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London Live Music Venues

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Roundhouse
Koko
The Old Blue Last
Dingwalls
Dingwalls
Café Oto
Café Oto
Café Oto
Union Chapel
The Forum
The Forum
Scala
Hootananny
Bush Hall
Heaven
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Tucked away in tiny basements, converted warehouses and cavernous chapels, London's live music venues come in all shapes and sizes. With an eclectic line-up of events, these venues showcase new names in the industry while also providing rare chances to enjoy intimate gigs from big stars.

 
 

Bush Hall

Former dance hall that now plays host to a variety of live music.

Bush Hall Bush Hall Where:
, 310 Uxbridge Road, London London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

310 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 7LJ

Tube: Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line)

 
 

A unique venue whose high ceilings have played host to a wide variety of artists from cabaret to cutting-edge electronica. Built in 1905 as a dance hall, it made its way to 2001 in various incarnations before being renovated into the live music and entertainment venue we know today. The larger Shepherd's Bush Empire down the road gets all the mainstream gigs, whereas the Bush Hall welcomes niche artists and those on their way up. Occasionally established bands also seem to love it for secret and fan club gigs.

 
 

Events at Bush Hall

Hayes Carll

Wednesday 3rd September 2014 - 7.30pm | £12

 

The Texan singer-songwriter performs country originals.

Stewart Lee

Friday 5th September 2014 - 7.30pm | £17.50

 
White Mischief West

Saturday 6th September 2014 - 7pm | £14.99-£34.99, £54.99 inc two course meals

 

DJs play an eclectic mix, with burlesque, cabaret and circus performances.

Chastity Brown

Wednesday 17th September 2014 - 8pm-11pm | £12

 

The Tennessee-born singer-songwriter performs Americana and jazz-blues.

Philippa Hanna Live

Thursday 18th September 2014 - 7.30pm-11.30pm | £10

 
All events at Bush Hall
 
 
 

Café Oto

Dalston's cafe/creative haven doubles up as an evening music venue.

Cafe OTO Cafe OTO Where:
, 18-22 Ashwin Street, London London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

18-22 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 
 

Café Oto is a vibrant live music venue with the atmosphere of a student union cafe which puts on avant garde music from the Dalston scene. Housed in the old Reeves Artists' Colour Paint Factory - the three storey building was established in 1868 - Café Oto includes a large cafe/performance space where you can get lunch, tea and alcoholic drinks with an evening programme of creative new music almost seven nights a week.

 
 

Events at Cafe OTO

Wolf Eyes

Saturday 2nd August 2014 - 8pm | £12, adv £10

 

Post-industrial noise and rock from the Detroit three-piece founded in the late nineties.

Phil Minton And Veryan Weston
On Soon

Sunday 3rd August 2014 - 8pm | £10, adv £8

 

The pairing performs a range of improvised songs and music based around non-combatants if the First World War. With support from Sylvia Hallett & Sue Ferrar.

Xylouris White
On Soon

Monday 4th August 2014 - 8pm | adv £12

 

The pairing of Giorgos Xylouris and Jim White performs experimental music with a Cretan flavour.

Wolf Eyes Solo Projects
On Soon

Tuesday 5th August 2014 - 8pm | £12, adv £10

 

The trio perform individual material under the names Regression, Henry & Hazel Slaughter and Crazy Jim.

Thurston Moore, John Edwards And Adam Golebiewski
On Soon

Wednesday 6th August 2014 - 8pm | £15, adv £12

 

The American guitarist collaborates with the double bassist and drummer to perform experimental music.

All events at Café Oto
 
 
 

Dingwalls

Camden venue that's hosted everyone from the Sex Pistols to Goldie.

Dingwalls Dingwalls Where:
, Camden Lock, London London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

Camden Lock, Camden Town, London, NW1 8AB

Tube: Camden Town Station, Camden Town Station

 
 

This small Camden venue, known as Dingwalls, has a bar at the back, a stage at the front and room for a couple of hundred people in between. Just as renowned for showcasing up-and-coming talent now as it was in the '70s when the Sex Pistols, Blondie and The Ramones were just a few of the seminal bands who performed there, Dingwalls continues to be a champion of new music.

