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

Stella Parton
On Soon

Saturday 21st January 2017 - 7.30pm | £28.50

 
Stella Parton Bush Hall 2017-01-212017-01-21 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

An evening of songs and laughter featuring the music and stories of Dolly and Stella growing up in the Tennessee mountains as told by the American country singer as she performs from her album Mountain ...

Francis Dunnery Band
On Soon

Sunday 22nd January 2017 - 7.30pm | £20

 
Francis Dunnery Band Bush Hall 2017-01-222017-01-22 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The ex-frontman for legendary British prog-rock band, It Bites, performs songs from the album Vampires.

The Cactus Blossoms
On Soon

Monday 23rd January 2017 - 7.30pm | £10

 
The Cactus Blossoms Bush Hall 2017-01-232017-01-23 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

Folk and country sibling twosome from Minneapolis.

Chatham County Line
On Soon

Thursday 26th January 2017 - 7.30pm | £17.50

 
Chatham County Line Bush Hall 2017-01-262017-01-26 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The Americana and bluegrass outfit performs in support of its seventh studio album, Autumn.

Brooke Sharkey
On Soon

Friday 27th January 2017 - 7.30pm | £12.50

 
Brooke Sharkey Bush Hall 2017-01-272017-01-27 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The acoustic singer-songwriter from London performs her second album Wandering Heart. With support from Kira Lynn Cain.

All events at Bush Hall
 
 
 

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

Cage The Elephant
On Soon

Friday 20th January 2017 - 7pm | £21

 
Cage The Elephant O2 Academy Brixton 2017-01-202017-01-20 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Originally from Kentucky and now based in London, the five-piece performs their rock material.

The Flaming Lips
On Soon

Saturday 21st January 2017 - 7pm-11pm | £37.50

 
The Flaming Lips O2 Academy Brixton 2017-01-212017-01-21 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Psychedelic, alternative rock collective from Oklahoma City, known for their out-of-this-world lyrics and space-rock compositions.

Dropkick Murphys
On Soon

Friday 27th January 2017 - 7pm | £26

 
Dropkick Murphys O2 Academy Brixton 2017-01-272017-01-27 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The American Celtic punk band perform songs from their career.

Skunk Anansie
On Soon

Saturday 4th February 2017 - 7pm | £28.50

 
Skunk Anansie O2 Academy Brixton 2017-02-042017-02-04 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Singer and DJ Skin, also known as Deborah Anne Dyer, leads the MTV EMA award-nominated four-piece in an alt rock performance that takes influences from punk and Britrock.

Bonobo

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February 2017 - 7pm | £30.75

 
Bonobo O2 Academy Brixton 2017-02-252017-02-26 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Musician-turned-DJ Simon Green plays a mixture of downtempo electro, hip hop and art rock.

All events at Brixton Academy
 
 
 

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

Benedict Drew

Monday 16th January 2017 - 7.30pm | £8, adv £6, mems £4

 
Benedict Drew Cafe OTO 2017-01-162017-01-16 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The artist combines video, audio, drawing and sculptural elements within his performance. With support from Human Heads, Tom White, Marc Matter and Rob Lye.

Thomas Ankersmit
On Soon

Wednesday 18th January 2017 - 8pm | £12, adv £10, mems £8

 
Thomas Ankersmit Cafe OTO 2017-01-182017-01-18 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The musician and installation artist with bases in Berlin and Amsterdam performs his electronic originals on Serge analogue modular synthesiser.

Ross Manning
On Soon

Thursday 19th January 2017 - 7.30pm | £8, adv £6, mems £4

 
Ross Manning Cafe OTO 2017-01-192017-01-19 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

A performance by the Australian visual and sound artist who uses everyday objects within his work. With support from Graham Dunning and Dan Hayhurst, Sally Golding and DJ Spatial.

Pekka Airaksinen
On Soon

Friday 20th January 2017 - 8pm | £12, adv £10, mems £8

 
Pekka Airaksinen Cafe OTO 2017-01-202017-01-20 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The composer from Finland performs his own experimental electronica. Support from Iku Sakan.

