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
Shepherd's Bush Empire
Brixton Academy
Hammersmith Apollo
The O2 Arena
SSE Arena, Wembley
 

 

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.

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Bush Hall

Former dance hall that now plays host to a variety of 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

Brent Cobb

Wednesday 5th September 2018 - 7pm | £15

 
Brent Cobb Bush Hall 2018-09-052018-09-05 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The Grammy Award-nominated American country singer-songwriter performs in support of his album Providence Canyon.

Dylan LeBlanc

Tuesday 11th September 2018 - 7.30pm | £15

 
Dylan LeBlanc Bush Hall 2018-09-112018-09-11 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

Alt folk and country singer-songwriter from Louisiana.

BOTW presents: Songs: Molina - A Memorial Electric Co

Thursday 27th September 2018 - 7.30pm-11pm | £20.35

 
BOTW presents: Songs: Molina - A Memorial Electric Co Bush Hall 2018-09-272018-09-27 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music
The Black Queen

Thursday 11th October 2018 - 8pm | £17.50

 
The Black Queen Bush Hall 2018-10-112018-10-11 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The electronic outfit from Los Angeles performs tracks from its album Fever Daydream.

Alex Clare

Tuesday 13th November 2018 - 8pm | £20

 
Alex Clare Bush Hall 2018-11-132018-11-13 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The singer-songwriter performs his electro alt-rock material from his new album.

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Brixton Academy

Giant live music venue with a high domed roof.

211 Stockwell Road, Brixton, London, SW9 9SL

Tube: Brixton Station

 
 

This former cinema with its art deco interior, proscenium arch and 140ft dome is London's most celebrated venue for live music, winning Best Live Venue at the NME awards for 7 years in a row. The famous sloping floor means there are great views wherever you're standing, though keeping your feet can be a problem at the more raucous rock gigs. Most of the biggest bands in the world have played here, and it also holds some of Britain's hardest club nights. The sound could be better, but with a capacity of 4,700, a 6am licence, one of the biggest dance floors in the capital, and a location in one of the hardest-partying areas of London, this is the only place to watch your favourite bands and DJs.

 
 

Events at O2 Academy Brixton

Goo Goo Dolls
On Soon

Thursday 26th July 2018 - 7pm | £32.50

 
Goo Goo Dolls O2 Academy Brixton 2018-07-262018-07-26 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Indie-rock and pop by the band who originate from Buffalo, New York State, lead by vocalist John Rzeznik.

Ezra Furman

Tuesday 4th September 2018 - 7.30pm | £21.50, rescheduled from May 23, original ticket remain valid

 
Ezra Furman O2 Academy Brixton 2018-09-042018-09-04 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The indie-rock artist from Chicago, Illinois takes to the stage to perform his latest psychedelic-infused tracks.

Incubus

Thursday 6th September 2018 - 7pm | £39.50

 
Incubus O2 Academy Brixton 2018-09-062018-09-06 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Californian rock band performs in support of its latest album, 8.

Garbage

Friday 14th and Saturday 15th September 2018 - 7pm | £42.35

 
Garbage O2 Academy Brixton 2018-09-142018-09-15 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Edinburgh-born vocalist Shirley Manson's grungy alt rock outfit perform as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations.

Trailer Park Boys: A F**ked Up Evening With The Trailer Park Boys

Tuesday 18th September 2018 - 7pm | £28-£65

 
Trailer Park Boys: A F**ked Up Evening With The Trailer Park Boys O2 Academy Brixton 2018-09-182018-09-18 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Outrageous humour from the stars of the Canadian mockumentary, featuring Ricky, Julian, Bubbles and Randy.

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Café Oto

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

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

Noel Meek / Sophie Cooper / Julian Bradley
On Soon

Thursday 19th July 2018 - 7.30pm | £10, adv £8, mems £6

 
Noel Meek / Sophie Cooper / Julian Bradley Cafe OTO 2018-07-192018-07-19 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

Psychedelic-flavoured experimental electronica from the three musician collaboration. Support from Richard Youngs.

Kate Carr
On Soon

Wednesday 25th July 2018 - 7.30pm | £10, adv £8, mems £6

 
Kate Carr Cafe OTO 2018-07-252018-07-25 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The artist mixes bird song from filed recordings with electronic sounds. Sharon Gal and Lee Patterson support.

