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
Tuesday 8th September 2015 - 7.30pm-11pm | £13.50
A performance by the American folk singer-songwriter.
Thursday 10th September 2015 - 7.30pm-11pm | £10
Grammy-nominated country singer-songwriter from America.
Friday 11th and Friday 18th September 2015 - 8pm-10.30pm | £19.50
The top stand-up prepares for the next series of BBC2's Comedy Vehicle.
Sunday 13th September 2015 - 7.30pm | phone for prices
Contemporary sculpture and photography exploring man's complex, ever-changing relationship with urban and natural landscapes.
Monday 21st September 2015 - 7.30pm-11pm | £26.50
R&B from the BRIT and MOBO Award-winning singer-songwriter.
Dalston's cafe/creative haven doubles up as an evening music venue.
18-22 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL
Café Oto is a vibrant live music venue with the atmosphere of a student union cafe which puts on avant garde music from the Dalston scene. Housed in the old Reeves Artists' Colour Paint Factory - the three storey building was established in 1868 - Café Oto includes a large cafe/performance space where you can get lunch, tea and alcoholic drinks with an evening programme of creative new music almost seven nights a week.
Events at Cafe OTO
Thursday 3rd September 2015 - 8pm | £10, adv £8, mems £5
The keyboardist plays free jazz and rock with support from Takashi Seo, Yuriko Mukojima And Tristan Honsinger.
Friday 4th September 2015 - 8pm | £12, adv £10, mems £8
Double header from Penultimate Press featuring Australian publisher, event curator and sound artist, Mark Harwood aka Astor, and NY-based multidisciplinary artist, Graham Lambkin.
Saturday 5th September 2015 - 8pm | £10, adv £8, mems £6
The band plays hallucinatory psych-out rock.
Sunday 6th September 2015 - 8pm | £12, adv £10, mems £8
The saxophone-led outfit plays jazz.
Monday 7th September 2015 - 8pm | £12, adv £10, mems £8
Jogjakarta's Senyawa embodies the aural elements of Javanese music whilst exploring the framework of experimental music practice, pushing the boundaries of both traditions.
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
Thursday 3rd September 2015 - 7.30pm | adv £11
Baroque pop multi-instrumentalist from the Netherlands.
24th July to 30th October 2015 - 9pm | £5
3rd July to 30th October 2015 - 8pm-11pm | Free before 10pm
3rd April to 18th December 2015 - 9pm-2.30am | £5, Free before 10pm
23rd January to 30th October 2015 - 10pm-2am | £1-£3
18th April to 17th December 2015 - 10pm-2.30am | £6, w/flyer £4
24th January to 31st October 2015 - 10pm | £7, £5 before 11pm
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 4th September 2015 - 7pm | £16
Friday 11th September 2015 - 6.30pm | £15
The legendary punk outfits perform a string of anarcho classics.
Thursday 24th September 2015 - 7pm | £18.50
The Swedish singer and winner of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest performs pop and the winning song, Heroes.
Wednesday 7th October 2015 - 7.30pm | £12.50
Self-penned post-punk originals from this singer-songwriter, Julie Ann Campbell, who hails from Manchester.
Thursday 15th October 2015 - 6.30pm | £10
The acclaimed singer-songwriter plays anthemic pop.
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
Monday 7th September and Monday 7th December 2015 - 7.30pm-10.30pm | Free
Sunday 20th September 2015 - 8pm-11pm | Free
Sunday 27th September 2015 - 8pm-11pm | Free
Saturday 5th December 2015 - 9pm-3am | £3, Free before 10pm
A performance by the internationally acclaimed, Glaswegian vocalist with support from Solko, George Works.
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
Friday 4th September 2015 - 8pm | £10
The Rhode Island-based six-piece band performs its progressive rock originals.
Saturday 5th September 2015 - 7pm-11pm | £9
Self-penned indie from this Polish singer who is based in Germany.
Tuesday 8th September 2015 - 8pm | £14
The Nashville-based singer-songwriter performs country.
Thursday 10th September 2015 - 8pm | £15
The rock singer and former lead vocalist for The Zutons performs with his band.
Friday 11th September 2015 - 7pm-10pm | £12.50
The indie-folk outfit from Canada performs in support of its album A Forest Of Arms.
Located in an old theatre, this Camden institution offers a mixture of live bands and club nights.
1A Camden High Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 7JE
KOKO offers a great mixture of live bands and club nights that have put it at the heart of the Camden nightlife. The huge stage, broad balconies and plush upstairs bars are a reminder of its former role as the Camden Theatre, and the deep red colour scheme, chandeliers and gilt molding give it a decadent air that matches the rock stars who grace the stage. It has an illustrious rock 'n' roll history, having hosted The Clash and the Sex Pistols in the 1970s, and The Eurythmics, Madness and Madonna in the 1980s. It became a much-loved scuzzy rock club in the 1990s, before being restored and reopened in 2005.
Events at KOKO
Saturday 5th September 2015 - 9pm-3.30am | £10, invites only Free before 10pm
Resident DJ Christian Laing and guests keep the dancefloor rocking with plenty of indie old and new.
