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

Angel
Ends Today

Monday 27th February 2017 - 7.30pm | £12.50

 
Angel Bush Hall 2017-02-252017-02-27 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The R&B and reggae artist performs material from his forthcoming solo album.

Harriet
On Soon

Tuesday 28th February 2017 - 7.30pm | £21

 
Harriet Bush Hall 2017-02-282017-02-28 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The British singer-songwriter performs commercial pop songs from her upcoming album, including her single Broken For You.

Basement
On Soon

2nd, 3rd and 4th March 2017 - 7.30pm | £16

 
Basement Bush Hall 2017-03-022017-03-04 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The Ipswich-formed quintet performs rock in support of the album Promise Everything.

Mark Eitzel Featuring Bernard Butler
On Soon

Tuesday 7th March 2017 - 7.30pm | £17

 
Mark Eitzel Featuring Bernard Butler Bush Hall 2017-03-072017-03-07 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The duo perform folk songs from their collaborative album Hey Mr Ferryman With support from Fenando Viciconte.

Us The Duo
On Soon

Friday 10th March 2017 - 7.30pm | £12

 
Us The Duo Bush Hall 2017-03-102017-03-10 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

Folk-pop husband and wife duo from Los Angeles.

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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

Sum 41
On Soon

Thursday 2nd March 2017 - 7pm | £26.25

 
Sum 41 O2 Academy Brixton 2017-03-022017-03-02 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Frontman Deryck Whibley leads the Canadian punk-pop and alt rock combo in a performance of their latest and greatest hits.

Dreamstate London
On Soon

Saturday 4th March 2017 - 8pm | £31.25

 
Dreamstate London O2 Academy Brixton 2017-03-042017-03-04 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The ultimate trance destination celebrating the best in all of trance's subgenres, from progressive and uplifting to psytrance.

The XX
On Soon

8th to 11th and 13th to 15th Mar 2017 - 7pm | £30.75, phone for availability

 
The XX O2 Academy Brixton 2017-03-082017-03-15 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The critically acclaimed trio return with more of their emotive indie-folk and synth-infused alt rock originals, in promotion of the 2017 album I See You.

Glass Animals
On Soon

Thursday 16th March 2017 - 7pm | £22.50

 
Glass Animals O2 Academy Brixton 2017-03-162017-03-16 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The indie-rock outfit performs in support of its album How To Be A Human Being.

Lower Than Atlantis
On Soon

Friday 17th March 2017 - 7pm | £19

 
Lower Than Atlantis O2 Academy Brixton 2017-03-172017-03-17 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The alt-rock outfit from Hertfordshire performs in support of its latest album.

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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

Yan Jun, Lo Wie, Seijiro Murayama And Ryu Hankil

Monday 27th February 2017 - 7.30pm | £8, adv £6, mems £4

 
Yan Jun, Lo Wie, Seijiro Murayama And Ryu Hankil Cafe OTO 2017-02-272017-02-27 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

Improvised and experimental material from the four musicians created with objects by Wie and Hankil, voice and percussion by Murayama and voice and electronics from Jun.

Mike Cooper, Typhonian Highlife And People Like Us
On Soon

Tuesday 28th February 2017 - 7.30pm | £12, adv £10, mems £8

 
Mike Cooper, Typhonian Highlife And People Like Us Cafe OTO 2017-02-282017-02-28 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The veteran Reading-born musician performs his folk-blues and experimental music alongside a selection of collaborators.

Victor Herrero, Douglas MacGregor
On Soon

Wednesday 1st March 2017 - 7.30pm | £8, adv £6, mems £4

 
Victor Herrero, Douglas MacGregor Cafe OTO 2017-03-012017-03-01 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The Spanish guitarist and singer-songwriter promotes his album Astrolabio, with support from London-based Scottish experimental guitar player and composer, MacGregor.

Peter Hammill
On Soon

2nd, 3rd and 4th March 2017 - 7.30pm | phone for availability £20

 
Peter Hammill Cafe OTO 2017-03-022017-03-04 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The London-born musician and Van Der Graaf Generator founder performs a selection of his uncompromising original compositions.

Realistic Monk
On Soon

Sunday 5th March 2017 - 2pm | £10, adv £8, mems £6

 
Realistic Monk Cafe OTO 2017-03-052017-03-05 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

An experimental collaboration between Carl Stone and Miki Yui, focusing on the creation of deep soundscapes from voices, noises, field recordings and acoustic feedback.

