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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: 13 March 2024

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 musicians check out our Fair Play Venue list featuring 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.

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Contact the Musicians' Union today

The MU has a network of experienced teams available to help musicians in all areas of the industry. If you have any questions about our services, membership or how the MU could help you, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Find a Fair Play Venue

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

The Court House

A 200 capacity, central independent venue, which offers paid weekly or monthly residencies, support and headline slots.

Northern Ireland
Read more about The Court House

Peckham Levels

Venue hosting live gigs and club nights either in 450-standing capacity Gig Space or 150-standing capacity Auditorium.

Read more about Peckham Levels

The Shed

A community space with a cafe bar offering live music, open mic nights, comedy and networking events.

Read more about The Shed

The Slaughtered Lamb

A contemporary pub venue with an entertainment space in the basement for live music, club nights, DJ’s and comedy.

Read more about The Slaughtered Lamb

The Tin Music and Arts

An artistic hub (with artist’s studio and Community Space) offering events across two neighbouring premises which books established and international acts, as well as local homegrown talent.

Read more about The Tin Music and Arts