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

Lewis Watson
On Soon

Wednesday 4th May 2016 - 7.30pm | £12

 
Lewis Watson Bush Hall 2016-05-042016-05-04 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The folk-pop singer-songwriter performs new material from his upcoming album.

Grant McLennan: 10th Anniversary Tribute Gig
On Soon

Friday 6th May 2016 - 7.45pm-11pm | £15

 
Grant McLennan: 10th Anniversary Tribute Gig Bush Hall 2016-05-062016-05-06 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

Stewart Lee acts as compere and performs alternative rock covers by the Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist.

Mandolin Orange
On Soon

Saturday 7th May 2016 - 7.30pm | £15

 
Mandolin Orange Bush Hall 2016-05-072016-05-07 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The duo from North Carolina perform Americana and folk.

LCV Takeover: Bush Hall
On Soon

Sunday 8th May 2016 - 8pm-11pm | £12.50

 
LCV Takeover: Bush Hall Bush Hall 2016-05-082016-05-08 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

London Contemporary Voices are joined by guest artists Sam Brookes and Tom Speight to perform acoustic and folk music against a lantern-lit backdrop.

Knifeworld
On Soon

Thursday 12th May 2016 - 7.30pm | £11

 
Knifeworld Bush Hall 2016-05-122016-05-12 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The psychedelic rock eight-piece performs in support of its album Bottled Out Of Eden.

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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

James
On Soon

Saturday 7th May 2016 - 7pm | £40.50

 
James O2 Academy Brixton 2016-05-072016-05-07 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Alternative rock by the Manchester-based seven-piece, whose classic hits include Sit Down, Come Home and She's A Star.

Katy B On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 14th May 2016

 
Katy B O2 Academy Brixton 2016-05-142016-05-14 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Launching back into the spotlight, Katy B has revealed her new work Calm Down ahead of performing her biggest London show to date at the Brixton Academy . A collaboration ...more

Marlon Wayans Comedy Show
On Soon

Sunday 15th May 2016 - 9pm | £35-£45

 
Marlon Wayans Comedy Show O2 Academy Brixton 2016-05-152016-05-15 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The American stand-up famous for his acting roles in White Chicks, Scary Movie and Haunted House performs in London for the first time.

Pentatonix
On Soon

Thursday 26th May 2016 - 7pm | £26

 
Pentatonix O2 Academy Brixton 2016-05-262016-05-26 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Grammy Award-winning a cappella group from Arlington, Texas, who stormed to victory on the third series of the TV series The Sing-Off.

Nick Cannon: Wild N Out Show
On Soon

Friday 27th May 2016 - 7pm | £25-£45

 
Nick Cannon: Wild N Out Show O2 Academy Brixton 2016-05-272016-05-27 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Conventional improv comedy with a hip hop flavour, made famous through the TV show and presented by the American rapper, comedian and presenter.

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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

Chicks On Speed

Tuesday 3rd May 2016 - 8pm | £9, adv £7, mems £6

 
Chicks On Speed Cafe OTO 2016-05-032016-05-03 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The unique, contemporary and cutting edge new-media duo perform in a collaboration with UK music and movement artists, alongside Aisha Orazbayeva And Joseph Houston.

Michael Chapman With BJ Cole And Sarah Smout
On Soon

Wednesday 4th May 2016 - 8pm | £12, adv £10, mems £8

 
Michael Chapman With BJ Cole And Sarah Smout Cafe OTO 2016-05-042016-05-04 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The long-established singer-songwriter who was born in Hunslet, performs his contemporary folk and blues originals, assisted by a guitarist BJ Cole and cellist Sarah Smout.

Guillaume Viltard
On Soon

4th to 8th May 2016 - Various Times | £6, adv £5, mems £4

 
Guillaume Viltard Cafe OTO 2016-05-042016-05-08 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The bold and uncompromising double bassist embarks on a five-day residency, collaborating in a different musical duet each night, featuring Angharad Davies, Daniel Thompson, Hannah Marshall, Ute Kanngiesser and Ross Lambert.

