First hosted in 1977 and held on an annual basis since 1982, the Brits are the most prestigious awards in the British music industry and the equivalent of the American Grammys. A look back through the list of Brit Award winners reveals not only a distinguished group of talented musicians and vocalists, but also the rich diversity of musical Britain.
Although there are certain towns and cities in the United Kingdom that are regarded as music hot spots, such as Manchester and Liverpool, there are many other locations around the country that have produced Brit Award winners.
Based on the home towns of past and present winners and nominees, a tour of the United Kingdom leads to many places of great interest for the intrepid tourist.
Before the advent of Brit Pop during the nineties, Liverpool was undoubtedly the biggest producer of musical talent in the country and will forever be synonymous with The Beatles.
The Fab Four won the Brit Award for Best Album in 1977 and the city of their birth is still recognised the world over for its musical heritage, with a number of music festivals still taking place here every year.
In addition to its musical connections, Liverpool is second only to London in terms of the number of museums and galleries that exist in the city. The city also hosts some great tours, including the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour, jump on the tour bus and see all of the places associated with the fab four including their childhood homes and where they formed the band. The tour ends with a stop at the famous Cavern Club, great hotels in Liverpool are easy to come by so you could even turn your trip into a city break by staying over and enjoying the great night life.
Influenced by The Beatles, Oasis dominated the nineties and were one of the architects of the rise of Manchester as a music powerhouse.
For a city that is drenched in modern culture, Manchester has a long and interesting history and today, is an eclectic mix of skyscrapers and Victorian splendour. As to be expected for a city with such a musical heritage, Manchester has a thriving nightlife scene.
It is not just the major cities of the UK that have been responsible for producing successful music stars. A number of Brit Award winners have their roots in the nation’s smaller towns.
The recipients of three Brits in 2004, rock band The Darkness hail from the delightful seaside town of Lowestoft, in Suffolk. With an excellent sunshine record and Blue Flag beaches, Lowestoft is a great summer holiday destination. In addition to its many traditional gift shops and cafes, the town is also home to the major theme park, Pleasurewood Hills.
For stunning scenery, tranquil villages and fascinating history, South Wales is hard to beat. One of Wales’ most famous sons, Tom Jones, was born in the village of Treforest, Pontypridd.
Pontypridd is located in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taff, one of the most beautiful scenic areas in South Wales and a place where traditional Welsh values are still proudly upheld.
Up in the north west of Wales, the tiny city of Bangor can lay claim to being the birthplace of Brit winner Duffy. Despite its city status, Bangor is one of the smaller urban areas in Wales. Bordered by the mountains of Snowdonia National Park, Bangor boasts some fine scenery and the town itself is delightfully pretty.
The nominations for the 2013 Brit Awards are another testament to the geographical diversity of the UK’s musical talent. Towns and cities represented by this year’s nominees include Brighton, London, Stoke-on-Trent and Teignmouth in Devon.
Embarking on a tour of the United Kingdom, specifically taking in the birthplace and home towns of Brit Award winner and nominees, is a fine way of taking in the rich diversity that the country has to offer.
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