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THE CONTRIBUTION OF LIVE MUSIC

TO THE UK ECONOMY

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UK MUSIC WISH YOU WERE HERE 3

INTRODUCTION
As the new chief executive of UK Music, Armed with this data, I hope that you
I am delighted to introduce Wish You will join us in using the information
Were Here 2017. to make the best possible case for
IMAGE nurturing and supporting the continued
By collating a huge amount of ticketing growth of live music in the UK.
and other data, this report provides
an unrivalled insight into live music in Because this is the deal: live music in
MICHAEL DUGHER every UK region. Britain is a tremendous success story,
UK Music director CEO, UK Music but we cannot afford to take that fact
of operations Ele
Hill at the Great I am passionate about music and for granted. Thats why we must fight
Escape Festival,
Brighton the way it can enrich peoples lives hard to preserve the venues that are
and make a huge contribution to our the lifeblood of the industry.
national culture.
Think how many of our global stars
This years report reveals more people and music legends owe their career
than ever are enjoying live events and to the start to that a grassroots venue
that music tourism is responsible for a was able to provide. With every venue
record contribution to our economy. that closes, we remove a stage and an
opportunity for the stars of the future.
ary
H ea th w it h Culture Secret But the data also shows some of the
rman And y Jo
UK Music chai chief executive challenges we face, particularly if we So, if you value live music and what
y an d U K M usics former 16 are to make sure our smaller venues
Karen Bradle ference 20 it brings to our country, you have to
servative con
Dipple at Con thrive just as successfully as our big support action now to protect it and
arenas. help it to grow.

Overall, the hard evidence shows that And finally I would urge everyone to go
live music is creating more jobs and to a gig, support your local venue and
revenue and attracting more tourists local artists, back your local festival
right across the UK. and be part of Britains incredible live
music success story.
I hope that politicians and policy
makers reading this report will see the To find out more about the work of UK
huge boost that live music gives to our Music, including on Government policy,
economy in every part of the UK. education and skills, equality and
diversity, apprenticeships, copyright
UK Music chief executi I would like to thank all our members
ve Michael Dugher an protection, economic and sector
predecessor Jo Dipple d his
with Simon Rix of the
Kaiser Chiefs and everyone who helped us compile research, and career paths into music,
at UK Musics 2016 summ
er reception at Westm this years Wish You Were Here report, go to: www.ukmusic.org.
inster
particularly the UK Live Music Group
and the fantastic Paul Latham at Live
Nation.

And I would also like to pay tribute to


the thousands of grassroots and
smaller venues who filled in
questionnaires to ensure the report is
the best and widest possible reflection
of the live music industry.
Michael Dugher throws UK Music support behind
campaigners battling to save live music venues at
Womanby Street, Cardiff
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CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION NORTH EAST 24
Michael Dugher 3 NORTH WEST 26
CEO, UK Music
NORTHERN IRELAND 28
UK LIVE MUSIC 2016 IN NUMBERS 6
SCOTLAND 32
MUSIC TOURISM 2016 IN NUMBERS 6 SOUTH EAST 34
FOREWORD SOUTH WEST 36
Karen Bradley 8 WALES 38
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
Paul Latham 9 WEST MIDLANDS 40
COO, Live Nation, UK & Ireland;
Chairman, Creative & Cultural Skills;
YORKSHIRE & THE HUMBER 42
Chairman, UK Live Music Group
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 44
A WORD FROM UK MUSIC CHAIRMAN
Andy Heath 10
Chairman, UK Music

MUSIC TOURISM IN THE UK 2011-2016 11


SMALLER & GRASSROOTS MUSIC VENUES
Beverley Whitrick 12
Strategic Director, Music Venue Trust

SMALLER MUSIC VENUES IN NUMBERS 14


GRASSROOTS MUSIC AUDIENCES IN NUMBERS 15
MUSIC TOURISM IN REGIONS
EAST OF ENGLAND 18
EAST MIDLANDS 20
LONDON 22

Back and Front Cover Photo Credit | MADE Festival, Birmingham | Here & Now Photography
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UK LIVE MUSIC 2016 IN NUMBERS

30.9 MILLION 27 MILLION


Total audience that attended live music Total concert attendance in the UK in
events in the UK in 2016 +12% 2016 +13%

3.9 MILLION 18.4 MILLION


Total festival attendance in the UK in Local residents attended local music
2016 +6% events in the UK in 2016 +7%

MUSIC TOURISM IN NUMBERS 2016

4 BILLION 2.5 BILLION


Total direct and indirect spend Amount spent directly by music
generated by music tourism in the UK +11% tourists +9%

12.5 MILLION 823,000


Music tourists in 2016 Overseas music tourists in 2016
+20% +7%

47,445 850
Full time jobs sustained by music Average spend by overseas music
tourism in 2016 +22% tourists in the UK in 2016 +1%

