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

Sage Francis & B Dolan
On Soon

Friday 2nd September 2016 - 7.30pm | £16

 
Sage Francis & B Dolan Bush Hall 2016-09-022016-09-02 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

American hip hop rapperand spoken word artist, hailing from Rhode Island, is joined by B Dolan.

Anderson East
On Soon

Tuesday 6th September 2016 - 7.30pm | £12

 
Anderson East Bush Hall 2016-09-062016-09-06 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The American singer-songwriter and musician performs rhythm'n'blues with a hint of pop.

Sophie Ellis-Bexter
On Soon

Thursday 8th September 2016 - 7.30pm | £22.50

 
Sophie Ellis-Bexter Bush Hall 2016-09-082016-09-08 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The songstress has revived her image and produced some fresh material in the form of her sixth studio album Familia and single Come With Us, both out in 2016.

Noah Guthrie
On Soon

Wednesday 14th September 2016 - 7.30pm | £15

 
Noah Guthrie Bush Hall 2016-09-142016-09-14 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The American singer, songwriter and musician hailing from South Carolina performs his soulful folk and blues material

Fantastic Negrito
On Soon

Thursday 15th September 2016 - 7.30pm | £15

 
Fantastic Negrito Bush Hall 2016-09-152016-09-15 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

Blues with a punk attitude from the Oakland collective.

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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

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
On Soon

Tuesday 6th September 2016 - 7pm | £60.50

 
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds O2 Academy Brixton 2016-09-062016-09-06 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The former Oasis member leads his alternative and pop-rock outfit.

Fat White Family
On Soon

Saturday 17th September 2016 - 7pm | £16

 
Fat White Family O2 Academy Brixton 2016-09-172016-09-17 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The London-based band performs psych/punk alternative rock.

Gutterdammerung
On Soon

Thursday 22nd September 2016 - 7pm | £32.06

 
Gutterdammerung O2 Academy Brixton 2016-09-222016-09-22 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Some of the biggest rock names on the planet feature as stars of the silver screen in a silent movie with a rock soundtrack. Featuring music by Iggy Pop, Slash, Joshua Homme, Lemmy Kilmister, Grace ...

Moderat

Thursday 29th September 2016 - 7pm | £29.50

 
Moderat O2 Academy Brixton 2016-09-292016-09-29 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

An electronic collaboration between Apparat and Modeselektor, which took root in Berlin and has given birth to the studio album III.

Less Than Jake

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, with support from Trash Boat, Kenneths and Lionize.

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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

Peter Brotzmann, Hamid Drake And William Parker Trio
On Soon

Monday 29th August 2016 - 8pm | £18, adv £16, mems £14

 
Peter Brotzmann, Hamid Drake And William Parker Trio Cafe OTO 2016-08-292016-08-29 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The saxophone, bass and percussion threesome performs its avant garde jazz material.

Eva-Maria Houben
On Soon

Tuesday 30th August 2016 - 8pm | £8, adv £6, mems £4

 
Eva-Maria Houben Cafe OTO 2016-08-302016-08-30 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The pianist and composer performs a programme of her own works.

Skatgobs
On Soon

Thursday 1st September 2016 - 8pm | £8, adv £6, mems £4

 
Skatgobs Cafe OTO 2016-09-012016-09-01 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

Phil Minton, Dylan Nyoukis and Luke Poot channel and contort the voice into enveloping textures and contours. With Minton's vocal duo with Chinese-American musician, Audrey Chen.

Konk Pack
On Soon

Friday 2nd September 2016 - 8pm | £10, adv £8, mems £6

 
Konk Pack Cafe OTO 2016-09-022016-09-02 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

Improvised music from Tim Hodgkinson, Thomas Lehn and Roger Turner. With support from Australian musician, John Chantler.

Ura Matsuri
On Soon

Saturday 3rd September 2016 - 12noon | phone for prices

 
Ura Matsuri Cafe OTO 2016-09-032016-09-03 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

A one day festival of live performance arts from Japanese Londoners.

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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

Lany
On Soon

Thursday 1st September 2016 - 7pm-11pm | £11

 
Lany Dingwalls 2016-09-012016-09-01 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

The Los Angeles-based threesome plays commercial pop.

You Am I
On Soon

Monday 5th September 2016 - 7.30pm | £15

 
You Am I Dingwalls 2016-09-052016-09-05 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

The outfit from Australia performs alternative rock music.

