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.

 
 

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

Gary Numan

Saturday 1st October 2016 - 7.30pm | phone for prices, phone for availability

 
Gary Numan Bush Hall 2016-10-012016-10-01 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The acclaimed London-born singer, songwriter, musician and producer returns to the stage to perform old and new electronica and synth-post punk material.

Vonda Shepard
On Soon

Tuesday 4th October 2016 - 7.30pm | £27.50

 
Vonda Shepard Bush Hall 2016-10-042016-10-04 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The American singer-songwriter performs new and old pop and rock from her back catalogue.

Last Podcast On The Left
On Soon

Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th October 2016 - 7.30pm | £16.50, phone for availabilty

 
Last Podcast On The Left Bush Hall 2016-10-052016-10-06 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

Cave Comedy Radio presents Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski.

Bush Hall Presents Stewart Lee
On Soon

Friday 7th October 2016 - 7pm | £19.50

 
Bush Hall Presents Stewart Lee Bush Hall 2016-10-072016-10-07 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

Stand-up from the award-winning comedian Stewart Lee, with Simon Munnery and Rhys James.

Babeheaven
On Soon

Tuesday 11th October 2016 - 7.30pm | £8

 
Babeheaven Bush Hall 2016-10-112016-10-11 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The west-London five-piece perform tracks from their upcoming 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

Less Than Jake
On Soon

Thursday 6th October 2016 - 8pm | £10

 
Less Than Jake O2 Academy Brixton 2016-10-062016-10-06 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The American six-piece plays ska-punk.

Kano
On Soon

Friday 7th October 2016 - 7pm | £21, phone for availability

 
Kano O2 Academy Brixton 2016-10-072016-10-07 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The East London grime artist and actor brings his original material to the stage.

Jamie T
On Soon

8th, 9th and 10th October 2016 - 7pm | £28.50, phone for availability for Oct 8

 
Jamie T O2 Academy Brixton 2016-10-082016-10-10 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Alternative indie-hip hop from the Wimbledon-born singer-songwriter and musician, in support of his latest album, Trick.

Explosions In The Sky
On Soon

Wednesday 12th October 2016 - 7pm | £25

 
Explosions In The Sky O2 Academy Brixton 2016-10-122016-10-12 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The quartet of musicians from Texas plays symphonic post-rock.

All Saints On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 13th October 2016 | £29.50

 
All Saints O2 Academy Brixton 2016-10-132016-10-13 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Joining the other '90s bands that have made a comeback in the past few years, All Saints are back and will be performing at the Brixton Academy for one night this October as part of ...more

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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

Merzbow

Saturday 1st October 2016 at 3pm and 8pm | £14, adv £12, mems £10

 
Merzbow Cafe OTO 2016-10-012016-10-01 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The Japanese noise musician, otherwise known as Masami Akita, performs.

Tom Carter + Ka Baird + Jon Collin
On Soon

Sunday 2nd October 2016 - 8pm | £10, adv £8, mems £6

 
Tom Carter + Ka Baird + Jon Collin Cafe OTO 2016-10-022016-10-02 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The electric guitarist, the Brooklyn-based musician and the acoustic artist perform psychedelic music.

Spencer Clark + Sea Urchin
On Soon

Wednesday 5th October 2016 - 8pm | £8, adv £6, mems £4

 
Spencer Clark + Sea Urchin Cafe OTO 2016-10-052016-10-05 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The keyboardist from The Skaters and the Berlin-based duo of Francesco Cavaliere and Leila Hassan perform.

Upsilon Acrux + Guapo
On Soon

Friday 7th October 2016 - 8pm | £10, adv £8.25

 
Upsilon Acrux + Guapo Cafe OTO 2016-10-072016-10-07 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The LA-based instrumental quintet and the British trio perform.

Elodie (Andrew Chalk / Timo Van Luijk / Tom James Scott) + Reizen
On Soon

Sunday 9th October 2016 - 8pm | £10, adv £8, mems £6

 
Elodie (Andrew Chalk / Timo Van Luijk / Tom James Scott) + Reizen Cafe OTO 2016-10-092016-10-09 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The trio perform atmospheric electronic music, with support from the Tokyo-based artist.