Kammer Klang
On Soon

Thursday 5th May 2016 - 8.30pm-11.30pm | £9, adv £7, mems £6, NUS £5

 
Kammer Klang Cafe OTO 2016-05-052016-05-05 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

Experimental, contemporary compositions from Michael Finnissy with Oscar Perks on violin and Mark Knoop conducting.

Kavus Torabi And Steve Davis
On Soon

Friday 6th May 2016 - 8pm | £6, adv £5, mems £4

 
Kavus Torabi And Steve Davis Cafe OTO 2016-05-062016-05-06 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The experimental and psychedelic musician Torabi performs in a unique DJ collaboration with the most successful professional snooker player of the 1980s.

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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

London Burlesque Festival On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

6th to 22nd May 2016 | Shows from £11

 
London Burlesque Festival Dingwalls 2016-05-062016-05-22 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

Madame JoJo's may have closed but that doesn't mean burlesque is a dying art - far from it. Flying the flag for a saucy striptease, the London Burlesque Festival celebrates its 10th birthday in 2016. ...more

Chaz Royal's 10th Annual International London Burlesque Festival
On Soon

6th to 22nd May 2016 - 8pm-11pm | £27

 
Chaz Royal's 10th Annual International London Burlesque Festival Dingwalls 2016-05-062016-05-22 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

Exuberant entertainment from established and emerging performers, celebrating all things cabaret and variety.

Yak
On Soon

Tuesday 24th May 2016 - 7pm | £10

 
Yak Dingwalls 2016-05-242016-05-24 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

The London-based three-piece performs alternative rock.

Blaenavon
On Soon

Thursday 26th May 2016 - 7.30pm-11pm | £8.50

 
Blaenavon Dingwalls 2016-05-262016-05-26 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

The up-and-coming Hampshire-based three-piece performs alt and indie rock.

Beach Slang

Wednesday 8th June 2016 - 7.30pm-11pm | £12

 
Beach Slang Dingwalls 2016-06-082016-06-08 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

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

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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

Shawn Mendes
On Soon

Thursday 5th and Friday 6th May 2016 - 7pm | £23.75-£30.75, phone for availability

 
Shawn Mendes Hammersmith Apollo 2016-05-052016-05-06 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Pop singer-songwriter from Canada.

Shreya Ghoshal
On Soon

Saturday 7th May 2016 - 7pm | £41

 
Shreya Ghoshal Hammersmith Apollo 2016-05-072016-05-07 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The singer, who is well known for her works in Indian cinema, performs pop songs with a live band.

Sarah Millican: Outsider
On Soon

13th, 14th and 15th May 2016 - 8pm | £26

 
Sarah Millican: Outsider Hammersmith Apollo 2016-05-132016-05-15 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Wry observations from the Geordie stand-up, writer, star of BBC 2's The Sarah Millican Show and the 2011 British Comedy Award winner for The People's Choice Queen Of Comedy.

Katherine Ryan: Kathbum
On Soon

Saturday 21st May 2016 - 8pm | £27, concs £22.75

 
Katherine Ryan: Kathbum Hammersmith Apollo 2016-05-212016-05-21 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Sharp wit from the Canadian actress and stand-up as seen on Live At The Apollo, QI and The Jonathan Ross Show.

Alain Souchon And Laurent Voulzy
On Soon

Thursday 26th May 2016 - 8pm | £34.75

 
Alain Souchon And Laurent Voulzy Hammersmith Apollo 2016-05-262016-05-26 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The French singer-songwriters, who both have successful solo careers, perform songs from their self-titled debut album.

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Heaven

This mega club is famous for its gay night but also welcomes an impressive gig programme.

Under the Arches, Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 6NG

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

London's most famous gay club is a vast labyrinth of dancefloors, bars, cafes and shops. This is the kind of place where it's perfectly ok- and encouraged- to jump on a podium: skimpy outfits are preferred. The atmosphere in this deservedly famous venue is second to none. As well as the notorious club nights, Heaven boasts a regular programme of live gigs, which include both established and up and coming artists. It has also been used for a number of music videos, including 'Tapes and Money' by dance producer and DJ, TEED.