Kyko
On Soon

Wednesday 7th September 2016 - 7.30pm | £8.50

 
Kyko Dingwalls 2016-09-072016-09-07 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

The singer-songwriter Scott Verrill from London, plays pop.

Mothxr
On Soon

Thursday 8th September 2016 - 7pm | £12

 
Mothxr Dingwalls 2016-09-082016-09-08 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

The indie four-piece from Brooklyn performs in support of its album Centrefold.

Orgy
On Soon

Tuesday 13th September 2016 - 7.30pm | £15

 
Orgy Dingwalls 2016-09-132016-09-13 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

The five-piece combo from Los Angeles, California featuring vocalist Jay Gordon, guitarists Carlton Bost and Creighton Emrick, bassist Nic Speck and drummer Bobby Amaro play industrial rock and death pop.

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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

David Brent & Foregone Conclusion
On Soon

Thursday 8th and Friday 9th September 2016 - 7.30pm | £30

 
David Brent & Foregone Conclusion Hammersmith Apollo 2016-09-082016-09-09 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Ricky Gervais' character from The Office tours, performing some of Brent's back catalogue which includes Free Love Freeway, Spaceman Came Down and Slough.

Hyundai Mercury Prize 2016
On Soon

Thursday 15th September 2016 - 7pm | £41-£106.75

 
Hyundai Mercury Prize 2016 Hammersmith Apollo 2016-09-152016-09-15 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The prestigious album award which seeks to recognise artistic achievements within the UK music industry. This year's nominees are: Anohni - Hopelessness, Bat For Lashes - The Bride, David Bowie - Blackstar, Jamie Woon - ...

Ricky Martin
On Soon

Friday 23rd September 2016 - 7pm | £35-£55

 
Ricky Martin Hammersmith Apollo 2016-09-232016-09-23 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The Grammy Award-winning Latin pop heaththrob, who has sold over 60 million albums, continues to live la vida loca on his One World tour with this one-off UK date as part of the Autism Rocks ...

Bjork On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 24th September 2016 | £43.30-£99.40

 
Bjork Hammersmith Apollo 2016-09-242016-09-24 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The Icelandic singer-songwriter, known for her eclectic music style that gambols through electro, art-pop and avant-garde, performs a one-off show at Royal Albert Hall, falling amid the Bjork Digital exhibition at Somerset House. This concert ...more

Ronan Keating

Thursday 29th September 2016 - 7.30pm | £44.50

 
Ronan Keating Hammersmith Apollo 2016-09-292016-09-29 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The Irish singer-songwriter, who rose to fame in the pop group Boyzone in the 90s, embarks on a solo tour, performing new and old material including 'When You Say Nothing At All', which was used ...

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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

Lany
On Soon

Thursday 1st September 2016 - 7pm | £10

 
Lany Heaven 2016-09-012016-09-01 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

The Los Angeles-based threesome plays commercial pop.

Sundara Karma
On Soon

Friday 16th September 2016 - 7pm | £11, rescheduled from May 26, original tickets remain valid

 
Sundara Karma Heaven 2016-09-162016-09-16 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Indie rock four-piece from Reading perform tracks from their album Love Blood.

Pretty Vicious

Wednesday 28th September 2016 - 7pm | £10

 
Pretty Vicious Heaven 2016-09-282016-09-28 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

The Merthyr Tydfil-formed foursome performs its self-penned contemporary rock.

Saint Etienne

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 threesome performs alt dance-pop.

Rationale

Thursday 6th October 2016 - 6.30pm | £13.50

 
Rationale Heaven 2016-10-062016-10-06 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Songwriter and producer from East London.

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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.

 
 
 

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

K Flay
On Soon

Tuesday 6th September 2016 - 8pm | £8.50

 
K Flay Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2016-09-062016-09-06 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

Spitting torpedo-fast verse over live, sampled beats, her head-spinning hip-hop is simultaneously a level ten tongue twister and an exoteric dive into the human psyche.

Fat Buddha Yoga
On Soon

Saturday 10th September 2016 - 11am-12noon | £10

 
Fat Buddha Yoga Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2016-09-102016-09-10 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

Yoga to disco beats.

Gospeloke
On Soon

Thursday 15th September 2016 - 6.30pm-11pm | £12

 
Gospeloke Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2016-09-152016-09-15 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

Take to the stage as you favourite diva in an open mic night in which performers will be backed by a gospel choir.