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

Liquid Formula Presents Indivision Album Launch
On Soon

Friday 3rd March 2017 - 10pm-3.30am | £3-£7

 
Liquid Formula Presents Indivision Album Launch Dingwalls 2017-03-032017-03-03 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music
James Maslow
On Soon

Thursday 23rd March 2017 - 7.30pm-11pm | phone for prices

 
James Maslow Dingwalls 2017-03-232017-03-23 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

The young American singer, dancer and actor performs material from his first solo pop EP.

Satellite Stories
On Soon

Wednesday 29th March 2017 - 7pm-11pm | £10

 
Satellite Stories Dingwalls 2017-03-292017-03-29 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

The Finnish four piece pop group performs their latest album The Young Detectives.

The Amazons

Wednesday 12th April 2017 - 7pm | phone for prices

 
The Amazons Dingwalls 2017-04-122017-04-12 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

The foursome from Reading performs its hard-edged contemporary rock originals.

Cameron Avery

Thursday 13th April 2017 - 7pm | £14

 
Cameron Avery Dingwalls 2017-04-132017-04-13 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

Alt-folk and blues by the multi-instrumentalist, known as the bassist in Australian band Tame Impala.

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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

Russian Pop Legends
On Soon

Thursday 2nd March 2017 - 6.30pm | £29-£52

 
Russian Pop Legends Hammersmith Apollo 2017-03-022017-03-02 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Russian acts including Philip Kirkorov, Soprano Turetskogo and Oleg Gazmanov perform their hits.

Man Doki Soulmates
On Soon

Friday 3rd March 2017 - 7pm | £35 & £52

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

Progressive rock from the band and special guests including Leslie Mandoki, Chris Thompson, Nick Van Eede, Tony Carey and Ian Anderson.

Elbow
On Soon

4th, 5th and 6th March 2017 - 7pm | £35

 
Elbow Hammersmith Apollo 2017-03-042017-03-06 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The Guy Garvey fronted four-piece from Bury who won the Mercury Music Prize in 2008 return with their epic alt rock and progressive pop originals.

Vivaldianno: City Of Mirrors
On Soon

Wednesday 8th March 2017 - 7.30pm | £34.25-£56.25

 
Vivaldianno: City Of Mirrors Hammersmith Apollo 2017-03-082017-03-08 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

A faithful reconstruction of the works of Vivaldi accompanied by modern covers and aided by contemporary visuals. Produced by Dvorak and led by famous Czech violinist Jaroslav Sveceny.

All Time Low
On Soon

Friday 10th March 2017 - 7pm | £30.75, phone for availability

 
All Time Low Hammersmith Apollo 2017-03-102017-03-10 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The American combo formed in Baltimore present their unique and alternative brand of rock.

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
Fenech-Soler
On Soon

Wednesday 1st March 2017 - 7pm | £15

 
Fenech-Soler Heaven 2017-03-012017-03-01 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Electro-pop duo from Kings Cliffe, comprising Ross Duffy and Ben Duffy.

Lady Leshurr
On Soon

Friday 3rd March 2017 - 7pm | £15

 
Lady Leshurr Heaven 2017-03-032017-03-03 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

The Solihull-raised MC, singer and producer plays grime, hip hop and soul.

Francis And The Lights
On Soon

Sunday 12th March 2017 - 7pm | phone for prices, tickets on sale Friday Feb 3, 9am

 
Francis And The Lights Heaven 2017-03-122017-03-12 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

The Californian musician Francis Farewell Starlite, performs his commercial pop material.

Moon Duo
On Soon

Friday 17th March 2017 - 7pm | £13.50

 
Moon Duo Heaven 2017-03-172017-03-17 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

The duo formed in San Francisco in 2009 by Wooden Shijps guitarist Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada plays its original rock compositions.

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

Khalid

Monday 27th February 2017 - 8pm-11pm | phone for availability £10

 
Khalid Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2017-02-272017-02-27 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

The El Paso, Texas-based singer brings his commercial R&B to the UK's stages.

The Nextmen
On Soon

Saturday 4th March 2017 - 9pm-2am | £6-£10

 
The Nextmen Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2017-03-042017-03-04 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine
Twin Wild
On Soon

Tuesday 7th March 2017 - 8pm | £8.50

 
Twin Wild Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2017-03-072017-03-07 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

The four Londoners play their self-penned contemporary rock songs.