Tal National
On Soon

Thursday 26th July 2018 - 7.30pm | £14, adv £12, mems £10

 
Tal National Cafe OTO 2018-07-262018-07-26 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The multi-membered band from Niamey, Niger, performs its own take on world rock.

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Dingwalls

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

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

Black Pistol Fire

Wednesday 18th July 2018 - 7pm-11pm | phone for availability

 
Black Pistol Fire Dingwalls 2018-07-182018-07-18 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

The duo of Eric Owen and Kevin McKeown from Toronto bring their hard rock material to the UK's stages.

Camden Music Competition

Sunday 26th August 2018 - 12noon-2.30pm | £5

 
Camden Music Competition Dingwalls 2018-08-262018-08-26 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music
Jaret Reddick

Wednesday 19th September 2018 - 7pm | £25

 
Jaret Reddick Dingwalls 2018-09-192018-09-19 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

The singer-songwriter and musician returns to the UK to perform a mixture of songs, comedy, anecdotes and questions, calling on his experience as the frontman of Bowling For Soup.

Ricky Warwick And Damon Johnson

Tuesday 2nd October 2018 - 7.30pm | £17

 
Ricky Warwick And Damon Johnson Dingwalls 2018-10-022018-10-02 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

An acoustic set from the two members of the American hard rock band Black Star Riders

Deer Tick

Thursday 8th November 2018 - 7.30pm | £17

 
Deer Tick Dingwalls 2018-11-082018-11-08 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

The Rhode Island-based five-piece plays country-rock.

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Hammersmith Apollo

Art deco venue which offers a stage for both standing and seated events for theatre, comedy and concerts.

45 Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9QH

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 
 

Once London's largest all-seater venue, the Hammersmith Apollo has a 3,600 capacity for seated shows and a 5,000 capacity for standing-room-only gigs. It was renovated in 2002, and now works well as a venue for theatre (hosting a huge variety of shows from Riverdance to Thomas the Tank Engine) as well as rock concerts. It has been the scene of some famous rock concerts including gigs by the Beatles, David Bowie and Queen and does a strong line in comedy - it's where Live at the Apollo, screened on BBC1, is recorded. Its visually challenged exterior (not helped by its poluted location on the busy Hammersmith roundabout) disguises an impressive art deco auditorium - when it was built in the 1930s its original purpose was a cinema and it still features the original 1932 Compton pipe organ.

 
 

Events at Hammersmith Apollo

The Gaslight Anthem
On Soon

Friday 20th and Saturday 21st July 2018 - 7pm | phone for availability

 
The Gaslight Anthem Hammersmith Apollo 2018-07-202018-07-21 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The American four-piece, led by singer-songwriter Brian Fallon, performs their 2008 album, The 59 Sound, in its entirety.

Del Amitri
On Soon

Thursday 26th July 2018 - 7pm | £35-£70

 
Del Amitri Hammersmith Apollo 2018-07-262018-07-26 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Singer Justin Currie's Glasgow-formed ensemble return with more alternative rock tunes plus older hits including Roll To Me.

Bianca Del Rio: Blame It On Bianca
On Soon

17th, 27th and 29th July 2018 - 7.30pm | £35

 
Bianca Del Rio: Blame It On Bianca Hammersmith Apollo 2018-07-172018-07-29 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Flamboyant humour from the American actor, stand-up and drag queen.

Paul Smith: Hiya Mate
On Soon

Saturday 11th August 2018 - 7pm | £29.25

 
Paul Smith: Hiya Mate Hammersmith Apollo 2018-08-112018-08-11 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The quick witted, affable Scouse stand-up recounts tales from his life.

Kevin Bridges: The Brand New Tour

7th to 9th and 14th & 15th Sep 2018 - 8pm | £30

 
Kevin Bridges: The Brand New Tour Hammersmith Apollo 2018-09-072018-09-15 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Witty observations, amusing anecdotes and social commentary from the Glaswegian stand-up and 2010 Chortle Best Breakthrough Act award-winner.

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Heaven

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

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

Porn Idol
On Soon

Thursday 19th July 2018 - 11pm | £1

 
Porn Idol Heaven 2018-07-192018-07-19 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Resident DJs and guests supply burlesque glamour and party tunes.

