A unique venue whose high ceilings have played host to a wide variety of artists from cabaret to cutting-edge electronica. Built in 1905 as a dance hall, it made its way to 2001 in various incarnations before being renovated into the live music and entertainment venue we know today. The larger Shepherd's Bush Empire down the road gets all the mainstream gigs, whereas the Bush Hall welcomes niche artists and those on their way up. Occasionally established bands also seem to love it for secret and fan club gigs.
London Live Music Venues
Former dance hall that now plays host to a variety of live music.
310 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 7LJ
Events at Bush Hall
Sunday 14th February 2016 - 7pm-10pm | £43.39
A serenading of love music and a three course meal with a host of London's finest jazz musicians.
Thursday 18th February 2016 - 7.30pm | £10
Alt-indie pop-rock quintet from London.
Saturday 20th and Monday 29th February 2016 - 7.30pm-11pm | £12.50 & £16.50, phone for availability
The singer-songwriter and double bassist join together to perform folk and acoustica with a notable jazz influence.
Friday 26th February 2016 - 7.30pm | £14
The singer-songwriter, known as a contestant from The X Factor, blends hip hop with folk.
Sunday 28th February 2016 - 7.30pm | £12.50
The club present informative talks about their recent projects, demonstrations and entertainment.
Dalston's cafe/creative haven doubles up as an evening music venue.
18-22 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL
Café Oto is a vibrant live music venue with the atmosphere of a student union cafe which puts on avant garde music from the Dalston scene. Housed in the old Reeves Artists' Colour Paint Factory - the three storey building was established in 1868 - Café Oto includes a large cafe/performance space where you can get lunch, tea and alcoholic drinks with an evening programme of creative new music almost seven nights a week.
Events at Cafe OTO
Sunday 14th and Monday 15th February 2016 - 8pm | adv £18, mems £14
The multi-instrumentalist and accompanying drummer perform free jazz, with appearances from bassist John Edwards, drummer Eddie Provost and vibraphonist Orphy Robinson.
Friday 19th February 2016 - 8pm | £10, adv £8, mems £6
The artist presents a series of video works to be played alongside a live house score.
Friday 19th February 2016 - 8pm-12midnight | £8, adv £5-£6
DJs, producers and artists will perform experimental soundscapes and atmospheric compositions to accompany live contemporary artworks. R.Elizabeth, Austin Charles Williams, U, Verity Birt, Richard Forbes-Hamilton and Salvatore Arancio will feature.
Saturday 20th February 2016 - 8pm | £14, adv £12, mems £10
The reeds-man and accompanying steel guitarist performs psychedelic rock and free jazz.
Monday 22nd February 2016 - 8pm | £10, adv £8, mems £6
Swedish-Finnish artist and multi-instrumentalist Marja Johansson performs experimental with a World influence under the nom de plume.
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 18th February 2016 - 7pm-11pm | £15
Indie-rock trio from North East England.
Wednesday 24th February 2016 - 7.30pm-11pm | £13.50
The singer-songwriter plays indie folk-rock.
Thursday 25th February 2016 - 7pm-11pm | £10
Alt pop artist Amber Bain performs.
Wednesday 2nd March 2016 - 7pm-11pm | £17.50
The alt-rock quartet from Los Angeles performs tracks from the album Better Nature.
Thursday 3rd March 2016 - 7pm-10.30pm | £20
Stand-up with award-winning Jason Patterson, Tiff Stevenson, Sajeela Kershi, up and coming Elliot Steel, Kerry Godliman, Sara Pascoe and feelgood stories and ribald wit from Russell Howard. Raising funds for the London-based charity providing support ...
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
15th Feb, 22nd Feb, 29th Feb, 7th Mar, 14th Mar, 21st Mar and 28th Mar 2016 - 11pm-5.30am | £5-£8
Resident DJs spin house, dance, R&B and top 40 chart pop across four rooms.
Tuesday 16th February 2016 - 7pm | £20
The singer-songwriter from Little Chalfont, now based in London, plays alternative, indie and trip hop.
Wednesday 24th February 2016 - 7pm | £18.60
A performance by Daniel Lopatin, a US native at the forefront of the modern electronic composition scene.
Thursday 25th February 2016 - 7pm | £14
New York based four-piece play indie rock.
Wednesday 2nd March 2016 - 7pm | £12.50
Electro and progressive house from the US DJ duo, otherwise known as Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, known for their hits #Selfie and Roses.
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
Friday 19th February 2016 - 10pm-3am | Free
Dutty Moonshine, Barbarella's Bang , Capitano Comandante, Sabrynah Ish, DJs Sacha Dieu and Lucia Decermic are your hosts and selectors for the night.
