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 24th May 2015 - 7pm | £22.50
An all-male burlesque revue that combines new burlesque interpretations with the ethics and ethos of male burlesque from past eras.
Monday 25th May 2015 - 7pm | £12
The Nashville-based singer-songwriter performs his Americana and country originals.
Sunday 31st May 2015 - 7pm | £45
Festival producer Chaz Royal presents a hand-picked selection of performers to close the festival.
Wednesday 3rd June 2015 - 7.30pm | £10
Glasgow-based folk-pop outfit.
Thursday 4th June 2015 - 7.30pm | £12.50
Folk singer Bridie Monds-Watson performs in support of her debut album, Before We Forgot How To Dream.
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
Sunday 24th May 2015 - 5pm | £5, adv £3, mems £2
Experimental electro outfit, with no fixed line-up, from Spain.
Sunday 24th May 2015 - 8pm | £14-£18, phone for availability
Saxophonist and organist Peter Gordon leads an ensemble performance of Arthur Russell's minimalist pop concert piece, Instrumentals.
Monday 25th May 2015 - 8pm | £10, adv £8, mems £6
The Madrid-based group performs experimental electronica, created using electronic circuits from toys.
Tuesday 26th May 2015 - 8pm | £12, adv £10, mems £7
A performance by the acclaimed free jazz musician with support from Roger Turner and John Edwards Trio.
Wednesday 27th May 2015 - 8pm | £12, adv £10, mems £8
A performance by the duo of Andy Votel and Demdike Stare's Sean Canty, featuring Sirconical's Cybernetic Grandmother project
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
Sunday 24th May 2015 - 5pm-8pm | Free
Three-piece stoner pop outfit from Brighton. With support from Adam Anthony and Nick Aslam.
Sunday 24th May 2015 - 7pm | phone for prices
The Nashville-based singer-songwriter performs his Americana and country originals.
Monday 25th May 2015 - 7pm | adv £16
Award-winning poet and activist
26th January to 27th July 2015 - 8pm | Free
Tuesday 26th May 2015 - 7.30pm | adv £20
The singer-songwriter plays distinctive acoustic country and Americana.
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
Sunday 24th May 2015 - 10pm-7am | £15
Alix Perez, Bad Company UK, Blu Mar Ten, Culture Shock, Dub Motion, Foreign Concept, Frankee and more supply D&B.
5th January to 27th July 2015 - 11pm-5.30am | £8, £4 before 1am
Thursday 28th May 2015 - 7pm | phone for prices
The duo plays electronic dance music.
Friday 29th May 2015 - 7pm-10.15pm | £15
Music from house and disco three-piece outfit Crazy P.
2nd January to 31st July 2015 - 11pm-4am | w/flyer Free, Free w/wristband from G-A-Y Bar
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
Sunday 24th May 2015 - 9pm-1am | Free
Jahrevelationmuzik supplies reggae and roots, with live acts, Reya Sunshine And The Natural Mystic Band and The Equators.
Wednesday 27th May 2015 - 9pm-12midnight | Free
International soul singer-songwriter. With support from Simpson.
Thursday 28th May 2015 - 9pm-2am | £3
Roots and reggae courtesy of JahRevelationMuzik, with live performance from Black Prophet and his band Thunderstrike.
Friday 29th May 2015 - 9pm-3am | £5, Free before 10pm
DJs supply Latin rhythms, global bass and tropical carnival sounds, with live performances from 47 Soul, Bloco Olofi and Holly Holden.
Friday 29th May 2015 - 9pm-3am | phone for prices
Latin music from Movimientos, Hootananny, May, 47 Soul, Bloco Olofi, Holly Holden y Su Banda and Movimientos DJs.
Warehouse style bar with great acoustics and an impressive live music programme.
2-4 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU
Tube: Old Street Station
Hoxton Square have deliberately gone for an unfinished urban feel, with bare warehouse walls, scratched-up furniture and one huge glass wall exposing the clientele to the headlights of cars trapped in the one-way sytem. With the likes of Example, Foals and Austra gracing the venue's stage, it's a great place to uncover new music - expect sticky floors and big crowds.
Events at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Monday 25th May 2015 - 4pm-8pm | £16-£24, adv £5
Trivia entertainment for music lovers.
Monday 25th May 2015 - 8pm-2am | adv £16
The outfit plays dark wave and wayfaring post-punk with support from Novella and Blush Response.
Tuesday 26th May 2015 - 7.30pm-11pm | £8
The band plays rock music.
Thursday 28th May 2015 - 8pm | phone for prices
Thrash-pastel sounds from Sweet Billy Pilgrim, the brainchild of singer-songwriter Tim Elsenburg.
Friday 29th May 2015 - 7.30pm-10pm | £6.50
Indie-pop musician from Los Angeles.
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
Sunday 24th May 2015 - 9pm-5am | £10
DJs and MCs, including Adam F, Macky Gee, Alpha, Skibadee, Harry Shotta, Shabba D, Stormin, Hamilton, Stormin, Whizzkid, Mad P and Fearless, supply drum'n'bass and jungle.
Tuesday 26th May 2015 - 7pm | £16
The hardcore punk bands come together to perform in support of their albums Rooms Of The House and Glass Boys.
Wednesday 27th May 2015 - 7pm | £17.5
The three-piece group who hail from Seneca, South Carolina, performs its Christian rock material.