Alterations
On Soon

Saturday 21st January 2017 - 7.30pm | £8, adv £6, mems £4

 
Alterations Cafe OTO 2017-01-212017-01-21 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

A performance by the four-piece musical group. With support from Mandhira De Saram and Blanca Regina.

All events at Café Oto
 
 
 

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

Hippo Campus
On Soon

Wednesday 1st February 2017 - 7pm-11pm | £10

 
Hippo Campus Dingwalls 2017-02-012017-02-01 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

The four-piece from Minneapolis comprising of frontman Jake Luppen, guitarist Nathan Stocker, bassist Zach Sutton and drummer Whistler Allen play indie rock originals.

Hidden Charms
On Soon

Thursday 2nd February 2017 - 7pm-11pm | phone for prices

 
Hidden Charms Dingwalls 2017-02-022017-02-02 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

The London-based quartet performs garage rock.

London Singing Auditions
On Soon

Saturday 4th February 2017 - 9am | £5

 
London Singing Auditions Dingwalls 2017-02-042017-02-04 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music
Teenstar Camden
On Soon

Sunday 5th February 2017 - 6pm-1am | £5

 
Teenstar Camden Dingwalls 2017-02-052017-02-05 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music
The Ataris
On Soon

Monday 6th February 2017 - 7pm | £17.50

 
The Ataris Dingwalls 2017-02-062017-02-06 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

The indie-rock band from America performs in support of its EP October In This Railroad Earth.

All events at Dingwalls
 
 
 

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

Eurovision: You Decide
On Soon

Friday 27th January 2017 - 7.30pm | £34.25 & £37

 
Eurovision: You Decide Hammersmith Apollo 2017-01-272017-01-27 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Six shortlisted acts battle it out to be the UK's entry into the next edition of the cult competition. Hosted by Mel Giedroyc.

Donny Osmond
On Soon

Tuesday 31st January and Wednesday 1st February 2017 - 7pm | £61.25 & £76.25

 
Donny Osmond Hammersmith Apollo 2017-01-312017-02-01 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The multi-million-selling legendary American singer and former member of The Osmonds performs his classic pop hits.

Busted
On Soon

Friday 3rd February 2017 - 7pm | £32.50-£100

 
Busted Hammersmith Apollo 2017-02-032017-02-03 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson reunite to perform this infectious punk-pop hits, including Year 3000 and What I Go To School For.

The Bhangra Showdown

Saturday 18th February 2017 - 7.30pm | £31-£35

 
The Bhangra Showdown Hammersmith Apollo 2017-02-182017-02-18 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

A showcase of Punjabi music and dance culture, featuring performances from eight university bhangra teams.

Bijelo Dugme

Thursday 23rd February 2017 - 7.30pm | £45.25

 
Bijelo Dugme Hammersmith Apollo 2017-02-232017-02-23 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The legendary rock band of former Yugoslavia make their UK premiere performing songs from their illustrious career, including film soundtracks.

All events at Hammersmith Apollo
 
 
 

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

Popcorn
Ongoing

21st November 2016 to 29th May 2017 - 11pm-5am | £8

 
Popcorn Heaven 2016-11-212017-05-29 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs
Rationale
On Soon

Wednesday 25th January 2017 - 7pm | £13.50, rescheduled from Oct 6, original tickets remain valid

 
Rationale Heaven 2017-01-252017-01-25 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Songwriter and producer from East London who performs his original material containing a wide variety of influences.

JoJo
On Soon

Wednesday 1st February 2017 - 7pm | £15

 
JoJo Heaven 2017-02-012017-02-01 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

The American pop singer-songwriter performs songs from her new album, Mad Love.

Alan Walker
On Soon

Wednesday 15th February 2017 - 7pm | £13

 
Alan Walker Heaven 2017-02-152017-02-15 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Norwegian DJ and producer known for the single Faded.

