This is a summary of the year 2014 in British music.
See also: Timeline of musical events
- 6 January – Sir Thomas Allen is revealed as the winner of the 2013 Queen’s Medal for Music.
- 9 January – The list of nominees for the 2014 Brit Awards is published. Nominees for Best British Group are Arctic Monkeys, Bastille, Disclosure, One Direction and Rudimental.
- 19 February – Brit Awards ceremony takes place at the O2 Arena, London.
- 22 March – Kate Bush announces a tour – her first live tour dates since the only tour of her career in 1979.
- 1 April – A 90th birthday concert for Sir Neville Marriner is held by the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields at the Royal Festival Hall, with soloists Joshua Bell and Murray Perahia.
- 21 April – Ralph Vaughan Williams‘ “The Lark Ascending” returns to the top spot in the Classic FM Hall of Fame.
- 28 April – Julian Lloyd Webber announces his retirement from playing cello and performance owing to a herniated disc in his neck which has reduced the power of his bowing arm.
- 30 April – Michael Nyman‘s 70th birthday is celebrated with a concert at London’s Southbank Centre.
- 10 May – A judge rules that a music industry investment scheme. in which Gary Barlow and other members of Take That invested heavily was set up for the purpose of avoiding tax. HMRC indicate that they will be pursuing Barlow and others for repayment of the taxes they had sought to avoid paying. Those involved included the band’s manager Jonathan Wild.
- 13–16 June – Download Festival 2014 takes place at Donington Park in Leicestershire. The Stephen Sutton main stage is headlined by Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park and Aerosmith, the Zippo encore stage by The Offspring, Status Quo and Trivium, the Pepsi Max stage by Opeth, Behemoth and The Dillinger Escape Plan, the Red Bull Studios Live stage by Dan Reed Network, SikTh and Zebrahead, and the Jägermeister acoustic stage by Jamie Lenman, Ginger Wildheart and Nick Oliveri.
- 3 July – Arcade Fire‘s headlining set at British Summer Time—”the concert of the summer”—takes place in Hyde Park, London.
- 6 July – Audio streaming becomes incorporated into the UK Singles Chart
- 24 September – Jason Orange announces his decision to leave Take That.
- 27 September – Katherine Jenkins marries Andrew Levitas at Hampton Court Palace.
- 12 December – The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Cats, returns to the West End after an absence of 12 years.
- 14 December – Ben Haenow wins the eleventh series of The X Factor. Fleur East is named runner-up, while Andrea Faustini and Lauren Platt finish in third and fourth place respectively.
- December – A copy of Open the Door to Your Heart by Darrell Banks on London Records issued in 1967, sells for over £14,500. This is the highest sum ever paid for a UK-released single.