Bands/Musicians The Best Canterbury Scene Bands/Artists  

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Canterbury scene artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good canterbury scene bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top canterbury scene bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Canterbury scene groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all canterbury scene bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest canterbury scene bands of all time, since the most famous canterbury scene artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best canterbury scene music.

You can click on the canterbury scene band names to see more information about that particular notable canterbury scene group. If they're near the top of the best canterbury scene artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top canterbury scene bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the canterbury scene band names themselves.

Artists on this list include Robert Wyatt and Soft Machine. Downvote your least favorite artists and upvote the best ones to see your favorites rise to the top. What's the best item on this list? Andrew Latimer? Camel?

All important, significant and iconic names in canterbury scene music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new canterbury scene bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of canterbury scene, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into canterbury scene music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good canterbury scene bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent canterbury scene bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best canterbury scene bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest canterbury scene musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular canterbury scene bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Caravan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Canterbury Scene Bands/Artists
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Caravan


Caravan are an English band from the Canterbury area, founded by former Wilde Flowers members David Sinclair, Richard Sinclair, Pye Hastings and Richard Coughlan in 1968. The band have not achieved much commercial success, but are considered a key part of the Canterbury scene, blending psychedelic rock, jazz and classical influences to create a distinctive sound. The band were originally based in Whitstable, Kent, near Canterbury, but moved to London when briefly signed to Verve Records. After being dropped by Verve, the band signed to Decca Records, where they released their most critically acclaimed album, In the Land of Grey and Pink in 1971. David Sinclair left after the album's release ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene, Psychedelic rock

Albums: In the Land of Grey and Pink, A Night's Tale: Live in the USA, If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You, All Over You, + more

Career Began: Canterbury, United Kingdom

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Soft Machine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Canterbury Scene Bands/Artists
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Soft Machine


Soft Machine were an English rock band from Canterbury, named after the book The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs. They were one of the central bands in the Canterbury scene, and helped pioneer the progressive rock genre. Though they achieved little commercial success, they are considered by Allmusic to be "one of the more influential bands of their era, and certainly one of the most influential underground ones." ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene, Psychedelic rock, + more

Albums: Fourth, The Soft Machine, Land of Cockayne, Softs, Six, + more

Labels: ABC Records, Harvest Records, EMI, Probe Records, Columbia

Career Began: Canterbury, United Kingdom

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Hatfield and the North is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Canterbury Scene Bands/Artists
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Hatfield and the North were an experimental Canterbury scene rock band that lasted from October 1972 to June 1975, with some reunions thereafter. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Jazz fusion, Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene, Psychedelic rock

Albums: Hatfield and the North, Hatwise Choice: Archive Recordings 1973-1975, Volume 1, The Rotters' Club, Live 1990, + more

Career Began: Canterbury, United Kingdom

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Robert Wyatt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Canterbury Scene Bands/Artists
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Robert Wyatt


Robert Wyatt is an English musician, and founding member of the influential Canterbury scene band Soft Machine, with a long and distinguished solo career. He is married to English painter and songwriter Alfreda Benge. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Experimental rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental music, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

Albums: Cuckooland, Shleep, Comicopera, His Greatest Misses, Matching Mole's Little Red Record, + more

Labels: Rough Trade Records, Domino Recording Company, Virgin Records

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