Sounds Familiar Music Quiz
On Soon

Wednesday 8th March 2017 - 7.30pm-10.30pm | £10-£180

 
Sounds Familiar Music Quiz Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2017-03-082017-03-08 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine
K.Bhta
On Soon

Monday 13th March 2017 - 8pm-11pm | £16

 
K.Bhta Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2017-03-132017-03-13 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

The Australian electronic artist formerly of band Stero Nova performs his solo material, including works composed for documentaries, movies and theatre.

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

Foxygen

Monday 27th February 2017 - 7pm | £15

 
Foxygen KOKO 2017-02-272017-02-27 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

Indie-rock duo from Los Angeles, Sam France and Jonathan Rado.

George Mazonakis
On Soon

Tuesday 28th February 2017 - 7pm | £35

 
George Mazonakis KOKO 2017-02-282017-02-28 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

Innovative multi-platinum singer from Greece and his 10-piece band.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor
On Soon

Wednesday 1st March 2017 - 7pm | £23.50

 
Sophie Ellis-Bextor KOKO 2017-03-012017-03-01 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The dancefloor songstress revives her image and unveils fresh material from her sixth studio album Familia, which includes the single Come With Us.

Lucy Spraggan
On Soon

Thursday 2nd March 2017 - 7pm | £16.50

 
Lucy Spraggan KOKO 2017-03-022017-03-02 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The singer-songwriter, known as a contestant from The X Factor in 2012, blends hip hop with folk in support of her album, I Hope You Don't Mind Me Writing.

Wax Tailor
On Soon

Friday 3rd March 2017 - 6.30pm | £16

 
Wax Tailor KOKO 2017-03-032017-03-03 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The French artist performs trip hop, hip hop and jazz from his album By Any Beats Necessary.

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

Jamiroquai Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 31st March 2017 | £55

 
Jamiroquai Roundhouse 2017-03-312017-03-31 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Causing much excitement among fans across the globe, funk and acid jazz outfit, Jamiroquai is back. The group, fronted by the man with many silly hats, lead singer Jay Kay, first came to our attention ...more

Laura Marling On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 17th - Tuesday 21st March 2017 | £26.50

 
Laura Marling Roundhouse 2017-03-172017-03-21 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

With a Brit Award, two Mercury Prize nominations and a performance on Glastonbury's main stage under her belt by the time she was 21, Laura Marling was declared "the new poster girl for folk music" ...more

The Harry And Chris Show
On Soon

Thursday 2nd March 2017 - 8pm | £12

 
The Harry And Chris Show Roundhouse 2017-03-022017-03-02 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker and jazz musician Chris Read team up to bring their blend of poetry, music, love and laughter. Gecko supports.

Drive-By Truckers
On Soon

Friday 3rd March 2017 - 7pm | £24

 
Drive-By Truckers Roundhouse 2017-03-032017-03-03 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The rock band celebrate 20 years together performing songs from their album American Band, their most political album to date.

The Dandy Warhols
On Soon

Saturday 4th March 2017 - 7pm | £20

 
The Dandy Warhols Roundhouse 2017-03-042017-03-04 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Formed in the 90s in Oregon with Courtney Taylor-Taylor and guitarist Peter Holmstrom, the band performs original rock material including some of their most famous hits such as Bohemian Like You.

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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, 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

Julia Jacklin
On Soon

Thursday 2nd March 2017 - 7.30pm | adv £10

 
Julia Jacklin Scala 2017-03-022017-03-02 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Folk, rock and indie singer-songwriter from Sydney, Australia.

Face Down
On Soon

3rd March, 7th April and 5th May 2017 - 10pm-4am | adv £7

 
Face Down Scala 2017-02-032017-05-05 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs
Pidzama Porno
On Soon

Sunday 5th March 2017 - 6pm-11pm | adv £24

 
Pidzama Porno Scala 2017-03-052017-03-05 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The Polish punk rock band perform songs from their career.

The Orwells
On Soon

Tuesday 7th March 2017 - 8pm | £14

 
The Orwells Scala 2017-03-072017-03-07 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The American collective offer high-energy, punk-fuelled alt rock with a grunge influence.

Some Velvet Morning
On Soon

Thursday 9th March 2017 - 7.30pm-11pm | adv £10

 
Some Velvet Morning Scala 2017-03-092017-03-09 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Indie-rock band from North London formed by brothers Desmond and Gavin Lambert and Rob Flanagan.

