Posted: Friday 2 June 2017

For many of us, music is never far from our minds (or ears) - whether we’re listening to Dua Lipa on the train or Sundara Karma at work; crying to Alanis Morissette or working out some frustrations with Slipknot - music has become beautifully intertwined with our daily activities and we don’t know about you, but we wouldn’t want it any other way.

Let’s face it; music really hasn’t ever been this readily available. With so many streaming services just waiting for you to press play, listening to your favourite artist has become possible wherever, whenever (hello, time traveller) and whoever you are. 

If you think about it though, this is usually a pretty private experience - except if you’re one of those commuters who fail to see the purpose of headphones on the train, then it becomes very, VERY public.

So, if you’re like us and feel music is your world, then we need to talk about International Music Day and how it’s all about celebrating the one thing that often borders cultural differences in a very loud and very proud way! Who knows, you might just discover your new favourite artist, which gives you that opportunity to be that one person that “heard them first” and forever remind people that it was you who helped choose their musical preferences (insert maniacal, mastermind laughter here). Alternatively, you could just keep your new music finds to yourself, either way, you don’t want to miss out.

So with that in mind, what is International Music Day and where did it all begin?

To find International Music Day’s origin, we have to go back to 1982, where Fête de la Musique (www.fetedelamusique.culture.fr) was first started by the French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang. Merci M. Lang. Since then, it’s taken off, swooping over 700 cities up in the process worldwide. All of who share one vision – free and accessible music events that would unite people of all races, religions, ages and genders.

The UK made its first contribution five years ago in 2012 and the day has since grown year on year, with 19 unsponsored events across the UK in 2016. This year, Music Day continues to spread its wings, opening up the opportunity for everyone to participate – albeit with a performance, organising an event, or simply showing your support by attending the events. There’s no reason why 2017 can’t be the biggest Music Day yet, it is after all, simply the best way to celebrate the summer solstice!

Okay, I’m in. What's happening near me?

With so many fun and vibrant events taking place across the UK – club nights, sing-a-longs, workshops and gigs – you’re sure to find something in your area! So be sure to check out the Music Day event listings here 

Here are some images from previous years:

Can’t make a Music Day event but still want Live music? We’re still open!

We might only be a hop, skip and a jump away from summer festival madness, but before the lights turn off in our venues for the summer, Music Day see’s us welcome  The Avalanches, Kiefer Sutherland, Robbie Boyd, Dead Kennedys and Mark Lanegan Band performing across our venues up and down the country on the day! So choose your tonic and let the music flow.

Let us know how you’ll be celebrating #InternationalMusicDay17 by commenting below or getting in touch via social media.