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

Duke Special
On Soon

Thursday 22nd February 2018 - 7.30pm | £17.50

 
Duke Special Bush Hall 2018-02-222018-02-22 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The Belfast-based singer-songwriter renowned for his long dreadlocks and eyeliner, performs his alternative folk and pop material.

The Wandering Hearts
On Soon

Thursday 1st March 2018 - 7.30pm | £12.50

 
The Wandering Hearts Bush Hall 2018-03-012018-03-01 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The London-based foursome performs a melange of Americana, country folk and pop in its self-penned songs.

An Historic Evening With Daniel Antopolsky & Guests
On Soon

Tuesday 6th March 2018 - 7.30pm | £25-£45

 
An Historic Evening With Daniel Antopolsky & Guests Bush Hall 2018-03-062018-03-06 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The popular country music singer and musician performs. The event will also be recorded for a live concert album and film.

Sin Fang
On Soon

Thursday 8th March 2018 - 7.30pm | £13

 
Sin Fang Bush Hall 2018-03-082018-03-08 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

Sin Fang, the solo project of Icelandik singer-songwriter Sindri Mar Sigfusson, sees the musician perform alternative folk with support from Soley + Orvar Smarason.

James Acaster: Classic Scrapes
On Soon

Friday 9th March 2018 - 8pm | £19.50

 
James Acaster: Classic Scrapes Bush Hall 2018-03-092018-03-09 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

Self-deprecating anecdotes from the comedian who will release his first ever book this year.

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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

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
On Soon

Wednesday 21st February 2018 | phone for prices

 
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard O2 Academy Brixton 2018-02-212018-02-21 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Psychedelic garage-rock courtesy of the progressive seven-piece from Melbourne, Australia who combine neo-psych and lo-fi influences in their experimental performances.

Franz Ferdinand
On Soon

Saturday 24th February 2018 - 7pm | £29.50

 
Franz Ferdinand O2 Academy Brixton 2018-02-242018-02-24 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Glasgow indie-rock collective, led by Alex Kapronas, perform in support of their long-awaited new album, Always Ascending.

Morrissey On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 1st March 2018

 
Morrissey O2 Academy Brixton 2018-03-012018-03-01 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The former Smiths frontman, outspoken vegetarian and bequiffed purveyor of witty melancholia performs his solo material alongside songs written with his erstwhile collaborator Johnny Marr, a body of work that spans four decades. Morrissey plays ...more

Wiley
On Soon

Friday 2nd March 2018 - 7pm | £28.50

 
Wiley O2 Academy Brixton 2018-03-022018-03-02 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The legendary grime MC and producer - aka Richard Kylea Cowie - present his MOBO award-winning blend of grime, dancehall and UKG.

Vance Joy
On Soon

Wednesday 7th March 2018 - 7pm | £24.40

 
Vance Joy O2 Academy Brixton 2018-03-072018-03-07 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Folk-pop singer-songwriter and musician hailing from Melbourne.

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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

Ramleh
On Soon

Saturday 24th February 2018 - 7.30pm | £10, adv £9, mems £6

 
Ramleh Cafe OTO 2018-02-242018-02-24 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The trio led by Gary Mundy performs experimental electronic and noise rock. Support from JFK and Kleistwahr.

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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

Darrel Higham
On Soon

Thursday 22nd February 2018 - 7.30pm | £25

 
Darrel Higham Dingwalls 2018-02-222018-02-22 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

The rockabilly guitarist performs his self-penned material.

Jon Gomm
On Soon

Wednesday 7th March 2018 - 7.30pm | £30, early bird £25

 
Jon Gomm Dingwalls 2018-03-072018-03-07 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

The versatile musician and singer-songwriter, who uses his guitar to create drum sounds and simultaneous melodies, performs a mix of blues and soul.

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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

Bill Bailey: Larks In Transit Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 5th May 2018 | £32.50

 
Bill Bailey: Larks In Transit Hammersmith Apollo 2018-05-052018-05-05 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Comedian Bill Bailey presents a compendium of travellers' tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling funny man. The long haired comedian tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness with his ...more

Bill Bailey: Larks In Transit Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 6th June 2018 | £27.50

 
Bill Bailey: Larks In Transit Hammersmith Apollo 2018-06-062018-06-06 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The second of two Hammersmith Apollogigs by comedian Bill Bailey who presents a compendium of travellers' tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling funny man. The long haired comedian tackles politics, ...more

Flight Of The Conchords On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Monday 19th - Tuesday 20th March 2018 | £25-£65

 
Flight Of The Conchords Hammersmith Apollo 2018-03-192018-03-20 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

New Zealand-based comedy duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement present their popular parody songs from the cult TV show of the same name. Staging their first UK and Irish headlining tour in over seven years, ...more

Bon Iver
On Soon

21st February to 5th March 2018 - 6.30pm | £36-£41

 
Bon Iver Hammersmith Apollo 2018-02-212018-03-05 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The alt folk outfit - formed in 2007 by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon - performs atmospheric compositions in support of the third album 22, A Million.

