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
Sunday 12th July 2015 - 7.30pm | £18.50
New Zealand alt rock and pop singer and musician, formerly of rock group Split Enz, plus guests.
Saturday 18th July 2015 - 7.30pm | £18
The Wakefield-based three-piece performs hard rock and heavy metal. With support from Diamond Head.
Sunday 19th July 2015 - 7.30pm | £13.50
The two-piece outfit from North Carolina, that comprises MC Taylor and Scott Hirsch, performs self-penned folk and Americana material.
Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th August 2015 - 7.30pm | £15
The collective led by Nahko Bear plays a mix of hip hop and folk-rock.
Tuesday 8th September 2015 - 7.30pm | £13.50
A performance by the talented folk singer-songwriter.
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
Saturday 4th July 2015 - 8pm | £18, adv £16, mems £14
A performance by the founding members of the influential and experimental art-punk band Wire and electronic musician with support from Mark Fell, Pita and Klara Lewis.
Sunday 5th July 2015 - 8pm | £12, adv £10, mems £7
The musician plays experimental electronica with support from Berangere Maximin.
Monday 6th July 2015 - 8pm | £10, adv £8, mems £6
Delta blues inspired composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist from Portland, performs music with elements of West African guitar, country and western radio from the 60s and 70s and gospel.
Tuesday 7th July 2015 - 8pm | £10, adv £8, mems £6
The duo plays improvised jazz music.
Wednesday 8th July 2015 - 8pm | £20, adv £18, mems £15
A performance by the legendary American jazz artist and blues guitarist.
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
20th Jun, 27th Jun, 4th Jul, 11th Jul, 18th Jul and 25th Jul 2015 - 10pm | £7, £5 before 11pm
18th April to 17th December 2015 - 10pm-2.30am | £6, w/flyer £4
22nd Jun, 29th Jun, 6th Jul, 13th Jul, 20th Jul and 27th Jul 2015 - 8pm | Free
19th Jun, 26th Jun, 3rd Jul, 10th Jul, 17th Jul, 24th Jul and 31st Jul 2015 - 10pm-2am | £1-£3
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
17th January to 29th August 2015 - 10.30pm-5am | £8, £3 w/wristband from G-A-Y Bar
5th January to 31st August 2015 - 11pm-5.30am | £8, £4 before 1am
2nd January to 28th August 2015 - 11pm-4am | w/flyer Free, Free w/wristband from G-A-Y Bar
Friday 4th September 2015 - 7pm | £16
Friday 11th September 2015 - 6.30pm | £15
The legendary punk outfits perform a string of anarcho classics.
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
Saturday 4th July 2015 - 9pm-3am | £4, before 10pm Free
Thursday 9th July 2015 - 7pm-2am | £3
A roots-rock reggae special.
Friday 10th July 2015 - 9pm-3am | £4, Free before 10pm
Dub, jazz and soul collective with support from Barefoot Bandit, Gorilla Riot and Carpetface.
Saturday 11th July 2015 - 9pm-3am | £4, Free before 10pm
Friday 17th July 2015 - 9pm-3am | £4, Free before 10pm
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
Thursday 9th July 2015 - 8pm-11pm | adv £7
The band plays groovy alt rock with support from The Hacienda, The Limited and Napalm Betty.
Friday 10th July 2015 - 7.30pm-10pm | £8
The band plays garage rock with support from Thee Mvps and Boneyards.
Thursday 16th July 2015 - 8pm-11pm | £6
The band plays punk-garage rock with support from Saint Agnes and Pink Lizards.
Sunday 19th July 2015 - 7.30pm-11pm | Free
Wednesday 22nd July 2015 - 7.30pm-11pm | adv £12
A performance of Latin-tinged music by one of the masterminds behind Brazilian band Los Hermanos and founding member of the samba supergroup Orquestra Imperial.
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
Saturday 4th July 2015 - 9pm | £10, Invite only Free before 10pm
Indie dance party with resident DJ Christian Laing.
Friday 10th July 2015 - 10pm-4am | £5
Guests and residents supply indie, pop and rock, with the band, Trampolene.
Saturday 11th July 2015 - 10pm-4am | £5
Hip hop, funk, breaks and beats from DJ Antics, DJ Beatz and Christian Laing.
Friday 17th July 2015 - 8pm-9.45pm | £23.50
Alternative rock with elements of punk and grebo by the now reunited group from Stourbridge.
