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
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
Thursday 29th January 2015 - 7.30pm | £12.50
American singer songwriter plays bluegrass.
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 ...
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Wednesday 4th February 2015 - 8pm | £10, concs £8.80
Cleveland based experimentalist behind releases on Diagonal, Mira, Opal Tapes and Spectrum Spools.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 ...
29th January, 26th February and 26th March 2015 - 8pm | Free
29th Jan, 26th Feb, 26th Mar and 23rd Apr 2015 - 8pm-11pm | Free
Friday 30th January 2015 - 10pm-3am | £10
House from Tech Twin, Rob Burden, Cooperwhite Brothers and Due To Availability.
23rd January to 27th March 2015 - 10pm-2am | £1-£3
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
2nd January to 27th March 2015 - 11pm-4am | w/flyer Free, Free w/wristband from G-A-Y Bar
17th January to 28th March 2015 - 10.30pm-5am | £8, £3 w/wristband from G-A-Y Bar
5th January to 30th March 2015 - 11pm-5.30am | £8, £4 before 1am
Monday 9th February 2015 - 7pm | phone for availability
The four-piece band plays heart-on-sleeve indie anthems.
Thursday 12th February 2015 - 7pm | £10
Synth-led electro-indie from the Glasgow-based three-piece.
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 28th January 2015 - 9pm-12midnight | Free
The singer-songwriter plays blues, folk and soul with a very modern twist, with support from Yassassin.
Thursday 29th January 2015 - 9pm-2am | £3
Roots rock and reggae special with City Link Up Showcase and residents Jah Revelation Muzik.
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.
Saturday 31st January 2015 - 8.45pm-3am | £4, Free before 10pm
The band plays calypso, cumbia, reggae, Afro Latin party vibes and funky grooves.
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.
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
Wednesday 28th January 2015 - 8pm | Free
Guests and residents play rock, pop and punk beats.
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.
Thursday 29th January 2015 - 8pm-11pm | adv £10
A performance by the Czech Angel Award-winning singer-songwriter.
Thursday 29th January 2015 - 8pm | Free
Resident DJ Bill Marie supplies floor fillers.
Friday 30th January 2015 - 10pm-2am | adv £10
Slimkid3 and DJ Nu-Mark play hip hop.
30th Jan, 13th Feb, 20th Feb and 27th Feb & 28th Feb 2015 - 8.30pm-11.30pm | very early bird £6, adv £8, £10
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
Thursday 29th January 2015 - 7pm | £20
Trip hop and alternative rock by the three-piece group who are based in Bristol.
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.
Saturday 31st January 2015 - 10pm-3.30am | £17.50 & £19.50
The Bristol-based producer and his accompanying artists perform drum'n'bass.
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
Wednesday 4th February 2015 - 7.30pm-10pm | £25
A performance by the legendary alt rock band.
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
15th January to 26th March 2015 - 4.30pm-6.30pm | £2 per session
15th January to 26th March 2015 - 5.30pm-8.30pm | £2 per session
15th January to 26th March 2015 - 6pm-9pm | £2 per session
15th January to 26th March 2015 - 6pm-9pm | £2 per session, bring a signed consent form downloaded from www.roundhouse.org.uk to take part
15th January to 26th March 2015 - 7pm-9pm | £2 per session
8th January to 26th March 2015 - 4.30pm-7pm | Free
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 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.
Thursday 29th January 2015 - 7.30pm-11pm | £12.50
The singer-songwriter from Toronto, Valerie Anne Poxleitner Bokan, performs her electropop originals.
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.
Thursday 5th February 2015 - 7.30pm-11pm | adv £9.50
The Hackney, East London-based band plays rousing rock music.
Saturday 7th February 2015 - 10pm-6am | £10, earlybird £8
Artful Dodger spins garage and R&B.
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
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 ...
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.
Friday 13th February 2015 - 7pm-11pm | adv £18
The singer-songwriter and IT Crowd actor plays gentle psychedelic folk. With support from The Maypoles.
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
Tuesday 17th February 2015 - 7pm | £25.60
The sartorial New Yorkers play stark indie-rock.
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
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.
Thursday 29th January 2015 - 8pm-1am | £7
A performance by the alt rock and punk band.
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.
Saturday 7th February 2015 - 8pm-2am | Free
Bittersweet pop music from CAR, with electronic triphop from Sinah plus Racket 808 DJs.
Wednesday 11th February 2015 - 8pm-11pm | Free
Manchester band play heartfelt music with a gothic edge and launch their latest album, Caul.
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
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
Friday 30th January 2015 - 8pm
Saturday 31st January 2015 - 12noon-2pm | Free
Melodic avant-folk tunes. With support from Debs Newbold, Kate Daisy Grant.
Saturday 31st January 2015 - 7pm | £24.50
The popular tribute act embark on a major national tour.
Sunday 1st February 2015 - 2.30pm-6pm | £10, adv £8
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
Thursday 29th January 2015 - 9pm-3am | £5
Deep house, house and electronica courtesy of Darius, Whilk & Misky, Joe Hertz and Amber Simone.
Friday 30th January 2015 - 9pm-4am | £14.50
A night of house music from Julio Bashmore, plus special guests.
Saturday 31st January 2015 - 9pm-4am | £13.50
Skream, DJ EZ, Slimzee, Wookie and Heartless Crew spin house, garage and techno.
20th January to 26th May 2015 - 10pm-3am | adv £3
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.
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