 
 

Events at Dingwalls

Orla Gartland
Ongoing

19th February to 19th November 2014 | adv £8

 
Roll On Fridays
Ongoing

25th April to 26th September 2014 - 10pm | £1-£3

 
House Party
Ongoing

19th April to 27th September 2014 - 10pm | £7, before 5 £5

 
Open Mic Night
On SoonFree Event

5th May to 29th September 2014 - 8pm | Free

 
Back To The Folklaws
On SoonFree Event

2nd July to 24th September 2014 - 7.30pm | Free

 
All events at Dingwalls
 
 
 

Heaven

This mega club is famous for its gay night but also welcomes an impressive gig programme.

Heaven Heaven Where:
, Under the Arches, Villiers Street, London London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Under the Arches, Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 6NG

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

London's most famous gay club is a vast labyrinth of dancefloors, bars, cafes and shops. This is the kind of place where it's perfectly ok- and encouraged- to jump on a podium: skimpy outfits are preferred. The atmosphere in this deservedly famous venue is second to none. As well as the notorious club nights, Heaven boasts a regular programme of live gigs, which include both established and up and coming artists. It has also been used for a number of music videos, including 'Tapes and Money' by dance producer and DJ, TEED.

 
 

Events at Heaven

Popcorn
On Soon

6th January to 29th December 2014 - 11pm-5.30am | £8, £4 before 12midnight

 
Swamp 81
On Soon

Sunday 24th August 2014 - 10pm | £10-£15

 

DJs and guests supply electronic dance music.

Quadron

Tuesday 16th September 2014 - 7pm | £14.50

 

Soul and dance music by the Copenhagen-based pairing of Robin Hannibal and Coco O.

Teleman

Wednesday 22nd October 2014 - 7pm | £13

 

The four-piece band from London plays indie-rock originals.

How To Dress Well

Tuesday 28th October 2014 - 7pm | £13.50

 

The songwriter and producer from Chicago, Tom Krell, performs his R&B and pop originals.

All events at Heaven
 
 
 

Hootananny

A spiritual home for London's reggae, rock and world music fans.

Hootananny Brixton Hootananny Brixton Where:
, 95 Effra Road, London London, SW2 1DF
Category: Pubs

95 Effra Road, London, SW2 1DF

Tube: Brixton Station

 
 

This pub is the sister venue to one of the Scottish Highlands' most successful venues, Hootananny in Inverness. Revamped and refurbished, it's fast-establishing itself as one of the finest venues in South London. The late night venue plays host to a regular programme of world music: reggae, blues, ska, jazz-funk, gyspy swing, battle rap, flamenco rock and dubstep, it can all be found here. It has a crowd covering all ages, races, and income brackets, united by their desire to listen to great music and socialise.

 
 

Events at Hootananny Brixton

Sam & The Womp, Loose Cannons, Love Nor Money, Walk
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 9th August 2014 - 9pm-3am | Free

 
The Synergee
On SoonFree Event

Sunday 10th August 2014 - 9pm-12midnight | Free

 
The Wailing Souls
On Soon

Thursday 14th August 2014 - 8pm-2am | £20, adv £15

 

Contemporary reggae from the Jamaican duo with an album called Bread And Pipe to promote.

Backbeat Sound System
On SoonFree Event

Friday 15th August 2014 - 9pm-3am | £3, Free before 10pm

 

The collective from Cornwall performs their reggae and funk mixture originals. With support from Popes Of Chillitown, Thumping Tommies, Dasha.

Wormfood
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 16th August 2014 - 9pm-3am | £3, before 10pm Free

 
All events at Hootananny
 
 
 

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Warehouse style bar with great acoustics and an impressive live music programme.

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen Where:
, 2-4 Hoxton Square, London London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

2-4 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 

Hoxton Square have deliberately gone for an unfinished urban feel, with bare warehouse walls, scratched-up furniture and one huge glass wall exposing the clientele to the headlights of cars trapped in the one-way sytem. With the likes of Example, Foals and Austra gracing the venue's stage, it's a great place to uncover new music - expect sticky floors and big crowds.