 
 

Events at Heaven

Popcorn
Ongoing

2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th May 2016 - 11pm-5.30am | £5-£8

 
Popcorn Heaven 2016-02-082016-05-30 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs
Juliette And The Licks
On Soon

Wednesday 4th May 2016 - 7pm-11pm | £17.50, phone for availability

 
Juliette And The Licks Heaven 2016-05-042016-05-04 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

American indie rock outfit fronted by actress Juliette Lewis, who are promising the usual explosive stage theatrics with a set of old and new songs.

Max Gazze
On Soon

Tuesday 10th May 2016 - 8.30pm | £18

 
Max Gazze Heaven 2016-05-102016-05-10 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

The Italian singer songwriter and bassist, who embraces rock and pop, goes solo to promote the album Maximilian after touring Europe with Niccolo Fabi and Daniele Silvestri.

The Heavy
On Soon

Tuesday 17th May 2016 - 7pm | £18, phone for availability

 
The Heavy Heaven 2016-05-172016-05-17 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

The four-piece from Bath performs neo-soul with a rock edge.

Sundara Karma
On Soon

Thursday 26th May 2016 - 7pm | £11

 
Sundara Karma Heaven 2016-05-262016-05-26 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Indie rock four-piece from Reading preempt the release of an album in the summer.

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Hootananny

A spiritual home for London's reggae, rock and world music fans.

95 Effra Road, London, SW2 1DF

Tube: Brixton Station

 
 

This pub is the sister venue to one of the Scottish Highlands' most successful venues, Hootananny in Inverness. Revamped and refurbished, it's fast-establishing itself as one of the finest venues in South London. The late night venue plays host to a regular programme of world music: reggae, blues, ska, jazz-funk, gyspy swing, battle rap, flamenco rock and dubstep, it can all be found here. It has a crowd covering all ages, races, and income brackets, united by their desire to listen to great music and socialise.

 
 

Events at Hootananny Brixton

Wormfood X Movimientos Present: KOG & The Zongo Brigade, The Blueswater, General Roots, Bagheera Vs
On Soon

Saturday 7th May 2016 - 9pm | £0-£4

 
Wormfood X Movimientos Present: KOG & The Zongo Brigade, The Blueswater, General Roots, Bagheera Vs Hootananny Brixton 2016-05-072016-05-07 Where:
Hootananny Brixton, 95 Effra Road London, SW2 1DF
Category: Pubs

The nonet from Ghana performs its own form of Afro-fusion originals.

Wormfood X Movimientos Present: KOG & The Zongo Brigade, The Blueswater, General Roots, Bagheera Vs
On Soon

Saturday 7th May 2016 - 9pm-3am | Free-£4

 
Wormfood X Movimientos Present: KOG & The Zongo Brigade, The Blueswater, General Roots, Bagheera Vs Hootananny Brixton 2016-05-072016-05-07 Where:
Hootananny Brixton, 95 Effra Road London, SW2 1DF
Category: Pubs
Wormfood X Movimientos Present: KOG & The Zongo Brigade, The Blueswater, General Roots, Bagheera Vs
On Soon

Saturday 7th May 2016 - 9pm-3am | Free-£4

 
Wormfood X Movimientos Present: KOG & The Zongo Brigade, The Blueswater, General Roots, Bagheera Vs Hootananny Brixton 2016-05-072016-05-07 Where:
Hootananny Brixton, 95 Effra Road London, SW2 1DF
Category: Pubs
Wormfood X The Relatively Good Radio Show - Folk / Comedy / Festival Fun Special
On Soon

Friday 13th May 2016 - 9pm | Free-£4

 
Wormfood X The Relatively Good Radio Show - Folk / Comedy / Festival Fun Special Hootananny Brixton 2016-05-132016-05-13 Where:
Hootananny Brixton, 95 Effra Road London, SW2 1DF
Category: Pubs
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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

Revere
On Soon

Thursday 5th May 2016 - 8pm-11pm | £10

 
Revere Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2016-05-052016-05-05 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

The London-based seven-piece outfit plays majestic alternative rock.

Night Call
On SoonFree Event

6th, 13th, 20th and 27th May 2016 - 8pm-2am | Free

 
Night Call Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2016-03-182016-05-31 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine
Jehst
On Soon

Saturday 7th May 2016 - 7pm-10pm | £10

 
Jehst Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2016-05-072016-05-07 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

An influential rap artist from the UK who has been at the forefront of his home country's hip hop scene since the early 2000s.