Nothing
On Soon

Friday 16th September 2016 - 7pm-10pm | £14

 
Nothing Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2016-09-162016-09-16 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

Contemporary heavy rock is the genre of this Pennsylvania-formed foursome.

Matt Wills
On Soon

Wednesday 21st September 2016 - 7.30pm-11pm | £8

 
Matt Wills Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2016-09-212016-09-21 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

London-based acoustic singer-songwriter originally from Kent.

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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

M Ward
On Soon

Tuesday 6th September 2016 - 7pm | £20

 
M Ward KOKO 2016-09-062016-09-06 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The alt folk singer and producer performs in support of his album More Rain.

Chicane
On Soon

Friday 9th September 2016 - 8pm | £20

 
Chicane KOKO 2016-09-092016-09-09 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

Electronica and dance from London-based musician Nicholas Bracegirdle to mark the 20th anniversary since the release of his album Offshore.

Cheat Codes
On Soon

Friday 9th September 2016 - 10pm | £5

 
Cheat Codes KOKO 2016-09-092016-09-09 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

American electronic music trio based in Los Angeles, California, consisting of singers and producers Trevor Dahl, Kevin Ford, and Matthew Russell.

Flatbush Zombies
On Soon

Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th September 2016 - 7pm | £21

 
Flatbush Zombies KOKO 2016-09-122016-09-13 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The energetic hip hop duo performs in support of its album 3001: A Laced Odyssey.

Flatbush Zombies
On Soon

Tuesday 13th September 2016 - 7pm | £21

 
Flatbush Zombies KOKO 2016-09-132016-09-13 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The energetic hip hop duo performs in support of its album 3001: A Laced Odyssey.

All events at Koko
 
 
 

Roundhouse

Big-name acts and a programme dedicated to fresh talent are all housed under this famous roof.

Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 
 

Boasting a colourful history, the Roundhouse initially started life as an engine shed. It was later transformed into a bonded warehouse for Gilbey's Gin before Arnold Wesker established Centre 42 here, insisting it became one of the most cutting-edge performing arts venue in the country. Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd played several memorable concerts and it is these performances that have sealed the Roundhouse's legendary reputation. By the 1980s it was a crumbling wreck and took £27 million to restore it. A shiny, angular, glass three-storey extension has been attached to the original dark-grey drum. Tickets for main performances here can be a little steep but you can rest assured that you're supporting one of the best artistic initiatives in north London.

 
 

Events at Roundhouse

Ron Arad's Curtain Call Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

6th to 29th August 2016 | Curtain Call: Adult standard (pre 6pm) £5, Adult standard (after 6pm and weekends) £7 | BBC Proms £6, Concerts from £16.50

 
Ron Arad's Curtain Call Roundhouse 2016-08-062016-08-29 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

After receiving critical acclaim for Curtain Call, his 360 degree interactive installation, in 2011 Ron Arad reinvents the piece for the Roundhouse's 50th anniversary celebrations. New artists for 2016 include Kutiman, Marshmallow Laser Feast ...more

Camden Beach Now OnFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

29th July to 29th August 2016 | Free

 
Camden Beach Roundhouse 2016-07-292016-08-29 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Championing the staycation since 2012, Camden Beach returns to the Roundhouse once again this year. Bringing practically everything associated with a beach holiday in England to central London, the terrace will be filled with sand, ...more

Lost And Found
On Soon

Friday 2nd September 2016 - 7pm | £8

 
Lost And Found Roundhouse 2016-09-022016-09-02 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Speech, song and recorded sound presented through an immersive journey from Africa, Iran and Cuba.

Barenaked Ladies
On Soon

Friday 9th September 2016 - 7pm | £32.50

 
Barenaked Ladies Roundhouse 2016-09-092016-09-09 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Rock courtesy of the Canadian four-piece, composed of Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson and Tyler Stewart.

Oh Wonder
On Soon

Tuesday 13th September 2016 - 7pm | £17

 
Oh Wonder Roundhouse 2016-09-132016-09-13 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Electronic duo from London made up of Anthony and Josephine.

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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

Margo Price
On Soon

Thursday 1st September 2016 - 7.30pm-11pm | adv £14

 
Margo Price Scala 2016-09-012016-09-01 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Hailing from Nashville, the singer-songwriter performs Americana and blues.

The Sherlocks
On Soon

Wednesday 7th September 2016 - 7.30pm-11pm | adv £11

 
The Sherlocks Scala 2016-09-072016-09-07 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The four-piece from Sheffield, consisting of two sets of brothers, performs indie-rock.

