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Working as a Live Performer

Everything you need to know about performing live, across a wide range of venues and locations.

Last updated: 11 October 2021

The MU is here to support live musicians and performers across the music industry. We can help you to make the most of your gigs and assist in fixing any problems you might come up against along the way.

We are also big supporters of the grassroots live music scene and recommend that all members check out our Fair Play Venue database for a list of the best small music venues that treat gigging musicians fairly.

Be selective with your live engagement offers and arrange to play gigs where you can attract a suitable audience.

Browse for MU quick guides to help your gigging career.

Live guides

Member benefits for live musicians

Need to talk to us?

The MU has a network of experienced teams available to help musicians in all areas of the industry.

Find a Fair Play Venue

Browse grassroots music venues where musicians can be sure of securing a fair deal.

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

Read more about Troubadour

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.

Read more about Tower of Song

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.

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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.

Read more about Thekla