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Largest UK indoor arenas 2020, by capacity

As of 2020, Manchester Arena and the O2 Arena in London top the list of indoor venues with the largest audience capacity in the United Kingdom. Both are able to accommodate up to 21 and 20 thousand visitors respectively. The next two arenas with the highest capacity are Arena Birmingham and Resorts World Arena, both of which are located in Birmingham. P&J Live in Aberdeen is the biggest indoor arena in Scotland, and the fifth biggest in the UK. The First Direct Arena in Leeds came in sixth place with an audience capacity of 13,781.

London continues to draw the largest crowds

Despite only one of the United Kingdom’s six largest arenas being in London, the capital’s numerous venues have drawn music lovers for decades. In fact, London boasted the highest music tourist spend nationwide in 2019, at 1.2 billion British pounds. Overall, the highest spend in music tourism that year was in the south of England. Both the South East and the South West saw a total spend of 1.2 billion British pounds, similar to that in London. Contrary to the areas where most money was spent, the North West and Scotland saw some of the highest levels of music event attendance by tourists in 2018. Interestingly, over 90 percent of music tourists in the UK were locals, with overseas tourists only representing a small minority.

How is music tourism doing?

The United Kingdom is the second largest live music market in Europe, after Germany. Its market value was roughly 1.45 million US dollars in 2018, and is expected to be worth over 1.5 million US dollars by 2023. Accordingly, the number of full-time music tourism jobs in the UK has also grown. By 2018 there were roughly 45.5 thousand jobs sustained by the industry, an increase of nearly 6 thousand jobs from 2016.

Largest indoor arenas in the United Kingdom in 2020, by capacity

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