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

Music House For Children's Carol Concert
On Soon

Sunday 11th December 2016 - 7.30pm | £8, child £7

 
Music House For Children's Carol Concert Bush Hall 2016-12-112016-12-11 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

Christmas carols, performances and readings delivered by various children and musicians.

Medium Rare: Swan Song - The Sequel
On Soon

Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th December 2016 - 7pm | £70, >inc three course dinner

 
Medium Rare: Swan Song - The Sequel Bush Hall 2016-12-122016-12-13 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

Christmas themed cabaret act.

David Ford: Milk And Cookies 2016
On Soon

Sunday 18th December 2016 - 7.30pm | £15

 
David Ford: Milk And Cookies 2016 Bush Hall 2016-12-182016-12-18 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

An annual fundraiser for Reverse Rett featuring the multi-instrumentalist combining Americana with a touch of rock'n'roll.

White Mischief New Year's Eve Ball On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 31st December 2016 | £15-£97

 
White Mischief New Year's Eve Ball Bush Hall 2016-12-312016-12-31 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

White Mischief's annual New Year's Eve Ball returns for the final time in 2016, meaning it will be extra special and celebratory. Taking place once again at the intimate Bush Hall, the party offers something ...more

White Mischief New Year's Eve Variety Extravaganza 2016
On Soon

Saturday 31st December 2016 - 8pm-3am | £15-£97

 
White Mischief New Year's Eve Variety Extravaganza 2016 Bush Hall 2016-12-312016-12-31 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

Music artists, plus, DJs and dancing.

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

Bullet For My Valentine
Ends Today

Friday 9th and Saturday 10th December 2016 - 7pm | £31

 
Bullet For My Valentine O2 Academy Brixton 2016-12-092016-12-10 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Heavy metal four-piece from Bridgend fronted by singer and guitarist Matt Tuck, continue to promote the album Venom with bassist Jamie Mathias fully integrated into the line-up.

Schoolboy Q
On Soon

Wednesday 14th December 2016 - 7pm | £27.50

 
Schoolboy Q O2 Academy Brixton 2016-12-142016-12-14 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The American hip hop artist performs in support of his LP Blank Face.

Primal Scream
On Soon

Thursday 15th December 2016 - 7pm | £28.50

 
Primal Scream O2 Academy Brixton 2016-12-152016-12-15 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Glaswegian five-piece led by singer Bobby Gillepsie perform hits from across their career and 11th studio album, Chaosmosis. With support from Bo Ningen.

Kurupt FM
On Soon

Saturday 17th December 2016 - 9pm | phone for availability £19.50

 
Kurupt FM O2 Academy Brixton 2016-12-172016-12-17 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Musical comedy from the cast of the BBC sitcom based on London pirate radio station.

RAM NYE 2016: London's Biggest New Year's Eve Party
On Soon

Saturday 31st December 2016 at 8pm-5am & Sunday 1st January 2017 at 12midnight-5am | £37.50

 
RAM NYE 2016: London's Biggest New Year's Eve Party O2 Academy Brixton 2016-12-312017-01-01 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Kicking off the celebrations for their 25th anniversary year, RAM NYE features a stellar cast of artists including Sub Focus, High Contrast, Camo & Krooked, Friction, Delta Heavy, Loadstar B2B Rene La Vice, Teddykillerz B2B ...

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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

Howe Gelb Piano Trio

Saturday 10th December 2016 - 8am | £22, adv £19.80

 
Howe Gelb Piano Trio Cafe OTO 2016-12-102016-12-10 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The Arizona-born alt country, Americana and indie-rock singer-songwriter and his accompanying musicians perform his original material.

Lisa Ullen, Matilda Rolfsson, Maggie Nicols And John Edwards
On Soon

Sunday 11th December 2016 - 8pm | £8, adv £6, mems £4

 
Lisa Ullen, Matilda Rolfsson, Maggie Nicols And John Edwards Cafe OTO 2016-12-112016-12-11 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The pianist, singer, percussionist and bassist collaborate on a series of improvised pieces.