Camp Attack
On Soon

Friday 20th July 2018 - 11pm | £1

 
Camp Attack Heaven 2018-07-202018-07-20 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Resident DJs play cheesy pop hits and party favourites.

G-A-Y
On Soon

Saturday 21st July 2018 - 10.30pm | £3

 
G-A-Y Heaven 2018-07-212018-07-21 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Resident DJs and guests supply disco, pop and party tunes.

Porn Idol
On Soon

Thursday 26th July 2018 - 11pm | £1

 
Porn Idol Heaven 2018-07-262018-07-26 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Resident DJs and guests supply burlesque glamour and party tunes.

Camp Attack
On Soon

Friday 27th July 2018 - 11pm | £1

 
Camp Attack Heaven 2018-07-272018-07-27 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Resident DJs play cheesy pop hits and party favourites.

All events at Heaven
 
 
 

Hootananny

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

Floor Rippers Element Jam
OngoingFree Event

20th Jun, 18th Jul, 15th Aug, 19th Sep, 17th Oct and 21st Nov 2018 - 8.30pm-11.45pm | Free

 
Floor Rippers Element Jam Hootananny Brixton 2018-04-182018-11-21 Where:
Hootananny Brixton, 95 Effra Road London, SW2 1DF
Category: Pubs
Fruit Palace Presents: Babilondon / Cian Finn / Riddim Wize / Rags Rudi & Omah
On Soon

Friday 27th July 2018 - 9pm-2.50am | Free-£5

 
Fruit Palace Presents: Babilondon / Cian Finn / Riddim Wize / Rags Rudi & Omah Hootananny Brixton 2018-07-272018-07-27 Where:
Hootananny Brixton, 95 Effra Road London, SW2 1DF
Category: Pubs
All events at Hootananny
 
 
 

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

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

2-4 Hoxton Square, Hoxton, 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.

 
 
 

Koko

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

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

The Hunna
On Soon

Thursday 19th July 2018 - 7pm | £35, postponed from May 30, original tickets still valid

 
The Hunna KOKO 2018-07-192018-07-19 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The up and coming four-piece from Hertfordshire performs indie-rock.

Antics
On Soon

Friday 20th July 2018 - 10pm | £5

 
Antics KOKO 2018-07-202018-07-20 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

DJ Antics and DJ Beatz spin dance, disco, drumn'bass and hip-hop.

Antics
On Soon

Friday 27th July 2018 - 10pm | £5

 
Antics KOKO 2018-07-272018-07-27 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

DJ Antics and DJ Beatz spin dance, disco, drumn'bass and hip-hop.

Guilty Pleasures
On Soon

Saturday 28th July 2018 - 10pm | £10

 
Guilty Pleasures KOKO 2018-07-282018-07-28 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

Resident DJs supply an all-night journey of pop, dance, disco, R&B, indie, party bangers and club anthems.

Vince Neil
On Soon

Sunday 29th July 2018 - 7pm | £50

 
Vince Neil KOKO 2018-07-292018-07-29 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The Hollywood-born lead singer of Motley Crue, comes to the stage to perform the band's hits. Support from Guns 2 Roses.

All events at Koko
 
 
 

Roundhouse

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

The Barbados Terrace Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th July to 26th August 2018

 
The Barbados Terrace Roundhouse 2018-07-122018-08-26 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Instead of Camden Beach the Roundhouse brings a brand new outdoor pop-up space that will bring a taste of the Caribbean to London for summer 2018. On the Roundhouse terrace where Camden Beach has been ...more

Proms At The Roundhouse: George Benjamin Conducts The London Sinfonietta
On Soon

Saturday 21st July 2018 - 3pm | £13-£16

 
Proms At The Roundhouse: George Benjamin Conducts The London Sinfonietta Roundhouse 2018-07-212018-07-21 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

George Benjamin conducts the London Sinfonietta to perform Charles Ives's The Unanswered Question, Stravinsky's Symphonies Of Wind Instruments and Messiaen's Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum.

Club Swizzle On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

31st July to 26th August 2018 | £10-£69.50

 
Club Swizzle Roundhouse 2018-07-312018-08-26 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

From the creators of La Soiree comes Club Swizzle, a summer of outrageous cabaret, air-defying acrobatics and infectious musical entertainment at the Roundhouse. Making its UK and European premiere, the production presents a new show ...more

Passenger

Saturday 8th September 2018 - 7pm | £26

 
Passenger Roundhouse 2018-09-082018-09-08 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Award-winning folk singer-songwriter aka Michael Rosenberg from Brighton.

