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The Old Blue Last
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Café Oto
Union Chapel
The Forum
The Forum
Bush Hall
The Do live at Hoxton Square Bar


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

The Barr Brothers Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 28th January 2015 - 7.30pm | £14


They have played in the US with The War On Drugs and rocked a sold out show at The Lexington in London in October last year. Now Canadian band The Barr Brothers, a four-piece group ...more

Nathaniel Rateliff
On Soon

Thursday 29th January 2015 - 7.30pm | £12.50


American singer songwriter plays bluegrass.

Bush Hall Presents
On Soon

Friday 6th February 2015 - 7pm-10.30pm | £15


Miles Jupp returns to Bush Hall for a rare live appearance. A regular across Radio 4, Miles is one of the finest, most understated comedians in the country. Jupp is joined by Simon Munnery, James ...

Peace Direct: Mark Rylance, Sophie Okonedo, Gina McKee On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Sunday 8th February 2015 | £60


Mark Rylance, Sophie Okonedo, Gina McKee and Meera Syal speak the words of people who have made huge sacrifices (sometimes including their lives) to resolve conflict. This special one-off evening held in aid of Peace ...more

Hiss Golden Messenger
On Soon

Thursday 12th February 2015 - 7.30pm | £14


The two-piece outfit from North Carolina, that comprises MC Taylor and Scott Hirsch, performs self-penned folk and Americana material.

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

Peter Brotzmann, Hamid Drake & William Parker Trio
Now On

27th, 28th and 29th January 2015 - 8pm | adv £40, mems £35


The free-jazz power trio of German reedsman Brotzmann and African-Americans percussionist Parker and bassist Drake undertakes a three-day residency.

Konono No1
On Soon

30th January 2015 at 8pm & 31st January and 1st February 2015 at 1pm and 8pm | £20, adv £18, mems £16


Cult Congolese dance outfit play experimental trance, rock and electronica.

On Soon

Wednesday 4th February 2015 - 8pm | £10, concs £8.80


Cleveland based experimentalist behind releases on Diagonal, Mira, Opal Tapes and Spectrum Spools.

Alex Zhang Hungtai
On Soon

Friday 6th February 2015 - 8pm | £12, adv £10, mems £8


Lo-fi experimental, rockabilly and synth from the Taiwanese-born Canadian singer and keyboardist. With support from David Maranha, Gabriel Ferrandini and Tom James Scott.

Simon Finn
On Soon

Monday 9th February 2015 - 8pm | £10, adv £8, mems £6


Folk singer-songwriter performs with Joolie Wood (violin, Clarinet) and Ian Hothersall (drums). With support from Grimm Grimm.

All events at Café Oto


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

Russell Howard
Now On

28th Jan, 12th Feb, 19th Feb, 26th Feb and 9th Mar 2015 - 7.30pm | £8


Observational stand-up from the Mock The Week panellist, as he prepares for his new Comedy Central series.

Eugenio Finardi Live In London
On Soon

Thursday 29th January 2015 - 7pm-11pm | £20


A performance by one of Italy's foremost singer- songwriters, a true musician who changed the course of Italian music with songs which didn't simply mimic British and American cliches but created an original and unique ...

Back To The Folklaws
On SoonFree Event

29th January, 26th February and 26th March 2015 - 8pm | Free

Back To The Folklaws
On SoonFree Event

29th Jan, 26th Feb, 26th Mar and 23rd Apr 2015 - 8pm-11pm | Free

House of Camden
On Soon

Friday 30th January 2015 - 10pm-3am | £10


House from Tech Twin, Rob Burden, Cooperwhite Brothers and Due To Availability.

Roll On Fridays
On Soon

23rd January to 27th March 2015 - 10pm-2am | £1-£3

All events at Dingwalls


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

G-A-Y Camp Attack
On SoonFree Event

2nd January to 27th March 2015 - 11pm-4am | w/flyer Free, Free w/wristband from G-A-Y Bar

On Soon

17th January to 28th March 2015 - 10.30pm-5am | £8, £3 w/wristband from G-A-Y Bar

On Soon

5th January to 30th March 2015 - 11pm-5.30am | £8, £4 before 1am

On Soon

Monday 9th February 2015 - 7pm | phone for availability


The four-piece band plays heart-on-sleeve indie anthems.

On Soon

Thursday 12th February 2015 - 7pm | £10


Synth-led electro-indie from the Glasgow-based three-piece.