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

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 30th March 2017 | £29.60-£67.10

 
The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars Shepherd's Bush Empire 2017-03-302017-03-30 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The band Holy Holy, which features original The Spiders From Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey, long-time David Bowie producer Tony Visconti and Heaven 17's Glenn Gregory, perform Bowie's iconic album in its entirety. The 1972 album, ...more

Jonathan Pie: Live
On Soon

Friday 3rd March 2017 - 8pm | £18.50

 
Jonathan Pie: Live Shepherd's Bush Empire 2017-03-032017-03-03 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The satirical news reporter reveals the truth behind the headlines of recent world events and discusses his own meteoric rise to mediocrity.

Kassav
On Soon

Saturday 4th March 2017 - 7pm | £31-£56

 
Kassav Shepherd's Bush Empire 2017-03-042017-03-04 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The Caribbean five piece perform their special brand of zouk music from their extensive career.

Kehlani
On Soon

Wednesday 8th March 2017 - 7pm | £21

 
Kehlani Shepherd's Bush Empire 2017-03-082017-03-08 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The American singer performs her R&B tunes in support of her debut LP SweetSexySavage.

Stornoway
On Soon

Friday 10th March 2017 - 7pm | £18, phone for availability

 
Stornoway Shepherd's Bush Empire 2017-03-102017-03-10 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The indie-folk four-piece from Oxford perform a farewell tour, playing tracks from their three studios albums.

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

Kreator
On Soon

Thursday 2nd March 2017 - 5.30pm | £28

 
Kreator The Forum 2017-03-022017-03-02 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The German thrash metal outfit performs in support of its latest album.

Pure Old Skool
On Soon

Saturday 4th March 2017 - 9pm | £11-£21

 
Pure Old Skool The Forum 2017-03-042017-03-04 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

DJ Luck and MC Neat, Billy Daniel Bunter, Pied Piper and UnKnown MC, Nicky Blackmarket and Philgood and Ram provide old school, garage, jungle and house.

David O'Doherty: Big Time
On Soon

Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th March 2017 - 8pm | £22, concs £20

 
David O'Doherty: Big Time The Forum 2017-03-082017-03-09 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

Musical comedy from the Irish stand-up, author, musician, actor and playwright and his keyboard.

Stiff Little Fingers
On Soon

Friday 10th March 2017 - 7pm | £20

 
Stiff Little Fingers The Forum 2017-03-102017-03-10 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The veteran Belfast-based outfit, led by singer, guitarist and founding-member Jake Burns, plays its energetic punk-rock hits.

Agnieszka Chylinska
On Soon

Saturday 11th March 2017 - 7pm | £30.50-£46

 
Agnieszka Chylinska The Forum 2017-03-112017-03-11 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The Polish singer, TV personality and former vocalist of Polish rock band O.N.A performs her album Forever Child.

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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

Little Mix Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th November 2017 | £29.25-£49.25, VIP ticket £116.75

 
Little Mix The O2 Arena 2017-11-252017-11-26 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Since becoming the first ever group to win the X Factor in 2011, Little Mix have been working hard to ensure they don't fall under the same umbrella as many previous unsuccessful winners. Perrie Edwards, ...more

Rod Stewart
Ends Today

Sunday 26th and Monday 27th February 2017 - 7pm | £62.50-£75, rescheduled from Nov 25 & 26, original tickets remain valid

 
Rod Stewart The O2 Arena 2017-02-262017-02-27 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The platinum-selling pop and rock vocalist, formerly the singer for The Jeff Beck Group and Faces, performs his hits including Maggie May, Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? and You Wear It Well.

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
Kaiser Chiefs
On Soon

Wednesday 1st March 2017 - 6.30pm | £19.50-£39.50

 
Kaiser Chiefs The O2 Arena 2017-03-012017-03-01 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The indie-rock group originally from Leeds performs material from the sixth album Stay Together, along with their classic indie hits.

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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

Komodo
Free Event

Monday 27th February 2017 - 8pm-11pm | Free

 
Komodo The Old Blue Last 2017-02-272017-02-27 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The trio from London featuring brothers Patrick and Christian Smith plus drummer Dimitri Stocchi perform hard-edged rock.

Judas
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 28th February 2017 - 7.30pm | Free

 
Judas The Old Blue Last 2017-02-282017-02-28 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The four-piece outfit from London featuring John, Todd, Sam and James plays its alt rock originals.

Elle Exxe
On Soon

Wednesday 1st March 2017 - 8pm | £6.90

 
Elle Exxe The Old Blue Last 2017-03-012017-03-01 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The London-based singer from Edinburgh performs her underground dirty pop numbers. With support from Luna Bay and Delaire.