Beach Baby
On Soon

Friday 9th September 2016 - 7pm-10pm | adv £10

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

Bass-heavy indie-rock from the up-and-coming quartet based in London.

The Fall Of Troy
On Soon

Wednesday 14th September 2016 - 7.30pm-11pm | adv £14

 
The Fall Of Troy Scala 2016-09-142016-09-14 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The American trio hailing from Mukilteo in Washington perform their original post-hardcore material, with support from Tiny Moving Parts.

Sunflower Bean
On Soon

Thursday 15th September 2016 - 7.30pm-11pm | adv £12

 
Sunflower Bean Scala 2016-09-152016-09-15 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Self-penned neo-psychedelic pop, with punky overtones, comes courtesy of this New York-based threesome.

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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

The Avett Brothers
On Soon

Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st August 2016 - 7pm | £30.50

 
The Avett Brothers Shepherd's Bush Empire 2016-08-302016-08-31 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The Californian folk-rockers perform in support of the album True Sadness.

The Tide
On Soon

Thursday 1st September 2016 - 6.30pm | £10.80

 
The Tide Shepherd's Bush Empire 2016-09-012016-09-01 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The four-piece American boy band comprising of Drew Dirksen, Austin Corini, Levi Jones and Nate Parker performs its catchy pop compositions.

LouiseLIVE
On Soon

Saturday 3rd September 2016 - 3pm | £23.50

 
LouiseLIVE Shepherd's Bush Empire 2016-09-032016-09-03 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The YouTube personality and blogger shares her tips on life, challenges, make-up, boys, parties and shopping hauls.

Sticky Fingers
On Soon

Friday 9th September 2016 - 7pm | £13-£16

 
Sticky Fingers Shepherd's Bush Empire 2016-09-092016-09-09 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The Australian outfit plays a melting pot of psych, rock and reggae.

Nina Hagen 45th Anniversary Show
On Soon

Saturday 24th September 2016 - 7pm | £26

 
Nina Hagen 45th Anniversary Show Shepherd's Bush Empire 2016-09-242016-09-24 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The German punk singer-songwriter marks her extensive career.

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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

The Enemy
On Soon

Saturday 3rd and Friday 16th September 2016 - 7pm | £20

 
The Enemy The Forum 2016-09-032016-09-16 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The Coventry trio, led by Tom Clarke, performs indie-rock originals from each of their albums in a farewell tour.

L7
On Soon

Tuesday 13th September 2016 - 7pm | £21

 
L7 The Forum 2016-09-132016-09-13 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The four-piece hail from Los Angeles and perform rock material.

Peter Hook & The Light
On Soon

Saturday 17th September 2016 - 7pm-11pm | £25

 
Peter Hook & The Light The Forum 2016-09-172016-09-17 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The ex-New Order bassist performs a selection of songs from his previous band.

Rat Boy
On Soon

Thursday 22nd September 2016 - 7pm | £16

 
Rat Boy The Forum 2016-09-222016-09-22 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

Hip hop and punk from Chelmsford singer and producer, Jordan Cardy.

Hot Dub Time Machine
On Soon

Friday 23rd September 2016 - 8pm | £16.50

 
Hot Dub Time Machine The Forum 2016-09-232016-09-23 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

Originating from Australia, DJ Tom Lowndes brings his time travelling party to the UK, playing songs in chronological order from 1954 to present day.

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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

Andrea Bocelli Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 1st October 2016 | £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

Jean-Michel Jarre

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

Selena Gomez Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 4th November 2016 | £45-£50

 
Selena Gomez The O2 Arena 2016-11-042016-11-04 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

She may have started out as a Disney star but Selena Gomez is now a fully fledged, bona fide multi-platinum selling pop star. For those still doubtful, the first three singles - Good For You, ...more

House of Common Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 10th December 2016 | £32.50-£49.50

 
House of Common The O2 Arena 2016-12-102016-12-10 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Hailing from Camden, the ska septet reigned through the 70s and 80s with their upbeat singles including House of Fun, Nightboat to Cairo and One Step Beyond, and continue to perform with their most recognised ...more

Rod Stewart Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Tuesday 22nd - Friday 25th November 2016 | £62.50-£75

 
Rod Stewart The O2 Arena 2016-11-222016-11-25 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Rock and roll legend Rod Stewart returns to the capital for two gigs at The O2 Arena in front, no doubt, of hoards of female fans. The timeless performer attracts a loyal following and continues ...more

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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

Jared Hart
On SoonFree Event

Monday 29th August 2016 - 8pm | Free

 
Jared Hart The Old Blue Last 2016-08-292016-08-29 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The guitarist, singer-songwriter and frontman for long-running New Jersey band The Scandals performs some street punk. With support from Billy Liar.