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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

Babis Stokas
On Soon

Sunday 2nd October 2016 - 7.30pm | £25

 
Babis Stokas Dingwalls 2016-10-022016-10-02 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

Originating from Greece, the singer-songwriter, who was a founding member of acclaimed rock group Pyx Lax, performs his solo material.

Yelows Mob
On Soon

Monday 3rd October 2016 - 7pm | £27, VIP £35

 
Yelows Mob Dingwalls 2016-10-032016-10-03 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

A multi-talented hip hop crew representing the Korean hip hop scene. Sik K and Mac Kidd are the main rappers for the night but the whole crew of 10 will be performing.

Skyharbor
On Soon

Thursday 6th October 2016 - 7.30pm-10pm | £13

 
Skyharbor Dingwalls 2016-10-062016-10-06 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

The American-Indian quintet performs progressive rock. With support from Sithu Aye and Modern Day Babylon.

Toseland
On Soon

Wednesday 12th October 2016 - 7.30pm | £12.50

 
Toseland Dingwalls 2016-10-122016-10-12 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

James Toseland's rock band plays songs from their album Cradle The Rage, a follow-up to the critically and commercially successful album Renegade.

Sex Gang Children
On Soon

Friday 14th October 2016 - 7pm | £18

 
Sex Gang Children Dingwalls 2016-10-142016-10-14 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

Gothic rock band and post-punk band formed in the 1980s.

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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

Burna Boy

Saturday 1st October 2016 - 6.30pm | £29.50-£57

 
Burna Boy Hammersmith Apollo 2016-10-012016-10-01 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Nigerian singer-songwriter, who fuses reggae and dancehall and is heavily influenced by Fela Kuti, performs popular songs including Jawa Dey, Like To Party and Don Gordon plus tracks from his sophomore album.

Josh Widdicombe: What Do I Do Now...
On Soon

Thursday 6th October 2016 - 8pm | £26.25

 
Josh Widdicombe: What Do I Do Now... Hammersmith Apollo 2016-10-062016-10-06 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Quirky observations from the boyish, shaggy-haired stand-up, who has been increasing his TV profile with regular appearances on Mock The Week, The Last Leg and Taskmaster.

Romesh Ranganathan: Irrational
On Soon

7th, 26th and 27th October 2016 - 8pm | £23.75

 
Romesh Ranganathan: Irrational Hammersmith Apollo 2016-10-072016-10-27 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee explores the rationality of his worldview and argues that everyone needs to come round to his warped way of thinking.

Adam Hills: Clown Heart
On Soon

Saturday 8th October 2016 - 8pm | £25

 
Adam Hills: Clown Heart Hammersmith Apollo 2016-10-082016-10-08 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Topical wit and improvisations from the Australian stand-up and host of Channel 4's The Last Leg.

Olamide
On Soon

Sunday 9th October 2016 - 6.30pm | £29.50-£111.75

 
Olamide Hammersmith Apollo 2016-10-092016-10-09 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The rapper superstar, also known as Nigeria-born vocalist Olamide Adedeji, performs his award-winning brand of hip hop.

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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

Saint Etienne
On Soon

Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th October 2016 - 7pm | £32.50

 
Saint Etienne Heaven 2016-10-042016-10-05 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

The London-based alt dance-pop threesome performs the Foxbase Alpha album in its entirety. With support from Stealing Sheep.

Desiigner
On Soon

Friday 7th October 2016 - 7pm | £18

 
Desiigner Heaven 2016-10-072016-10-07 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

The Brooklyn-based hip hop artist performs in his first-ever debut UK headline show.

Digitalism
On Soon

Thursday 13th October 2016 - 7pm-11pm | £19.25

 
Digitalism Heaven 2016-10-132016-10-13 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

The DJ and producer duo from Hamburg, Germany performs electro, indietronica and house.