Griz

Thursday 16th February 2017 - 7pm | £12

 
Griz Heaven 2017-02-162017-02-16 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Funk, soul and electronic dance from the American DJ.

All events at Heaven
 
 
 

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

Leon

Monday 16th January 2017 - 8pm-12midnight | £8

 
Leon Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2017-01-162017-01-16 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

This Stockholm-based singer brings her commercial indie-pop to the UK's stages.

Night Call
On Soon

Friday 20th and Friday 27th January 2017 - 8pm-2am | £5

 
Night Call Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2017-01-062017-01-27 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

The resident DJs spin a variety of dance music.

Throwback
On Soon

Saturday 21st January 2017 - 8pm-3am | £5

 
Throwback Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2017-01-212017-01-21 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

Two rooms of disco, house, old school, funk, soul and R&B from Bill Brewster, Prince Ali, Stand Alone, Onda and Lean.

Sophie Barker
On Soon

Thursday 26th January 2017 - 8pm-11pm | £12

 
Sophie Barker Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2017-01-262017-01-26 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

Alt singer-songwriter hailing from London, who is also known for her work with down-tempo collective Zero 7.

Zach Said
On Soon

Friday 27th January 2017 - 7.45pm-10.15pm | £5

 
Zach Said Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2017-01-272017-01-27 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

Commercial pop is the style of this Shropshire-based singer-songwriter. Support from Jerry Williams.

All events at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
 
 
 

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

JoJo
On Soon

Tuesday 17th January 2017 - 7pm | £15

 
JoJo KOKO 2017-01-172017-01-17 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The American pop singer-songwriter performs songs from her new album, Mad Love.

Burst
On Soon

Friday 20th January 2017 - 10pm-4am | £7, NUS £4, adv £5

 
Burst KOKO 2017-01-202017-01-20 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

Fresh and freaky house from contemporary and progressive DJ Ryan Blyth, plus hip hop, rap and dance from resident Ralph Hardy.

Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards
On Soon

Saturday 21st January 2017 - 8pm-3am | £35

 
Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards KOKO 2017-01-212017-01-21 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

An evening dedicated to championing the best in underground music showcasing esoteric displays, beefed up DJ sets and everything in between.

Burst
On Soon

Friday 27th January 2017 - 10pm | £5

 
Burst KOKO 2017-01-272017-01-27 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

Radio 1 and 1Xtra regular DJ Cadenza supplies bass heavy tunes plus a live performance from vocalist Anna Straker.

Guilty Pleasures
On Soon

Saturday 28th January 2017 - 10pm-4am | £10

 
Guilty Pleasures KOKO 2017-01-282017-01-28 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

Resident DJs supply an all-night journey of pop, dance, disco, R&B, indie, party bangers and club anthems.

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

ZooNation: Mad Hatter's Tea Party Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 30th - Sunday 22nd January 2017 | Dec 30-Jan 3 preview £15, Jan 4-22 £25

 
ZooNation: Mad Hatter's Tea Party Roundhouse 2016-12-302017-01-22 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The acclaimed hip hop dance theatre troupe ZooNation performs an off-the-wall take on Lewis Carroll's classic fairy tale. First staged at the Royal Opera House two years ago, The Mad Hatter's Tea Party comes to ...more

Lambchop
On Soon

Thursday 26th January 2017 - 7pm | £17.50-£27.50

 
Lambchop Roundhouse 2017-01-262017-01-26 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The Nashville music pioneers performs its 12th studio album, Flotus, which breaks from their traditional alt-country vibe to explore R&B, soul, hip hop and electronica.

Apothek
On Soon

Friday 27th January 2017 - 7pm | £7

 
Apothek Roundhouse 2017-01-272017-01-27 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The duo from Oslo, Morten Myklebust and Nils Martin Larsen, performs its unique brand of electronica. Support from The Vegan Leather and Sera Eke.

Jaga Jazzist
On Soon

Friday 27th January 2017 - 7pm | £15-£20

 
Jaga Jazzist Roundhouse 2017-01-272017-01-27 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The Norwegian group performs multi-instrumental post jazz and electronica.

