Pubs and the role of Live Music

James Hall writing for the Daily Telegraph recently highlighted the role of pubs and their key contribution in fostering emerging bands. 

It was Ealing Club veteran, Roger Daltrey and his likening of the Rolling Stones to a pub band that spurred this article into existence. The writer defended the Rolling Stones and all those musicians that continue to exist thanks to the pub circuit. 

The Telegraph article took the opportunity to remind readers about how pubs are key to musician development and cited specific examples from Ealing musician, Ian Whiteling (NDX). Great to see Mark Davyd (Music Venues Trust) citing Ealing Borough venues such as The White Hart Hotel (Acton) & The Myllet Arms (Perivale) as some of the pub venues that fostered the talents of Roger Daltrey… and many others. 

(Check out more examples documented by the Ealing Club CIC in the A-Z of Ealing Rock). 

In 2021, we’d like to shout out to The Magpie & Crown, The Hanwell Cavern, The Viaduct inn, The Brewery Tap  the Brentham Club as local examples of spaces & managers that are currently helping push the live music agenda forward. Even in semi-lockdown conditions sites such as The Brentham Club has provided a stage for emerging musicians, sound engineers and film editors to get together a hone their skills as part of Ealing Club Eclectic.

In 2022, we hope pub venues across West London consider getting involved with Rock’s Diamond Year 2022 as we encourage thought about the roots of classic rock music.

Find the full “Pubs Gave Us Britain’s Greatest Rockers” article in full via the NDX website here.

Don’t forget to check out the movie “Suburban Steps To Rockland – The Story of The Ealing Club” that is already available to UK residents via Sky Arts/Now TV here. The DVD is available via