656 MILLION 45 MILLION


Box office spend on tickets by music Total box office spend on tickets by
tourists in 2016 +19% overseas music tourists in 2016 +20%

Photo Credit | MADE Festival, Birmingham | Here & Now Photography


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FOREWORD
No-one does live music like the UK. events in the UK draw visitors from Its been a record year for live music that many of our smaller music venues
From global events like Glastonbury across the globe to spend their money in the UK. A staggering 30.9 million including grassroots are shutting down
to new artists playing to a handful of here. The huge popularity of our artists people saw their favourite artists live - or struggling for survival.
IMAGE people in a bar, music is in our cultural overseas is one of our greatest export IMAGE everywhere from the tiny back room of
DNA. successes. a pub to a huge stadium gig. All our greatest acts started out in
smaller venues and these places are
Artists ranging from Adele to Coldplay Our musicians are ambassadors for Thats a massive 12% leap on the total a vital part of the ecosystem of our
KAREN BRADLEY to Skepta drew more than 30 million Britain and help us show the world that PAUL LATHAM 27.7 million total audience in 2015 and industry. If we lose them, we risk losing
Secretary of State for Culture, people to live music concerts and we are an optimistic and open country. COO, Live Nation, UK & Ireland; means that the equivalent of half the the UK stars of the future.
Media and Sport festivals in the UK last year. Chairman, Creative & Cultural country enjoyed at least one live music
I look forward to continuing working Skills; event last year. That wouldnt just be a devastating
Four out of ten people going to those with UK Music and I am very grateful Chairman, UK Live Music Group blow to our artistic and culture scene,
events were music tourists who for their brilliant work. For the first time, the total spending it would leave a hole in our economy.
generated 4 billion in spending up generated by concerts, festivals and
11% on last year and a testament to the other live events hit almost 4 billion As this report shows, we are rightly
success of the industry. as music tourism shot up 11% on the proud of live music in the UK and all
previous year. the fun and joy it gives to millions.
I congratulate UK Music for their The regional breakdown of the figures
excellent work in bringing the industry And, we saw the total number of jobs shows how important these events are
together and shining a light on the vital created in 2016 rise by 22% to 47,445. right across the UK - not just in the
contribution that live music makes to Our live music industry is a success major cities.
our economy. story and were right to shout about it.
There are undoubted challenges ahead
The findings in UK Musics Wish You But its not just about the jobs, the - whether thats the threat to local
Were Here report spell out that tourists and the tremendous shot in venues through planning, licensing or
contribution not just to major cities, the arm that live events give the UK tax issues, or the wider uncertainty
but also to the economies of small economy. surrounding Brexit and its impact on
towns right across the country. our sector.
Its about the ability of live shows to
The report outlines some of the unite and uplift people, especially The key to our continued success that
challenges faced by smaller venues. those left grieving and heartbroken we celebrate in this report will be
This is an area where the Government after the terrible events that saw terror rising to those challenges and standing
has helped by changing planning attacks in Manchester and in London. up for the millions of people who love
regulations to help protect them. what we do.
I was proud of what my Live Nation team
The Government has legislated to clean in conjunction with fellow promoter Be bold, be creative, be happy, be the
up the secondary ticketing market and SJM achieved in such a short space very best we can be!
we will continue to take on those touts of time in the One Love Manchester
who use unfair means to deny concert benefit concert that brought 50,000
goers. people together. The event was viewed
by tens of millions of people around
We also want to continue working with the world, and showed the citys, unity,
UK Music and the industry to boost love and resilience and the healing
diversity and social mobility. The power of music.
music industry should be able to draw
on the widest possible range of talent. This report reveals how stadia and
larger venues around the country are
Music and the creative industries are hosting more live music events which is
central to our post-Brexit future. Live brilliant news. But we need to be wary
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A WORD FROM UK MUSIC CHAIRMAN MUSIC TOURISM IN THE UK 2011-2016