Sleaford Mods

Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd September 2018 - 7pm | £25

 
Sleaford Mods Roundhouse 2018-09-212018-09-22 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The Nottingham duo comprising singer Jason Williamson and musician Andrew Fearn plays a mix of ranting punk with contemporary electronica from their latest album English Tapas.

All events at Roundhouse
 
 
 
 

Scala

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

275 Pentonville Road, 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

Jake Shears
On Soon

Wednesday 15th August 2018 - 7.30pm | £18.50

 
Jake Shears Scala 2018-08-152018-08-15 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The flamboyant front man of Scissor Sisters steps out to promote his first music as a solo artist.

Phoebe Bridgers

Tuesday 21st August 2018 - 7.30pm | £17.50

 
Phoebe Bridgers Scala 2018-08-212018-08-21 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Californian based folk-rocker, who makes forays into hook-filled indie pop.

Colter Wall

Wednesday 29th August 2018 - 7.30pm-11pm | £16

 
Colter Wall Scala 2018-08-292018-08-29 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The Canada native returns to the UK to once again showcase his raw baritone vocals, folk and bluegrass style guitar and banjo picking, steady kick-drum stomping, and visually provoking, story-telling lyrics.

Soccer Mommy

Thursday 13th September 2018 - 8pm | £11

 
Soccer Mommy Scala 2018-09-132018-09-13 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Sophie Allison plays heart-rending indie pop.

Catherine McGrath

Tuesday 18th September 2018 - 7pm | £14

 
Catherine McGrath Scala 2018-09-182018-09-18 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The Irish singer-songwriter plays country music.

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Shepherd's Bush Empire

Former BBC recording theatre now plays host to gigs and occasional club nights.

Shepherd's Bush Green, London, W12 8TT

Tube: Goldhawk Road Station , Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line), Shepherd's Bush Station (Central)

 
 

The Empire is, admittedly, not the most comfortable of venues - the standing area is sunk so far beneath the main stage that anyone under six foot risks painful neck injuries if they want to watch from close-up. Still, the faded grandeur of this former BBC recording theatre, a fantastic acoustic, and the cheerful international population of Shepherd's Bush all add up to a fun live experience, and many musicians cite this as their favourite London venue to perform in.

 
 

Events at Shepherd's Bush Empire

Cafe Tacvba
On Soon

Thursday 19th July 2018 - 7pm | £30

 
Cafe Tacvba Shepherd's Bush Empire 2018-07-192018-07-19 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

This four-piece band from Mexico, formed in 1989, performs its own take on alternative rock.

Hrvy
On Soon

Thursday 26th July 2018 - 7pm | £20

 
Hrvy Shepherd's Bush Empire 2018-07-262018-07-26 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The singer from London brings his commercial pop and R&B songs to the stage.

Little Steven And The Disciples Of Soul
On Soon

Friday 27th July 2018 - 7pm | £42.50 & £47.50

 
Little Steven And The Disciples Of Soul Shepherd's Bush Empire 2018-07-272018-07-27 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt brings his self-penned rock songs to the stage alongside his own backing band.

The Used

Friday 31st August 2018 - 7pm | £25

 
The Used Shepherd's Bush Empire 2018-08-312018-08-31 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

American rock outfit hailing from Utah.

Jonathan Wilson

Friday 7th September 2018 - 7pm | £20

 
Jonathan Wilson Shepherd's Bush Empire 2018-09-072018-09-07 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

American rock singer- songwriter, musician and producer from Forest City, North Carolina.

All events at Shepherd's Bush Empire
 
 
 

The Forum

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

Fidlar

Wednesday 18th July 2018 - 7pm | £26.50

 
Fidlar The Forum 2018-07-182018-07-18 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The quartet from Los Angeles performs its skate and garage-punk originals. Support from Spilt.

Ministry
On Soon

Saturday 21st July 2018 - 7pm | £25

 
Ministry The Forum 2018-07-212018-07-21 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

Groundbreaking American industrial rock band from Chicago, Illinois, currently consisting of Al Jourgensen, John Bechdel, Sin Quirin, Aaron Rossi, Casey Orr and Cesar Soto.

