The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Blur, Queen Pink Floyd… do these names sound familiar to you? If not, these are just some of the most popular musical artists and bands who originated from the UK. Over the years, UK music has greatly influenced modern artists across the globe and this island nation in Europe can be considered a top tourist destination for music lovers.
A lot of towns boast their very own music landmark. Whether you love jazz, blues, rock, Britpop, or punk, you can definitely find something that’ll tickle your fancy. If you are taking your holiday/trips to the UK, then check out the top music attractions in the country!
1. Abbey Road Studios, LondonAs a music lover, your journey must begin in Swinging London. When you get to Camden, drop by the Abbey Road Studios. The crossing in Camden is the place where The Beatles took their iconic photo for the cover of their eleventh album named Abbey Road. The studio, meanwhile, is where the band recorded their popular songs.
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Built in 1894 by Henry Spiller, the Spillers is considered as the world’s oldest record shop. In the past, they sold gramophones, but they expanded to selling CDs and vinyl. They can now be found in Morgan Arcade. Their collection of music is vast, so you can probably find that missing album that’s not available in your country.
2. Spillers Records, Cardiff
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3. The Zodiac, OxfordIf you are a big fan of Radiohead, Foals, or the Swervedriver, then you should definitely thank the Oxford music scene for helping these bands rise to popularity. The most popular years of the Zodiac range from 1995 to 2007. They became notable after the “Creep” video from Radiohead. They also hosted several gigs of Coldplay. These days, the Zodiac is now officially known as the O2 Academy Oxford. However, the locals still like to use its older name.
4. Liverpool, EnglandLiverpool is like the Mecca for musicians. The place is popularly known as capital pop because of the Beatles and other big bands that performed at Echo Arena. In addition, the city also hosts the Liverpool International Music Festival and the International Beatles Week. If you’re a big fan of the Fab Four, you can also take the Fab Four Taxi Tour where you can visit different destinations such as Eleanor Rigby’s grave site.
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Do you know any other exciting musical landmarks in the UK? Do share them in the comments if you do!
|This guest post, written by Leona Green, Digital Marketer at Interactive Media, was made possible by First Choice.|