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.
London Live Music Venues
Former dance hall that now plays host to a variety of live music.
310 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 7LJ
Events at Bush Hall
Tuesday 21st April 2015 - 7.30pm | £11.15
LA-based singer-songwriter Matthew Hemerlein.
Thursday 23rd April 2015 - 7.30pm-10.30pm | £20
New wave pop-rock by the Coventry-born singer-songwriter and actress who starred in the film Breaking Glass.
Friday 24th April 2015 - 8pm-10.30pm | £17.50
Sardonic humour and social satire from Have I Got News For You regular Reginald D Hunter, plus sets from Sara Pascoe, Andrew Maxwell and Aisling Bea.
Wednesday 29th April 2015 - 7.30pm | £9
Newfoundland-based acoustic folk trio.
Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd May 2015 - 7.30pm | £22.50
Rock singer-songwriter and former frontman of Powderfinger.
Dalston's cafe/creative haven doubles up as an evening music venue.
18-22 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL
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
Tuesday 21st April 2015 - 8pm | £12, adv £10, mems £8
The German trumpeter plays jazz.
Wednesday 22nd April 2015 - 8pm | £12, adv £10, mems £8
The artist, vocalist, pianist, percussionist and composer plays loud psychedelia to meditative trance.
Thursday 23rd April 2015 - 8pm | £10, adv £8, mems £6
A performance by the experimental musician and sound artist with support from Alessio Natalizia, Guido Zen, Harmonious Thelonious and Sad City.
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th April 2015 - 8pm | £14, adv £12, mems £10
New York-based folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th April 2015 - 8pm | £10, adv £8, mems £6
A performance by the respected experimental musician/composer with support from Twelve Stations, Tolv Stationer.
Camden venue that's hosted everyone from the Sex Pistols to Goldie.
Camden Lock, Camden Town, London, NW1 8AB
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
26th January to 29th June 2015 - 8pm | Free
Thursday 23rd April 2015 - 7pm | adv £10
The four-piece band Toluca Lake, Los Angeles
Thursday 23rd April 2015 - 8pm-11pm | Free
Friday 24th April 2015 - 8pm-11pm | Free
The quartet with links to Walkern and Stevenage plays their own alternative and funk-rock material. With support from Ella Morgan, Georgia Patterson.
3rd April to 18th December 2015 - 9pm-2.30am | £5, Free before 10pm
This mega club is famous for its gay night but also welcomes an impressive gig programme.
Under the Arches, Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 6NG
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
20th Apr, 27th Apr, 4th May, 11th May, 18th May and 25th May 2015 - 11pm-5.30am | £8, £4 before 1am
Thursday 23rd April 2015 - 7pm-10.15pm | £10
The four-piece band Toluca Lake, Los Angeles
24th Apr, 1st May, 8th May, 15th May, 22nd May and 29th May 2015 - 11pm-4am | w/flyer Free, Free w/wristband from G-A-Y Bar
25th Apr, 2nd May, 9th May, 16th May, 23rd May and 30th May 2015 - 10.30pm-5am | £8, £3 w/wristband from G-A-Y Bar
Sunday 3rd May 2015 - 10pm | phone for prices
House, electro and techno courtesy of Boys Noize, Tiga, Djedjotronic, Scntst, Riton, Feadz, Strip Steve, Housemeister, Mixhell, Shadow dancer and many more.
A spiritual home for London's reggae, rock and world music fans.
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
Wednesday 22nd April 2015 - 8pm-12midnight | Free
The outfit plays jump rockabilly beats and down-home grooves.
Thursday 23rd April 2015 - 7pm-2am | £3
Roots, rock and reggae from City Link Up and JahRevelationMuzik, with the best unsigned reggae artists.
Friday 24th April 2015 - 8.30pm-10pm | phone for prices
Stand-up material from Zoe Lyons and Joe Bor.
Friday 24th April 2015 - 9pm-3am | £5, Free before 10pm
The Irish minimalist and his eponymous band play lo-fi electro-pop infused with retro-swing and metal. With support from They Say Jump, Forestears.
Saturday 25th April 2015 - 9pm-3am | Free, £4 after 10pm
Madrid street artists Jingle Django play rhumba, world music and swing. With innovative musicians Les Trois Coups, The Gypsy Dynamite, Tabitha Taboo and Sacha Dieu & Ms Manray.
Warehouse style bar with great acoustics and an impressive live music programme.
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
Tuesday 21st April 2015 - 8pm-11pm | £6
Glittery and glamorous pop music.
Wednesday 22nd April 2015 - 7pm-10.30pm | adv £8
Swedish pop singer songwriter.
Thursday 23rd April 2015 - 7pm-1am | Free
DJ Greg Wilson headlines an evening of house and garage, with support from Pedestrian.
Friday 24th April 2015 - 7.30pm-10pm | £5, adv £4
The two-piece garage electronic band from London launch their new EP, as part of the Klubb Lottarox club night series. With support from Caotico.
Friday 24th April 2015 - 10pm-2am | £5
Siren Dipity and Flex play electronic music.
Located in an old theatre, this Camden institution offers a mixture of live bands and club nights.
1A Camden High Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 7JE
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
Wednesday 22nd April 2015 - 7pm-10.45pm | £22
Folk-pop from the American singer-songwriter.
Thursday 23rd April 2015 - 7pm-11pm | £18
The international trio, made up of musicians Catherine Ringer, Eduardo Makaroff and Christoph H. Muller, performs passionate tango.
Friday 24th April 2015 - 8pm-4am | adv/before 11pm £5, after 11pm £7, NUS £4
The energetic London-based ensemble performs riff-heavy rock.