Evol, Michael Cox
On Soon

Tuesday 13th December 2016 - 8pm | £9, adv £7, mems £6

 
Evol, Michael Cox Cafe OTO 2016-12-132016-12-13 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

Evol and Michael Cox perform Telemann's Fantasie In A Minor, Fantasie In D Minor and Fantasie In G Minor, Samantha Fernando's Kinesphere, Saariaho's Noanoa, Ferneyhough's Cassandra's Dream Song and Hanne Darboven's Opus 17a.

Brigid Mae Power
On Soon

Wednesday 14th December 2016 - 8pm | £10, adv £8, mems £6

 
Brigid Mae Power Cafe OTO 2016-12-142016-12-14 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The Irish singer-songwriter performs her sophisticated pop-folk originals.

Happened 0001: SM-LL Label Night
On Soon

Thursday 15th December 2016 - 8pm-11pm | £8.50-£14

 
Happened 0001: SM-LL Label Night Cafe OTO 2016-12-152016-12-15 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

A platform for emerging electronic artists. Featuring Adam Asnan, Ex Geo, along with label founder Pokk and special guest Yves De Mey.

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Dingwalls

Camden venue that's hosted everyone from the Sex Pistols to Goldie.

Camden Lock, Camden Town, London, NW1 8AB

Tube: Camden Town Station, Camden Town Station

 
 

This small Camden venue, known as Dingwalls, has a bar at the back, a stage at the front and room for a couple of hundred people in between. Just as renowned for showcasing up-and-coming talent now as it was in the '70s when the Sex Pistols, Blondie and The Ramones were just a few of the seminal bands who performed there, Dingwalls continues to be a champion of new music.

 
 

Events at Dingwalls

James TW
On Soon

Tuesday 13th December 2016 - 7pm | £10

 
James TW Dingwalls 2016-12-062016-12-13 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

The up-and-coming singer, songwriter and musician hailing from London takes to the stage with his original material.

The Wurzels: Annual West Country Christmas Party!
On Soon

Thursday 15th December 2016 - 7pm | £15

 
The Wurzels: Annual West Country Christmas Party! Dingwalls 2016-12-152016-12-15 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

A festive annual get together in the company of the seven-piece country, folk and pop outfit from Somerset, whose hits include The Combine Harvester and I Am A Cider Drinker.

Hippo Campus

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

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

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
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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

The Chemical Brothers
Now On

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December 2016 - 7pm | £32.50 & £39.50

 
The Chemical Brothers Hammersmith Apollo 2016-12-102016-12-11 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The Manchester-hailing duo, comprising Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, perform their electronic music tracks from across their career.

Ocean Colour Scene
On Soon

Monday 12th December 2016 - 6.30pm | £30.25-£42.25

 
Ocean Colour Scene Hammersmith Apollo 2016-12-122016-12-12 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Mod-influenced indie-rock from the Birmingham-based band.

Buika
On Soon

Tuesday 13th December 2016 - 7.30pm | £29.50-£45.25

 
Buika Hammersmith Apollo 2016-12-132016-12-13 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The singer from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, performs a selection of her flamenco, soul and jazz material.

Les McKeown's Bay City Rollers
On Soon

Wednesday 14th December 2016 - 7.30pm | £25-£39.50

 
Les McKeown's Bay City Rollers Hammersmith Apollo 2016-12-142016-12-14 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Retro-pop and rock from the Edinburgh-born singer's version of the chart-topping band, known for the hit songs Bye, Bye, Baby and Give A Little Love.

Brian Cox and Robin Ince's Christmas Compendium Of Reason 2016
On Soon

Friday 16th December 2016 - 6pm | £35-£52

 
Brian Cox and Robin Ince's Christmas Compendium Of Reason 2016 Hammersmith Apollo 2016-12-162016-12-16 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince present a collision of science, music, comedy and wonder, with surprise guests.

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
On Soon

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
H.I.M New Year's Day By One Night In Heaven
On Soon

Sunday 1st January 2017 - 10.30pm | adv £8

 
H.I.M New Year's Day By One Night In Heaven Heaven 2017-01-012017-01-01 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

The Belgian club brings international resident Samy Jo, plus Fat Tony & Adam Turner for a night of dance music. Mauricio Ortiz, Ashley Hughes and Nadim Aoun are the hots.