Total direct and indirect spend generated Amount spent directly by music tourists
When we produced our first Wish You Our aim at UK Music is to help foster by music tourism in the UK
Were Here report in October 2013, Miley a climate that will see that success 4
Cyrus Wrecking Ball was Number One continue with an ever increasing 3.7 Billion
IMAGE and the Prime Minister David Cameron number of live events. Billion
was promising a Britain for the many 3.1 2.5
not the few. There is no room for complacency 2.8 Billion 2.3 Billion
because we face significant challenges 2.5 Billion Billion
ANDY HEATH A lot has changed since then, not least ahead. Thats why we will be pressing Billion 2.2 1.9
in the UKs live music industry. the Government on a number of key Billion 1.7 Billion
Chairman, UK Music
1.5 Billion
issues. Billion 1.3
We now collect more data than ever Billion
from a record number of live events to We need to do more to protect smaller
build up what we hope is an invaluable venues, many of which are fighting for
insight into the live music scene across survival.
our nations and regions.
Another top priority will be getting
All music makes an overwhelming the best possible Brexit deal for every
contribution to life and culture in this sectors of the music industry.
country of ours, especially at a time 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
when the social wounds from recent We will fight to make sure that UK
events are fresh in our minds and in artists do not face barriers when they Number of music tourists Number of full time jobs sustained by
need of comfort and healing. tour abroad and that the 2.2 billion music tourism
the industry generates in exports is
When it comes to live music and the protected and helped to grown.
12.5 47,445
number of music tourists, there has 2016
We will continue to push for a statutory Million
been a tremendous 76% rise from nine
million in 2013 to 12.5 million visitors agent of change and fight unfair 10.4
in 2016. rules, taxes and licensing changes that 9.5 Million
threaten live music venues. 9 Million
Million
Their contribution to the economy is 39,034
huge. In 2013, music tourists spent a We will also press for greater diversity, 7.1 38,238 2015
more apprenticeships and tax credits Million 6.5 2014
total of 2.8 billion directly on tickets Million
and indirectly on purchases like hotel for the music industry, as well as the
rooms and transport. right for those self-employed in the 33,509
music industry to get the right to 2013
28,287
That figure soared in 2016 to 4 billion shared parental leave. 2011
the equivalent of 850 per head for
overseas visitors. I hope this report will convince you just 24,251
how important live music events are - 2012
The number of jobs sustained by not only because of the huge audiences 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
music tourism also continues to grow they attract, but also because of their
strongly. Last year, that total hit a new vital economic importance to the UK. Proportion of live music audiences that are Average spend by overseas music tourists
high of 47,445 a 41% increase on the music tourists in 2016 whilst in the UK
2013 figure of 33,509.

Our live music industry has led the way


in attracting visitors to the UK and our
top performers continue to generate 666 657 817 751 852 850
revenue and jobs in the UK. 40%

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016


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GRASSROOTS AND SMALLER MUSIC VENUES


Music Venue Trust is committed to the case for the legal, licensing and
ensuring the UK has an effective economic framework that these
venue ladder which helps UK artists venues need to thrive. The more we
IMAGE progress through the live sector, from increase and deepen our knowledge
the Grassroots Music Venues (GMV) and understanding of these venues,
we champion through the Small Music the more able we are to demand the
Venues (SMV) and on through concert support they need.
BEVERLEY WHITRICK halls, arenas and stadiums.
Strategic Director, Music Venue We look forward to working with UK
Trust Without significant, ongoing support Music to further develop specific
onto the lowest rung of that ladder to information about this vital sector so
enable young artists to take their first that we can fully understand the artists
tentative steps on great local stages, journey; from the first faltering step on
the UK music industry will struggle to their local stage to the headline slot at
produce the Adeles, Coldplays and Ed Glastonbury, from the Cavern Club to
Sheerans of the future. the Hollywood Bowl.

2016 was a landmark year for the Throughout my career Ive been
fightback to protect, secure and lucky enough to play in venues of
improve GMV in the UK. all different shapes and sizes, from
tiny clubs to massive stadiums
For the first time in ten years, the all over the world. Without the
number of GMVs operating in London grassroots clubs, pubs and music
stabilised; the capital finished the year venues my career could have been
with the same number of spaces for very different. I support Music Venue
new and emerging talent as at the start Trust because artists need places to
of the year, halting a 15-year decline start out, develop and work on their
in the number of spaces. This picture craft and small venues have been
of a more stable sector was reflected the cornerstone for this. If we dont
across the UK, with regions reporting support live music at this level then
small but significant increases in the future of music in general is in
audiences in the grassroots and small danger. Sir Paul McCartney
music venue sector.
UK Music is the headline sponsor of
That turnaround has been achieved by Venues Day 2017. For more information
effective partnerships and specifically go to www.musicvenuetrust.com.
relies upon the partnership between
UK Music and Music Venue Trust when
it comes to evidence and research.
Our work together is enabling us to
accurately map activity in these venues
in reports like Wish You Were Here and
to tell the story of the importance of
GMV to the whole ecology of the live
music sector.