Saturday 20th February 2016 - 9pm-3am | £4 after 10pm
Tropical and global rhythms to keep you dancing all night long with a mix of Congolese and Latin sounds.
Friday 11th March 2016 - 8.45pm-3am | Free
A night of hip hop fusion acts from the UK featuring Subculture Sage, Normanton Street, Portmanteau and Jamurai.
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
Monday 15th February 2016 - 8pm-11pm | £5
An indie-pop quartet from Leigh.
Tuesday 16th February 2016 - 8pm-11pm | £8
The Texan trio performs electro funk with a hypnotic feel, influenced by Thai music of the 1960s.
Thursday 18th February 2016 - 8pm-11pm | adv £8.50
Blues-rock artist from Ipswich, who has previously supported Ed Sheeran, Blur and The Libertines.
Friday 19th February 2016 - 8pm-2am | £5
A night dedicated to hip hop and R&B anthems with DJs on rotation playing classics by stars including Beyonce, Kanye West, De La Soul and TLC.
Saturday 20th February 2016 - 7pm-10pm | £8
Norwegian trio whose sound is perfectly balanced between their wonderful pop melodies and inventive synth-driven soundscapes. With support from indie synth pop group Skies.
Located in an old theatre, this Camden institution offers a mixture of live bands and club nights.
1A Camden High Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 7JE
KOKO offers a great mixture of live bands and club nights that have put it at the heart of the Camden nightlife. The huge stage, broad balconies and plush upstairs bars are a reminder of its former role as the Camden Theatre, and the deep red colour scheme, chandeliers and gilt molding give it a decadent air that matches the rock stars who grace the stage. It has an illustrious rock 'n' roll history, having hosted The Clash and the Sex Pistols in the 1970s, and The Eurythmics, Madness and Madonna in the 1980s. It became a much-loved scuzzy rock club in the 1990s, before being restored and reopened in 2005.
Events at KOKO
Sunday 14th February 2016 - 7pm | £15
American singer-songwriter performing country music.
Tuesday 16th February 2016 - 7pm | £15
The indie-rock quartet performs in support of its album Back On Top.
Wednesday 17th February 2016 - 7pm | £17
The band plays lush, melodic pop and rock.
Thursday 18th February 2016 - 7.30pm | £12
The garage rock four-piece from Madrid perform tracks from their anticipated debut album entitled Leave Me Alone.
Friday 19th February 2016 - 10pm | £5
The trio from Huddersfield and London performs alt pop and indie.
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
Wednesday 17th February 2016 - 7pm | £25
The reformed psychedelic rock band performs in support of its album Eclipse.
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st February 2016 - 7pm | £24
The indie-pop singer-songwriter performs in support of her fifth album, Froot.
Friday 26th February 2016 - 7pm | £16
The Bristol-based five-piece plays a new wave fusion of lo-fi indie-electro with power-pop influences.
Saturday 27th February 2016 - 7pm | £25
The Chingford-based five-piece plays mod-influenced indie-rock.
Friday 4th March 2016 - 7pm | £17.50
The singer-songwriter, also known as Brighton-born Louisa Rose Allen, performs electro-pop and synth-based indie.
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
Friday 19th February 2016 - 10pm-6am | £15, adv £13
A night of roots, reggae and dub provided by Jah Tubby's World-System, Iration Steppas and The Might Aba-Shanti-I.
Saturday 20th February 2016 - 9pm-6am | £20, adv £17
The rap duo from Seville, featuring Zatu and Accion Sanchez perform, followed by DJs spinning Spanish rock and pop music from the past three decades.
Thursday 25th February 2016 - 7.30pm | £12.60
The Manchester five-piece play indie rock. With support from The Vryll Society and Viola Beach.
Friday 26th February 2016 - 9pm-5am | £10, NUS £8
Learn salsa, Cuban, Latin and Kizomba dance from DJs and dance teachers across four rooms.
Sunday 28th February 2016 - 7.30pm-11pm | adv £20
Bulgarian rock outfit formed in 1994 in Sofia, by guitarist, Dimitar Karnev and vocalist, Dicho Hristov. With support from VV Saintclaire, World Soul Fusion and David Stewart.
This former art deco cinema now welcomes a weekly programme of live gigs.