 
 

Events at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Rebel Rebel
Ongoing

10th January to 26th September 2014 - 8pm-2am | £5 after 10pm

 
Cheap Date
OngoingFree Event

4th January to 27th September 2014 - 9pm-2am | £5, Free before 10pm

 
The Village
On SoonFree Event

Sunday 3rd August 2014 - 4pm-12midnight | Free

 

Resident DJs on rotation all night playing funk, house, soul and jazz.

The Village
On SoonFree Event

Sunday 3rd August and Sunday 7th September 2014 - 4pm-12midnight | Free

 
Twin Twin
On SoonFree Event

Monday 4th August 2014 - 8pm | Free

 

The three-piece group from Paris performs commercial pop.

All events at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
 
 
 

Koko

Located in an old theatre, this Camden institution offers a mixture of live bands and club nights.

KOKO KOKO Where:
, 1A Camden High Street, London London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

1A Camden High Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 7JE

Tube: Mornington Crescent Station, Camden Town Station, Camden Town Station

 
 

KOKO offers a great mixture of live bands and club nights that have put it at the heart of the Camden nightlife. The huge stage, broad balconies and plush upstairs bars are a reminder of its former role as the Camden Theatre, and the deep red colour scheme, chandeliers and gilt molding give it a decadent air that matches the rock stars who grace the stage. It has an illustrious rock 'n' roll history, having hosted The Clash and the Sex Pistols in the 1970s, and The Eurythmics, Madness and Madonna in the 1980s. It became a much-loved scuzzy rock club in the 1990s, before being restored and reopened in 2005.

 
 

Events at KOKO

Peach Camden Palace Reunion
Ongoing

4th May to 5th October 2014 | £15

 
Buttoned Down Disco

Saturday 2nd August 2014 - 10pm | phone for prices

 

Christian Laing and Pete Wheeler spin indie and dance.

Club NME
On Soon

Friday 8th August 2014 - 10pm | £5

 

DJ The Amazonica plays indie, hip hop, rock and electro. Plus a live set from New York synth-pop outfit Avan Lava.

Annie Mac Presents
On Soon

Saturday 9th August 2014 - 10pm | £16.20

 

DJs spin dance and electro.

Fatherson
On Soon

Friday 15th August 2014 - 10pm | £5

 

The four-piece based in Glasgow plays a mix of alternative rock, indie and power pop.

All events at Koko
 
 
 

Roundhouse

Big-name acts and a programme dedicated to fresh talent are all housed under this famous roof.

Roundhouse Roundhouse Where:
, Chalk Farm Road, London London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 
 

Boasting a colourful history, the Roundhouse initially started life as an engine shed. It was later transformed into a bonded warehouse for Gilbey's Gin before Arnold Wesker established Centre 42 here, insisting it became one of the most cutting-edge performing arts venue in the country. Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd played several memorable concerts and it is these performances that have sealed the Roundhouse's legendary reputation. By the 1980s it was a crumbling wreck and took £27 million to restore it. A shiny, angular, glass three-storey extension has been attached to the original dark-grey drum. Tickets for main performances here can be a little steep but you can rest assured that you're supporting one of the best artistic initiatives in north London.

 
 

Events at Roundhouse

Summer Sessions
Now On

1st to 24th August 2014 | £7.50-£70

 

An eclectic line-up of Main Space shows will be presented in a special intimate, table-seated setting. Highlights include a live-scoring of Paul Thomas Anderson's epic film There Will Be Blood performed by the London Contemporary ...

Graham Coxon

Saturday 2nd August 2014 - 7pm | £20-£25

 

Indie-rock from the singer-songwriter, guitarist and painter from Blur, in support of his album A+E.

Camden Beach Now OnFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th July to 23rd August 2014 | Free

 

Camden's seaside resort returns to the Roundhouse terrace, ideal for Londoners who like nothing better than a staycation. The Camden Beach is made up of 150 tonnes of sand, a tiki hut, pork BBQ bar, ...more

There Will Be Blood Film Screening with Live Score
On Soon

Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th August 2014 - 8pm-11pm | £10-£70

 

The London Contemporary Orchestra and Jonny Greenwood come together to perform the score live to Paul Thomas Anderson's Acadamy Award-winning film.

Roundhouse Poetry Slam Heats 2014
On Soon

Thursday 31st July and Thursday 7th August 2014 - 7.30pm | £5

 

Up-and-coming talents in the world of spoken word compete for this year's Roundhouse Poetry Slam Championship.