Lucy Dacus
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 6th September 2016 - 8pm | Free

 
Lucy Dacus The Old Blue Last 2016-09-062016-09-06 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The country rock singer-songwriter from Virginia performs songs from her debut album No Burden.

Tear
On SoonFree Event

Monday 12th September 2016 - 8pm | Free

 
Tear The Old Blue Last 2016-09-122016-09-12 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The London trio performs rock from their debut EP. With support from Mannequin Death Squad.

Estrons

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.

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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

Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop
On Soon

Thursday 1st September 2016 - 7pm | adv £25

 
Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop Union Chapel 2016-09-012016-09-01 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Sam Beam, aka Iron & Wine, collaborates with the Californian musician Hoop to play a blend of folk and rock.

Hank Wangford Bass Combo
On Soon

Sunday 4th September 2016 - 3.30pm | £12, adv £10, adv mems £6

 
Hank Wangford Bass Combo Union Chapel 2016-09-042016-09-04 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Hank Wangford, the grizzled Godfather of British alt. country, is joined by two bass players: Kevin KillaHertz Foster, the Jaco Pastorius of Country music and ex-Doll by Doll is the bass player of the Lost ...

Walking Beside Him: Book Launch
On SoonFree Event

Sunday 11th September 2016 - 1.15pm | Free

 
Walking Beside Him: Book Launch Union Chapel 2016-09-112016-09-11 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Kerst will share some of his meditations and prayerful reflections.

Gryphon
On Soon

Friday 16th September 2016 - 7pm | £22.50

 
Gryphon Union Chapel 2016-09-162016-09-16 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

This six-piece band, known for their use of medieval and Renaissance sound and instrumentation, were formed in 1970s and perform their own version of progressive rock.

Shaun Escoffery
On Soon

Saturday 17th September 2016 - 7pm | £25

 
Shaun Escoffery Union Chapel 2016-09-172016-09-17 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

London-based soul and R&B 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

Placebo Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 15th December 2016 | £29.74-£40.75, tickets on sale Mar 18, 9am

 
Placebo SSE Arena, Wembley 2016-12-152016-12-15 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

Lead by singer-guitarist Brian Molko, the alternative rock outfit performs songs from the repertoire as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album. Androgyny's favourite son (or daughter) Brian Molko brings his band Placebo ...more

One Hundred Percent Grime
On Soon

Saturday 17th September 2016 - 5.30pm | phone for prices

 
One Hundred Percent Grime SSE Arena, Wembley 2016-09-172016-09-17 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

A showcase of emerging talent within the grime industry.

Asha Bhosle
On Soon

Sunday 18th September 2016 - 7.30pm | £35-£150

 
Asha Bhosle SSE Arena, Wembley 2016-09-182016-09-18 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The icon of Indian music, who is mentioned in the Guinness Book Of World Records as the Most Recorded Artist, embarks on her farewell UK tour with her singing hits Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo ...

AR Rahman
On Soon

Thursday 22nd September 2016 - 7pm | £100

 
AR Rahman SSE Arena, Wembley 2016-09-222016-09-22 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

Multi-talented, internationally renowned composer, musician, singer and record producer performs a mix of eastern classical music with modern electro, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements.

Armaan Malik
On Soon

Saturday 24th September 2016 - 7pm | £35-£99

 
Armaan Malik SSE Arena, Wembley 2016-09-242016-09-24 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

One of the top young singers in India follows on from the success of more than 15 super-hit Bollywood songs.

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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

67: Let's Lurk Tour
On Soon

Tuesday 27th September 2016 | £12.50

 
67: Let's Lurk Tour XOYO 2016-09-272016-09-27 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

The London-based five-piece perform rap.

Nimmo

Thursday 20th October 2016 - 8pm | £12.65

 
Nimmo XOYO 2016-10-202016-10-20 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

The London-based five-piece, led by Sarah Nimmo and Reva Gauntlett, performs alternative pop.

The Comet Is Coming + Sarathy Korwar: Day To Day

Tuesday 15th November 2016 - 8pm | £10

 
The Comet Is Coming + Sarathy Korwar: Day To Day XOYO 2016-11-152016-11-15 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs
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