House Music is the UK’s most popular club genre according to new research

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Perhaps not a big shock ….new research from A2D2 has revealed that House Music is the number one club music genre in 9 out of 16 UK cities, including London, Nottingham, Manchester, Leeds, Brighton, Bristol, Liverpool, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

Techno was the second most popular, being a club favourite in Newcastle, Belfast, Glasgow, and Aberdeen.

Using data from Resident Advisor, A2D2 analysed the number of club music events from 1st Jan 2024 – 31st December 2024 for each genre to reveal the UK’s most popular club music. 

Top 5 club music genres by UK city:

The top 5 most popular club music genres by UK city (graph)
UK CityTop 5 Club Genres
LondonHouse, Techno, Disco, Tech House, Garage
BirminghamDrum & Bass, Afrobeat, House, Grime, Techno
NottinghamHouse, Garage, Tech House, Techno, Drum & Bass
LiverpoolHouse, Techno, Tech House, Garage, Drum & Bass
ManchesterHouse, Techno, Garage, Bass, Disco
NewcastleTechno, House, Garage, Drum & Bass, Breakbeat
LeedsHouse, Techno, Garage, Drum & Bass, Bass
SheffieldHouse, Techno, Jazz, Bass, Garage
BrightonHouse, Drum & Bass, Techno, Garage, Jungle
BristolHouse, Drum & Bass, Jungle, Techno, Garage
BelfastTechno, House, Electro, Drum & Bass, Disco
CardiffHouse, Techno, Garage, Drum & Bass, Trance
GlasgowTechno, House, Disco, Garage, Trance
EdinburghHouse, Techno, Disco, Drum & Bass, Bass
AberdeenTechno, House, Trance, Disco, Acid
DundeeDisco, Techno, House, Funk & Soul, Garage

The findings also concluded that Dundee has the most ‘’unique’’ taste in Scotland’s club music scene, with disco being equally as popular as techno. It was also the only city in the UK that has funk & soul in their top five.

Out of all UK cities, Birmingham had the ‘’most versatile’’ taste in England’s club music scene with drum & bass being the most popular genre followed closely by afrobeat and grime. Jungle was the fifth most popular genre in Brighton after house, drum & bass, techno, and garage.

Although house and techno were equal favourites in Sheffield, with exactly 21 club events for both genres, jazz emerged as the city’s third most popular genre.

Graph/chart source: A2D2.

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