VID-E-YO!
On Soon

Saturday 7th May 2016 - 9pm-2am | £7, adv £5

 
VID-E-YO! Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2016-05-072016-05-07 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

A mixture of hip-hop, soul, r&b and urban sounds provided by DJ Woody, Spin Doctor, Jazz T And Mo Fingaz, plus projected visuals and music videos for extra enjoyment.

Sounds Familiar Music Quiz Pt 2
On Soon

Wednesday 11th May 2016 - 7pm-11pm | £10

 
Sounds Familiar Music Quiz Pt 2 Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2016-05-112016-05-11 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

Trivia entertainment for music lovers.

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Koko

Located in an old theatre, this Camden institution offers a mixture of live bands and club nights.

1A Camden High Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 7JE

Tube: Mornington Crescent Station, Camden Town Station, Camden Town Station

 
 

KOKO offers a great mixture of live bands and club nights that have put it at the heart of the Camden nightlife. The huge stage, broad balconies and plush upstairs bars are a reminder of its former role as the Camden Theatre, and the deep red colour scheme, chandeliers and gilt molding give it a decadent air that matches the rock stars who grace the stage. It has an illustrious rock 'n' roll history, having hosted The Clash and the Sex Pistols in the 1970s, and The Eurythmics, Madness and Madonna in the 1980s. It became a much-loved scuzzy rock club in the 1990s, before being restored and reopened in 2005.

 
 

Events at KOKO

Tinashe
Ends Today

Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd May 2016 - 7pm | £18, phone for availability

 
Tinashe KOKO 2016-05-022016-05-03 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The singer-songwriter from Los Angeles performs her original material blending R&B, moody future-soul, trap and dance-pop. With support from WSTRN and BB Diamond.

Tory Lanez

Tuesday 3rd May 2016 - 8pm-10.30pm | £18.50

 
Tory Lanez KOKO 2016-05-032016-05-03 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

Ontario-born rapper and singer, born Daystar Peterson, tours to promote his debut album.

We Are Scientists
On Soon

Wednesday 4th May 2016 - 7pm | £17.50

 
We Are Scientists KOKO 2016-05-042016-05-04 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

Funk-rock duo from Brooklyn, New York, founded in 2000 and comprising of Keith Murray and Chris Cain.

Yung Lean
On Soon

Friday 6th May 2016 - 8pm | £16.50, phone for availability

 
Yung Lean KOKO 2016-05-062016-05-06 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The 19 year old Swedish rapper and record producer performs tracks from his second album Warlord.

Bloodflower
On Soon

Friday 6th May 2016 - 10pm-4am | £5

 
Bloodflower KOKO 2016-05-062016-05-06 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

Electronic duo made up of long-term friends Jonnie Owen and producer, Tom Manning.

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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

The Bluetones On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 5th May 2016 | £23

 
The Bluetones Roundhouse 2016-05-052016-05-05 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

After selling out their 2015 tour The Bluetones extend their 20th Anniversary Tour, originally meant as a brief reunion, culminating with a one night only gig at London's Roundhouse on 5th May 2016. The band, ...more

Christine And The Queens

Tuesday 3rd May 2016 - 7pm | £20

 
Christine And The Queens Roundhouse 2016-05-032016-05-03 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Electro pop and synth from the French singer-songwriter, otherwise known as Heloise Letissier.

Andrew Bird
On Soon

Wednesday 4th May 2016 - 7pm | £25

 
Andrew Bird Roundhouse 2016-05-042016-05-04 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performs indie-folk material.

Lush
On Soon

Friday 6th and Saturday 7th May 2016 - 7pm | £27.50

 
Lush Roundhouse 2016-05-062016-05-07 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The reformed alt rock band performs songs from its back catalogue.

Birdy
On Soon

Tuesday 10th May 2016 - 7pm | £26.50

 
Birdy Roundhouse 2016-05-102016-05-10 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The Lymington-born singer-songwriter, Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde, performs her indie-folk and indie-rock original material.