Understanding artists and audiences


in these venues is a developing piece
of work which supports us in building

Photo Credit | The Avalanches at the Oval Space, London | Carolina Faruolo
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SMALLER MUSIC VENUES IN NUMBERS *


GRASSROOTS MUSIC AUDIENCE IN NUMBERS *

6.2 MILLION 367 MILLION On a typical night at a grassroots/small music venue, please estimate how much you
spend on food/drink inside the venue:
Total audience at smaller music venues Total spend generated by music tourists
in 2016 +11% visiting small venues in the UK in 2016 +9% Under 5 7.5%

5 - 10 19.0%

1.67 MILLION 202 MILLION 10 - 15 21.2%

Tourist visits to smaller venues in 2016 Direct spend generated by music 15 - 20 20.9%
+14% tourists visiting smaller venues -13%
20 - 25 13.2%

25 - 30 9.0%
107,000 30 - 35 4.0%
Visits to smaller venues from overseas
music tourists -21% 35 - 40 2.4%

40 - 50 1.9%

50+ 1.0%

LONDON TOPLINE FIGURES FOR On a typical night at a grassroots/small music venue, please estimate how much you

SMALLER MUSIC VENUES spend on food/drink outsidethe venue (on your way to or after the gig, including in
pubs, restaurants, take-aways, shops and off-licences):

Under 5 28.9%

1.3 MILLION 343,000 5 - 10 24.8%

Total audience at smaller music venues Tourist visits to smaller venues in 2016 10 - 15 19.6%
in 2016 -13% -15%
15 - 20 11.5%

65 MILLION 15,000
20 - 25 5.9%

25 - 30 4.3%
Total spend generated by music tourists Visits to smaller venues from overseas
visiting smaller venues -16% music tourists -44% 30 - 35 2.1%

35 - 40 0.8%

40 - 50 1.2%

50+ 0.9%

*Data provided from 2017 survey conducted by Music Venue Trust: Grassroots Music Venues are vital for incubating new and emerging
*Smaller Music Venues: Under 1500 Capacity talent. For more information visit www.musicvenuetrust.com
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MUSIC TOURISM IN REGIONS

Photo Credit | Mick Jenkins at Village Underground, London | Brandon Sheperd


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EAST OF
ENGLAND
TOTAL DIRECT AND INDIRECT SPEND GENERATED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN THE
EAST OF ENGLAND

Total Concerts Festivals

253 MILLION 140 MILLION 114 MILLION


NUMBER OF MUSIC TOURISTS IN THE AMOUNT SPENT DIRECTLY BY MUSIC NUMBER OF FULL TIME JOBS
EAST OF ENGLAND TOURISTS IN THE EAST OF ENGLAND SUSTAINED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN
THE EAST OF ENGLAND
Photo Credit | Jungle at Latitude Festival, Suffolk | Dan Dennison
164
597 Million
Thousand

435

EAST OF ENGLAND
Thousand 90
Million
74
Million Total
Popular festivals like Latitude at Venues in Norwich like the Arts Centre,
Henham Park and V at Chelmsford the Waterfront and the University of
161
Thousand 3,072 lured almost 600,000 music tourists to East Anglia drew top live acts to the
the region in 2016. city.

Total Concerts Festivals Total Concerts Festivals The crowds were up 8% on the previous Harlow, Bedford and Southend also
year as visitors spent 253 million in helped boost the number of visitors to
the East of England, helping sustain the region.
PROPORTION OF LIVE MUSIC AUDIENCES THAT ARE MUSIC TOURISTS IN THE
3,072 jobs.
EAST OF ENGLAND

The award-winning Secret Garden


Party in Cambridgeshire is set to go
out with a bang this summer after 15
years in the festival calendar, while the
Cambridge Folk Festival continued to
41% 30% 11% pull in the crowds and attract talent
from across the world more than 60
years after it started.
Total Concerts Festivals
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EAST
MIDLANDS
TOTAL DIRECT AND INDIRECT SPEND GENERATED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN THE
EAST MIDLANDS

Total Concerts Festivals

194 MILLION 79 MILLION 115 MILLION


NUMBER OF MUSIC TOURISTS IN THE AMOUNT SPENT DIRECTLY BY MUSIC NUMBER OF FULL TIME JOBS
EAST MIDLANDS TOURISTS IN THE EAST MIDLANDS SUSTAINED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN
THE EAST MIDLANDS
Photo Credit | Sister Sledge at Shambala Festival, Northamptonshire | Carolina Faruolo
122
Million
553
Thousand

72
EAST MIDLANDS
400 Million
Thousand
50 Total
Million
Live music events generated 194 The number of music tourism jobs
million for the region a 19% increase supported by live music in the East
153
Thousand 2,589 on the previous 12 months. Midlands rose by 28% to 5,589, offering
a welcome boost to the regional
Now in its 14th year, the annual economy.
Total Concerts Festivals Total Concerts Festivals Download festival attracted rock fans
from across the world to the three-day The Motorpoint Area in Nottingham
event in Donington Park. hosted some of the biggest live acts,
PROPORTION OF LIVE MUSIC AUDIENCES THAT ARE MUSIC TOURISTS IN THE
while the citys Royal Concert Hall and
EAST MIDLANDS
Packing out venues ranging from Rock City guaranteed a broad range of
Nottinghams Splendour Festival in the live music events.
beautiful surroundings of Woollaton
Park to Shambala in Northamptonshire Venues in Derby, Leicester and
and the Bootleg Ball at Butlins in Northampton also continued to draw
Skegness, the number of music tourists visitors to the region.
42% 30% 12% surged by an amazing 53% to 553,000. A
total of 42% of the audience was made
up of visitors from outside the region.
Total Concerts Festivals
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LONDON
TOTAL DIRECT AND INDIRECT SPEND GENERATED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN
LONDON

