Music Venues in Cambridge

Music Venues in Cambridge

Here at Singing Lessons Cambridge we are truly passionate about our students getting out there to the local venues. Whether this is to experience a the best modern singers putting on a good show, or to bring up your confidence by performing to a bunch of strangers, the music venue is your church. So here is our rundown of the best venues in your city!

The Cambridge Corn Exchange is a venue that many Cambridge students might know as an exam hall, and yet it moonlights as a somewhat legendary concert venue, featuring innumerable famous performers and historic performances. Infamous Cambridge psychedelic pioneer Syd Barrett appeared here at his last public appearance in 1972, while other huge bands like Pink Floyd and My Bloody Valentine have paved the way for more contemporary acts like Lily Allen and James Blunt to take the stage. The site was originally opened in 1875, so as well as a great gig, you will be experiencing a piece of history, which always adds to the atmosphere! The first performance was of a local choral society, and the performers that have graced the stage are sure to be no less historic. In the modern day, performers range from classic legends to contemporary musicians, as well being a common feature on comedian's circuits. Regardless of your musical taste, there is certain to be something to entertain you at the Corn Exchange, so check out their box office soon!

The Junction is truly a diverse venue, diverse in the sheer number of different kinds of acts that appear there. The musical entertainment includes music of all genres, from folk to drum n' bass, and music from all cultures, from homegrown talent to the far reaches of Latin America. The Junction is far from limited to music, though, with family-friendly events side by side with definitely un-family-friendly comedy performances from some of the best contemporary comedians. The venue is committed to cultivating talent from the region, as well as further afield, so there are masterclasses always on offer, as well as workshops for budding creative artists. This makes the Junction truly a community-driven venue, not just putting on a great show, but helping any amateur artists get a performance, and most importantly, get noticed. 

Acoustic Routes is a venue located in a basement of the CB2 restaurant in central Cambridge, and was created by a singer-songwriter, for singer-songwriters. If intimate and acoustic music is your thing, then Acoustic Routes will most definitely be the venue to head to. Featuring music from all over the place, such as folk, blues and Americana, as well as some of the best local and international performers, a night at Acoustic Routes is truly a night to remember. The list of past performers is truly outstanding for an intimate venue such as this, with icons like Seth Lakeman and Hank Marvin on the bill along with the smallest and unknown of local artists. The venue is also in a partnership with Cambridge Acoustic Nights, giving budding acoustic players a chance to play on their stage, which is a great opportunity if you are looking to practice in front of a welcoming audience. Reviews of the food in the restaurant are also great, so if you want to make a special occasion of it, then be sure to book a table and then soak up the acoustic atmosphere. 

Man On The Moon is a small, 200 capacity venue that adjoins a popular pub, and features a soundproofed stage, along with great lighting and sound facilities. With a smoke machine, lighting rig and projectors, a show at such an intimate venue doesn't have to be boring, with the lighting effects most definitely adding to the atmosphere. The gigs here have that special quality of being within a friendly pub in which the ambient sound of chatter is the background of soothing melodies and relaxing guitars. For young bands looking to perform, the Man on the Moon is the ideal place to start, with the landlord always willing to put on local bands who can put on a good show. When putting on your gig, your become in charge of promotion, including booking other acts and advertising. Although you can use a promoter, this would provide valuable experience as to how the industry works, and would be a great opportunity to experience the triumph of putting on a packed-out, well-received show. Be sure to check out Man on the Moon for upcoming acts or to put on your own night!

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