All events at Roundhouse
 
 
 

Scala

This King's Cross venue is home to live music, clubs, art, and film.

Scala Scala Where:
, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, London London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, King's Cross, London, N1 9NL

Tube: King's Cross Station

 
 

Housed inside the old King's Cross Cinema, Scala might be a bit tattered around the edges but this only adds to its battered charm. The venue welcomed legends like Iggy Pop during the 70s, but didn't become a  purely music venue until 1993. Since then though it has seen an illustrious series of soon-to-be-famous bands pass though the doors, including Foo Fighters, Chemical Brothers, Scissor Sisters and Coldplay.

 
 

Events at Scala

Facedown
Ongoing

Friday 1st August and Friday 5th September 2014 - 10pm-6am | £7, w/flyer £6, £4 before 11pm

 
Garage Nation

Saturday 2nd August 2014 - 10pm-6am | £12.50

 
Converge
On Soon

Wednesday 6th August 2014 - 7.30pm-11pm | £14

 

Metal, punk and hardcore from the four-piece based in Los Angeles.

Soca Frenzy
On Soon

Friday 8th August 2014 - 11pm | £8-£10, VIP £15

 

Soca Frenzy Radio & PSV Radio Events present an evening of Caribbean music influenced by soul and funk.

More Music Than Mud Festival
On Soon

Saturday 9th August 2014 - 4pm-4am | £11.50

 
All events at Scala
 
 
 

The Forum

This former art deco cinema now welcomes a weekly programme of live gigs.

The Forum The Forum Where:
, 9-17 Highgate Road, London London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

9-17 Highgate Road, London, NW51JY

Tube: Kentish Town Station

 
 

Once a gorgeous art deco cinema, The Forum is now an essential mid-sized rock venue. It's got everything you want from the North London rock scene, with superb bands week-in week-out, and a fully-lubricated, enthusiastic and music-loving crowd. Well-designed and well-organised it manages to avoid the bar queues that are a feature of so much London gigging, while the main stage has great sound and a design that brings bands far closer to their audiences than you have any reason to expect in a venue this size.

 
 

Events at The Forum

Tarrus Riley
On Soon

Sunday 3rd August 2014 - 7pm-12midnight | £30, early bird £25

 

Reggae originals from this New York-born singer. With support from Dean Fraser & The Blak Soil Band.

City Invasion 2014
On Soon

Sunday 17th August 2014 - 2pm-11pm | adv £25

 

A one-day metal, hardcore and rock event featuring performances from Conflict, Agnostic Front, Poison Idea, The Business, Murphy's Law, Gimp Fist, Short Bus Window Lickers and In Evil Hour.

The Felice Brothers

Wednesday 3rd September 2014 - 7pm-11pm | adv £15

 

The New York-based four-piece band performs self-penned country and folk-rock material.

Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly

Friday 12th September 2014 - 6pm-1am | £20

 

Southend-based singer-songwriter Sam Duckworth and his accompanying musicians perform their emo and indie-pop originals. With support from Shy FX, Jehst, The Xcerts, Sean McGowan, Dave House.

Indie Daze

Saturday 13th September 2014 - 12noon-12midnight | £26

 

Eclectic music showcase, featuring very special guests Jesus Jones, plus Power of Dreams, Miles Hunt & Erica Nockalls, Graham Crabb and The Darling Buds.

All events at The Forum
 
 
 

The Old Blue Last

Traditional no frills boozer famed for its live music.

The Old Blue Last The Old Blue Last Where:
, 38 Great Eastern Street, London London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

38 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3ES

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 

The Old Blue Last is a legendary pub and live venue in Shoreditch, East London brought to you by the people at Vice magazine. The venue has two floors, the pub and the small upstairs room where the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Florence and the Machine have played gigs before becoming the stuff of legend. The pub hosts different nights which range from fun bouncy pop to punk parties, indie swag hipster nights to dirty drum and base as well as Vice magazine launch parties. In the live room upstairs most nights are free and even the ticketed gigs rarely cost more than a fiver.

 
 

Events at The Old Blue Last

Disorder Presents
Free Event

Saturday 2nd August 2014 - 8pm-2am | Free

 

Resident DJs spin pop and rock. With live sets from Felt Tip, Hush! and The Starkins.