Rationale

Wednesday 25th January 2017 - 7pm | £13.50

 
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

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.

Fenech-Soler

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.

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.

 
 

Events at Hootananny Brixton

NYE Party
On Soon

Sunday 1st January 2017 - 5am-9am | £12-£20

 
NYE Party Hootananny Brixton 2017-01-012017-01-01 Where:
Hootananny Brixton, 95 Effra Road London, SW2 1DF
Category: Pubs
All events at Hootananny
 
 
 

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

Night Call
Now On

9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th Dec 2016 - 8pm-2am | £5

 
Night Call Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2016-12-022016-12-30 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

The resident DJs spin a variety of dance music.

Bite Size Xmas Special

Saturday 10th December 2016 - 8pm-2am | £4

 
Bite Size Xmas Special Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2016-12-102016-12-10 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

It's a night of funk, hip hop soul and more from Normanton Street and other guests, plus The Brass Flunkey's live and a live PA from Children Of Zeus.

Wildhood
On Soon

Wednesday 14th December 2016 - 8pm-11pm | £6

 
Wildhood Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2016-12-142016-12-14 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

The Brighton-based group performs its alternative rock originals. How's Harry and Skykova support.

CMYK London Present
On Soon

Saturday 17th December 2016 - 8pm-2am | various releases £6-£8

 
CMYK London Present Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2016-12-172016-12-17 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

Mak & Pasteman are on hand behind the decks to bring their top dance tunes to the floor.

Mark Morriss
On Soon

Sunday 18th December 2016 - 7pm-11pm | £15

 
Mark Morriss Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2016-12-182016-12-18 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

The Indie-pop singer-songwriter and Bluetones front man performs self-penned songs from his extensive back catalogue.

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

UP7 Presents...

Saturday 10th December 2016 - 10pm-6am | £25

 
UP7 Presents... KOKO 2016-12-102016-12-10 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

World beats from Brooklyn-based DJ and producer Bedouin, plus live sets from organic-electronic outfit Stavroz and eclectic Earth-trance DJ Satori.

William Singe
On Soon

Sunday 11th December 2016 - 7pm | £14.50-£50

 
William Singe KOKO 2016-12-112016-12-11 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

Contemporary pop and R&B artist from Australia, known for his popular YouTube and Facebook videos.

First Annual White Rabbit Christmas Ball
On Soon

Saturday 17th December 2016 - 10pm | £17.50-£20

 
First Annual White Rabbit Christmas Ball KOKO 2016-12-172016-12-17 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

Celebrate the festive season with indie-rockers We Are Scientists and DJ sets from Happy Mondays' Bez, NME's Mark Beaumont and White Rabbit's Adam O.

Orange Goblin
On Soon

Sunday 18th December 2016 - 6pm | £17.50

 
Orange Goblin KOKO 2016-12-182016-12-18 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The heavy metal band from the UK, fronted by Ben Ward, perform.

James Arthur
On Soon

Tuesday 20th December 2016 - 7pm | £25, phone for availability

 
James Arthur KOKO 2016-12-202016-12-20 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The Middlesbrough-born X Factor winner returns with his hit singles and a selection of self-penned pop tunes.

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 On Soon 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

Ash

Saturday 10th December 2016 - 7pm | £27.50

 
Ash Roundhouse 2016-12-102016-12-10 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The multi-million-selling trio, who originate from Downpatrick in Northern Ireland, play indie-rock.

I See Rivers

Saturday 10th December 2016 - 7pm | £10

 
I See Rivers Roundhouse 2016-12-102016-12-10 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The three musicians from Liverpool perform their folk-rock originals. Temple Of Anyone, August and Sasha Brown support.

Kate Tempest
On Soon

Sunday 11th December 2016 - 7pm | £18.50

 
Kate Tempest Roundhouse 2016-12-112016-12-11 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The London-based artist performs hip hop and poetry with her accompanying musicians in support of the album Let Them Eat Chaos.

