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 15th December 2013 - 7.30pm | £12.50
Pop-rock by the New York-based singer-songwriter, Duncan Scott Sheik.
Monday 16th December 2013 - 7.30pm | £15
Pop and rock by the long-established singer from Glasgow, known for working with Mike Oldfield.
Friday 20th December 2013 - 7.30pm | phone for availability
Dark indie-pop and electronica by the London-based band, led by vocalist and songwriter Dan Smith.
Saturday 21st December 2013 - 7.30pm | phone for prices
Pop and folk-rock songs from the Eastbourne-based singer-songwriter.
Tuesday 31st December 2013 - 8pm-3am | £15-£97
A range of the finest cabaret, circus, aerial, music artists, plus music, DJs and dancing.
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
Friday 13th December 2013 - 8pm | £12, adv £10
Experimental and improvised music by group the formed in Rome in 1966.
Saturday 14th December 2013 - 8pm | inc cd adv £10, £5
The duo of musicians Robin Saville and Antony Ryan, from Southend-on-Sea, performs minimal and melodic electronic music.
Monday 16th December 2013 - 8pm | £8, adv £7
Alternative electronica with psychedelic elements by the London-based pairing of Daniel O'Sullivan and Alexander Tucker.
Tuesday 17th December 2013 - 8pm | £10, adv £8
The pianist performs Samuel Beckett's Worstward Ho with a version with piano accompaniment of Beckett's final prose piece Stirrings Still.
Wednesday 18th December 2013 - 8pm-11pm | £10, concs £8
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
Monday 16th and Monday 23rd December 2013 - 8pm-12midnight | Free
Sunday 22nd December 2013 - 7.30pm | £15
The legendary four-piece performs scrumpy and western, and comical country, including the tracks The Combine Harvester and I Am A Cider Drinker.
Tuesday 31st December 2013 - 7.30pm | adv £20
Funk from Craig Charles, DJ Cheeba, Cantaloop, Sir Funk, Fajita Funk, Beats In Abundance and London Funk DJs.
Thursday 23rd January 2014 - 7pm | adv £15
Indie-pop by the three-piece group from Canada.
Friday 24th January 2014 - 7pm | adv £12.50
Alternative folk by the New York-based singer-songwriter, artist and film maker who is one half of the band The Moldy Peaches.
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
Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December 2013 - 7pm | £17, concs £15
Quirky stand-up and physical humour from Markus Birdman. Also featuring Paul Sinha, Cal Halbert and MC Kevin Shepherd.
Monday 16th December 2013 - 11pm-5.30am | £8, £4 before 1am, concs/mems Free
Electronic dance, progressive house, R&B, pop and deep house courtesy of Neroli, Adam Turner, Jamie Hammond, Tony English, DMS, Little Rob, Zach Burns and David H.
Friday 20th December 2013 - 7pm | £17, concs £15
Biting observations and caustic wit from TV and radio regular Jo Caulfield. Also featuring Michael Fabbri, Alfie Brown and MC David Ward.
Saturday 21st December 2013 - 7pm | £17, concs £15
Intelligent and incisive topical and political humour, edgy wit and banter and gags from football and TV writer, stand-up and radio regular Ian Stone. Also featuring Gordon Southern, Abi Roberts and MC Tom Goodliffe.
Tuesday 31st December 2013 - 7pm | £30-£55
Energetic humour and surreal improvisations as Canadian stand-up Phil Nichol presents his brand of mischievous rantings. Also featuring Bob Mills, Wayne Deakin and MC David Ward.
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
Friday 13th December 2013 - 8.45pm-3am | £3, Free before 10pm
The Edinburgh-based combo plays a mix of Balkan music, Russian ska and Gypsy punk.
Saturday 14th December 2013 - 9pm-3am | £3, Free before 10pm
Gypsy folk from the Brighton-based six-piece.
Sunday 15th December 2013 - 8pm-12midnight | Free
Brixton-based guitar-led quartet combining elements of psychedelic funk-rock with African rhythms.
Wednesday 18th December 2013 and Wednesday 15th January 2014 - 9pm-12midnight | Free
Thursday 19th December 2013 - 9pm-2am | £3
The veteran band that was formed in London by musician from England, Jamaica, and Anguilla performs laid back reggae.
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
Friday 13th December 2013 - 7.30pm-10pm | adv £13.50
Singer and guitarist Preston leads the band as it plays its indie-rock and mod revival hits.
Saturday 14th December 2013 - 6pm-9.30pm | adv £15, phone for availability
Pop-rock by the four-piece group with links to New York and Los Angeles.
Sunday 15th December 2013 - 7pm-11pm | £15
Hip hop and rap by the New York-based record producer and MC, also known as Large Pro and Xtra P.
Wednesday 18th December 2013 - 8pm-11pm | £6
Commercial R&B and pop by the London-based singer.
Thursday 19th December 2013 - 8pm | £8
Beatboxing by the five-piece group from London.
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
Friday 13th December 2013 - 9.30pm-4am | £5
Emmy The Great and Tim Wheeler present a night of indie Christmas wonder
Saturday 14th December 2013 - 10pm | £16.20
Electronic dance music from Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac and guests.
Tuesday 17th December 2013 - 7pm | £20
Classic rock with a flavour of punk by the South Shields-born singer-songwriter and guitarist, born David Leslie Walls.