Total Concerts Festivals

1,023 MILLION 832 MILLION 191 MILLION


NUMBER OF MUSIC TOURISTS IN AMOUNT SPENT DIRECTLY BY MUSIC NUMBER OF FULL TIME JOBS
LONDON TOURISTS IN LONDON SUSTAINED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN
LONDON
Photo Credit | Yussef Kamaal at The Jazz Cafe, Camden | Jake Davis
617
Million
3.59 502
Million 3.41
Million Million

Total
LONDON
The money generated by live music include OnBlackheath and Citadel
115 events in the capital crashed through in Victoria Park go from strength to
Million
8,615 the 1 billion barrier in 2016 after a 6% strength.
181 rise on the previous 12 months.
Thousand And, the Afropunk Festival at the
Total Concerts Festivals Total Concerts Festivals The number of music tourists also Printworks promised to add to add to
soared by 13% to 3.6 million, helping the range of offerings with a weekend
support 8,615 jobs a 14% rise on 2015. of diversity and inclusivity.
PROPORTION OF LIVE MUSIC AUDIENCES THAT ARE MUSIC TOURISTS IN
LONDON
The capital is host to an array of live Ministry of Sound CEO Jonathan Bevan
music venues such as the Jazz Caf, said: After 25 years, Ministry of Sound
Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, The Lexington Club is going from strength to strength.
and arenas like the O2 and the Royal Our visitor numbers are up 30% over
Albert Hall. the past 5 years with music tourism
making a significant contribution to this
40% 38% 2% Londons long list of successful growth. Over 300,000 avid club goers
festivals includes Lovebox, Wireless now attend the Club every year and
and Field Day, as well as the British we proudly host over 200 events. Our
Total Concerts Festivals Summer Time gigs in Hyde Park. experience demonstrates the growth
the live music sector will undoubtedly
Additions to the festival calendar continue to bring to London.
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NORTH
EAST
TOTAL DIRECT AND INDIRECT SPEND GENERATED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN THE
NORTH EAST

Total Concerts Festivals

51 MILLION 48 MILLION 3 MILLION


NUMBER OF MUSIC TOURISTS IN THE AMOUNT SPENT DIRECTLY BY MUSIC NUMBER OF FULL TIME JOBS
NORTH EAST TOURISTS IN THE NORTH EAST SUSTAINED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN
THE NORTH EAST
Photo Credit | Mouth of the Tyne Festival, Tynemouth | John Millard
33
Million 32
259 255 Million
Thousand Thousand

Total
NORTH EAST
The number of music tourists to the The Mouth of the Tyne Festival at the
region rose by 20% in 2016 to 259,000. stunning setting of Tynemouth Priory
2 728 The influx of visitors to the North East and Castle overlooking the North Sea
4 Million helped support 728 jobs in the North was among the regular events that
Thousand East up 21% on the previous 12 helped generate 51 million for the
Total Concerts Festivals Total Concerts Festivals months. region.

Seven out of ten in live music audiences Venues in Newcastle, Middlesbrough,


PROPORTION OF LIVE MUSIC AUDIENCES THAT ARE MUSIC TOURISTS IN THE
came from within the region, flocking Sunderland also helped entertain
NORTH EAST
to popular venues including the Sage thousands of live music fans.
in Gateshead and its Summer Tyne
Americana Festival.

The Northern Electric Festival made


its debut in 2016, showcasing the
30% 30% 0% North Easts electronic music scene at
venues across Newcastles Ouseburn
Valley including the Tyne Bar and the
Total Concerts Festivals Ship Inn.
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NORTH
WEST
TOTAL DIRECT AND INDIRECT SPEND GENERATED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN THE
NORTH WEST

Total Concerts Festivals

500 MILLION 306 MILLION 194 MILLION


NUMBER OF MUSIC TOURISTS IN THE AMOUNT SPENT DIRECTLY BY MUSIC NUMBER OF FULL TIME JOBS
NORTH WEST TOURISTS IN THE NORTH WEST SUSTAINED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN
THE NORTH WEST
Photo Credit | Parklife Festival, Manchester | Danny North
306
Million
1.86
Million
1.6
Million
187