Walking On Cars
On Soon

Tuesday 13th December 2016 - 7pm | £18

 
Walking On Cars Roundhouse 2016-12-132016-12-13 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The Dingle-based five-piece performs their indie pop-rock originals.

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

Urban World Black & White Party 2016

Saturday 10th December 2016 - 10pm-6am | adv £11.55

 
Urban World Black & White Party 2016 Scala 2016-12-102016-12-10 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Room 1 has Big John Freeman, Biggy C, Smoochie & Taylorr Made with R&B, hip-hop, bashment, Soca and all things urban. Room 2 is Ritu, Kal, Ammo & Qu with Bollywood, Bhangra and Desi Beats. ...

Allo Darlin'
On Soon

Sunday 11th December 2016 - 7.30pm-11pm | phone for availability adv £12.50

 
Allo Darlin' Scala 2016-12-112016-12-11 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Australian singer-songwriter and musician Elizabeth Morris leads the London-based four-piece for a performance of indie and twee pop.

Frank Hamilton
On Soon

Monday 12th December 2016 - 7.30pm-11pm | adv £12.50

 
Frank Hamilton Scala 2016-12-122016-12-12 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The indie singer-songwriter from London performs his contemporary material. He is best known for his OneSongaWeek project in which he wrote, recorded and released a song a week for an entire year.

Xmassaoke - The Christmas Singalong
On Soon

Thursday 15th December 2016 - 8.30pm-2am | adv £14, concs £13

 
Xmassaoke - The Christmas Singalong Scala 2016-12-152016-12-15 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

An opportunity to sing festive tunes, en masse, with a live backing band.

Christmassaoke
On Soon

Thursday 15th December 2016 at 8.30pm-12midnight & Friday 16th December 2016 at 8pm-2am | adv £7.50

 
Christmassaoke Scala 2016-12-152016-12-16 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs
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Shepherd's Bush Empire

Former BBC recording theatre now plays host to gigs and occasional club nights.

Shepherd's Bush Green, London, W12 8TT

Tube: Goldhawk Road Station, Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line), Shepherd's Bush Station (Central)

 
 

The Empire is, admittedly, not the most comfortable of venues - the standing area is sunk so far beneath the main stage that anyone under six foot risks painful neck injuries if they want to watch from close-up. Still, the faded grandeur of this former BBC recording theatre, a fantastic acoustic, and the cheerful international population of Shepherd's Bush all add up to a fun live experience, and many musicians cite this as their favourite London venue to perform in.

 
 

Events at Shepherd's Bush Empire

The Shires
On Soon

Sunday 11th December 2016 - 7pm | £28.50

 
The Shires Shepherd's Bush Empire 2016-12-112016-12-11 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

Country outfit straight from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

A Matt Goss Christmas
On Soon

Monday 12th December 2016 - 7pm | £66

 
A Matt Goss Christmas Shepherd's Bush Empire 2016-12-122016-12-12 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The former Bros lead vocalist presents Las Vegas cabaret-styled show, featuring new interpretations of his past hits, as well of Rat Pack standards.

Blossoms
On Soon

Tuesday 13th December 2016 - 7pm | £16

 
Blossoms Shepherd's Bush Empire 2016-12-132016-12-13 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The five-piece group who hail from Stockport performs psychedelic pop.

Upside
On Soon

Wednesday 14th December 2016 - 7pm | £11

 
Upside Shepherd's Bush Empire 2016-12-142016-12-14 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

High voltage rock'n'roll from the British five-piece. With support from Press To Meco, Plastic and The Tuesday Syndicate.

Yellowcard
On Soon

Thursday 15th December 2016 - 7pm | £21

 
Yellowcard Shepherd's Bush Empire 2016-12-152016-12-15 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The American rock band embarks on its last world tour in support of its eponymous final album.

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The Forum

This former art deco cinema now welcomes a weekly programme of live gigs.

