London England Music
For music fans visiting the UK, we have created a music guide to the big cities so you can get closer to your favourite bands than ever before. A guide for music lovers across England, with a special focus on London, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Bristol and Manchester.
England has a long and varied history of folk music, dating back at least to the Middle Ages, including many forms of music, singing and dancing. Like the US, Britain has made a significant contribution to the development of rock'n'roll, and some of the most famous bands, including The Beatles and many others, actually came from England. Great Britain is a place where many of America's most popular rock'n "roll bands can find inspiration, but England also has a great line-up of Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and the Foo Fighters.
Even in recent years, the number of musical talent coming from the UK has slowed, but there is no sign of a slowdown in the form of a dominant pop music scene in the UK.
The British music scene has produced some of the world's most iconic bands and artists, whose works remain equally popular and revered today. British bands have defined entire genres, and millions of rock fans have been influenced over the years by artists such as David Bowie, Paul McCartney and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Both rock and popular music have contributed to British-American cooperation, as transatlantic genres are exchanged and exported in ways that tend to be adapted and transformed into new movements. British acts have created acid jazz and developed avant-garde funk and neo soul, in addition to the evolution of rock music.
The number of professional musicians in London has increased rapidly in recent years, as has the number and quality of their performances and tours. There are also plenty of opportunities to experience London's music culture, many of which are hard to copy, perhaps not on a more annual basis. The earliest example is a 1733 Gloucester Festival report which stated that "the performances were the best ever known" because London musicians were present. In addition to the impressive setting in which they were heard, contemporary literature also commented on the way in which London's music fashion was received in the country. Among the audience was the fact that it was common not only in England but also in France, Germany, Spain, France and Italy to listen to musicians from London.
Frankly, many of the most famous and influential figures of the early 20th century lived far from London, such as the poet Charles Dickens. Manchester was also home to a large number of musicians, some of whom were born in Manchester and others in London.
American music, including the rock'n'roll of the late 1950s, established itself in the United Kingdom during the 20th century. Folk music flourished in Manchester until the mid-1960s, when it was replaced by a new form of popular music, including music halls and brass bands. The city was also home to a large number of artists, including the band Joy Division and Schmied, both from the area. As young performers produced their own music (including blues and rock'n'roll) and developed parallel music scenes, the influence of music from the United States became the most dominant in popular music.
The English music scene was dominated by London from the 17th century to the 1850s, and provincial listeners could experience for themselves what the capital had to offer by listening to and visiting travelling musicians. Touring musicians from outside London attended concerts and festivals in the province, with events like this establishing a strong link between the city's music scene and the music of the United States. The old cathedral city was particularly important, because it was here that the rich society attracted their concert festivals and it was there that the London musicians were most likely to be found. Boutique music venues like the Marquee Club at 90 Wardour Street, where rock'n'roll artists such as the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley and Elvis Costello performed, made their London debut.
Although Twining experienced music fairly regularly in Colchester, he travelled to London and had the opportunity to listen to some of the best musicians in the country, and travelled and listened to music from as far afield as New York City and Los Angeles. It is now a rather luxurious establishment, but in Hendrix's time it was favoured by the rock musicians who roamed London.
Music publishing and instrument making were all concentrated in London, and the capital was a popular destination for musicians travelling from as far away as New York City and Los Angeles. When the so-called "London season" ended in the summer months, the musicians left London for the provinces. Of course, it was London opera singers who travelled to the provinces in the summer months. The London audience had grown accustomed to new and more powerful deliveries, but the musicians had to leave London and move to the provinces when the "so-called" London season ended.