Manchester tops rankings for UK’s ‘best live music city’

The city hosts more gigs than any other in the country

Manchester has been ranked the best city in the UK for live music.

The city hosts more live music shows per head than any other place in the country, according to new data.

Manchester will stage 87 gigs per 100,000 people between now and the end of the year, almost double that of the city’s closest rival Glasgow.


Manchester is home to beloved independent venues like Night and Day and Soup Kitchen.

Despite having a large number of music venues, London faired poorly in the league table due to its larger population, with only 17 gigs per 100,000 people.

Manchester also had the second highest rate of theatre shows, with 56 per 100,000 people, just behind Edinburgh, which had 57 per 100,000.

The full cultural city ranking:
1. Edinburgh
2. Bristol
3. Glasgow
4. Liverpool
4. Manchester
6. Leicester
7. Leeds
8. Birmingham
9. London
10. Sheffield