9-17 Highgate Road, London, NW51JY

Tube: Kentish Town Station

 
 

Once a gorgeous art deco cinema, The Forum is now an essential mid-sized rock venue. It's got everything you want from the North London rock scene, with superb bands week-in week-out, and a fully-lubricated, enthusiastic and music-loving crowd. Well-designed and well-organised it manages to avoid the bar queues that are a feature of so much London gigging, while the main stage has great sound and a design that brings bands far closer to their audiences than you have any reason to expect in a venue this size.

 
 

Events at The Forum

Chas & Dave

Saturday 10th December 2016 - 7pm-11pm | £35

 
Chas & Dave The Forum 2016-12-102016-12-10 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The boisterous rock'n'roll duo plays cult cockney songs, including well known hits Ain't No Pleasing You, Snooker Loopy and Rabbit.

The Fratellis
On Soon

Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th December 2016 - 7pm | £21

 
The Fratellis The Forum 2016-12-132016-12-14 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

Indie-rock as the Glaswegian trio performs its debut album, Costello Music in full to mark its 10th anniversary.

New Model Army
On Soon

Thursday 15th December 2016 - 7pm | £24.50

 
New Model Army The Forum 2016-12-152016-12-15 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

Classic agit-rock with punky overtones played with conviction and intensity by Justin Sullivan and colleagues.

Sham 69
On Soon

Friday 16th December 2016 - 7pm-11pm | £21

 
Sham 69 The Forum 2016-12-162016-12-16 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The acclaimed punk veterans in their current line-up of Jimmy Pursey, Dave Parsons, Dave Tregunna and Robin Guy.

The Birthday Bash 2016: The Ginger Wildheart Show
On Soon

Saturday 17th December 2016 - 6pm | phone for prices, tickets on sale Sep 23

 
The Birthday Bash 2016: The Ginger Wildheart Show The Forum 2016-12-172016-12-17 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

Classic and contemporary rock by South Shields-born singer-songwriter and guitarist. With support from Dirt Box Disco, Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind, Hey! Hello!, The Dowling Poole, The Main Grains and Elvana.

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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

Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition
Ongoing

18th November 2016 to 3rd September 2017 - Various Times | £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
Madness Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 10th December 2016 | £32.50-£49.50

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

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

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
Status Quo: The Last Night Of The Electrics Tour On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Sunday 11th December 2016 | £46 & £55

 
Status Quo: The Last Night Of The Electrics Tour The O2 Arena 2016-12-112016-12-11 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Classic rock from Status Quo as Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Andy Bown, John 'Rhino' Edwards and Leon Cave bring their live show to the massive O2 arena, just as they did this time last year, ...more

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The Old Blue Last

Traditional no frills boozer famed for its live music.

38 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3ES

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 

The Old Blue Last is a legendary pub and live venue in Shoreditch, East London brought to you by the people at Vice magazine. The venue has two floors, the pub and the small upstairs room where the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Florence and the Machine have played gigs before becoming the stuff of legend. The pub hosts different nights which range from fun bouncy pop to punk parties, indie swag hipster nights to dirty drum and base as well as Vice magazine launch parties. In the live room upstairs most nights are free and even the ticketed gigs rarely cost more than a fiver.

 
 

Events at The Old Blue Last

Cut + Paste
On Soon

Sunday 11th December 2016 - 7.30pm-11.30pm | £3

 
Cut + Paste The Old Blue Last 2016-12-112016-12-11 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

Fresh, upcoming talent, with performances from Heman Sheman and Luvva.

Signals
On SoonFree Event

Monday 12th December 2016 - 8pm-12midnight | Free

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

Four-piece math-pop band from Southampton that combine infectious pop music with jazz and indie overtones. Redwood and Penthouse are the supports.

Dronningen
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 13th December 2016 - 8pm-12midnight | Free

 
Dronningen The Old Blue Last 2016-12-132016-12-13 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

An electro-rock project set up by Beatrice Bonnano that is based in London. HooHas and David Ellis support.

Thoss
On SoonFree Event

Wednesday 14th December 2016 - 7.30pm-12midnight | Free

 
Thoss The Old Blue Last 2016-12-142016-12-14 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The British singer-songwriter performs his alternative pop originals.