NORTH WEST
Million

119 Total
Million
Live music in the North West was one of The Liverpool International Music
the big success stories of 2016. A huge Festival (ILMF) in Sefton Park one
6,256 range of events generated 500 million of the biggest free music events
258 up 33% on the previous 12 months. in Europe was among the top
Thousand attractions. Thousands also flocked
Total Concerts Festivals Total Concerts Festivals The number of music tourists leapt by to Manchesters Parklife Festival and
50% to 1.9 million as visitors poured Liverpool Sound City.
into venues in Liverpool, Manchester,
PROPORTION OF LIVE MUSIC AUDIENCES THAT ARE MUSIC TOURISTS IN THE
Blackpool and elsewhere, with 43% Fans come from across the globe to
NORTH WEST
coming from outside the region. Liverpools Cavern Club to see where
The Beatles started out in the early
Many enjoyed gigs at the Manchester 1960s.
Arena, one of the busiest and biggest
live entertainment venues in the world Record producer Steve Levine said:
and the largest indoor arena in Europe. While Liverpool in 2017 is busy
43% 37% 6% The venue that attracts more than one celebrating the legacy of 50 years of Sgt.
million visitors a year is now scheduled Pepper, the city, and LIMF especially,
to reopen in the autumn after the is also looking forward to the next
Total Concerts Festivals attack in May at the Ariana Grande generation of songwriters, artists and
concert. producers with exciting new talent.
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NORTHERN
IRELAND
TOTAL DIRECT AND INDIRECT SPEND GENERATED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN
NORTHERN IRELAND

Total Concerts Festivals

88 MILLION 55 MILLION 33 MILLION


NUMBER OF MUSIC TOURISTS IN AMOUNT SPENT DIRECTLY BY MUSIC NUMBER OF FULL TIME JOBS
NORTHERN IRELAND TOURISTS IN NORTHERN IRELAND SUSTAINED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN
NORTHERN IRELAND
Photo Credit | New Pagans at Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast | Ciara McMullan
58
Million
284
Thousand
236
Thousand 36

NORTHERN IRELAND
Million

22 Total
Million
Music tourism grew by 5% in 2016 to The Oh Yeah Music Centre is Belfasts
generate 88 million in revenue for dedicated music hub with a series of

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1,220 Northern Ireland. The number of programmes and events supporting
music tourists rose by 14% to 284,000, the growth and development of new
Thousand
helping support 1,220 jobs up 18% on and emerging music. Explaining its
Total Concerts Festivals Total Concerts Festivals 2015. work, the centres chief executive
Charlotte Dryden said: The centres
The popular Belsonic festival celebrates Sound of Belfast Festival annually
PROPORTION OF LIVE MUSIC AUDIENCES THAT ARE MUSIC TOURISTS IN
its tenth anniversary this year with a turns the spotlight on the quality
NORTHERN IRELAND
move to a new location at Ormeau Park and impact that local music has on
in Belfast. residents, visitors and fans by proudly
celebrating everything from freshest
With events ranging from big affairs new sounds to promoting the best in
like the The Tennents Vital festival Northern Ireland music through the
in Belfast to small gigs in the bars of Northern Ireland Music Prize and The
41% 34% 7% Bangor and Ballymena and Derry, there Oh Yeah Legend Award.
is always plenty on offer in Northern
Ireland for live music fans.
Total Concerts Festivals
Photo Credit | Latitude Festival, Suffolk | Jen ONeill
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SCOTLAND
TOTAL DIRECT AND INDIRECT SPEND GENERATED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN
SCOTLAND

Total Concerts Festivals

334 MILLION 212 MILLION 123 MILLION


NUMBER OF MUSIC TOURISTS IN AMOUNT SPENT DIRECTLY BY MUSIC NUMBER OF FULL TIME JOBS
SCOTLAND TOURISTS IN SCOTLAND SUSTAINED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN
SCOTLAND
Photo Credit | Groove Loch Ness, Inverness | Iona Spence
199
Million
1.2
Million
1.1
Million
126

SCOTLAND
Million

73 Total
Million
Popular festivals like the three-day T Many were lured to Glasgow to see
in the Park at Strathallan Castle helped big name acts at the 13,000-capacity
3,928 generate 334 million in music tourism at the SSE Hydro which hosted the
159 for Scotland. The figure marked a 13% 2016 MOBO awards - or joined the
Thousand increase on 2015. jumping audiences at the citys iconic
Total Concerts Festivals Total Concerts Festivals Barrowlands with its sprung floor from
There was also a huge 31% surge in the its days as a ballroom venue.
number of music tourists as 1.2 million
PROPORTION OF LIVE MUSIC AUDIENCES THAT ARE MUSIC TOURISTS IN
visitors went to live music events north Music lovers packed out regular
SCOTLAND
of the border. fixtures like the Belladrum Tartan Heart
Festival in Inverness-shire, as well as
Live music events supported 3,928 jobs the Edinburgh Mela Festival and gigs at
in Scotland an increase of 22% on Edinburghs Cabaret Voltaire and long-
2015. running Liquid Room, while Groove
Loch Ness drew star DJs to one of the
38% 33% 5% Just 38% of live music event-goers were UKs newest dance festivals.
Scottish. The majority travelled from
England and other countries, boosting
Total Concerts Festivals local Scottish hotels and hostelries.
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SOUTH
EAST
TOTAL DIRECT AND INDIRECT SPEND GENERATED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN THE
SOUTH EAST