Portugal. The Man
On Soon

Tuesday 24th July 2018 - 7pm | £27

 
Portugal. The Man The Forum 2018-07-242018-07-24 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The Alaskan rockers, who formed while members were classmates at Wasilla High School, hit the road to promote the latest album, Woodstock.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
On Soon

Thursday 26th July 2018 - 7pm | £32.50

 
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club The Forum 2018-07-262018-07-26 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The three-piece rock outfit led by Peter Hayes who originate from San Francisco, bring their songs to the UK's stages.

The Menzingers
On Soon

Friday 3rd August 2018 - 5pm | £28.50

 
The Menzingers The Forum 2018-08-032018-08-03 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The American four-piece brings punk-rock originals to the UK. Support from Lagwagon.

All events at The Forum
 
 
 

The O2 Arena

The largest purpose-built music venue in London.

Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 
 

The centrepiece of the redeveloped Millennium Dome is the O2 Arena, the first purpose-built music venue in London. With a capacity of 23,000, it offers the rather soulless Wembley Arena some serious competition. Big name acts such as The Rolling Stones, The Killers, Justin Timberlake, Girls Aloud and Tina Turner have performed on stage, with the likes of Beyonce, AC/DC, Kings of Leon and Britney Spears set to appear in 2009. The 02 Arena also hosts live comedy and was used for the first ever ATP World Tour tennis finals in November 2009. It has been used ever year since for the annual tennis event - with the current contract running until 2015. A variety of other sports events take place under the dome - including darts, polo, gymnastics, martial arts, wrestling and basketball from the NBA. As a music venue, it is reportedly the most visited arena in the world. From the expensive debacle that was the Millennium Dome, something quite special has sprung.

 
 

Events at The O2 Arena

Ennio Morricone Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Monday 26th November 2018 | £95.25-£111.75

 
Ennio Morricone The O2 Arena 2018-11-262018-11-26 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The film composer Ennio Morricone, well known for his soundtracks for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Cinema Paradiso, The Untouchables and Django Unchained, among many others, conducts his film music live in the ...more

DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd February to 9th September 2018

 
DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes The O2 Arena 2018-02-232018-09-09 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music
Iron Maiden
On Soon

Friday 10th and Saturday 11th August 2018 - 6pm | £58.75-£73.25

 
Iron Maiden The O2 Arena 2018-08-102018-08-11 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The London-formed rock collective who have countless awards to their name - including a BRIT and Grammy - perform songs from their extensive repertoire.

Walking with Dinosaurs On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th to 19th Aug 2018

 
Walking with Dinosaurs The O2 Arena 2018-08-142018-08-19 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

A follow up to the hugely popular 1999 BBC television show, here comes another chance to go Walking With Dinosaurs again. The arena spectacular has now been seen by over 9 million people worldwide and ...more

Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular
On Soon

14th to 19th Aug 2018 - Various Times | £29-£80

 
Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular The O2 Arena 2018-08-142018-08-19 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Stage production of the award-winning BBC TV series.

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The Old Blue Last

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.

 
 
 
 

Union Chapel

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

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

Marc Cohn
On Soon

Thursday 19th and Friday 20th July 2018 - 7pm | adv £36

 
Marc Cohn Union Chapel 2018-07-192018-07-20 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Grammy Award-winning folk-pop and rock singer-songwriter known for his soulful ballad Walking In Memphis.

Union Chapel Singers
On SoonFree Event

Monday 23rd July 2018 - 7.30pm | Free

 
Union Chapel Singers Union Chapel 2018-07-232018-07-23 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Choir performing an eclectic range of musical styles.

Rosanne Cash
On Soon

Tuesday 24th July 2018 - 7pm | adv £35

 
Rosanne Cash Union Chapel 2018-07-242018-07-24 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The long-established singer-songwriter who is based in New York, performs her country originals.

Joao Bosco Quartet
On Soon

Friday 27th July 2018 - 7pm | adv £28.50

 
Joao Bosco Quartet Union Chapel 2018-07-272018-07-27 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The Brazilian guitarist and his accompanying musicians perform Latin originals. Support from Hamilton De Holanda.

Michael Che
On Soon

Monday 30th July 2018 - 7pm | adv £25.50

 
Michael Che Union Chapel 2018-07-302018-07-30 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

After three years, American stand-up comedian and writer returns to London and is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, where he serves as co-anchor on Weekend Update.