Michael Franti
On Soon

Friday 21st October 2016 - 7pm | £27.50

 
Michael Franti Heaven 2016-10-212016-10-21 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

A performance by the musician, filmmaker, and humanitarian who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Long known for his globally-conscious lyrics, powerful performances, and dynamic live shows, Franti has continually been ...

Highasakite: London Heaven

Tuesday 1st November 2016 - 7pm | £17.75

 
Highasakite: London Heaven Heaven 2016-11-012016-11-01 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

The Norwegian five-piece plays atmospheric electronica-pop with synths, beats, harmonies and big choruses.

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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

Badger Badger & The Odd Beats

Saturday 1st October 2016 - 9pm-3am | Free-£5

 
Badger Badger & The Odd Beats Hootananny Brixton 2016-10-012016-10-01 Where:
Hootananny Brixton, 95 Effra Road London, SW2 1DF
Category: Pubs
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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

The Warlocks
Now On

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 2016 - 7pm-10pm | £12-£14

 
The Warlocks Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2016-10-012016-10-02 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

The Los Angeles-based outfit, formed in 1998, return to the stage as a seven-piece ensemble to perform their psychedelic rock'n'roll material.

Sloes
On Soon

Monday 3rd October 2016 - 7.30pm-11pm | £5

 
Sloes Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2016-10-032016-10-03 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

The London-based five-piece comprising of Jerome, Jo, Katie, Paul and Luke performs its indie and alt rock material. With support from pop singer-songwriter Joy Crookes and Ella On The Run.

Flyying Colours
On Soon

Wednesday 5th October 2016 - 8pm | £8.50

 
Flyying Colours Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2016-10-052016-10-05 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

The psychedelic shoegaze outfit from Australia performs in support of its debut album, Mindfulness.

Fufanu
On Soon

Thursday 6th October 2016 - 8pm | £7

 
Fufanu Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2016-10-062016-10-06 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

The two-piece from Iceland performs an eclectic fusion of punk and rock'n'roll.

Parcels
On SoonFree Event

Friday 7th October 2016 - 8pm-2am | Free

 
Parcels Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2016-10-072016-10-07 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

Patrick Hetherington, Louie Swain, Noah Hill, Jules Crommelin and Anatole Serret from Berlin and Byron Bay performs its soul, funk and electro pop. Support is Mont Jake.

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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

Buttoned Down Disco

Saturday 1st October 2016 - 10pm | adv £10

 
Buttoned Down Disco KOKO 2016-10-012016-10-01 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

A monthly indie dance party from resident DJ and club founder Christian Laing, with plenty of giant balloons, bubbles, swirly visuals, face painting and free badges.

Loyle Carner
On Soon

Wednesday 5th October 2016 - 7pm | £14, phone for availability

 
Loyle Carner KOKO 2016-10-052016-10-05 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The rapper and MC from London, aka Ben Coyle-Larner, performs emotive hip hop.

Snakehips
On Soon

Thursday 6th October 2016 - 7pm | £16.50

 
Snakehips KOKO 2016-10-062016-10-06 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The duo supply a contemporary take on old skool and hip hop music.

Moose Blood
On Soon

Friday 7th October 2016 - 8pm | £15

 
Moose Blood KOKO 2016-10-072016-10-07 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The Canterbury-based four-piece performs emo-indie tracks.

Indian Queens
On Soon

Friday 7th October 2016 - 10pm | £5

 
Indian Queens KOKO 2016-10-072016-10-07 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The band plays indie-rock with soaring and expansive guitars, taking influence from Warpaint, Radiohead and Massive Attack.

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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

Wild Beasts
On Soon

Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th October 2016 - 7pm | £16

 
Wild Beasts Roundhouse 2016-10-042016-10-05 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Melodramatic indie-rockers from Kendal, distinguished by the falsetto of lead singer Hayden Thorpe.

'50 Years On @TheAfricaCentre'
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 6th October 2016 - 7pm-11pm | Free

 
'50 Years On @TheAfricaCentre' Roundhouse 2016-10-062016-10-06 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings
The Knife Of Dawn
On Soon

Thursday 6th October 2016 - 8pm | £15

 
The Knife Of Dawn Roundhouse 2016-10-062016-10-06 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Hannah Kendall's one-man chamber opera explores the life and mind of Guyanese poet and political activist Martin Carter as he fights for his country's independence. The work features settings of Carter's own lyrical and evocative ...