Friday 17th July 2015 - 10pm-4am | £5
Residents and guests supply indie, rock and pop, with a performance by Trampolene.
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
Sunday 5th July 2015 - 7pm | £22
The incredibly influential alt rock band plays the seminal album Psychocandy in full with support from Bardo Pond.
Wednesday 24th June and Sunday 5th July 2015 - 7pm | phone for prices
Glasgow-based euphoric noise-rock instrumentalists.
Saturday 11th July 2015 - 7.30pm | £5
A contemporary semi-autobiographical play, written and performed by resident artist Izzy Tennyson.
Monday 13th July 2015 - 7pm | £45
The R&B artist and his band The Vanguard perform a mix of new songs and interpretations of covers.
Monday 13th July and Monday 10th August 2015 - 8pm | 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
Thursday 9th July 2015 - 7.30pm-11pm | adv £12.50
Celebrate the release of the single Slow Jam from their album I'm In Your Mind Fuzz from the Australian freakbeat, psych-pop and motorik-drone seven-piece.
Wednesday 15th July 2015 - 7.30pm | £14.50
American underground hip hop duo from Harlem, New York.
Saturday 18th July 2015 - 10pm-6am | £16, concs £12 & £15
World and global tunes courtesy of Monkey Pilots DJs.
Friday 24th July 2015 - 10pm-4am | adv £7.50-£15
The Doctor's Orders, BBE Records and KeiStar Productions present a night in tribute to Stevie Wonder.
Monday 3rd August 2015 - 7.30pm | £16
Alt rock trio comprising of Billy McCarthy, Eric Sanderson and Rob Allen.
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 July 2015 at 7pm and 11pm | £23
Veteran garage-rock by the 1960s-formed band from Washington DC.
Saturday 8th August 2015 - 7pm | £20
Punk-rock six-piece from Los Angeles.
Saturday 29th August 2015 - 10pm-4am | £16
Reggae from Jah Shaka.
Thursday 10th September 2015 - 7pm | £32.50
Hip hop collective from America.
Saturday 12th September 2015 - 8pm-2am | adv £22.50
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
Saturday 4th July 2015 - 8pm-2am | Free
House, dubstep and electro courtesy of Swoon, Bass Clef, Night Games and Racket 808 DJs.
Monday 6th July 2015 - 8pm-12midnight | Free
Two-piece electro indie outfit from Belgium.
Wednesday 8th July 2015 - 8pm-12midnight | Free
An alternative pop/folk/opera act from Amsterdam. They sing female harmonies accompanied on a dozen of electric/folk instruments with a dash of opera and improvisation.
Thursday 9th July 2015 - 8pm-1am | Free
The band plays alt rock with support from Thee MVPs.
Friday 10th July 2015 - 8pm-2am | Free
The band plays jangly alt pop with support from The Death Of Pop and Wild Cat Strike.
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
Saturday 4th July 2015 - 12noon-2pm | Free
American musician and singer, born in Kansas with support from Rodney Branigan and Player Piano.
Saturday 4th July 2015 - 7.45pm-10.30pm | phone for availability £20, concs £18
Subversive and deconstructive humour from stand-up and former comedic partner of Richard Herring, Stewart Lee. Also featuring Aisling Bea, Phil Wang, The Pin and Arthur Smith.
Wednesday 8th July 2015 - 11am-1pm | Free
An opportunity to sing your favourite summer songs.
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July 2015 - 6pm-10.30pm | £7-£20
Classical music based on Ezra Pound's translation of texts from the Chinese Da Xue by Confucius.
Tuesday 14th July 2015 - 7pm-10.30pm | £25
The singer-songwriter pair from Alabama collaborate on performing their respective back catalogue.
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
4th July to 25th August 2015 - 9pm-4am | £13.50
House, techno, dance and disco courtesy of guests and residents.
Monday 6th July 2015 - 10pm-3am | £7, £6 before 11pm, adv £5
House, bass, garage, old-school hip hop and trap across two floors.
9th June to 29th September 2015 - 10pm-3am | £5, adv £3
16th Jun, 23rd Jun, 30th Jun, 7th Jul, 14th Jul, 21st Jul and 28th Jul 2015 - 10pm-3am | adv £3
Friday 10th July 2015 - 9pm-4am | £13.50
Entertainment from polysexual dance party Sink The Pink and funk and disco music from Dimitri From Paris and Alex Metric b2b with Aeroplane.
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