THE Stables has been named the fourth best music venue in the UK, ahead of the Royal Albert Hall.
The popular venue in Wavendon has moved up two places on last year’s ranking, as voted for by the Performing Right Society.
The South Bank Centre retained top spot, followed by The Sage in Gateshead and the O2 in Birmingham, just ahead of The Stables.
Monica Ferguson, chief executive of the venue said: ‘We are thrilled to have moved up the rankings into the top five of the UK’s music venues.
“It’s an incredible achievement for the whole team and reflects our commitment to presenting a packed and diverse programme of established and emerging artists in both the Jim Marshall Auditorium and Stage 2.”
With over 100,000 visitors each year, The Stables attracts audiences from around the UK, and even from Europe, the USA and Asia, all keen to see their favourite artists in the intimate and atmospheric surroundings of the 400 capacity main auditorium and 100 capacity studio space.
The concert programme has a wide appeal featuring all types of music including folk, rock, jazz, classical, world, Americana, blues, R’n’B, and soul.
The Stables is one of Arts Council’s England’s National Portfolio Organisations and has recently been awarded Arts Council England’s lottery funding to continue developing and improving its facilities and has been admitted into ACE’s Catalyst match funding programme to incentivise individual and trust donations which can help it to create and commission new artistic projects.
Sally Abbott, Regional Director, South East, Arts Council England said: “We are delighted to hear that The Stables has been recognised amongst some of the biggest music venues in the UK, joining the ranks of major city venues such as the Southbank and The Sage.
“Not only is The Stables a world class music venue but it is responsible for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival that is driving forward Milton Keynes’ economic and cultural development, and providing fantastic arts and cultural experiences for all. Congratulations to Monica and her team!”