Lea Lea
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 2nd March 2017 - 8pm | Free

 
Lea Lea The Old Blue Last 2017-03-022017-03-02 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The performer from Hackney, London plays her indie pop material in support of her EP Die Pretty Vol II.

The Hark Album Release Show
On Soon

Sunday 5th March 2017 - 3pm-10pm | £8-£10

 
The Hark Album Release Show The Old Blue Last 2017-03-052017-03-05 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music
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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

The Handsome Family
On Soon

Thursday 2nd March 2017 - 7pm | adv £20

 
The Handsome Family Union Chapel 2017-03-022017-03-02 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The American husband and wife combo plays alternative country-folk.

Dave Mason
On Soon

Friday 3rd March 2017 - 7pm | adv £34

 
Dave Mason Union Chapel 2017-03-032017-03-03 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The rock legend reprises material from his career as a founder member of Traffic, as well as performing songs that launched his solo career over five decades ago.

Robert Saxton's Night Dance Fantasy
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 4th March 2017 - 12noon-2pm | Free

 
Robert Saxton's Night Dance Fantasy Union Chapel 2017-03-042017-03-04 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Night Dance Fantasy - featuring guitarist Nick Fowler - present a reworking of Robert Saxton's 1987 solo guitar composition Night Dance.

Doc Brown
On Soon

Saturday 4th March 2017 - 6.30pm | adv £20

 
Doc Brown Union Chapel 2017-03-042017-03-04 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The singer and comedian from London, Ben Bailey Smith, performs his hop and rap originals.

Daylight Music
On SoonFree Event

4th Mar, 11th Mar, 18th Mar and 1st Apr 2017 - 12noon | Free donations requested

 
Daylight Music Union Chapel 2017-03-042017-04-01 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

A relaxing session of music and cake featuring a diverse programme of artists.

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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

X Japan
On Soon

Saturday 4th March 2017 - 5pm | £29.50-£50

 
X Japan SSE Arena, Wembley 2017-03-042017-03-04 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The Metal band from China formed in 1982 perform ahead of the release of their first studio album in nearly 20 years.

Andre Rieu And The Johann Strauss Orchestra
On Soon

Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th March 2017 - 6.30pm | £45-£95

 
Andre Rieu And The Johann Strauss Orchestra SSE Arena, Wembley 2017-03-062017-03-07 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The Dutch violinist and accompanying orchestra perform tunes from opera, operettas, film music and well-known folk songs.

Voice In A Million
On Soon

Wednesday 8th March 2017 at 6.15pm & Thursday 9th March 2017 at 4pm | £25

 
Voice In A Million SSE Arena, Wembley 2017-03-082017-03-09 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

Talented local children sing popular songs to raise awareness and give a voice to the millions of children throughout the world who are without a family.

Jay Chou
On Soon

Friday 17th and Saturday 18th March 2017 - 6pm | phone for availability

 
Jay Chou SSE Arena, Wembley 2017-03-172017-03-18 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The Taiwanese pop-rock singer-songwriter performs in support of his album Jay Chou's Bedtime Stories.

Adnan Sami
On Soon

Sunday 19th March 2017 - 6pm | phone for prices

 
Adnan Sami SSE Arena, Wembley 2017-03-192017-03-19 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The internationally renowned singer, musician, music composer and actor also referred to as the fastest Keyboard player in the world performs Bollywood blockbusters.

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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
Trim
On Soon

Tuesday 28th February 2017 - 8pm-10.30pm | £10

 
Trim XOYO 2017-02-282017-02-28 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

The grime MC from London and former member of Roll Deep performs his original material. Support comes from Nico Lindsay, Funk Butcher, A.G, Airhead, DJ Eazy B, Obese and Rage.

Sneak
On Soon

6th December 2016 to 30th May 2017 - 10pm-3am | £4-£7

 
Sneak XOYO 2016-12-062017-05-30 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs
D.R.A.M
On Soon

Wednesday 1st March 2017 - 9pm-10.30pm | £12

 
D.R.A.M XOYO 2017-03-012017-03-01 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

The rapper performs hip hop and R&B from his album Big Baby D.R.A.M, including breakthrough summer hit Broccoli and recent releases Cute and Cash Machine.

Andy C Residency: Calibre B2b Marcus Intalex
On Soon

Friday 3rd March 2017 - 9pm-4am | phone for availability

 
Andy C Residency: Calibre B2b Marcus Intalex XOYO 2017-03-032017-03-03 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

The dance DJ is joined by two drum'n'bass bosses going back to back.

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