Total Concerts Festivals

469 MILLION 191 MILLION 305 MILLION


NUMBER OF MUSIC TOURISTS IN THE AMOUNT SPENT DIRECTLY BY MUSIC NUMBER OF FULL TIME JOBS
SOUTH EAST TOURISTS IN THE SOUTH EAST SUSTAINED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN
THE SOUTH EAST
Photo Credit | Mayflower Theatre, Southampton | Live Nation
305
Million
899
Thousand

188

SOUTH EAST
Million

438 461 118 Total


Thousand Million
Thousand The South East generated almost 496 The Great Escapes general manager
million from music tourism visits. The Kevin Moore said: In 2016 The Great
6,024 9% increase in revenue on 2015 saw Escape celebrated its 11th year as the
899,000 visitors enjoy live music events festival for new music, welcoming
in the region, helping to support 6,024 16,500 festival goers and 3,500 industry
Total Concerts Festivals Total Concerts Festivals local jobs. delegates to Brighton where over 450
bands played more than 600 shows.
The area hosts some of Englands most The live music scene in the South-East
PROPORTION OF LIVE MUSIC AUDIENCES THAT ARE MUSIC TOURISTS IN THE
popular festivals including Wilderness feels in a really healthy place. Brighton
SOUTH EAST
in Oxfordshire, Bestival, the Isle of has always been strong but youve now
Wight festival and the Great Escape got places like Margate that are starting
Festival in Brighton. to develop their own unique scenes.

Just over seven out of ten music visitors


come from outside the region, giving an
34% 16% 17% important boost to venues in places as
diverse as Oxford, Brighton, Reading,
Southampton, Portsmouth and Milton
Total Concerts Festivals Keynes.
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SOUTH
WEST
TOTAL DIRECT AND INDIRECT SPEND GENERATED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN THE
SOUTH WEST

Total Concerts Festivals

414 MILLION 126 MILLION 288 MILLION


NUMBER OF MUSIC TOURISTS IN THE AMOUNT SPENT DIRECTLY BY MUSIC NUMBER OF FULL TIME JOBS
SOUTH WEST TOURISTS IN THE SOUTH WEST SUSTAINED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN
THE SOUTH WEST
Photo Credit | O2 Academy Bournemouth | Academy Music Group
256
1.1 Million
Million

178
Million

SOUTH WEST
715
Thousand
Total
78
The number of music tourists in the fans rub shoulders with surfers and
379 Million
South West rose by 29% to 1.1 million. skateboarders.
5,413
Thousand
There was an even bigger increase in the
revenue they generated which soared Right across the region, visitors poured
by 41% to 414 million. Live music in into live music venues ranging from the
Total Concerts Festivals Total Concerts Festivals the region, sustained 5,413 jobs in the Fleece in Bristol to larger venues like
region last year an increase of 48% the Bournemouth International Centre
on 2015. and the towns O2 Academy.
PROPORTION OF LIVE MUSIC AUDIENCES THAT ARE MUSIC TOURISTS IN THE
SOUTH WEST
Despite some of the worst mud in the
events long history, Adele, Coldplay
and Muse helped ensure the continued
success of Glastonbury and underlined
the importance of the world-famous
festival to the regions economy.
51% 33% 18%
But the South West drew huge crowds
for Camp Bestival at Lulworth Castle
Total Concerts Festivals in Dorset and for the Boardmasters
Festival in Cornwall where music
38 UK MUSIC WISH YOU WERE HERE

WALES
TOTAL DIRECT AND INDIRECT SPEND GENERATED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN
WALES

Total Concerts Festivals

115 MILLION 55 MILLION 61 MILLION


NUMBER OF MUSIC TOURISTS IN AMOUNT SPENT DIRECTLY BY MUSIC NUMBER OF FULL TIME JOBS
WALES TOURISTS IN WALES SUSTAINED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN
WALES
Photo Credit | Pumarosa at Sn Festival, Cardiff | Joe SnapRockPop
73
379 Million
Thousand

