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From the good ‘ol Rock-n-Roll to Classic Music Venues through to one of the best Jazz clubs in the UK, our St Ives live music guide has it all.

If the sound of seagulls calling takes it toll fear not; St. Ives offers far sweeter sounds to those that wish to listen. After your beach walk and museum jaunt and gallery perusing maybe some music would be a great way to spend your evening or perhaps offer a soundtrack to your Sunday lunch.

There is an endless list of venues offering live music with different genres, be it rock, pop, classic, blues or folk. From cosy warm pubs and bars to the sizeable guildhall.

So, if music is the food of love, play on St Ives Live Music Guide

Right in the heart of St Ives, The Castle Inn, Fore Street, a lovely traditional pub, that hosts gigs on a Friday and Saturday evening from 9 pm and on Sunday, after a delicious roast, enjoy the music from about 3 pm onwards.

On the Wharf, you have The Sloop Inn, a friendly relaxed pub, where solo, duo and full live bands cut their teeth or rock the regulars. Ideally situated by the harbour and the shimmering sea. In the summer you can even catch bands outside, Brothers & Bones, a young band from here in Cornwall played last year packing the place out.

St Ives Live Music Guide to Jazz

Not surprisingly, St Ives because it’s such an amazing place, has its own Jazz Club, officially one of the best Jazz Clubs in the UK. If you want somewhere special to go on a Tuesday night and hear top class jazz then the aptly named Jazz Club is your venue. It is housed in the Western Hotel and has its own bar at pub prices. There are ample seating and standing room. It reopens on February 13th 2018, doors open around 7:30 pm and the music starts at around 8:30pm.

Folk Music Banjo Player

The Queens Hotel is located on the High Street in St Ives. It is a bistro pub and offers food at great prices and has a lovely, lively atmosphere. It hosts a regular open mic night every Wednesday, from 9 pm check their outside blackboard for who’s playing or give them a ring on 01736 796468.

If a classical concert is your cup of tea then check out Concerts Penzance brings high quality music to Penzance from April to October.

Friday and Saturday performances take place in St John’s Hall Penzance, the “quality of concerts that you might expect to hear at London’s Wigmore Hall, but at Penzance prices”. The next concert is on Saturday 10th March 2018 in St John’s Hall, Penzance with Nordic legends The Engegaard Quartet. For more information contact: or phone 07422 972 622.

The Engine Inn, Cripplesease is located on the B3311 road between St Ives and Penzance. It is a traditional pub with a cosy log fire and comfy leather sofas. Every Sunday from 3 to 6 pm they host a terrific band called Sunday Shambles, a talented bunch of musicians who play wonderful blues music amongst other genres. Each week they have invited guests who play live music as well. Why not have some grub and then get toe tapping or swinging your hips.
The Guildhall is largest venue in St.Ives hosting international world music acts, bustling boogie nights and even plays host to the St.Ives September Festival, held from the 8th of September for two weeks.

St Ives Live Music Guide to RocknRoll

The venues listed above are just a few of the places where you can find great live music that St Ives and its close surrounding area have to offer. Your holiday will be all the better for hearing some mesmerising music in the most beautiful of settings and if none of it is up your street what’s stopping you taking a guitar down to the beach?

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