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The MU set up the MU Fair Play Venue scheme in 2013, inviting venues to declare their support for the fair treatment of musicians and their opposition to pay-to-play and unfair ticketing deals by signing up to the Fair Play Scheme.

Fair Play Venues can be identified by the sticker displayed on the premises, but now the Fair Play Venue database allows you to search those venues online for the first time.

Browse Fair Play Venues

From here, you can locate Fair Play Venues in your area, read about the kind of music they promote and find out how you go about getting a gig.

Use the Musicians’ Union's database to find Fair Play Venues across the UK, what they are looking for, and how to get gigs.

If you’ve been booked to perform at a Fair Play Venue recently please get in touch and let us know how you got on, particularly if you need any help or advice from us as your Union. You can email us at live@theMU.org.

How does a venue get involved?

A venue may be considered a Fair Play Venue if it endorses the principles of our Fair Play Guide. The Fair Play Guide offers advice – to both artists and promoters - on co-promotions, ticketing deals, showcases and competitions, so that musicians can identify when a deal is fair.

If you have played a gig that went well, at a venue where you were treated fairly and had a positive experience, let us know about the venue and who runs it.

If you would like to nominate a venue to be added to the Fair Play Venue database, email us at live@theMU.org

Find a Fair Play Venue

Zigfrid Von Underbelly

Underbelly aims to offer original live acts to perform in the heart of Shoreditch / Hoxton in a 220 capacity sized venue 7 nights a week.

Shoreditch LB Hackney
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Village Underground

We are a medium-sized venue in Shoreditch, we pride ourselves on programming artists from around the world and across different genres.

LB Hackney
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Troubadour

The Troubadour is an historic, intimate venue offering emerging musicians a chance to showcase their burgeoning talent since opening in 1954.

Kensington and Chelsea The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
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Trades Club

The Trades Club is a 200 capacity music venue in the town of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

Hebden Bridge
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Tower of Song

The Tower of Song features music to suit all tastes and each night of the week has a different theme.

Birmingham
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Toulouse Lautrec

Venue consists of two music rooms. Small to medium sized. Piano bar for jazz soloists and duos to provide subtle music for all types of guests.

Kennington
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Thekla

Medium city centre venue that was once a cargo ship. Originally opened in 1982 as an entertainment venue, it was also the canvas for an early Banksy.

Bristol
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