Lisa Hannigan
On Soon

Saturday 28th January 2017 - 7pm | £15-£25

 
Lisa Hannigan Roundhouse 2017-01-282017-01-28 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The singer, songwriter and musician from Kilcloon makes her return to the stage, previewing material taken from her forthcoming third studio album.

All events at Roundhouse
 
 
 

Scala

This King's Cross venue is home to live music, clubs, art, and film.

275 Pentonville Road, 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

El Grande
On Soon

Friday 20th January 2017 - 9pm-5am | £10, NUS £8

 
El Grande Scala 2017-01-202017-01-20 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Four rooms of Latin-based music with Main Salsa Room, Cuban Room, Latin Room and Kizomba Room.

Beach Slang
On Soon

Thursday 26th January 2017 - 7.30pm | £15

 
Beach Slang Scala 2017-01-262017-01-26 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The indie-punk band from Philadelphia performs in support of its album The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us.

Break Stuff
On Soon

Friday 27th January 2017 - 10pm-3am | adv £10

 
Break Stuff Scala 2017-01-272017-01-27 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

DJs spin rock and metal classics all night long.

Urban World 2nd Birthday Bash
On Soon

Saturday 28th January 2017 - 10pm-6am | £11.55

 
Urban World 2nd Birthday Bash Scala 2017-01-282017-01-28 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Three rooms of music with in Room 1 Big John Freeman, Biggy C & Taylorr Made plus MC Madx spinning R&b, hip hop, bashment and Soca. Room 2 features Ammo & Ritu with Desi and ...

Big Fish Little Fish 'Space' Family Rave With The Orb
On Soon

Sunday 29th January 2017 - 2pm-4.30pm | £9, child £6

 
Big Fish Little Fish 'Space' Family Rave With The Orb Scala 2017-01-292017-01-29 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Family fun for the post-rave generation of parents.

All events at Scala
 
 
 

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

Rae Sremmurd
On Soon

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th January 2017 - 7pm | £22.50

 
Rae Sremmurd Shepherd's Bush Empire 2017-01-172017-01-18 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The BET award-winning American duo consisting of brothers Khalif and Aaquil Brown from Mississippi performs trap and hip hop.

The White Buffalo
On Soon

Friday 20th January 2017 - 7pm | £17.50

 
The White Buffalo Shepherd's Bush Empire 2017-01-202017-01-20 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

Heavy Americana from singer-songwriter Jake Smith, who originates from California.

Omid Djalili: Schmuck For A Night
On Soon

Saturday 21st January 2017 - 8pm | £28

 
Omid Djalili: Schmuck For A Night Shepherd's Bush Empire 2017-01-212017-01-21 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

Sharp wit, one-liners and observations from the British-Iranian stand-up, writer and actor.

The Hunna
On Soon

Thursday 26th January 2017 - 7pm | £16

 
The Hunna Shepherd's Bush Empire 2017-01-262017-01-26 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

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

Joanne Shaw Taylor
On Soon

Friday 27th January 2017 - 7pm | £21

 
Joanne Shaw Taylor Shepherd's Bush Empire 2017-01-272017-01-27 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The British guitarist performs dynamic blues-rock originals complimented by razor-sharp guitar riffs.

All events at Shepherd's Bush Empire
 
 
 

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

Meshuggah
On Soon

Friday 20th January 2017 - 7pm | £22.50

 
Meshuggah The Forum 2017-01-202017-01-20 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The Swedish five-piece performs extreme heavy metal.

The Pretty Reckless
On Soon

Saturday 21st January 2017 - 7pm | £23

 
The Pretty Reckless The Forum 2017-01-212017-01-21 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

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

The Dillinger Escape Plan
On Soon

Wednesday 25th January 2017 - 7pm | £18.50

 
The Dillinger Escape Plan The Forum 2017-01-252017-01-25 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The rock five piece performs their latest album Dissociation before embarking on an extended hiatus.

