The introduction of The Live Music Act 2012 meant

performances of live amplified music to audiences of

less than 200 people would no longer require a special

licence. The aim was to encourage pubs and other small

venues to host live music events.

While this did not quite create the seismic impact that some

expected, it has certainly left the local live music stirred, if not shaken. The fact that  the country was still in the depths of a recession did not help matters, with pubs closing on a weekly basis. Now we are starting to see signs of a slow recovery with new venues springing up to replace the ones that unfortunately fell by the wayside. Let's hope things continue to improve and we will try our best to point you in the direction of the very best music that Essex has to offer.


Click on the header to visit the venue or promoters website or Facebook page.

BLUE - venues that host original acts, PINK - venues that host cover bands only.