Saturday 21st December 2013 - 10pm-5am | adv £20-£30
Grammy-Award winning DJ David Morales spins his blend of house and disco, with support from Anek and Arkoss.
Tuesday 24th December 2013 - 9pm | £20
Barry H, Ryan Selsdon, Rob Sterling and guests supply R&B and house music.
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
Friday 13th December 2013 - 7pm | £22
The original punk band, formed in London in 1976 and responsible for what is considered the first punk single, New Rose. The line-up has changed over but front man Dave Vanian has remained throughout.
Saturday 14th December 2013 - 7pm | £20
The American five-piece plays glam metal and hard rock inspired by bands of the 1980s.
10th December 2013 to 5th January 2014 - Various Times | £10 (Adults), £8 (Children)
Based on the story by Toby Mitchell, My Brother The Robot is the latest show from Tall Stories, the Olivier Award nominated company that brought you The Gruffalo, How the Giraffe got its Neck, and ...more
Wednesday 18th December 2013 - 7.30pm | £5
The amateur choir performs a wide range of songs and styles of music.
23rd December 2013 to 2nd March 2014 | £32.50-£46.50
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
Friday 13th December 2013 - 11pm | £8-£20
DJs spin party tunes and bashment.
Thursday 19th December 2013 - 8pm-3am | £12
Resident DJs play dance, house, R&B and chart, with dance battles, an MC battle, model pillow fights and a twerking competition.
Friday 20th December 2013 - 10pm-6am | £12
Dub courtesy of Iration Steppas, Kibir La Amlak, JT, Stamina Li and Mulu.
Saturday 21st December 2013 - 9pm | adv £20
DJs supply dance and party classics.
Monday 30th December 2013 - 10pm-6am | adv £7, w/flyer £6
Resident DJs play rock and metal.
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
Friday 13th December 2013 - 7pm-11pm | adv £18.50
The Australian hard rock four-piece, fronted by Joel O'Keeffe, promotes the album Black Dog Barking.
Saturday 14th December 2013 - 7pm-11pm | adv £20
The band performs a unique mix of acid house, alt blues and electro-country.
Sunday 15th December 2013 - 6pm-11pm | adv £15
Eastern European music showcase featuring Haluk Levent and others.
Friday 20th December 2013 - 7pm-11pm | adv £19.50
Indie-rock by the five-piece band who originate from York.
Tuesday 31st December 2013 - 9pm-5am | £15
DJs play pop and rock guilty pleasures.
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
Friday 13th December 2013 - 8pm-2am | Free
Indie-pop with elements of psychedelia by the Bristol-based band.
Saturday 14th December 2013 - 7.45pm | Free, Free
Sunday 15th December 2013 - 8pm | Free
The two-piece with links to Brighton and London plays noise-pop.
Monday 16th December 2013 - 8pm-12midnight | £5, adv £4
The London-based five-piece band plays indie-pop originals.
Tuesday 17th December 2013 - 8pm-12midnight | Free
The Dublin-based four-piece performs a lively and upbeat mix of indie-folk and pop-rock.
The Islington Chapel is one of the most enchanting music venues in London.
Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN
This Grade II listed building just south of Highbury Corner functions not only as a place of worship, it is also one of London's most unique and enchanting live music venues with a diverse and enticing list of upcoming events. There's something quite magical about this place and you will be hard pushed to find a more memorable location to listen to live music in London. The Chapel has seen over a century's worth of visitors come through its doors and has welcomed artists such as Bjork, Tori Amos and Fionn Regan to the stage in recent years. Performers are framed by the stained glass window and the space is lit with the warm glow of church candles. A fully licensed bar is open on show nights, and a kiosk in the Chapel provides visitors with hot chocolates and snacks to keep hands warm in those chilly winter months.
Events at Union Chapel
Friday 13th December 2013 at 8pm & Saturday 14th December 2013 at 3.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday 15th December 2013 - 12noon-5pm | Free
Experimental pop performed by the singer and her backing band.
Sunday 15th December 2013 - 5pm | Free
Join in with Christmas carols in the atmospheric setting.
Monday 16th December 2013 - 7pm | £16, concs £14
The London-based soprano performs classical crossover works.
Tuesday 17th December 2013 - 7pm | adv £12
The London-based choir performs a selection of pop classics.
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
Friday 13th December 2013 - 9pm-4am | £20, £15 before 11pm, adv £12.50
House and techno from Finnebassen, Will Saul, Lee Curtis and Francessca Lombardo.
Saturday 14th December 2013 - 9pm-4am | £20, £15 before 11pm, adv £12.50
House from Busy B, Boston Bun and Riton.
Friday 20th December 2013 - 9pm-4am | £15, adv £12.50
Benji B and Toddla T spin hip hop, house, garage, soul and Detroit techno.
Saturday 21st December 2013 - 9pm-4am | £12.50
Deep house courtesy of Jonas Rathman, Moonboots, Issac Tiscuer and Perseus.
Friday 27th December 2013 - 6pm-4am | £20, ladies £15 before 9pm, adv £10
House courtesy of Alex Arnout, Matt Fear, DeMarzo, Majesty, Devon Rivers, Jordan Jawzy and Detox.
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