The best places to live in England for your personal music tastes –

These are good times for live music in Britain. Audience numbers for everything from clubs and gigs to major concerts and festival performances were up by 12 per cent to 30.9 million last year, according to UK Music. Assuming you hanker for the thrill of a live show – either playing or listening – where, outside London, will you find hotbeds of your favourite musical genre?  

Here are the recommendations of experts who have travelled the length and breadth of the country to perform the music they love.


The success of singer-songwriters such as Ed Sheeran and Laura Marling ensures that acoustic and folk music remains relevant for another generation. Dave Pegg, who has played bass with veteran folk-rockers Fairport Convention for almost 50 years, believes Oxfordshire is its heartland.

“I love the clubs where you can see the whites of the punters’ eyes,” says Pegg, who also organises the…


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