Erasure
On Soon

Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th February 2018 - 7pm | phone for availability £51

 
Erasure Hammersmith Apollo 2018-02-232018-02-24 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The synthpop duo Andy Bell and Vince Clarke performs in support of its album World Be Gone.

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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 22nd February 2018 - 11pm | £1

 
Porn Idol Heaven 2018-02-222018-02-22 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Resident DJs and guests supply burlesque glamour and party tunes.

G-A-Y
On Soon

Saturday 24th February 2018 - 10.30pm | £3

 
G-A-Y Heaven 2018-02-242018-02-24 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

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

Arcane Roots
On Soon

Thursday 1st March 2018 - 7pm | £14

 
Arcane Roots Heaven 2018-03-012018-03-01 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

In anticipation of the release of their second album, Melancholia Hymns, the three-piece perform progressive alt rock originals.

Porn Idol
On Soon

Thursday 1st March 2018 - 11pm | £1

 
Porn Idol Heaven 2018-03-012018-03-01 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Resident DJs and guests supply burlesque glamour and party tunes.

The Xcerts
On Soon

Friday 2nd March 2018 - 6.30pm | £12.50

 
The Xcerts Heaven 2018-03-022018-03-02 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

The Scottish trio performs their rock material, following the release of their latest single, Feels Like Falling In Love.

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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

Hoots Friday Free Comedy
On SoonFree Event

12th January to 30th March 2018 - 8.30pm | Free

 
Hoots Friday Free Comedy Hootananny Brixton 2018-01-122018-03-30 Where:
Hootananny Brixton, 95 Effra Road London, SW2 1DF
Category: Pubs
Ruth Royall & The Cerulean Project / The LBJBs / Waldo's Gift / DJ Notsoever & Fruit Palace DJ
On Soon

Saturday 24th February 2018 - 9pm-3am | Free-£6

 
Ruth Royall & The Cerulean Project / The LBJBs / Waldo's Gift / DJ Notsoever & Fruit Palace DJ Hootananny Brixton 2018-02-242018-02-24 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.

 
 

Events at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Rumours
On Soon

Friday 23rd February 2018 - 7.30pm | £7

 
Rumours Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2018-02-232018-02-23 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

An unsigned London-based electronic music trio from Norway and Italy.

Lee Ranaldo
On Soon

Tuesday 27th February 2018 - 7.30pm-11pm | £20

 
Lee Ranaldo Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2018-02-272018-02-27 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

The Sonic Youth founder-member and veteran plays his influential underground rock.

Talos
On Soon

Thursday 1st March 2018 - 8pm-11pm | £10

 
Talos Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2018-03-012018-03-01 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

Electronic pop from the Cork-based singer-songwriter, a.k.a. Eoin French.

Alice Merton
On Soon

Tuesday 6th March 2018 - 8pm-11pm | £8

 
Alice Merton Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2018-03-062018-03-06 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

The singer-songwriter, raised in Germany, Canada and England, won the Kulterell Prize For Acoustic Pop with her debut EP No Roots.

Brent Faiyaz
On Soon

Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th March 2018 - 7.30pm-11pm | £15, phone for availability

 
Brent Faiyaz Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2018-03-142018-03-15 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

An American R&B singer, songwriter, and producer (one-third of Sonder).

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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

Rex Orange County

Tuesday 20th February 2018 | phone for prices

 
Rex Orange County KOKO 2018-02-202018-02-20 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

Alt-indie musician and singer from London.

Annie Mac Presents Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st to 23rd February 2018 | From £16.50

 
Annie Mac Presents KOKO 2018-02-012018-02-23 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

Coming home to where Annie Mac Presents started, the BBC radio DJ and Radio 1's ambassador for new music has put together nine shows over the course of one month in three Camden venues: The ...more

Michael Gira (Swans)
On Soon

Wednesday 21st February 2018 - 7pm-11pm | £20

 
Michael Gira (Swans) KOKO 2018-02-212018-02-21 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs
Disciples
On Soon

Thursday 22nd February 2018 - 7pm | £15

 
Disciples KOKO 2018-02-222018-02-22 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The house and dance trio steps away from the decks and performs dancefloor hits with a live band.

Brian Fallon
On Soon

Friday 23rd February 2018 - 6pm | £25

 
Brian Fallon KOKO 2018-02-232018-02-23 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The frontman of The Gaslight Anthem performs his alt-rock material accompanied by his band, The Howling Weather.