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Wembley Arena

Vast, mostly seated venue for live music, indoor sport and touring family shows.

Arena Square, Engineers Way, London, HA9 0DH

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 
 

This is London's second largest indoor arena after The O2, and though the building lacks the character of some of the older venues, the sheer scale of the place makes Wembley Arena an exciting place to watch a gig. Located opposite Wembley Stadium, Wembley Arena has hosted concerts by some of the world's most famous artists, including The Beatles, Rod Stewart, ABBA, The Cure, Spice Girls, Beyonce, Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam and many more. Comedians who have graced the venue with their witty presence include the likes of Eddie Izzard, Michael McIntyre, Ricky Gervais and Bill Bailey. Try and have a look at a seating plan before booking, as you can end up an enormous distance from the stage. Wembley Arena is also a major indoor sports venue, hosting the annual Masters Snooker tournament, boxing, mixed martial arts, ice hockey, darts, netball, basketball, five-a-side football, wrestling and even cage fighting. The Arena, which was built in 1934, originally housed a swimming pool, which was used during the 1948 and the 2012 Summer Olympics. A versatile space, Wembley Arena has also been used for the filming of popular TV shows The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing.

 
 

Events at SSE Arena, Wembley

Paw Patrol Live: The Great Pirate Adventure

Sunday 26th August 2018 at 10am, 1.30pm and 4.30pm | £15-£35

 
Paw Patrol Live: The Great Pirate Adventure SSE Arena, Wembley 2018-08-262018-08-26 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

A live adaptation of the popular children's TV animation.

Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular

27th to 30th Aug 2018 - Various Times | £29-£49

 
Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular SSE Arena, Wembley 2018-08-272018-08-30 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

Stage production of the award-winning BBC TV series.

The League Of Gentlemen Live Again!

Wednesday 26th September 2018 - 7.30pm | £35 & £39.50

 
The League Of Gentlemen Live Again! SSE Arena, Wembley 2018-09-262018-09-26 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson bring their dark, unhinged characters from the popular BBC television series to the stage.

Jason Derulo

Friday 28th September 2018 - 6pm | £32.50-£57.50

 
Jason Derulo SSE Arena, Wembley 2018-09-282018-09-28 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The singer-songwriter and dancer performs his hip hop and pop music from his latest album, as well as older material.

Stepback The 90s Concert

Thursday 11th October 2018 - 7.30pm | tickets on sale Apr 13

 
Stepback The 90s Concert SSE Arena, Wembley 2018-10-112018-10-11 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

A touring bill featuring pop stars of the decade. Among the 2018 contingent are Peter Andre, B Witched, 5ive, Blazin Squad, Boot Luv, Big Brovaz, East 17 and S Club.

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XOYO

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

Your Mum's House
On Soon

3rd May to 20th December 2018 - 10pm-3am | £7

 
Your Mum's House XOYO 2018-05-032018-12-20 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs
Flava D Residency
On Soon

Friday 20th July 2018 - 9.30pm-4am | £5-£18.50

 
Flava D Residency XOYO 2018-07-202018-07-20 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

Garage, grime, hip hop and house from the London-based DJ and producer, along with Heartless Crew, Todd Edwards, Matt Jam Lamont and, in Room 2, Murlo.

Four Weeks At The Disco (Day & Night Series)
On Soon

Saturday 21st July 2018 - 3pm-4am | £10-£13.50, night only £5-£8

 
Four Weeks At The Disco (Day & Night Series) XOYO 2018-07-212018-07-21 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

Late Nite Tuff Guy presents a day and night of soul, funk and disco courtesy of Lovebirds, Pablo Contraban and Joshua James.

Re:Imagine Presents: The College Dropout: An Orchestral Rendition
On Soon

Saturday 21st July 2018 - 7pm-10pm | £15

 
Re:Imagine Presents: The College Dropout: An Orchestral Rendition XOYO 2018-07-212018-07-21 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

A full orchestral performance of Kanye West's debut album.

A Night Of Amy: Amy Winehouse Tribute
On Soon

Monday 23rd July 2018 - 7pm-10pm | £12

 
A Night Of Amy: Amy Winehouse Tribute XOYO 2018-07-232018-07-23 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

The vocalist's songs are performed with a full live band.

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