False-Heads
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 15th December 2016 - 7pm-1am | Free

 
False-Heads The Old Blue Last 2016-12-152016-12-15 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The three-piece outfit from London featuring Luke Griffiths, Jake Elliott and Barney Nash plays its punk, rock and pop originals. Support is Sex Cells and Frauds.

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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

Kate Rusby
Ends Today

Friday 9th and Saturday 10th December 2016 - 6.30pm | £28, adv under 16s £18

 
Kate Rusby Union Chapel 2016-12-092016-12-10 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The award-winning and Yorkshire-born folk singer-songwriter blends traditional songs with her self-penned tunes.

Winter Warmers: The Snowman
On SoonFree Event

Sunday 11th December 2016 - 2pm-5pm | Free

 
Winter Warmers: The Snowman Union Chapel 2016-12-112016-12-11 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Live Music, Choir.

Years & Years Unplugged
On Soon

Monday 12th December 2016 - 7pm | £30

 
Years & Years Unplugged Union Chapel 2016-12-122016-12-12 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Years And Years perform an unplugged concert in support of Shelter.

Seth Lakeman
On Soon

Tuesday 13th December 2016 - 7pm | £26.50

 
Seth Lakeman Union Chapel 2016-12-132016-12-13 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The Dartmoor-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performs contemporary folk.

Glenn Tilbrook: Best Of Times
On Soon

Thursday 15th December 2016 - 7.30pm | £25

 
Glenn Tilbrook: Best Of Times Union Chapel 2016-12-152016-12-15 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Glenn Tilbrook, one of Britain's most cherished singers, guitarists and songwriters, embarks on a solo tour armed with ready wit, raucous vibes and a shed load of grin-inducing great songs.

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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

Culture Club
On Soon

Wednesday 14th December 2016 - 7.30pm | £50-£65

 
Culture Club SSE Arena, Wembley 2016-12-142016-12-14 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The 80s collective, fronted by Boy George, perform hit songs from their back catalogue in preparation for the release of their new album, Tribes.

Placebo On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

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

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

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

Korn & Limp Bizkit
On Soon

Friday 16th December 2016 - 6.30pm | phone for prices

 
Korn & Limp Bizkit SSE Arena, Wembley 2016-12-162016-12-16 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The controversial Californian five-piece and Fred Durst-fronted, Florida-formed quartet present a co-headline tour and play their greatest nu-metal hits.

Andre Rieu And The Johann Strauss Orchestra
On Soon

Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th December 2016 - 7.30pm | £45-£95

 
Andre Rieu And The Johann Strauss Orchestra SSE Arena, Wembley 2016-12-192016-12-20 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.

Googoosh
On Soon

Thursday 22nd December 2016 - 6.30pm | phone for prices

 
Googoosh SSE Arena, Wembley 2016-12-222016-12-22 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The Iranian actress and pop singer performs songs from her album Akse Khosoosi as well as favourites from her illustrious career.

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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

XOYO Loves

Saturday 10th December 2016 - 9pm-4am | £5-£18.50

 
XOYO Loves XOYO 2016-12-102016-12-10 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

UK disco legends with an NYC mindset, Horse Meat Disco go up against San Fransisco DJ collective Honey Soundsystem for a night to remember.

Monday Monday With Yasmin
On Soon

Monday 12th and Monday 19th December 2016 - 10pm-3am | various releases £5 & £7

 
Monday Monday With Yasmin XOYO 2016-12-122016-12-19 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

The resident DJs spin disco, funk, soul and hip hop over two rooms every week.

Monday Monday
On Soon

12th, 19th and 26th December 2016 - 10pm-3am | £5

 
Monday Monday XOYO 2016-11-072016-12-26 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

Underground house and techno dropped by DJ Yasmin.

Sneak
On Soon

13th, 20th and 27th December 2016 - 10pm-3am | £4-£7

 
Sneak XOYO 2016-12-062016-12-27 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.

Sneak
On Soon

13th, 20th and 27th December 2016 - 10pm-3am | £7, adv £4

 
Sneak XOYO 2016-11-012016-12-27 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.

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