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Scala

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

275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, King's Cross, London, N1 9NL

Tube: King's Cross Station

 
 

Housed inside the old King's Cross Cinema, Scala might be a bit tattered around the edges but this only adds to its battered charm. The venue welcomed legends like Iggy Pop during the 70s, but didn't become a  purely music venue until 1993. Since then though it has seen an illustrious series of soon-to-be-famous bands pass though the doors, including Foo Fighters, Chemical Brothers, Scissor Sisters and Coldplay.

 
 

Events at Scala

Nina Nesbitt
On Soon

Thursday 5th May 2016 - 7.30pm-11pm | adv £14

 
Nina Nesbitt Scala 2016-05-052016-05-05 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The solo songstress performs pop music.

Face Down
On Soon

Friday 6th May 2016 - 10pm-4am | adv £7

 
Face Down Scala 2016-05-062016-05-06 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

WSTR and Fathoms perform live, plus residents and guests supply metal, rock, hardcore and dubstep.

Pure Temptation
On Soon

Saturday 7th May 2016 - 10pm-6am | £20, Free before 12midnight

 
Pure Temptation Scala 2016-05-072016-05-07 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

House, garage and techno across three arenas, supplied by an extensive line-up featuring Sam Supplier, Pied Piper, DJ Majesty, DJ Pioneer, DJ S, Wesley Jay, DJ Skooby and many more.

Kate Voegele & Tyler Hilton
On Soon

Sunday 8th May 2016 - 7.30pm-11pm | adv £21.50

 
Kate Voegele & Tyler Hilton Scala 2016-05-082016-05-08 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The American pop-rock singer-songwriters come together for a joint headliner.

Into It. Over It. & The Hotelier
On Soon

Monday 9th May 2016 - 7.30pm-11pm | adv £13

 
Into It. Over It. & The Hotelier Scala 2016-05-092016-05-09 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Thw two rock bands join forces in support of their albums Goodness and Standards.

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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

Ed Byrne: Outside, Looking In Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 4th June 2016

 
Ed Byrne: Outside, Looking In Shepherd's Bush Empire 2016-06-042016-06-04 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

Observational stand-up comedian Ed Byrne is back with new tour Outside, Looking In. Coming to the Shepherd's Bush Empire in June, the long-haired Irish comedian ...more

Moral Codex

Friday 10th June 2016 - 7pm | £35-£70

 
Moral Codex Shepherd's Bush Empire 2016-06-102016-06-10 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

Founded in 1989, the Russian outfit performs rock with a hint of jazz and blues.

Lucnica

Saturday 11th June 2016 - 7pm | £25-£40

 
Lucnica Shepherd's Bush Empire 2016-06-112016-06-11 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

Slovak National Folklore Ballet presents a range of traditional and contemporary Slovakian cultural dances.

Santigold

Tuesday 21st June 2016 - 7pm | £20.50

 
Santigold Shepherd's Bush Empire 2016-06-212016-06-21 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The American singer-songwriter, real name Santi White, performs new wave, dub and electronica in support of her third album 99 Cents.

Taken

Saturday 25th June 2016 - 4pm | £16-£36

 
Taken Shepherd's Bush Empire 2016-06-252016-06-25 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The Dublin-based boy band trio performs its commercial pop songs.

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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

Impericon Festival 2016

Tuesday 3rd May 2016 - 2.30pm-11pm | £24 & £28

 
Impericon Festival 2016 The Forum 2016-05-032016-05-03 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

Metalcore, deathcore and hardcore acts including Hatebreed, Northlane, Emmure, Blessthefall, Chelsea Grin, Despised Icon, Heart Of A Coward, Eskimo Callboy and Hundredth.

James
On Soon

Wednesday 4th and Friday 6th May 2016 - 7pm | £40.50 & £46

 
James The Forum 2016-05-042016-05-06 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

Alternative rock by the Manchester-based seven-piece, whose classic hits include Sit Down, Come Home and She's A Star.

Melanie Martinez
On Soon

Saturday 7th May 2016 - 7pm-11pm | £16.50

 
Melanie Martinez The Forum 2016-05-072016-05-07 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

Quirky electro and candy coated pop singer-songwriter from New York, who appeared on the third series of The Voice and was mentored by Adam Levine.