Yasiin Bey
On Soon

Thursday 26th and Friday 27th January 2017 - 7pm | £26.50, rescheduled from Oct 22 & 24, original tickets remain valid

 
Yasiin Bey The Forum 2017-01-262017-01-27 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The rapper formerly known as Mos Def performs tracks from his back catalogue, with accompaniment from the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

Club.The.Mammoth. All-Dayer
On Soon

Saturday 28th January 2017 - 4pm | £36

 
Club.The.Mammoth. All-Dayer The Forum 2017-01-282017-01-28 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The London and Brighton based music promoters brings together post-punk outfit The Fall, Future Of The Left, Hookworms and Goat Girl.

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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

Jack Whitehall: At Large Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 24th February 2017 | £25.50-£32.50

 
Jack Whitehall: At Large The O2 Arena 2017-02-242017-02-24 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Crowned the 'King of Comedy' at the 2012, 2013 and 2014 British Comedy Awards, comedian of the moment Jack Whitehall is now 'At Large' on his solo stand-up arena tour. Having also delved into acting ...more

Young Voices
Now On

16th Jan to 20th Jan and 6th Feb & 7th Feb 2017 - 2pm | phone for prices

 
Young Voices The O2 Arena 2017-01-162017-02-07 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Primary school children to perform all styles of music including folk, pop, rock and classical, accompanied by a live band and conductor David Lawrence.

Star Wars: Identities Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th November 2016 to 3rd September 2017 | £20, under 5s Free

 
Star Wars: Identities The O2 Arena 2016-11-182017-09-03 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music
Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition
Ongoing

18th November 2016 to 3rd September 2017 - 10am-7.30pm | £20 & £25, child £10 & £15, concs £15 & £18, family £48 & £60

 
Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition The O2 Arena 2016-11-182017-09-03 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music
Avenged Sevenfold
On Soon

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd January 2017 - 7pm | £30-£45

 
Avenged Sevenfold The O2 Arena 2017-01-212017-01-22 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The California-based band plays rhythmic heavy metal with touches of hard rock. With support from Disturbed and In Flames.

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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

Dream Wife
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 17th January 2017 - 7pm | Free

 
Dream Wife The Old Blue Last 2017-01-172017-01-17 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The Brighton-based threesome performs its own take on pop music. Support is Luxury Death, Venture Lows and Dama Scout.

Calories
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 21st January 2017 - 8pm-1.30am | Free

 
Calories The Old Blue Last 2017-01-212017-01-21 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

These four Birmingham residents bring their alternative rock originals to the stage. Support from John and William.

Sweat
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 24th January 2017 - 7pm | Free

 
Sweat The Old Blue Last 2017-01-242017-01-24 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The five-piece from London perform their psych-flavoured indie-rock. Support is Her's and Azusena.

Ellie Rose
On Soon

Thursday 26th January 2017 - 8pm-12midnight | £5

 
Ellie Rose The Old Blue Last 2017-01-262017-01-26 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The London-based singer performs commercial pop.

ASAP TyY
On Soon

Saturday 28th January 2017 - 7pm-2am | £10

 
ASAP TyY The Old Blue Last 2017-01-282017-01-28 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

Harlem-based hip hop and rap performer. Support is Macca Wiles, The Master of Inane Conversation, Vinch plus DJs AAA, DJ Sift, Jamo Beatz and Ob-Server.

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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

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry - Shine A Light

Monday 16th January 2017 - 7pm | phone for availability

 
Billy Bragg & Joe Henry - Shine A Light Union Chapel 2017-01-162017-01-16 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The legendary English and American duo come together to present recent material created together for a brand new album, inspired by the old rail road journeys through America and traditional alternative-folk sounds.

Yasamaya Dair Muzikli: Genco Erkal
On Soon

Thursday 19th January 2017 - 7pm | £30

 
Yasamaya Dair Muzikli: Genco Erkal Union Chapel 2017-01-192017-01-19 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Genco Erkal's new musical play about Nazim Hikmet in Turkish.