Kids Insane
On SoonFree Event

Sunday 3rd August 2014 - 8pm-12midnight | Free

 

The four-piece group from Tel Aviv performs hardcore punk. With support from Black Shapes, Let's Talk Daggers.

United Ghosts
On SoonFree Event

Monday 4th August 2014 - 8pm-12midnight | Free

 

The twosome from Silverlake plays its alternative rock and electronica. With support from Jolta.

Charles Howl
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 5th August 2014 - 8pm-2am | Free

 

Punk rock'n'roll outfit hailing from London. With support from Tangerines, Abjects, Max Maguire.

Solemn Sun
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 7th August 2014 - 8pm-12midnight | Free

 

The Cheltenham-based foursome performs their own take on indie-rock.

All events at The Old Blue Last
 
 
 

Union Chapel

The Islington Chapel is one of the most enchanting music venues in London.

Union Chapel Union Chapel Where:
, Compton Terrace, London London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 
 

This Grade II listed building just south of Highbury Corner functions not only as a place of worship, it is also one of London's most unique and enchanting live music venues with a diverse and enticing list of upcoming events. There's something quite magical about this place and you will be hard pushed to find a more memorable location to listen to live music in London. The Chapel has seen over a century's worth of visitors come through its doors and has welcomed artists such as Bjork, Tori Amos and Fionn Regan to the stage in recent years. Performers are framed by the stained glass window and the space is lit with the warm glow of church candles. A fully licensed bar is open on show nights, and a kiosk in the Chapel provides visitors with hot chocolates and snacks to keep hands warm in those chilly winter months.

 
 

Events at Union Chapel

Delilah
On Soon

Tuesday 5th August 2014 - 9pm | £17.50

 

The London-based singer, Paloma Ayana, performs her commercial pop and soul material.

Joshua Radin
On Soon

Thursday 7th August 2014 - 7pm | phone for availability

 

The singer-songwriter who hails from Cleveland, Ohio, performs his indie-rock originals. With support from Rosi Golan.

Neko Case
On Soon

Friday 15th August 2014 - 7pm | £19, phone for availability

 

The singer-songwriter who originates from Virginia performs her original Americana and country songs.

Daniel Rossen
On Soon

Tuesday 26th August 2014 - 7pm | phone for availability

 

The singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, who is also a member of Grizzly Bear and Department Of Eagles, performs his indie-rock originals.

Casualties Of Cool

Thursday 4th September 2014 - 7pm | adv £22.50

 

The Vancouver-based musician Devin Townsend performs his roots Americana material with his accompanying musicians.

All events at Union Chapel
 
 
 

XOYO

This basement club is one of the best places to catch big-name DJs, dance acts and bands.

XOYO XOYO Where:
, 32-37 Cowper Street, London London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

32-37 Cowper Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4AP

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 

Located a few minutes from Old Street tube, XOYO opened in September 2010 and was re-launched in 2012. On Friday nights the venue holds a programme of cutting edge live events - past performers include Mark Ronson, Simian Mobile Disco and Mike Skinner - while Saturdays are dedicated to parties from some of London's top club promoters, including Bugged Out!, Neon Noise Project and Upset the Rhythm. Spread across two floors, the top floor being sister bar The Shoreditch Butchery, XOYO has a capacity of 800 and aims to be an incredible platform for London's clubbers. 

 
 

Events at XOYO

Jackmaster, Axel Boman

Saturday 2nd August 2014 - 9pm-4am | £13.50, adv £6

 

Radio 1 resident Jackmaster brings his own unique brand of cut and paste music to XOYO for 13 consecutive Saturdays across July, August and September.

Sneak
On Soon

Monday 4th August 2014 - 10pm-3am | £5, adv £3

 

The resident DJ spins underground house, tech and bass.

Sneak
On Soon

7th April to 29th September 2014 - 11pm-3am | £3

 
Sneak
On SoonFree Event

17th March to 29th September 2014 - 10pm-3am | Free

 
Sneak
On Soon

Tuesday 5th August 2014 - 10pm-3am | £5, adv £3

 

The resident DJ spins underground house, tech and bass.

All events at XOYO