9-17 Highgate Road, London, NW51JY
Tube: Kentish Town Station
Once a gorgeous art deco cinema, The Forum is now an essential mid-sized rock venue. It's got everything you want from the North London rock scene, with superb bands week-in week-out, and a fully-lubricated, enthusiastic and music-loving crowd. Well-designed and well-organised it manages to avoid the bar queues that are a feature of so much London gigging, while the main stage has great sound and a design that brings bands far closer to their audiences than you have any reason to expect in a venue this size.
Events at The Forum
Sunday 14th February 2016 - 8pm | £19
A jam-packed, Valentine's comedy special with Slim, Curtis Walker, Will E Robo, Kevin J, Kane Brown, KG Tha Comedian, Aurie Styla, Axel Blake and MC Kat.
Monday 15th February 2016 - 7pm | adv £22.50
Country-pop from American singer-songwriter Elisabeth Maurus.
Tuesday 16th February 2016 - 7pm | adv £18
The band plays soul music in support of its self-titled debut album.
Thursday 18th February 2016 - 7pm | £16.50
The Australian five-piece outfit, fronted by Jenna McDougall, plays indie rock. With support from Our Last Night, Milk Teeth.
Friday 19th February 2016 - 7pm | phone for availability £20
The Kerrang 2016 tour sees Sum 41 headline, after three years away from music. Plus guests Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes.
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 16th February 2016 - 8pm-12midnight | Free
The psychedelic and shoegaze-rock four-piece from Leeds performs its original material
Wednesday 17th February 2016 - 8pm-12midnight | Free
This singer-songwriter, who originates from Copenhagen, performs her alternative pop material. With support from Roch, Sola.
Sunday 21st February 2016 - 8pm-12midnight | Free
The group from Hooksett, New Hampshire, comprising the and sometimes more members, purveys its own take on folk metal, containing a range of influences.
Monday 22nd February 2016 - 8pm-12midnight | Free
The three-piece rock and pop outfit from Canada perform with support from The Cradles.
Wednesday 24th February 2016 - 8pm-12midnight | Free
The San Francisco-born daughter of Carlos Santana performs her self-penned R&B and soul songs. With support from Claudia Kane.
The Islington Chapel is one of the most enchanting music venues in London.
Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN
This Grade II listed building just south of Highbury Corner functions not only as a place of worship, it is also one of London's most unique and enchanting live music venues with a diverse and enticing list of upcoming events. There's something quite magical about this place and you will be hard pushed to find a more memorable location to listen to live music in London. The Chapel has seen over a century's worth of visitors come through its doors and has welcomed artists such as Bjork, Tori Amos and Fionn Regan to the stage in recent years. Performers are framed by the stained glass window and the space is lit with the warm glow of church candles. A fully licensed bar is open on show nights, and a kiosk in the Chapel provides visitors with hot chocolates and snacks to keep hands warm in those chilly winter months.
Events at Union Chapel
Tuesday 16th February 2016 - 7pm-10.30pm | adv £24.50
The Grammy and Golden Globe award-nominated singer-songwriter from Bronxville, New York presents a selection of her popular country-folk compositions.
Thursday 18th February 2016 - 7pm-10.30pm | adv £9.50
The Newbury-based singer-songwriter plays pop-rock.
Friday 19th February 2016 - 7pm | adv £11
Alt pop from the Glaswegian singer-songwriter.
Saturday 20th February 2016 - 12noon | suggested donation £5 Free
The ensemble performs retro 1920 and 1930s dance music. With support from Ben See.
Saturday 20th February 2016 - 7pm-10.30pm | adv £26, phone for availability
The four-piece from London, known for their hit single Painkiller (Summer Rain), performs alt rock. With support from Tom Speight.
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
15th Feb, 22nd Feb, 29th Feb, 7th Mar, 14th Mar and 21st Mar 2016 - 10pm-3am | £5
16th Feb, 23rd Feb, 1st Mar, 8th Mar, 15th Mar, 22nd Mar and 29th Mar 2016 - 10pm-3am | £3
Thursday 18th February 2016 - 9pm-3am | £8
The Smoke Room Sessions is the latest event from The Pit London team. We have DJ Cable from 1Xtra, Nihilsmus one the best Rap collectives in London. Jackdat and DJ 187 from Radar Radio, Donch, ...
Friday 19th February 2016 - 9pm-4am | £5
Hailing from Whitechapel in London, Damian Lazarus plays his brand of dance music, with support from Citizenn, Lemmy Ashton and Lucid DJs.
Saturday 20th February 2016 - 9pm-4am | £13.50, early bird £5
House, techno and synth from the genre-crossing resident DJ, plus special guests Italian duo Mind Against, Veronica Vasicka, Marcelo Tag, Shizo and Lenka across two rooms.
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