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Jubilee Playlist for Patriotic Pubs

In honour of the upcoming Platinum Jubilee, Soundnet has created a free special Venue Favourite update with songs that celebrate the Queen’s long-standing reign of 70 years. The tracks include patriotic British songs, celebratory songs​,​ and hits from 1952, the year of the Queen’s accession to the throne. These include: Royal Choral Society – ‘God…

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A Community Affair – The Ivy House

Music brings people together, from cavemen playing flutes around a fire 67,000 years ago to people singing from their balconies in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. Nowhere is this clearer that at The Ivy House, London’s first cooperatively owned pub. Located in Nunhead, this pub has had several names and many owners over…

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Ed and Shoulders Above the Rest

Soundnet and TouchTunes have released their combined music play charts for 2021 and it appears that brand new releases combined with a strong back catalogue are best when it comes to the UK pub-goers music tastes. Only Ed Sheeran strikes a current note, sitting at the top of the charts with his single ‘Bad Habits’…

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Looks Do Matter Says TouchTunes

What makes a successful pub machine can vary greatly but one vital ingredient has got to be the way it looks. Attractive cabinets that are well designed and beautifully illuminated are a clarion call to players in a crowded bar. This is a fact that has been recognised in the gaming machine market, where a…

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A Memory Down Trippet Lane

We often hear about hidden musical gems and mythical lost recordings – unreleased tunes from the early pub gigs of famous bands – but it’s almost never true. Why would it be? Nobody goes out on a Saturday night with a recorder in one hand and a mic in the other. Which is why three…

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This One’s on the House!

How much effort is a free drink worth? For UK house duo Freemasons, an almost 20-year music career would be the answer. Freemasons is formed of two producers, Russell Small and James Wiltshire. The pair had already enjoyed success independently in the 90s dance scene, but in the early 2000s were looking to create a…

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If you go down to the pub today…

Forget the stadiums, the best place to see the stars perform appears to be your local. Only last week, Blur front man and musical polymath Damon Albarn performed his seminal hit Park Life in an East London pub with a live cockney band called The Gents – to the surprise of the band and drinkers!…

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Music played in pubs is on the increase

The PRS for Music has announced that pubs and clubs paid out £38.5m in music royalties last year, which is a growth of 2.1% on previous payments from the sector. Given that the pub sector itself has seen some consolidation in recent years, this figure is impressive. It goes to show that revenue from both…

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Music & Craft Beer: Shipyard IPA

It was a Friday lunchtime, the sun was shining and it was the end of a busy week. So James (Luck) and I did the logical thing. We went to the pub for a pint. We picked a place called The Bucks Head, which is in Camden Town just around the corner from our offices….

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Elbow lead a Charge in pubs

At Soundnet we have always said that music and beer go hand in hand, and that the best place to enjoy both is down the pub. So it is with great interest that we note that alternative rock band Elbow previewed its sixth studio album “The Take off and Landing of Everything” in over 250…

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