Saturday 25th April 2015 - 10pm-3.30am | £10
Party night with dancers, live bands and speciality acts. DJs spin music ranging from Buggles to Beyonce, Wild Cherry to Katy Perry, Whitney Houston to Amy Winehouse.
Saturday 25th April 2015 - 11pm-3.30am | £10
Residents and guests play pop, with entertainment from dancers, music acts and speciality performers.
Big-name acts and a programme dedicated to fresh talent are all housed under this famous roof.
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
14th April to 3rd May 2015 | £5-£29.50
Circolombia, the Colombian circus company who took the Roundhouse by storm back in 2011, are back in 2015 with the UK premiere of a new production. Fourteen talented performers from across Colombia - who together ...more
Thursday 7th May 2015 - 7pm-11pm | £21.50
The London-based two-piece blend samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material with electronica and rock.
Friday 8th May 2015 - 7.30pm | £12.50
Performances by choirs, featuring B.I.G. Choir, Birmingham City Council Choir, Chaps Choir,
Saturday 9th May 2015 - 7.30pm | £12.50
Traditional music old and new with North London's very own 60-strong Boyband, plus the Magnificent AK47, the Holst Singers and friends from across the British and Emerald Isles.
Sunday 10th May 2015 - 7.30pm | £12.50
Choral sounds from around the world for the final night of Voices Now. Take in music from across Africa, Bulgaria, Georgia, the UK and all points in between.
This King's Cross venue is home to live music, clubs, art, and film.
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
Wednesday 22nd April 2015 - 7.30pm | £15
Eclectic rock from the Arcade Fire frontman.
Thursday 23rd April 2015 - 7.30pm | £11
The Cardiff-based alt punk quintet performs in support of second album, Peanut Butter.
Friday 24th April 2015 - 10pm-6am | adv £13
Roots, reggae and dub courtesy of Jah Revelation Muzik Sound-system Orthodox Sound with Cecil Reuben, MC Trooper & Ziggy, Jah Tubbys World-system & Crew from East London and The Mighty Aba-Shanti-I.
Saturday 25th April 2015 - 11.45pm-6am | £10-£18
House and Latin from the DJ and producer.
Sunday 26th April 2015 - 6pm-10.30pm | £25
The band from Warsaw performs rapcore originals.
This former art deco cinema now welcomes a weekly programme of live gigs.
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
Thursday 30th April 2015 - 7pm-11pm | adv £16.50
Self-penned metalcore comes courtesy of this five-piece, Sheffield-based unit. With support from Cancer Bats, Hundredth, Oathbreaker.
Saturday 2nd May 2015 - 7pm-11pm | £35-£70
The band plays raucous soviet folk-punk.
Thursday 7th May 2015 | phone for prices
The band who were originally formed in 1969 performs its classic hard rock and heavy metal material, both old and new.
Friday 8th May 2015 - 10pm | £10
D&B, house and jungle courtesy of Fabio & Grooverider, DJ Die, DJ SS, Randall, Phantasy, Mampi Swift, Micky Finn, Rat Packnicky Blackmarket and many more.
Saturday 9th May 2015 - 8pm-2am | £18
The outfit plays electronic music with support from Mikill Pane and Subculture Sage.
Traditional no frills boozer famed for its 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
Tuesday 21st April 2015 - 8pm-12midnight | Free
The outfit plays tropical folk rock with support from Normanton Street and Island Cassettes.
Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd April 2015 - 8pm-12midnight | £11, phone for availability
The singer from Minneapolis, Margret Wander, performs her hip hop originals.
Friday 24th April 2015 - 8pm-1am | Free
Saturday 25th April 2015 - 8pm-2am | Free
Oscar B2B Fake Laugh DJs play indie pop and rock, with live acts Prom, Our Girl and Maui.
Monday 27th April 2015 - 8pm-12midnight | Free
The band plays rock with support from Himalayan Dalai Lama.
The Islington Chapel is one of the most enchanting music venues in London.
Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN
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
Tuesday 21st April 2015 - 7pm-10.30pm | adv £20
Latin singer-songwriter and musician fuses traditional Uruguayan styles with bossa nova, pop, jazz and electronica.
Thursday 23rd April 2015 - 6.30pm-10pm | £18
Wry cultural and political observations and hard-hitting humour from Georgia-born stand-up Reginald D Hunter. Also featuring Hal Cruttenden, David Morgan, Angela Barnes, Matt Richardson and MC Darius Davies.
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th April 2015 - 7pm-10.30pm | £7 & £10
A performance by three London youth choirs.
Sunday 26th April 2015 - 2.30pm | £8
London based acoustic ensemble led by vocalist Lauren Kinsella. With support from trio Gufo.
Tuesday 28th April 2015 - 7pm | adv £19.50
Collaborative performance from the three acoustic, folk and roots singer songwriters and instrumentalists.
This basement club is one of the best places to catch big-name DJs, dance acts and bands.
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
21st Apr, 28th Apr, 5th May, 12th May, 19th May and 26th May 2015 - 10pm-3am | adv £3
Friday 24th April 2015 - 9pm-4am | £12.50 & £14.50
Andhim, Joe Goddard, Super Flu, Eliphino and NVWLS spin house across two rooms.
Saturday 25th April 2015 - 9pm-4am | £20, adv £13.50
Garage from Benji B, Wiley, Zomby, Kode9, YoYo, Seb Chew and Leo Greenslade.
Monday 27th April 2015 - 10pm-3am | £7, £6 before 11pm, adv £5
Residents and guests supply house, hip hop, garage, bass and trap across two floors.
Friday 1st May 2015 - 9pm-4am | £13.50
Shadow Child, Friend Within and Chris Lorenzo supply house.
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