Thursday 28th May 2015 - 7pm-11pm | £13
The Mercury Prize-winning Edinburgh-based three-piece pump out a mutant blend of hip hop, dub, Afrobeat and kitchen sink rap.
Friday 29th May 2015 - 10pm-5am | £5
Indie, electro, dance and D&B courtesy of DJ Alana B Devotion, with performances by Girl Friend and Fossa.
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 24th May 2015 - 7pm | £56, phone for availability
Reformed shoegaze band from Oxford.
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May 2015 - 8pm-10pm | £5-£15
The story of three friends who enjoy a final adventure before they split up for university.
Tuesday 26th May 2015 at 7.30pm-9.30pm & Sunday 31st May 2015 at 2pm-4pm | £12.50
Written and Performed by Talia Randall this contemporary production explores cultural history, from mythological tales to MCing.
Wednesday 27th May 2015 at 11am-12noon and 1pm-2pm | £8-£10
An immersive, high-energy and fun packed adventure for all ages set within a purpose-built graffiti installation.
Wednesday 27th May 2015 - 6.30pm-7.30pm | Free
Nicola Thorold demystifies the expanding world of professional poetry.
This King's Cross venue is home to live music, clubs, art, and film.
275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, King's Cross, London, N1 9NL
Tube: King's Cross Station
Housed inside the old King's Cross Cinema, Scala might be a bit tattered around the edges but this only adds to its battered charm. The venue welcomed legends like Iggy Pop during the 70s, but didn't become a purely music venue until 1993. Since then though it has seen an illustrious series of soon-to-be-famous bands pass though the doors, including Foo Fighters, Chemical Brothers, Scissor Sisters and Coldplay.
Events at Scala
Wednesday 27th May 2015 - 6.30pm-10.30pm | £17.50
Alt rock and indie outfit featuring Adam Franklin, Jimmy Hartridge, Steve George and Mikey Jones.
Thursday 28th May 2015 - 7.30pm | £12.50
Pop-rock by the Nottingham-based singer-songwriter.
Friday 29th May 2015 - 10pm-6am | £13
Saturday 30th May 2015 - 10pm-6am | £15, adv £12
R&B, house, garage, electro and disco from resident and guest DJs.
Sunday 31st May 2015 - 7pm-10.30pm | adv £18, earlybird £16
Malian musician Bassekou Kouyate and his band Ngoni Ba play Afro-rock songs from their fourth album Ba Power.
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
Sunday 24th May 2015 - 8pm-2am | adv £10
The band plays psych, rock and reggae with support from Lyall Moloney, Longy and Tom Ravenscroft.
Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th May 2015 - 7pm-11pm | phone for availability £25, concs £23, phone for availability
Dry wit and surreal flights of fancy from the award-winning stand-up, actor, creator and star of Channel 4 sitcom Black Books.
Saturday 30th May 2015 - 7pm-11pm | adv £18.50
The Seattle-based four-piece plays grunge, alternative rock and garage punk mixed with elements of blues.
Wednesday 3rd June 2015 - 7pm-11pm | phone for availability adv £20, phone for availability
Soul and contemporary blues-folk from the Dublin-based songsmith and musician, was nominated for Song Of The Year at the 2015 Grammy Awards for Take Me To Church.
Sunday 7th June 2015 - 7pm-11pm | adv £20
The distinctive rappers perform with support from Until The Ribbon Breaks.
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
Sunday 24th May 2015 - 8pm-12midnight | Free
The band plays rock with support from Wand.
Monday 25th May 2015 - 7pm-10pm | Free
Angry, fuzzy punk-rock outfit. With support from Night Flowers and Sulky Boy.
Tuesday 26th May 2015 - 8pm-12midnight | Free
Music project of Timothy Carroll and Oscar Dawson.
Wednesday 27th May 2015 - 8pm-12midnight | Free
Aggressive Management present indie, rock and pop from October Drift and Keroscene.
Thursday 28th May 2015 - 8pm | Free
The London-based threesome performs its leftfield indie-pop material. With support from Hunck, Fvc, Husband Material.
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
Tuesday 26th May 2015 - 7pm | £16.50
The singer-songwriter performs folk.
Wednesday 27th May 2015 - 10am-1pm | Free
See if you can beat the Minister at card games.
Thursday 28th May 2015 - 7pm | £28.50
American folk singer-songwriter probably best known for The Last Thing On My Mind and Ramblin' Boy.
Friday 29th May 2015 - 7pm | £22.50
The band blends traditional English folk, Baroque instrumentation and Renaissance music.
Saturday 30th May 2015 - 12noon-2pm | Free
Richly textured dark folk music from Jess Bryant. With support from John Stammers and Aidan Smith.
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
Sunday 24th May 2015 - 2pm-4am | £13.50
House courtesy of the Eton Messy crew.
Monday 25th May 2015 - 10pm-3am | £7, £6 before 11pm, adv £5
Guests and residents spin garage, trap, house, hip hop and bass across two floors.
Tuesday 26th May 2015 - 7.30pm-11pm | £9
Tuesday 26th May 2015 - 10pm-3am | adv £4
House, techno and bass from Osca Deep & Brent Anthoney and Finchley Fred.
20th January to 28th July 2015 - 10pm-3am | adv £3
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