Stand Up For The Refugee Crisis
On Soon

Friday 20th January 2017 - 6.30pm | £20

 
Stand Up For The Refugee Crisis Union Chapel 2017-01-202017-01-20 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Adam Buxton, Romesh Ranganathan, Joe Lycett, Liam Williams, Ellie White & Tash Demetriou, Lolly Adefope, Baker Terry and more present their latest material to raise funds.

Shards
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 21st January 2017 - 12noon-2pm | Free

 
Shards Union Chapel 2017-01-212017-01-21 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The 12 strong group performs vocal works in a relaxed setting with tea and cake. With support from Strange Boy.

The Habibi Project: Chapter I
On Soon

Saturday 21st January 2017 - 7pm | adv £14

 
The Habibi Project: Chapter I Union Chapel 2017-01-212017-01-21 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Global arts concert featuring Syrian performer Maya Youssef, Nepalese folk band Namlo, Ghanaian Sabbey drummers, UK pianist Karim Kamar plus the social and politically conscious spoken word poets Emmanuel Speak and Oshanti Poets.

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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

A Day To Remember
On Soon

Friday 27th January 2017 - 7pm | £26

 
A Day To Remember SSE Arena, Wembley 2017-01-272017-01-27 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

Forming in 2003, the five-piece perform their fusions of rock, pop punk and metalcore.

Strictly Come Dancing 10th Anniversary Live Tour
On Soon

Thursday 9th and Friday 10th February 2017 - 7.30pm | £35-£65

 
Strictly Come Dancing 10th Anniversary Live Tour SSE Arena, Wembley 2017-02-092017-02-10 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

Ed Balls, Ore Oduba and Lesley Joseph, along with Louise Redknapp, Daisy Lowe and Danny Mac perform their most popular dances from the show, judged by Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Karen Hardy.

Jack Whitehall: At Large On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

11th, 12th and 13th February 2017 | £25.50-£32.50

 
Jack Whitehall: At Large SSE Arena, Wembley 2017-02-112017-02-13 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

Crowned the 'King of Comedy' at the 2012, 2013 and 2014 British Comedy Awards, comedian of the moment Jack Whitehall is now 'At Large' on his solo stand-up arena tour. Having also delved into acting ...more

Basketmouth
On Soon

Tuesday 14th February 2017 - 7pm | phone for prices

 
Basketmouth SSE Arena, Wembley 2017-02-142017-02-14 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

A comedy night that aims to unite the best in African comedy under one roof to promoting African interests on an international stage.

Sunidhi Chauhan

Saturday 25th February 2017 - 7pm | phone for prices

 
Sunidhi Chauhan SSE Arena, Wembley 2017-02-252017-02-25 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The diva of Bollywood herself performs with top musicians and vocalists performing some of her hits, including Ishq Sufiyaana and Be Intehaan.

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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

Monday Monday
Ongoing

9th January to 29th May 2017 - 10pm-3am | £7, adv £5

 
Monday Monday XOYO 2017-01-092017-05-29 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs
Sneak
On Soon

17th, 24th and 31st January 2017 - 10pm-3am | £4-£7

 
Sneak XOYO 2016-12-062017-01-31 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, this week including M.A.X, Mike Wooller and Technik.

The Yonce Experience
On Soon

Wednesday 18th January 2017 - 10pm-3am | £5

 
The Yonce Experience XOYO 2017-01-182017-01-18 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

Martin2smoove, Kenrick Chance and SWYR supply all things Beyonce and Destiny's Child, so get ready to shake that booty.

Pacific State
On Soon

Thursday 19th January 2017 - 10pm-3am | adv £5

 
Pacific State XOYO 2017-01-192017-01-19 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

Resident DJs supply house, disco and electro to shake off the January blues.

XOYO Loves
On Soon

Saturday 21st January 2017 - 9pm-4am | various releases £13.50 & £18.50

 
XOYO Loves XOYO 2017-01-212017-01-21 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

Jonas Rathsman selects his top electronic dance music all night long.

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