Blowing Britain's Trumpet
ST&G's Fastidiously Orchestrated Great British Music Map
When it comes to music, Britain calls the tune on the world stage, playing second fiddle to nobody.
Our new fold-out map celebrates Britain’s globe-straddling musical prowess, featuring over 2,000 festivals, live music venues, places celebrated in song and a symphony of tenuously tuneful trivia… plus a unique road trip through Britain’s top 50 music locations (and the perfect playlist to go with). It really blows Britain’s trumpet.
The Map That Rocks
Music and maps may not be typical bedfellows, but at long last they’ve come together for a unique collaboration. If you’ve ever wondered where the best festivals are located, where your favourite pop video was filmed, which locations around Britain have inspired classic tunes... or if you simply fancy going on an epic music-themed road trip around Britain with the perfect playlist blaring from your stereo… this map is for you.
The Fastidiously Orchestrated Great British Music Map is a full-colour, two-sided map folding out to 100 cm x 89 cm, and features:
Over 350 festivals, including the big, famous ones, the small but perfectly formed ones, and those in the most stunning locations
Over 700 live music venues, including over 400 essential grass-roots venues identified by the Music Venue Trust
Over 700 places celebrated in song titles / lyrics, album titles and band / artist names, plus cover art and music video locations
Trivia! Loads of famous studios, riotous gigs, funny quotes, shrines to dear departed stars, and other glorious locations of musical anecdote and intrigue
Britain’s top music locations, a glorious road trip connecting them all and playlist suggestions bringing them to life in unique fashion (and plenty of space to add your own favourite tunes and route notes)
Dreamed up, designed and made in sunny Britain.
MAP ME UP BEFORE YOU GO GO
Covering everywhere from Glasgow to Glasto, East 17 to the Mull of Kintyre and even Craig David (weirdly, but enjoyably, there’s a bit of cliff on the Aberdeenshire coast by that name), the Fastidiously Orchestrated Great British Music Map shows you the entertaining side of one of Britain’s great exports. It’s perfect for music lovers of every kind - a mine of entertaining information, a great road trip resource and top adventure inspiration. Read on for more details...
Britain’s Top 50 Music Locations, Road Trip & Playlist
Ranging from the obvious to the random, our eclectic selection of Britain’s Top 50 music locations creates all manner of opportunities for the music fan (whether on tour or armchair-based), in the form of an enjoyably ambitious road trip laid out on the back of the map.
Accompanying the road trip is a unique playlist featuring the most relevant tunes for each location. And because nobody ever agrees on the music to play when you’re on a road trip, there’s plenty of space to add your own favourite tracks and route notes.
Here’s just a small selection of highlights from the Top 50 and playlist examples:
Brixton: rock down to ‘Electric Avenue’ - Eddy Grant
Essex: “You ask Joyce and Vicky who’s their favourite brickie” (‘Billericay Dickie’ - Ian Dury and the Blockheads)
The Norfolk Broads: ‘Life on Mars?’ - David Bowie
Glasgow: “When I get a couple of drinks on a Saturday, Glasgow belongs to me” (‘Glasgow Belongs To Me’ - William Fyffe)
Manchester: “If rain makes Britain great then Manchester is greater” (‘Manchester’ - The Beautiful South)
Bristol: “from Bristol Zoo, to B&Q” (‘Guns Don’t Kill People, Rappers Do’ - Goldie Lookin Chain)
Cornwall: Gwenno's Cornish-language album Le Kov or 'St. Michael's Mount + Mont St. Michel' - Aphex Twin
Isle of Wight: ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’ - The Beatles
Stonehenge: “where the demons dwell, where the banshees live and they do live well” (‘Stonehenge’ - Spinal Tap)
Lord Hereford’s Knob, a hill in the Brecon Beacons honoured in song by Half Man Half Biscuit, and...
A bit of cliff on the Aberdeenshire coast named Craig David. Are we for real? Damn sure.
Certain songs and artists are in a category all of their own when it comes to the geography and places of Britain, and they get their own special treatment on the map. The JAMs’ ‘It’s Grim Up North’ is one such fine example, while the Smiths listed several places gripped by ‘Panic’, Ian Dury had a penchant for place (especially in his stomping grounds of London and Essex), and Lemon Jelly’s ‘Ramblin’ Man’ had certainly been around… but Half Man Half Biscuit take the… prize for namechecking an enormous number of towns and other British places in their songs. “There’s a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Milletts”.
See the full list of Britain’s Top 50 music locations, accompanying playlist and more…