The Kills
On Soon

Friday 7th October 2016 - 7pm | £22.50

 
The Kills Roundhouse 2016-10-072016-10-07 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Anglo-American indie-rock duo Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart unveil their fifth studio album, Ash & Ice.

Lyrix Organix
On Soon

Saturday 8th October 2016 - 7pm | £10

 
Lyrix Organix Roundhouse 2016-10-082016-10-08 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

A showcase of urban music and spoken word acts.

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Scala

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

Old Skool Heaven

Saturday 1st October 2016 - 10pm-6am | adv £5

 
Old Skool Heaven Scala 2016-10-012016-10-01 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

DJs and guests present a night of old skool classics.

All Them Witches
On Soon

Tuesday 4th October 2016 - 7.30pm-11pm | adv £10

 
All Them Witches Scala 2016-10-042016-10-04 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The psychedelic rock outfit from Nashville, with a tendency to improvise.

Urban World Autumn Ball 2016
On Soon

Saturday 8th October 2016 - 10pm-6am | £6.22

 
Urban World Autumn Ball 2016 Scala 2016-10-082016-10-08 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Three rooms of house, urban, soca, hip hop, Bollywood, garage, pop and everything in between, showcasing the UK's best LGBT urban club brands.

Augustana
On Soon

Sunday 9th October 2016 - 7.30pm-10pm | adv £12.50

 
Augustana Scala 2016-10-092016-10-09 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The San Diego-based outfit performs rock with touches of the southern melancholy and wit of Townes Van Zandt and Graham Parsons.

The Pretty Reckless
On Soon

Monday 10th October 2016 - 7.30pm | £20

 
The Pretty Reckless Scala 2016-10-102016-10-10 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The American rock outfit led by Taylor Momsen performs in support of its album Who You Selling For.

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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

Gavin James
On Soon

Friday 7th October 2016 - 7pm | £16

 
Gavin James Shepherd's Bush Empire 2016-10-072016-10-07 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The singer-songwriter from Dublin performs pop and acoustica in support of his debut album, Bitter Pill.

The Mission
On Soon

Saturday 8th October 2016 - 7pm | £31

 
The Mission Shepherd's Bush Empire 2016-10-082016-10-08 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

80s Gothic rock band who formed from the ashes of gloomy outfit The Sisters of Mercy.

Michael Kiwanuka
On Soon

Tuesday 11th October 2016 - 7pm | £20.50

 
Michael Kiwanuka Shepherd's Bush Empire 2016-10-112016-10-11 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

A performance by the soul and folk singer-songwriter from North London, plus guests.

Aurora
On Soon

Thursday 13th October 2016 - 7pm | £16

 
Aurora Shepherd's Bush Empire 2016-10-132016-10-13 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

Singer-songwriter who crafts dark pop music of rare depth. 2016 sees the release of her highly anticipated debut album, All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend.

Dej Loaf
On Soon

Friday 14th October 2016 - 7pm | phone for prices, tickets on sale Sep 24, 5pm

 
Dej Loaf Shepherd's Bush Empire 2016-10-142016-10-14 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The American rapper and singer performs hip hop, R&B and trap songs.

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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

Indie Daze

Saturday 1st October 2016 - 1pm-11pm | £28

 
Indie Daze The Forum 2016-10-012016-10-01 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

A one-day celebration of all things indie, featuring special guests EMF, Echobelly, Pop Will Eat Itself, Jim Bob, Gaye Bikers On Acid, Thousand Yard Stare and Bentley Rhythm Ace.

Simone & Simaria As Coleguinhas (The Playmates)
On Soon

Sunday 2nd October 2016 - 4pm | £36

 
Simone & Simaria As Coleguinhas (The Playmates) The Forum 2016-10-022016-10-02 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

Forro and country from the Brazilian sibling duo.