Travis
On Soon

Monday 9th May 2016 - 7pm | £28.50

 
Travis The Forum 2016-05-092016-05-09 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

Glaswegian quartet, most notable for their single Why Does It Always Rain On Me?, perform indie-rock originals.

Onirama
On Soon

Tuesday 10th May 2016 - 7pm-11pm | £25-£45

 
Onirama The Forum 2016-05-102016-05-10 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The Greek pop-rocker band presents its World Party, with surprises and special guests.

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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

Channel 4 Comedy Gala On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 6th May 2016

 
Channel 4 Comedy Gala The O2 Arena 2016-05-062016-05-06 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Returning for its seventh year, the Channel 4 Comedy Gala will once again be lighting up the stage at the O2 Arena in aid of Great Ormond ...more

Bryan Adams On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 7th May 2016

 
Bryan Adams The O2 Arena 2016-05-072016-05-07 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The Canadian chart-topping and multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter and guitarist Bryan Adams appears for one night only at The O2. Adams, best known for his hits including (Everything I Do) I Do It For You, Summer ...more

Il Divo On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 13th May 2016

 
Il Divo The O2 Arena 2016-05-132016-05-13 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Record breaking crossover group Il Divobring the flavours and sultry rhythms of Spain and Cuba, Argentina and Mexico to The O2 for one night in May. Renowned for blending cosmopolitan pop with classical crossover, the ...more

II Divo
On Soon

Friday 13th May 2016 - 6.30pm | £42.50-£162.75

 
II Divo The O2 Arena 2016-05-132016-05-13 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The classical four-piece perform songs from their upcoming album, alongside their hits.

The Sessions - A Live Re-Staging Of The Beatles At Abbey Road Studios
On Soon

Sunday 15th May 2016 - 8pm-10.30pm | £45-£65

 
The Sessions - A Live Re-Staging Of The Beatles At Abbey Road Studios The O2 Arena 2016-05-152016-05-15 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Set in a state-of-the-art reproduction of the iconic Abbey Road Studio 2, The Sessions will stage breath-taking live renditions of the timeless albums recorded there by The Beatles, to take us on a thrilling authentic ...

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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

The Dirty Nil

Tuesday 3rd May 2016 - 8pm | £9

 
The Dirty Nil The Old Blue Last 2016-05-032016-05-03 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The outfit hailing from Canada perform their original hard-hitting and distorted rock'n'roll sounds, alongside Waco and The Burnt Tapes.

Bad Breeding
On SoonFree Event

Wednesday 4th May 2016 - 8pm | Free

 
Bad Breeding The Old Blue Last 2016-05-042016-05-04 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The band play their original, forceful and distorted punk rock sounds.

Yxng Bane
On Soon

Thursday 5th May 2016 - 7.30pm | £7.50

 
Yxng Bane The Old Blue Last 2016-05-052016-05-05 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The emerging rapper hailing from East-London performs some of his freshest material ahead of the release of his 10 track EP.

Glass Peaks
On SoonFree Event

Friday 6th May 2016 - 8pm | Free

 
Glass Peaks The Old Blue Last 2016-05-062016-05-06 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The four-piece hailing from Kent perform their original, melancholic alternative pop sounds, The Shimmer Band, Affairs and Disorder DJs.

Emily Capell
On SoonFree Event

Monday 9th May 2016 - 8pm | Free

 
Emily Capell The Old Blue Last 2016-05-092016-05-09 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

Blues-infused indie-pop from the singer-songwriter based in London.

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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

An Evening With Mark Lanegan

Tuesday 3rd May 2016 - 7pm | £23

 
An Evening With Mark Lanegan Union Chapel 2016-05-032016-05-03 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The Washington-born former Screaming Trees member performs alternative rock.

Anarchy And Anabaptism
On Soon

Wednesday 4th May 2016 - 6.30pm | £10, concs £5

 
Anarchy And Anabaptism Union Chapel 2016-05-042016-05-04 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Discussion.