All events at Heaven


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

The Capts Daughter
Free Event

Wednesday 28th January 2015 - 9pm-12midnight | Free


The singer-songwriter plays blues, folk and soul with a very modern twist, with support from Yassassin.

Cecil Reuben Presents
On Soon

Thursday 29th January 2015 - 9pm-2am | £3


Roots rock and reggae special with City Link Up Showcase and residents Jah Revelation Muzik.

Wormfood London Presents
On SoonFree Event

Friday 30th January 2015 - 9pm-3am | £4, Free before 10pm


Dub, funk, jazz, rock, afro-beat, disco, house, dubstep, breaks and D&B courtesy of DJ2Old4School, plus live performances from Gypsy Hill, Samson Sounds, State of Play stand-ups Rob Deering and Abigoliah Schamaun.

On SoonFree Event

Saturday 31st January 2015 - 8.45pm-3am | £4, Free before 10pm


The band plays calypso, cumbia, reggae, Afro Latin party vibes and funky grooves.

Movimientos Presents
On Soon

Saturday 31st January 2015 - 9pm-3am | £5


A new year and a super fresh line up of tropical rhythms and global sounds to keep you moving. Featuring Dende, Djanan Turan, Chili Sin Carne and Movimientos DJs.

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

Club The Mammoth
Free Event

Wednesday 28th January 2015 - 8pm | Free


Guests and residents play rock, pop and punk beats.

Mister D

Wednesday 28th January 2015 - 8pm-11pm | adv £15


Mister D is a conceptual music project fronted by Polish writer Dorota Mastowska which features raunchy, modern electro-beats and mesmerising visuals.

Lenka Dusilova And Baromantika
On Soon

Thursday 29th January 2015 - 8pm-11pm | adv £10


A performance by the Czech Angel Award-winning singer-songwriter.

Thursday at Hoxton Square Bar And Kitchen
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 29th January 2015 - 8pm | Free


Resident DJ Bill Marie supplies floor fillers.

The Tre D Mark
On Soon

Friday 30th January 2015 - 10pm-2am | adv £10


Slimkid3 and DJ Nu-Mark play hip hop.

Rebel Bingo
On Soon

30th Jan, 13th Feb, 20th Feb and 27th Feb & 28th Feb 2015 - 8.30pm-11.30pm | very early bird £6, adv £8, £10

All events at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen


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

, 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

On Soon

Thursday 29th January 2015 - 7pm | £20


Trip hop and alternative rock by the three-piece group who are based in Bristol.

Club NME
On Soon

Friday 30th January 2015 - 10pm | £5


DJ Alana B Devotion plays indie, dance, electro and D&B, with live performances from Fickle Friends and April Towers.

Roni Size Reprazent
On Soon

Saturday 31st January 2015 - 10pm-3.30am | £17.50 & £19.50


The Bristol-based producer and his accompanying artists perform drum'n'bass.

La Roux
On Soon

Tuesday 3rd February 2015 - 7pm-11pm | £23.17


The Grammy Award-winning London-based duo, also known as singer Elly Jackson and producer Ben Langmaid, play synth-heavy electro-pop

The Afghan Whigs
On Soon

Wednesday 4th February 2015 - 7.30pm-10pm | £25


A performance by the legendary alt rock band.

All events at Koko


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

Radio Drop Ins (Ages 13-16)
On Soon

15th January to 26th March 2015 - 4.30pm-6.30pm | £2 per session

Music Producer Drop In (Ages 16-25)
On Soon

15th January to 26th March 2015 - 5.30pm-8.30pm | £2 per session

DJ Drop In (Ages 14-21)
On Soon

15th January to 26th March 2015 - 6pm-9pm | £2 per session

Street Circus Drop In (Ages 11-25)
On Soon

15th January to 26th March 2015 - 6pm-9pm | £2 per session, bring a signed consent form downloaded from to take part

Radio Drop Ins (Ages 17-25)
On Soon

15th January to 26th March 2015 - 7pm-9pm | £2 per session

Arts Award Drop In (Ages 11-25)
On SoonFree Event

8th January to 26th March 2015 - 4.30pm-7pm | Free

All events at Roundhouse


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


Wednesday 28th January 2015 - 7.30pm-11pm | adv £10


The Canadian fuzz-pop quintet performs tracks from its self-titled debut album. With support from Moon King.

On Soon

Thursday 29th January 2015 - 7.30pm-11pm | £12.50


The singer-songwriter from Toronto, Valerie Anne Poxleitner Bokan, performs her electropop originals.

