Music Venues Taskforce

London named Europe’s live music capital

14 September 2017

London has been named Europe’s live music capital, beating out cities across the continent after hosting 19,940 shows last year, concert website Songkick found.

Globally, London came third after New York, which hosted 28,529 gigs and concerts in 2016, and Los Angeles, in second place with 20,843 shows. 

Mayor Sadiq Khan hailed the capital’s “world-class” music venues, telling IQ Magazine:

London’s buzzing live music scene is world-renowned, having produced artists from Adele to Ed Sheeran, The Clash to The Rolling Stones.

In London, we have some of the greatest places to catch a live gig – from world-class arenas to amazing grassroots music venues - and it is little wonder that music lovers come from across the globe to enjoy our city’s incredible nightlife.

In a list dominated by American cities including San Francisco and Chicago, Paris was the only other European city to make the cut, with 11,248 shows last year. 

The Mayor last year appointed Amy Lamé as the capital’s night czar to act as a champion for venues and the night-time economy in the capital.

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