Friday 11th September 2015 - 6.30pm | phone for prices
Indie pop from the Washington-based singer-songwriter.
Tuesday 15th September 2015 - 6.30pm | £10
Self-penned indie-rock from this London-based five-piece.
Saturday 19th September 2015 - 10pm | £15.5 & £17.50
D&B courtesy of Dillinja, Kromestar and Channel One Soundsystem.
Friday 25th September 2015 - 6.30pm | £17.50
The Nashville-based singer-songwriter performs his Americana and country originals.
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
Tuesday 8th September 2015 - 7pm | £18
House and electronica from the Norwegian DJ, producer and remixer.
Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 9th September 2015 - 7.30pm-11pm | £18.50
Indie-rock multi-instrumentalist from Canada.
Thursday 10th September 2015 - 7pm | £35
A custom built disco sound system designed and hosted by James Murphy, David and Stephen Dewaele.
Friday 11th September 2015 - 8pm | £12.50
Spoken-word performance commenting on the state of education.
Sunday 13th September 2015 - 7pm | £22.50
The American hip hop artist performs in support of his album Mr Wonderful.
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
Tuesday 15th September 2015 - 7.30pm | £10
The Los Angeles-based twosome of Cleo and Harmony performs its indie-pop originals.
Wednesday 16th September 2015 - 7.30pm | £12
The four-piece Bath-based band plays a mixture of blues-rock and grunge.
Thursday 17th September 2015 - 7.30pm | £22.50
The alt rock singer-songwriter from London performs in support of her album The Sound And The Fury.
Saturday 19th September 2015 - 10pm-6am | adv £15
DJs spin urban and house music.
Monday 21st September 2015 - 7.30pm-11pm | £25
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
Saturday 5th September 2015 - 7pm-11pm | £25
The Mercury Music Prize-nominated, Hampshire-born singer-songwriter performs her contemporary folk originals.
Tuesday 8th September 2015 - 7pm | £32.50
The Scottish indie art rock outfit led by Alex Kapranos perform with the American electro pop duo.
Thursday 10th September 2015 - 7pm | £32.50
Hip hop collective from America.
Saturday 12th September 2015 - 8pm-2am | adv £22.50
Friday 18th September 2015 - 7pm | £25
Norwegian metal artist and founder member of Immortal.
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
Tuesday 15th September 2015 - 8pm-12midnight | £5
The Southampton Goth punkers play songs from their EP The Callous Heart.
Wednesday 16th September 2015 - 8pm-12midnight | £8
Three-piece noise rock outfit from Baltimore, Maryland led by vocalist Andrew Laumann.
Tuesday 22nd September 2015 - 8pm-12midnight | Free
Neo psychedelic rock from Minneapolis. With support from The Statue Thieves.
Thursday 24th September 2015 - 8pm | £5
Singer-songwriter from Liverpool.
Saturday 26th September 2015 - 8pm-2am | Free
For the second girls & boys event we have the Leyya, who have been making waves in europe with their huge single 'superego'.
The Islington Chapel is one of the most enchanting music venues in London.
Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN
This Grade II listed building just south of Highbury Corner functions not only as a place of worship, it is also one of London's most unique and enchanting live music venues with a diverse and enticing list of upcoming events. There's something quite magical about this place and you will be hard pushed to find a more memorable location to listen to live music in London. The Chapel has seen over a century's worth of visitors come through its doors and has welcomed artists such as Bjork, Tori Amos and Fionn Regan to the stage in recent years. Performers are framed by the stained glass window and the space is lit with the warm glow of church candles. A fully licensed bar is open on show nights, and a kiosk in the Chapel provides visitors with hot chocolates and snacks to keep hands warm in those chilly winter months.
Events at Union Chapel
Saturday 5th September 2015 - 7pm | £20
Acoustic songs from the guitarist and frontman of Jimmy Eat World.
Wednesday 9th September 2015 - 7pm | adv £25, earlybird £15
Free thinkers from the worlds of art, activism, comedy and academia take the stage to present a series of talks.
Thursday 10th September 2015 - 7pm | £14.50, concs/adv £12
With Sunday Assembly's band and choir.
Saturday 12th September 2015 - 7.30pm-10.30pm | adv £20
Stand-up with the headliner Stewart Lee, Luke McQueen, David Elms, Mae Martin, Joseph Morpurgo and Pappy's.
Thursday 17th September 2015 - 7.30pm-10.30pm | adv £20
Humorous tales and anecdotal material by stand-ups Ardal O'Hanlon, Rich Hall, Roisin Conaty and Jason Byrne to raise money for the Aisling Project, which helps Irish men and women in London make contact with friends ...
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
18th June to 24th September 2015 - 10pm-3am | adv £4
Saturday 5th September 2015 - 9pm-4am | £13.50
Bicep, The Black Madonna, Horse Meat Disco, Virginia, Nadia Ksaiba supply house and techno across two rooms.
Monday 7th September 2015 - 10pm-4am | £7, £6 before 11pm, adv £5
House, bass, garage and hip hop across two floors.
30th June to 29th September 2015 - 10pm-3am | adv £3
9th June to 29th September 2015 - 10pm-3am | £5, adv £3
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