The Hunna
On Soon

Wednesday 5th October 2016 - 7pm | £14

 
The Hunna The Forum 2016-10-052016-10-05 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

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

Beth Orton
On Soon

Thursday 6th October 2016 - 7pm | £23.50

 
Beth Orton The Forum 2016-10-062016-10-06 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The Norfolk-born singer-songwriter performs her unique brand of folktronica to coincide with the release of the sixth studio album, Kidsticks.

Of Mice & Men
On Soon

Friday 7th October 2016 - 7pm | £21-£26

 
Of Mice & Men The Forum 2016-10-072016-10-07 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The five-piece hailing from Orange County return to the UK to perform their metalcore 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

Jean-Michel Jarre On Soon

Friday 7th October 2016 | £25-£85, VIP tickets £146.50-£296.50

 
Jean-Michel Jarre The O2 Arena 2016-10-072016-10-07 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The Godfather of Electronic Music, famed for light-fantastic visuals, performs a laser-filled live show for the first time in six years. Coming to The O2 for one night only on Friday 7th October 2016, FrenchmanJean-Michel ...more

Andrea Bocelli Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 1st October 2016 - 6.30pm-11pm | £45-£125

 
Andrea Bocelli The O2 Arena 2016-10-012016-10-01 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is joined at The O2 Arena by Nicole Scherzinger, who recently showcased her talent in the West End revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber?s 'Cats' to great acclaim. One of the most ...more

Fifth Harmony
On Soon

Monday 10th October 2016 - 7.30pm | £27-£40

 
Fifth Harmony The O2 Arena 2016-10-102016-10-10 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The quintet, who formed on the second season of The X Factor USA, perform their pop and R&B material.

Justin Bieber On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th October 2016

 
Justin Bieber The O2 Arena 2016-10-112016-10-12 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

After a rocky few years it seems Justin Bieber has started to win back the public's affection with the help of some rather good tunes. The release of ...more

Nickelback
On Soon

Thursday 20th October 2016 - 7.30pm | £39.50-£42.50

 
Nickelback The O2 Arena 2016-10-202016-10-20 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The anthemic multi-platinum selling rock band, lead by Chad Kroeger, embark on their 10th world tour with support from fellow Canadian rockers, Monster Truck.

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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.

 
 

Events at The Old Blue Last

Spinning Coin
On SoonFree Event

Sunday 2nd October 2016 - 8pm | Free

 
Spinning Coin The Old Blue Last 2016-10-022016-10-02 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The Glaswegian indie band performs, with support from JC Flowers and Plastic Flowers. There will also be music from the Odyxxey DJs.

Estrons
On Soon

Wednesday 5th October 2016 - 7.30pm | £7

 
Estrons The Old Blue Last 2016-10-052016-10-05 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The Cardiff-based four-piece performs punchy and melodic alt rock. With support from The Bay Rays.

Blue Room Mafia
On SoonFree Event

Sunday 9th October 2016 - 8pm-12midnight | Free

 
Blue Room Mafia The Old Blue Last 2016-10-092016-10-09 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The group from Birmingham performs, with support from Phundo Art, Octavian OG, Louis Culture, JP X Falaf and DJ Lauren Ralph.

The Pale White
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 11th October 2016 - 8pm | Free

 
The Pale White The Old Blue Last 2016-10-112016-10-11 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

Alternative indie rock three-piece from Newcastle consisting of brothers Adam and Jack Hope, and Tom Booth.

Tail Feather
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 18th October 2016 - 8pm-1am | Free

 
Tail Feather The Old Blue Last 2016-10-182016-10-18 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

This five-piece band who hail from London performs its blues-rock with a psychedelic twist.

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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

Independent Country
Free Event

Saturday 1st October 2016 - 12noon | Free

 
Independent Country Union Chapel 2016-10-012016-10-01 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The six piece performs country versions of classic indie hits from the 1980s to the 2000s. With support from She Makes War and Zoot Lynam.