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

Irit Dekel

Tuesday 20th February 2018 - 7.30pm | £15

 
Irit Dekel Roundhouse 2018-02-202018-02-20 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Latin and jazz-influenced sounds from the Haifa-born singer-songwriter.

Awate
On Soon

Thursday 22nd February 2018 - 7pm | £10

 
Awate Roundhouse 2018-02-222018-02-22 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Hip hop and rap by the artist from London. Support from Turkish and The Last Skeptik.

Kelela
On Soon

Thursday 22nd February 2018 - 7pm | £17.50

 
Kelela Roundhouse 2018-02-222018-02-22 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The American singer-songwriter plays electropop.

Alvvays
On Soon

Friday 23rd February 2018 - 7.30pm | £18

 
Alvvays Roundhouse 2018-02-232018-02-23 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Toronto-based indie pop outfit fronted by vocalist Molly Rankin.

AMP Sounds
On Soon

Saturday 24th February 2018 - 7pm | phone for prices

 
AMP Sounds Roundhouse 2018-02-242018-02-24 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Annie Mac and others bring their top dance tunes to the floor.

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

Bird On The Wire Presents: Son Lux | Scala

Tuesday 20th February 2018 - 7.30pm | £16.50

 
Bird On The Wire Presents: Son Lux | Scala Scala 2018-02-202018-02-20 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

A band that performs a mix of electronic pop, unusual soul, and outright experimentalism.

Son Lux

Tuesday 20th February 2018 - 7.30pm-11pm | adv £15

 
Son Lux Scala 2018-02-202018-02-20 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Alt pop trio from New York and Los Angeles, consisting of composer Ryan Lott, guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang.

The Babe Rainbow
On Soon

Thursday 22nd February 2018 - 7.30pm-11.30pm | adv £12.50

 
The Babe Rainbow Scala 2018-02-222018-02-22 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The threesome from Australia bring their self-penned dance music to the UK's stages.

Marlon Williams
On Soon

Wednesday 28th February 2018 - 7.30pm | adv £14

 
Marlon Williams Scala 2018-02-282018-02-28 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The New Zealand from Christchurch brings his self-penned alt country and folk songs around the world to the UK's stages.

Face Down
On Soon

Friday 2nd March 2018 - 10.30pm | adv £7

 
Face Down Scala 2018-03-022018-03-02 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Residents and guests supply metal, rock and hardcore.

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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

Hell Is For Heroes
On Soon

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th February 2018 - 7pm | £22.50

 
Hell Is For Heroes Shepherd's Bush Empire 2018-02-242018-02-25 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The London-based five-piece perform their rock material to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their debut album, The Neon Handshake.

JD McPherson
On Soon

Friday 2nd March 2018 - 7pm | tickets on sale Nov 15

 
JD McPherson Shepherd's Bush Empire 2018-03-022018-03-02 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

Rockabilly blues singer-songwriter and guitarist from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Pinegrove
On Soon

Thursday 8th March 2018 - 7pm | £17.50

 
Pinegrove Shepherd's Bush Empire 2018-03-082018-03-08 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

Vocalist Evan Stephens Hall fronts the four-piece from New Jersey in an emo-style alt rock performance.

Kassav
On Soon

Saturday 10th March 2018 - 7pm | £40.40-£51.65, rescheduled from Aug 26 & 27, original tickets remain valid

 
Kassav Shepherd's Bush Empire 2018-03-102018-03-10 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The Caribbean five piece perform their special brand of zouk music from their extensive career.

Skid Row
On Soon

Sunday 11th March 2018 | phone for availability £25

 
Skid Row Shepherd's Bush Empire 2018-03-112018-03-11 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

American heavy metal outfit who formed in 1986 and led by vocalist ZP Theart.

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

Alestorm
On Soon

Thursday 22nd February 2018 - 7pm | £20.50

 
Alestorm The Forum 2018-02-222018-02-22 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

Heavy metal characterised by a pirate theme from the Scottish combo.

Roni Size
On Soon

Friday 23rd February 2018 - 9pm | £15.50-£21.50

 
Roni Size The Forum 2018-02-232018-02-23 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The British record producer and DJ performs his electronic, drum'n'bass and hip hop music artist.

Cock Sparrer
On Soon

Saturday 24th February 2018 - 1pm | £48.75

 
Cock Sparrer The Forum 2018-02-242018-02-24 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The influential five-piece London group performs its street punk numbers featuring lyrics describing ordinary working-class lives.

Playboi Carti
On Soon

Sunday 25th February 2018 - 7pm | £23.50

 
Playboi Carti The Forum 2018-02-252018-02-25 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The rapper and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia aka Jordan Terrell Carter, performs his latest material.

Tyger
On Soon

Thursday 1st March 2018 - 7pm | £33.25

 
Tyger The Forum 2018-03-012018-03-01 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The artist from California, aka Micheal Ray Stevenson, performs his hip hop and rap material.

