With news being announced recently that, provisionally, from June 21st, restrictions on live events could be lifted, tour announcements are coming through from all corners of the planet, and venues are back preparing for the long-awaited return of live music.

Set to drop their new album, Breathe With Strangers, this Summer, one of those bands desperate for the return of live music are UK rockers Dead Reynolds. Fresh from releasing their bouncing new single, “Bright Lights,” we sat down with the group to talk about five of their favourite rock venues in the UK.

1. The Black Heart, Camden

“The Black Heart is where Dead Reynolds clicked. Everything came together on a hot July night in 2019 and, from then, we haven’t looked back. We were using the show as a rehearsal for the Deaf Havana Homecoming show we were playing two days later and everything we had been rehearsing worked. Intimate venue with a great bar above and a brilliant live room below. Small stage but just big enough. Up close and personal and loads of local music lovers get in there. Great vibe in the centre of Camden so you are surrounded by culture, diversity, and just cool stuff.”

For more information, visit the official website.

Dead Reynolds @ Black Heart Live Photo

2. Met Lounge, Peterborough

“This is our musical home and really the only small venue in Cambridgeshire that could be considered a Rock/Alternative venue. Everyone has played there over the years from Coldplay, The Darkness, Stereophonics, Funeral for a Friend, and Feeder. In a variety of bands, we must have played there collectively a hundred times. It has a sound system worthy of Wembley Arena! The old sticky floors have gone and it’s had full a refurb over lockdown. Besides bands, they run emo disco nights and the same crowd go to everything. It feels like home and we always know we will have a great night at the Met.”

For more information, visit the Met Lounge Facebook Page.

3. The Voodoo Lounge at Mama Lizs, Stamford

“Probably not as well known as the rest but such a cool venue in such a historic and pretty town. The venue is set in the Catacombs – it really is. You play underground in what can only be described as a cave. Really low ceiling but rustic, intimate and a place all the locals go. To make it even better there is a great bar above, restaurant that serves amazing food and a garden and terrace which in the Summer is buzzing. We have played here loads of times and are always made really welcome! A great venue for any band as it’s on the A1 coming down from the North and worth adding on a tour.”

For more information, visit the official website.

Cambridge Junction Photo

4. Cambridge Junction, Cambridge

“The Junction is a big step up in venue, with three different rooms for 100 and 250 capacity than the J1 which is 700 capacity. We were lucky enough to support Mallory Knox there for their last album launch show. We love The Junction, it’s an iconic venue that all local bands would die to play, massive sound and lighting. You get a real dressing room and a rider. We are hoping to play there in November supporting a major act so watch this space.”

For more information, visit the official website.

5. The Flapper, Birmingham

“This is a real musicians venue with a great bar above and a dark and intimate venue below. We played The Flapper as part of a UK tour in 2019 and couldn’t believe how many people got in there to see live music. We were really accepted and it was the best venue we have played in Birmingham. Supporting smaller bands. Great vibe with loads of local bands going in to see the bands from out of town! Really well supported. Great sound! Great chips.”

Sadly The Flapper announced its closure prior to publication of this article.

Artwork for ‘Bright Lights’ by Dead Reynolds

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.