent of change has been fantastic and the bill’s success presents a fantastic opportunity for the next generation of musical talent to emerge. Local councils must use the power they’ve now been given to back British music.”

View the Small Music Venues Index by clicking below:

Insure4Music Small Music Venues Index

If there’s a venue missing you think should be included, tweet @Insure4Music with your suggestions.


Get more stories like this in your inbox by signing up for IQ Index, IQ’s free email digest of essential live music industry news.

More news

Agent of change comes into force in UK The National Policy Planning Framework comes into force today – a "pivotal moment in the fight to protect under-threat music venues", says UK Music
New 3,000-cap. venue, Magazine London, to open in ... Launched by Vibration Group, which manages Printworks, Magazine London will also incorporate a 7,000-cap. festival site on Greenwich peninsular
Oxford’s the Cellar launches Cellar Forever ... Faced with a catastrophic reduction in capacity to 60, the grassroots UK venue is calling on "people power" to secure its long-term future
“We have to restart this conversation”: MVT calls ... At Venues Day yesterday, Music Venue Trust unveiled a statement of intent it hopes will unite the music industry behind the UK's grassroots venues
Blackstone confirms NEC Group acquisition US private-equity giant the Blackstone Group has acquired the "iconic" UK venue operator in a deal believed to be worth in excess of £800m