Southern Tenant Folk Union
On Soon

Sunday 2nd October 2016 - 3.30pm | £12, adv £10, adv mems £6

 
Southern Tenant Folk Union Union Chapel 2016-10-022016-10-02 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Folk and bluegrass from the award-winning acoustic band with banjo, fiddle, double bass, acoustic guitar, percussion and harmony vocals.

Lloyd Cole
On Soon

3rd October, 4th October and 4th November 2016 - 7pm | £26

 
Lloyd Cole Union Chapel 2016-10-032016-11-04 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The Buxton-born indie-rock singer-songwriter performs tracks from his back catalogue, with specific focus on the years between 1983-1996.

London Gay Men's Chorus
On Soon

Wednesday 5th October 2016 - 7pm | £15

 
London Gay Men's Chorus Union Chapel 2016-10-052016-10-05 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The choir performs a selection of popular songs from its career with orchestral accompaniment. With support from Deep Throat and Owl Parliament.

Claudia Aurora
On Soon

Thursday 6th October 2016 - 7pm | £20

 
Claudia Aurora Union Chapel 2016-10-062016-10-06 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Soulful Fado music from the Portuguese singer.

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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

Matt Goss

Saturday 1st October 2016 - 6.30pm | £35-£65

 
Matt Goss SSE Arena, Wembley 2016-10-012016-10-01 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The former Bros lead vocalist presents Las Vegas cabaret-styled show, featuring new interpretations of his past hits, as well of Rat Pack standards.

Bear Grylls - Endeavour On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 7th and Saturday 8th October 2016 | £25-£60, suitable for ages 8 and over

 
Bear Grylls - Endeavour SSE Arena, Wembley 2016-10-072016-10-08 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

He made Courteney Cox eat a scrotum full of maggots and took President Barack Obama on an adventure in the Alaskan wilderness but now the television presenter, writer and extreme adventurer delivers his first live-action ...more

Seasick Steve: 10 Years Out Of The Dog House On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 14th October 2016 - 6.30pm | £27-£48.75

 
Seasick Steve: 10 Years Out Of The Dog House SSE Arena, Wembley 2016-10-142016-10-14 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The world-famous blues musician, singer and songwriter takes to the stage in a special one off performance, ten years on from his legendary appearance on the BBC as part of Jools Holland's Hootenanny. Seasick Steve ...more

Steel Panther
On Soon

Saturday 15th October 2016 - 7pm | £30

 
Steel Panther SSE Arena, Wembley 2016-10-152016-10-15 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

An acoustic rock and metal performance by the quartet from Los Angeles, California, who are famous for their use of profanity and humorous lyrics.

Nickelback
On Soon

Monday 17th October 2016 - 7.30pm | £39.50-£42.50

 
Nickelback SSE Arena, Wembley 2016-10-172016-10-17 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The anthemic multi-platinum selling rock band, lead by Chad Kroeger, embark on their 10th world tour with support from fellow Canadian rockers, Monster Truck.

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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

XOYO Loves

Saturday 1st October 2016 - 9pm-4am | £5-£18.50

 
XOYO Loves XOYO 2016-10-012016-10-01 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

House from Francois K, Late Nite Tuff Guy and Hubie Davison.

Mastermix
On Soon

Sunday 2nd October 2016 - 4pm-1am | £5-£15

 
Mastermix XOYO 2016-10-022016-10-02 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

DJs spin house and techno from all over the world.

Monday Monday
On Soon

Monday 3rd October 2016 - 10pm-3am | £5

 
Monday Monday XOYO 2016-10-032016-10-03 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

Underground house and techno dropped by DJ Yasmin.

Sneak
On Soon

4th, 11th, 18th and 25th Oct 2016 - 10pm-3am | £7, adv £4

 
Sneak XOYO 2016-10-042016-10-25 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

A weekly dose of house and techno from resident DJs and a scattering of guests.

Mykki Blanco
On Soon

Wednesday 5th October 2016 - 7pm-11pm | £13.50

 
Mykki Blanco XOYO 2016-10-052016-10-05 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

The rapper and songwriter performs songs from his debut album Mykki.

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