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11. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Music scene in Leeds is extremely good.

Manchester, Brighton, Liverpool, Sheffield also have plenty going for them.

12. Posted by stowaway (Budding Member 28 posts) 9y

Never been up north, but as a native Londoner I promise you the indie musice scene is great down here. If you wanted (and had enough disposable income) you could go to a gig / club every night. Or even both as a lot of indie nights have a live band then a dj.

Good luck deciding!

13. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 9y

Is it just England you're looking at? Because I have heard Glasgow has a good music sene but not having been I don't know.

By the way, I live in sheffield, which is a bloody brilliant city with great universities, a fantastic student scene and lots of indie kids. I think its good for music, mostly I love the atmosphere here, its so friendly and laid back, but if you are really really into your music you might prefer to be somewhere bigger.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 13, 2007, at 4:28 AM by Clarabell ]

14. Posted by ang42710 (Inactive 3 posts) 9y

Quoting magykal1

Music scene in Leeds is extremely good.

Manchester, Brighton, Liverpool, Sheffield also have plenty going for them.

Yeah as of now I pretty much narrowed it down to these 5 places. But I can only choose one...errr Extremely difficult decision.

15. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Well, I would personally go for Leeds or Brighton.

I'm utterly biased towards Brighton - I've lived here for 8 years and I love it. It has a totally different atmosphere from everywhere else in Britain, a bit of a kind of cafe culture, a bit cosmopolitan, only 45 mins from London on the train. It is expensive however.

I'm forced to admit though that Leeds has a better music scene - not that Brighton's isn't good (recent-ish bands include British Sea Power, Electric Soft Parade and 80s Matchbox B-line Disaster, and there are some great up-and-coming ones too) - but Leeds' current crop of indie bands are (I think) a cut above - obviously, famously, Kaiser Chiefs, but more recently Forward Russia, iLiKETRAiNS, Sunshine Underground, The Pigeon Detectives, Duels, Heads We Dance etc. Leeds is also a cheaper place to live than Brighton.

Sheffield comes a reasonably close third, for me.

Manchester and Liverpool both have more of a 'big city' feel - but then some folk like that.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 14, 2007, at 1:56 AM by magykal1 ]

16. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

Glasgow does have a great music scene, although you have potential language issues if you were to move up there...

Leeds is brilliant for music, and has been transformed in recent years. And it's still much cheaper to live than London (waaaaay too expensive) or Brighton. Sheffield is the least international/known city of the remaining 4, and probably the cheapest. Musically i don't know as much. Liverpool and Manchester both have plenty going on as well, although Manchester probably most vcaried of them. All 5 have good numbers of "name" bands/acts gigging regularly.
Leeds and Manchester also have the bonus of several trains running at funny times at night between them and a few other places (Manchester - Sheffield, Manchester/Leeds - Newcastle, occassional ones from Man/Leeds to Liverpool), which means you can get back to them from late finishing gigs, instead of having to spend the night roughing it or crashing somewhere.

17. Posted by BadgerAle (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

I'm from the Brighton area and would definatly recomend it as a cool place to live with a great band scene- though it is a bit pricey.

Another factor is that the train to London takes only an hour- if you want to see a gig that isn't coming to Brighton.

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