The End Of The World Party - The Big Freeze
On Soon

Saturday 31st January 2015 - 10pm-3am | £13, earlybird £7 & £9


DJs spin floor fillers at this special event featuring Make Up Booths, The Nail Bar, Ego Massage, The Last Wish Wall and the Cupcake Battle Zone.

Life In Film
On Soon

Thursday 5th February 2015 - 7.30pm-11pm | adv £9.50


The Hackney, East London-based band plays rousing rock music.

Garage Nation
On Soon

Saturday 7th February 2015 - 10pm-6am | £10, earlybird £8


Artful Dodger spins garage and R&B.

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

Renegades Of Rhythm
On Soon

Wednesday 4th February 2015 - 7pm-11pm | £25


DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are bringing their vinyl-only Renegades of Rhythm tour to the UK spinning the well-loved and well-worn vinyl from the record collection of the founding father of hip-hop and Master of ...

Tru Thougths Label Night W/ Quantic - Hidden Orchestra And More!
On Soon

Saturday 7th February 2015 - 8pm-2am | £14-£17.50


Quantic, Hidden Orchestra, Wrongtom & The Ragga Twins, Rodney P & Skitz and Werkha spin hip hop, funk, house, rock and much more.

Matt Berry
On Soon

Friday 13th February 2015 - 7pm-11pm | adv £18


The singer-songwriter and IT Crowd actor plays gentle psychedelic folk. With support from The Maypoles.

The Valentines Party
On Soon

Saturday 14th February 2015 - 9pm-4am | £20


House, D&B and garage courtesy of The Wideboys, RatPack, Ramesy & Fen, Nicky Blackmarket & Mc Skibadee, Mike Ruffcut Lloyd & Mc Sharky P, Philgood & Ram, Kanga & Mc Pedro, plus PAs from

On Soon

Tuesday 17th February 2015 - 7pm | £25.60


The sartorial New Yorkers play stark indie-rock.

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

Girl Band
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 29th January 2015 - 8pm | Free


Lo-fi, garage noise rock and post-punk performed by the four-piece from Dublin. With support from Grave Lanterns.

Save Your Breath
On Soon

Thursday 29th January 2015 - 8pm-1am | £7


A performance by the alt rock and punk band.

On Soon

Saturday 7th February 2015 - 8pm-2am | phone for prices


The London-based pairing of Chloe Raunet and Thorbjorn Kolbrunarson performs its electronica and dance material. With support from Sinah.

Racket 808
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 7th February 2015 - 8pm-2am | Free


Bittersweet pop music from CAR, with electronic triphop from Sinah plus Racket 808 DJs.

Last Harbour
On SoonFree Event

Wednesday 11th February 2015 - 8pm-11pm | Free


Manchester band play heartfelt music with a gothic edge and launch their latest album, Caul.

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

The Phantom of the Opera with live Organ Music On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 30th January 2015 | £15 / £10 Concessions & UC Members adv + booking fee


For one night only The Union Chapel Organ Project present the 1925 vintage horror film of Phantom of the Opera with a live score played by Donald Mackenzie on the chapel's 1877 Henry Willis Organ. ...more

Phantom Of The Opera (1925 Film) + Live Musical Accompaniment
On Soon

Friday 30th January 2015 - 8pm

Daylight Music: Nick Pynn
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 31st January 2015 - 12noon-2pm | Free


Melodic avant-folk tunes. With support from Debs Newbold, Kate Daisy Grant.

Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac
On Soon

Saturday 31st January 2015 - 7pm | £24.50


The popular tribute act embark on a major national tour.

The Hot Rock Plgrims
On Soon

Sunday 1st February 2015 - 2.30pm-6pm | £10, adv £8

All events at Union Chapel


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

, 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

On Soon

Thursday 29th January 2015 - 9pm-3am | £5


Deep house, house and electronica courtesy of Darius, Whilk & Misky, Joe Hertz and Amber Simone.

Bugged Out
On Soon

Friday 30th January 2015 - 9pm-4am | £14.50


A night of house music from Julio Bashmore, plus special guests.

On Soon

Saturday 31st January 2015 - 9pm-4am | £13.50


Skream, DJ EZ, Slimzee, Wookie and Heartless Crew spin house, garage and techno.

On Soon

20th January to 26th May 2015 - 10pm-3am | adv £3

On Soon

Thursday 5th February 2015 - 7pm | £10.60


Childhood are an English rock band formed in 2010 in Nottingham by South Londoners Ben Romans-Hopcraft and Leo Dobsen whilst studying at University of Nottingham.

All events at XOYO
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