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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

Paloma Faith On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 14th March 2018 | £35-£45

 
Paloma Faith The O2 Arena 2018-03-142018-03-14 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Paloma Faith, the London-hailing soul-pop singer-songwriter, well known for her quirky, eccentric style, goes on tour singing from her fourth album, 'The Architect'- her first in more than three years and since giving birth to ...more

Flight Of The Conchords Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 29th - Tuesday 3rd April 2018 | £25-£65

 
Flight Of The Conchords The O2 Arena 2018-03-292018-04-03 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

New Zealand-based comedy duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement present their popular parody songs from the cult TV show of the same name. Staging their first UK and Irish headlining tour in over seven years, ...more

The BRIT Awards 2018 On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 21st February 2018 - 6pm

 
The BRIT Awards 2018 The O2 Arena 2018-02-212018-02-21 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

One of the biggest music award events in Britain, the annual celebration of British and international music comes to The O2 for the eighth time. A big night out for all the biggest names in ...more

The Script
On Soon

Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th February 2018 - 6.30pm | £37.50-£99

 
The Script The O2 Arena 2018-02-232018-02-24 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

This 2001-formed, three-piece group who hail from Dublin, bring their original pop-rock tunes to the stage.

DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes On Soon 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
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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

The Funny Thing About Teaching...
On Soon

Monday 26th February 2018 - 7.30pm-10.30pm | £20, concs £15

 
The Funny Thing About Teaching... Union Chapel 2018-02-262018-02-26 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

A charity night full of familiar comedy faces including Kerry Godliman, Jo D'Arcy, Rob Rouse, Angela Barnes and Jack Dee.

The Illegal Eagles: Eagles Tribute
On Soon

Tuesday 27th February 2018 - 6.30pm | adv £35

 
The Illegal Eagles: Eagles Tribute Union Chapel 2018-02-272018-02-27 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

A tribute to the iconic US rock band, famous for the songs Desperado, Hotel California, Take It Easy and Take It To The Limit.

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro
On Soon

Saturday 10th March 2018 - 7pm | adv £21.50

 
Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro Union Chapel 2018-03-102018-03-10 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The duo explores a wide range of blues and roots music from various countries.

An Evening With Ant Middleton

Monday 26th March 2018 - 7pm | £26

 
An Evening With Ant Middleton Union Chapel 2018-03-262018-03-26 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The adventurer, survival expert and TV presenter talks about his career.

Lizz Wright

Friday 6th April 2018 - 7.30pm | £27.50

 
Lizz Wright Union Chapel 2018-04-062018-04-06 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The acclaimed American vocalist performs soulful jazz reminiscent of her hero, Nina Simone.

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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

Kendrick Lamar

Tuesday 20th February 2018 - 6pm | £50

 
Kendrick Lamar SSE Arena, Wembley 2018-02-202018-02-20 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

R&B and soul artist.

The X Factor Live Tour 2018
On Soon

Saturday 24th February 2018 at 1pm and 6.30pm | £20-£55

 
The X Factor Live Tour 2018 SSE Arena, Wembley 2018-02-242018-02-24 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

X Factor online host Becca Dudley presents the pop tour which features contestants from this year's show - where the audience will become the judges and choose the winner - with performances from Rak-Su, Kevin ...

Stereophonics On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd March 2018 | £39-£63.75

 
Stereophonics SSE Arena, Wembley 2018-03-022018-03-03 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

Welsh rockers Stereophonics, led by Kelly Jones, known for their hits including Dakota, Maybe Tomorrow and Have A Nice Day, come to The O2 for two back-to-back gigs in March. This arena tour coincides with ...more

40 Years Of Disco
On Soon

Friday 16th March 2018 | tickets on sale Fri 29th Sep, 9am

 
40 Years Of Disco SSE Arena, Wembley 2018-03-162018-03-16 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

Sister Sledge, Tavares, Rose Royce, Boney M, The Real Thing, Odyssey and George McCrae offer an evening of retro tunes.

Jason Derulo
On Soon

Saturday 17th March 2018 - 6pm | phone for availability £32.50-£57.50

 
Jason Derulo SSE Arena, Wembley 2018-03-172018-03-17 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.

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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

Sneak
Ongoing

2nd January to 26th June 2018 - 9.30pm-3am | £4

 
Sneak XOYO 2018-01-022018-06-26 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs
XOYO Loves
On Soon

Saturday 24th February 2018 - 9.30pm-4am | adv £5

 
XOYO Loves XOYO 2018-02-242018-02-24 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

House, techno and disco courtesy of Magda B2B Mike Servito.

Monday Monday
On Soon

8th January to 17th December 2018 - 10pm-3am | £5-£7

 
Monday Monday XOYO 2018-01-082018-12-17 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs
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