295
Thousand

35
Million
39
Million
Total
WALES
The revenue generated by music UK Music backed the Save Womanby
tourists in Wales rose to 115 million, Street Campaign this summer to
84 1,908 although the number of visitors fell preserve and support Cardiffs music
Thousand slightly to 379,000. The number of jobs quarter following the threat of closure
grew by 18% to 1,908. hanging over some venues.
Total Concerts Festivals Total Concerts Festivals
Among the attractions were the Green Sn Festival organiser John Rostron
Man Festival which took place amid the said: We claim Wales as The Land of
PROPORTION OF LIVE MUSIC AUDIENCES THAT ARE MUSIC TOURISTS IN
beautiful surroundings of the Brecon Song and yes, we can sing. Flagship
WALES
Beacons and Festival No 6, the annual events like Sn Festival, Festival
music and arts event in Portmeirion. Number 6, Focus Wales and Green Man
The Sn which celebrated its tenth give those artists a voice.
anniversary in 2016.

Live venues in Newport, Swansea and


46% 36% 10% Cardiff continued to attract major acts
to Wales and offer a rich and diverse
choice for music fans.
Total Concerts Festivals
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WEST
MIDLANDS
TOTAL DIRECT AND INDIRECT SPEND GENERATED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN THE
WEST MIDLANDS

Total Concerts Festivals

253 MILLION 149 MILLION 104 MILLION


NUMBER OF MUSIC TOURISTS IN THE AMOUNT SPENT DIRECTLY BY MUSIC NUMBER OF FULL TIME JOBS
WEST MIDLANDS TOURISTS IN THE WEST MIDLANDS SUSTAINED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN
THE WEST MIDLANDS
Photo Credit | Lady Leshurr at MADE Festival, Birmingham | Here & Now Photography
168
Million
904
Thousand
757
Thousand
99
Million 69
Million
Total
WEST MIDLANDS
The number of music tourists in The biggest festival in Birmingham was
the West Midlands rose to 904,000, MADE (Metropolitan, Arts and Dance

146
3,504 supporting 3,504 jobs. Music tourists Event) where performers included
generated 253 million for the region. Stormzy and local grime artist Lady
Thousand
Leshurr.
Total Concerts Festivals Total Concerts Festivals Music fans travelled from far and wide
to see big name acts at Birminghams Held since 1999 in Staffordshires
Genting Arena, the Barclaycard Arena Weston Park, the V Festival was another
PROPORTION OF LIVE MUSIC AUDIENCES THAT ARE MUSIC TOURISTS IN THE
and the Symphony Hall, home of of the regions major festivals. Events
WEST MIDLANDS
the City of Birmingham Symphony like the Mostly Jazz Festival in Moseley
Orchestra and the host of a variety Park, Birmingham, and the Warwick
of classical, jazz, folk, rock and pop Folk Festival highlighted the diverse
concerts. range of acts on offer.

Venues in Wolverhampton, Stoke and


39% 33% 6% Warwick played their part in creating a
vibrant live music scene.

Total Concerts Festivals


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YORKSHIRE &
THE HUMBER
TOTAL DIRECT AND INDIRECT SPEND GENERATED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN
YORKSHIRE & THE HUMBER

Total Concerts Festivals

312 MILLION 130 MILLION 182 MILLION


NUMBER OF MUSIC TOURISTS IN AMOUNT SPENT DIRECTLY BY MUSIC NUMBER OF FULL TIME JOBS
YORKSHIRE & THE HUMBER TOURISTS IN YORKSHIRE & THE SUSTAINED BY MUSIC TOURISM IN
HUMBER YORKSHIRE & THE HUMBER
Photo Credit | Everything Everything at the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge | Mal Campbell
200
Million
849
Thousand

617 116
Thousand

83
Million
Million

Total
YORKSHIRE & THE HUMBER
Festivals in Yorkshire and the Humber also drew thousands of visitors to the
helped push the revenue generated in region.
232
Thousand 4,189 the region up to 312 million in 2016.
The Beverley Folk Festival and the
The number of music tourists also rose
to 849,000 a 27% increase on 2015 biannual Whitby Goth Weekend, which
Total Concerts Festivals Total Concerts Festivals that helped to support 4,189 jobs. started in 1994 and now draws around
7,000 people to the seaside festival,
Cities and towns like Leeds, Sheffield, illustrated the diverse range of live
PROPORTION OF LIVE MUSIC AUDIENCES THAT ARE MUSIC TOURISTS IN
Bradford and York continued their key music on offer.
YORKSHIRE & THE HUMBER
role nurturing and promoting some
of the UKs best live music talents at
venues like the Leadmill in Sheffield.

As 2017 City of Culture, Hull will play


a bigger part than ever this year in
42% 30% 11% celebrating the live music industry.

The Leeds Festival was one of the larger


Total Concerts Festivals live events, but Cocoon in the Park
in Leeds and Tramlines in Sheffield
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