Music Venues in Portsmouth

Music Venues in Portsmouth

Portsmouth's musical heritage ensures that the concert venues are unlikely to disappoint. Ranging from large music halls to relatively intimate venues, there is undoubtedly something for everyone. In addition, whether you are looking to check out your favourite band or guitarist or you want to try and get yourself heard, Guitar Lessons Portsmouth provides you with a rundown of Portsmouth's finest.

Wedgewood Rooms, known locally as 'The Wedge', is a 500 capacity venue that plays host to smaller bands, or famous bands looking to play to a more intimate crowd. Wedgewood Rooms doesn't tend to favour one type of music, with pop acts such as Kasabian and Klaxons playing there in the past, and Funeral for a Friend and newcomers Everything Everything having upcoming slots booked so be sure to check their box office. Through their website, they encourage local Portsmouth bands to send their demos in the hope of securing a support slot, so with Guitar Lessons Portsmouth, you could be sharing the stage with one of your favourite bands.

Portsmouth Guildhall is the largest events venue in Portsmouth and so plays host to some high-profile and very popular acts. Its capacity is up to 2000 and so you know you will always be part of the 'gig experience' when seeing a band in such an atmospheric venue. The range of music is incredibly diverse, from the drum and bass stylings of Chase and Status to Feeder and the more subdued Mumford and Sons. Regardless of your taste, Portsmouth Guildhall suits everyone and its central location ensures a great night.

Portsmouth Pyramids is, by day, a family-oriented swimming and leisure complex, but by night its function room next door turns it into one of the most exciting and prominent gig venues in Portsmouth. For the more hardcore shows, this venue is largely unmatched, with bands such as Bring Me The Horizon and Gallows bringing their unique brand of hardcore and punk to the intimacy of the Pyramids. Even if this isn't to your taste, the Pyramids have attracted great reviews from music lovers everywhere so make sure to investigate their listings soon.

The Cellars at Eastney is one of the smaller venues in Portsmouth, being completely full at only 140 people. This gives it the advantage of housing electrifying performances where you will be able to see the whites of the band's eyes. Being such a small venue, you won't be likely to find any of the chart-toppers here, however, this gives everyone a chance to check out some local talent, as well as exposing you to something you may have never heard before, such as blues or just a solo singer-songwriter. With the friendly atmosphere and opportunities for local bands, The Cellars is the perfect gig venue, intimate and eclectic.

The Rifle Club is a favourite among Portsmouth's residents, offering diversity, great ticket prices, something for everyone, and that all-important cheap bar. Hosting local bands, tribute bands, and musicians who appeal to all age-groups, the Rifle Club offers an exciting mix that will be sure to pique your interest. Tickets can be bought online, or on the door, but sometimes events are free, so why not head to the bar with your friends and maybe you'll catch your next favourite band?

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