11 Unusual Locations to Film a Music Video in the UK
An interesting setting can make or break your band’s music video’s success. A thought-provoking, unique, or unusual music video will get people talking and sharing your video, widening your appeal and publicising your work to different people. The UK has a huge range of places where you could potentially shoot a music video, with many of them never done before. By selecting one of these locations for your music video you can take advantage of a stunning location that is unique to you and be inspired to create a storyboard that takes advantage of the features of the location.
Here are a few ideas along with the contact information you need to get it booked!
1: Enjoy the Beauty of the New Forest
Full of monuments and home to some of the oldest woodland in the United Kingdom, the New Forest is a beautiful environment that would be a great setting for a music video. To get started, contact the New Forest National Park Authority, Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, SO41 9ZG.
Tel: 01590 646600.
2: Have Some Fun at a Skatepark
Check out Stockwell Skatepark in South London or Harrow Skatepark. Both of these outdoor skateparks are run by the local councils. The communities of skaters and BMXers will likely be willing and eager to appear as extras. Lambeth Council, Town Hall, London SW2 1RW, Tel: 020 7926 1000.
Harrow Council, Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2XY, Tel: 020 8863 5611.
3: Shoot in a Science Park
Check out the Harwell Oxford science park in central Oxfordshire. The location couldn’t be better – both London and two airports can be reached within an hour. The Diamond Light Source is a unique and beautiful building that will certainly make your music video stand out. Get in Touch with the Park Management and Marketing Office, The Library, Eighth St., Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire, OX11 0RL
Tel: +44 (0)1235 742 100.
4: Try to Cross the Giant’s Causeway
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist sights in the UK, the Giant’s causeway in Northern Ireland features distinctive hexagonal black columns of basalt. According to Legends the causeway was built to facilitate a fight between Fionn Mac Cumhaill and the Scottish giant Benandonner. The causeway is managed by the National Trust, 32 Queen Anne’s Gate, London, SW1H 9AB. Tel: 01793 817400.
5: The Smallest House in Great Britain
Located in Conwy, Wales, this tiny house measures only 10 feet by six feet. The last resident was a 6ft 3 inch fisherman, named Robert Jones,who moved out in 1900. Contact Robert Jones’ descendants at Britain’s Smallest House, Quayside, Conwy, LL32 8BB. Tel: 01492 593484.
6: Film in a Chocolate Factory
Iconic UK chocolate manufacturer’s Cadbury’s have a chocolate-based tour on their Bournville manufacturing site. While not strictly a factory tour, the chocolatey environs could serve as great inspiration for a music video director. Get in touch with Sales & Marketing Department, Cadbury World, Linden Rd, Bournville, Birmingham B30 2LU. Tel: 0121 458 2000.
7: Enjoy The Sights of a Butterfly Park
Who doesn’t like butterflies? Set your music video in one of the UK’s beautiful butterfly parks. The Butterfly and Wildlife Park in Long Sutton has a Tropical house with many beautiful butterflies, as well as reptiles and other inscets. There is also a Bird of Prey display for some added excitement. The Butterfly & Wildlife Park Long Sutton, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE12 9LE. Tel: 01406 363833.
8: Get Dirty at The National Coal Museum
Wales ofers a coal museum which incorporates a real coal mine. In addition there are historic colliery buildings and Pithead baths. Your music video could incororate these above-ground elements and then head underground for 300 feet to the coal face itself. Big Pit is also a World Heritage Site. Big Pit: National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, Torfaen, NP4 9XP. Tel: (01495) 790311
9: Film at a medieval role play event
Live Action Role Playing or LARPing is its own little subculture where people dress up as elves, orcs, wizards and sorcerors in order to battle for supremacy. While it might sound a bit strange, setting your music video at one of these events would give you a ready supply of extras and a very interesting backdrop. Get in touch with Herofest LARP t find out more about LARPing and whether there is a suitable event coming up. Herofest LARP, Unit 6G, Morelands, Trading Estate, Bristol Road, Gloucester, GL15RZ. Tel: 01452504666
10: Break it Down At A Scrapyard.
There is something particularly fascinating about machines that have been abandoned, left to die after they have served our purposes. A scrap yard is an evocatve and interesting setting for your music video, with the work of the machinery allowing for many different atmospheric shots. Try Metro Salvage, 228 Top Waterloo Street, Bolton, BL1 8HU. Tel: 01204 388 488.
11: Ploughing the Ocean Waves on a Tall Ship
The Tall Ship Glenlee in Glasgow was first built in 1896. Located on the River Clyde, the ship is just minutes away from the Centre of Glasgow. The whole ship is already offered for private hire with both the deck and lower levels open for use. The ship is managed by the Clyde Maritime Trust who can be contacted on 0141 357 3699.
These are just some of the more unusual options for music video locations in the UK. Let these locations inspire you to create a work of art that fits with your music.