As a music fan, I don’t mind jumping on a train, or more recently a plane, to head to a gig. Sometimes you just want to catch your favourite band or singer, listen to your top 10 most-played songs on your spotify in the flesh and dance like no-one’s watching… trust me, they aren’t cos everyone is going wild at the same time!

Having attended a good few too many gigs in my teens and twenties and just two left to go this year, sob, I thought it would be fun to do a post on my favourite venues in the UK.

Manchester Apollo

I think the Apollo is my number one. It may be small but with the slopped floor and curved stage it packs in the atmosphere and is a great venue for up-coming and established bands. Having seen Laura Marling, Scissor Sisters, Lily Allen many, many years ago and Lana Del Ray here, I am yet to experience a bad gig. Fingers crossed.


It may have been renamed in recent months but it will always hold a special place in my heart. Here was the first gig I ever went too, Green Day when I was 16. We were seated in lower tear and it was amazing. Since then I have been seated and standing, although I have danced my ass off at every gig to the likes of Rihanna, Girls Aloud (twice no less), Florence and the Machine, Katy Perry and the fabulous Mr Buble with my ma on the 5th row from the front earlier this year!

Echo Arena

I’ve only been to the Liverpool Echo once, a couple of years ago to watch Florence and the Machine, but at a slightly smaller scale than the MEN it didn’t disappoint. We were standing and to the side of the stage but had a fantastic view.

The O2

I’ve never actually been to the The O2 , but I shall be making my first journey next month to see Ed Sheeran. Having seen the ginger one at T in the Park and V Festival this year, I cannot wait. I’m sure a review shall come closer to the time!

Looking at the line-up for the venue there are some fantastic acts on currently, including Culture Club Tickets , why not snap up a pair and make a night of it?

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