Comedy For Depression
On Soon

Thursday 5th May 2016 - 7.30pm-10.30pm | £16, concs £12

 
Comedy For Depression Union Chapel 2016-05-052016-05-05 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

An evening of stand-up from established names on the circuit including Stewart Lee, Ellie Taylor, Greg Burns, Zoe Lyons, Jimmy Bird, John Robertson and MC Matt Richardson.

David Duchovny
On Soon

Friday 6th May 2016 - 7.30pm-10.30pm | £30

 
David Duchovny Union Chapel 2016-05-062016-05-06 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The actor turned singer-songwriter turns away from mysterious aliens to perform his original rock songs.

Teddy Thompson And Kelly Jones
On Soon

Saturday 7th and Thursday 19th May 2016 - 7pm | £25

 
Teddy Thompson And Kelly Jones Union Chapel 2016-05-072016-05-19 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The singer-songwriter and guitarist from London, known as the son of folk-rock musicians Richard and Linda Thompson, performs folk with a contemporary pop influence alongside the acclaimed singer Jones.

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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

Citizen Khan: They All Know Me!
On Soon

Thursday 5th May 2016 - 7.30pm | £25-£32.50

 
Citizen Khan: They All Know Me! SSE Arena, Wembley 2016-05-052016-05-05 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

Character comedy from Adil Ray, who portrays the character Citizen Khan in the BBC Two comedy sitcom.

Busted On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 11th May 2016 | £46.25-£52.50

 
Busted SSE Arena, Wembley 2016-05-112016-05-11 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

After an eleven year wait Busted fans are being given the reunion that they were told would never happen when Charlie re-joins Matt and James for a full UK arena tour in ...more

The Sessions - A Live Re-Staging Of The Beatles At Abbey Road Studios
On Soon

Saturday 14th May 2016 - 8pm-10.30pm | £45-£65

 
The Sessions - A Live Re-Staging Of The Beatles At Abbey Road Studios SSE Arena, Wembley 2016-05-142016-05-14 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

Set in a state-of-the-art reproduction of the iconic Abbey Road Studio 2, The Sessions will stage breath-taking live renditions of the timeless albums recorded there by The Beatles, to take us on a thrilling authentic ...

Slavi Trifonov
On Soon

Saturday 21st May 2016 - 7pm | £30 & £42

 
Slavi Trifonov SSE Arena, Wembley 2016-05-212016-05-21 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The Bulgarian group performs a fusion of classical music, rap, Bulgarian folk music, Balkan music and rock.

Diljit Dosanjh
On Soon

Sunday 29th May 2016 - 6.30pm | £35-£112.75

 
Diljit Dosanjh SSE Arena, Wembley 2016-05-292016-05-29 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The world famous Punjabi movie star showcases a number of his hit songs including Patiala Peg, Veervaar and Jatt Fire Karda.

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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

Sneak

Tuesday 3rd May 2016 - 10pm-3am | £3

 
Sneak XOYO 2016-05-032016-05-03 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.

Hybrid Launch Party
On Soon

Thursday 5th May 2016 - 10pm-3am | £8

 
Hybrid Launch Party XOYO 2016-05-052016-05-05 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

Experimental and unorthodox hip hop courtesy of Bevldn, House Of Pharaohs, Sweyn, Jupiter, Vibrant and Tizzy.

Dyed Soundorom
On Soon

Friday 6th May 2016 - 9pm-4am | adv £13.50

 
Dyed Soundorom XOYO 2016-05-062016-05-06 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

Deep house from the French DJ as found on the Freak'N'Chic record label, plus Motown-soul, funk, and jazz inspired house by Detroit Swindle from Amsterdam.

Tiga, Laurent Garnier, Jori Hulkkonen
On Soon

Saturday 7th May 2016 - 9pm-4am | adv £13.50

 
Tiga, Laurent Garnier, Jori Hulkkonen XOYO 2016-05-072016-05-07 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

The DJs hit the decks with their dance music selections.

Luh
On Soon

Monday 9th May 2016 - 8pm-11pm | £12.50

 
Luh XOYO 2016-05-092016-05-09 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

The two-piece outfit, featuring Ebony Hoorn and Ellery Jucifer James, perform their experimental and original sounds.

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