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.

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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

Rising Appalachia
On Soon

Thursday 16th August 2018 - 8pm | £15

 
Rising Appalachia Bush Hall 2018-08-162018-08-16 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

Led by the sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith, the Atlanta-based group performs its Americana-focused original material.

Milton Jones
On Soon

Friday 17th August 2018 - 8pm | £19.50, adv £17.50

 
Milton Jones Bush Hall 2018-08-172018-08-17 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The 'man with the loud shirts' will be joined by several top-class names from across the stand-up firmament.

Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
On Soon

Friday 24th August 2018 - 7.30pm | £25

 
Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin Bush Hall 2018-08-242018-08-24 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The keyboardist and vocalist, who first collaborated in 1981, swing between old favourites and tracks from their forthcoming album.

Luke Winslow-King, Tami Neilson
On Soon

Tuesday 4th September 2018 - 8pm | £12

 
Luke Winslow-King, Tami Neilson Bush Hall 2018-09-042018-09-04 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

New Orleans-based guitarist and singer Winslow-King, whose music blends Mississippi delta blues, folk, traditional jazz, roots and rock'n'roll, shares the stage with fast-rising New Zealand singer-songwriter Neilson.

Brent Cobb
On Soon

Wednesday 5th September 2018 - 7pm | £15

 
Brent Cobb Bush Hall 2018-09-052018-09-05 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The Grammy Award-nominated American country singer-songwriter performs in support of his album Providence Canyon.

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

Glassjaw
On Soon

Saturday 18th August 2018 - 7pm | £32.20

 
Glassjaw O2 Academy Brixton 2018-08-182018-08-18 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The New York post-hardcore band performs in support of their album Material Control.

Beres Hammond & Sanchez
On Soon

Sunday 19th August 2018 - 7pm | £45 & £47.50, phone for availability

 
Beres Hammond & Sanchez O2 Academy Brixton 2018-08-192018-08-19 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Jamaican singer-songwriter - born Hugh Beresford Hammond - performs a soulful blend of reggae and jazz-blues whilst his equally distinguished compatriot, the singer Sanchez, supplies soulful R&B and spiritual vibes.

Death Grips
On Soon

Thursday 30th August 2018 - 7pm | £22.50

 
Death Grips O2 Academy Brixton 2018-08-302018-08-30 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Experimental hip hop band from Sacramento, California, formed in 2011.

Nepathya
On Soon

Saturday 1st September 2018 - 7pm | £28-£40

 
Nepathya O2 Academy Brixton 2018-09-012018-09-01 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Nepalese folk-rock group celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Ezra Furman
On Soon

Tuesday 4th September 2018 - 7.30pm | £21.50, rescheduled from May 23, original ticket remain valid

 
Ezra Furman O2 Academy Brixton 2018-09-042018-09-04 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The indie-rock artist from Chicago, Illinois takes to the stage to perform his latest psychedelic-infused tracks.

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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

Otim Alpha

Wednesday 15th August 2018 - 7.30pm | £12, adv £10, mems £8

 
Otim Alpha Cafe OTO 2018-08-152018-08-15 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The musician from Uganda performs his world dance tunes.

Yplo
On Soon

Thursday 16th August 2018 - 7.30pm | £8, adv £6, mems £4

 
Yplo Cafe OTO 2018-08-162018-08-16 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

Paul Abbott and Michael Speers combine their drumming abilities in a set of experimental sounds. Support from Rkss and Louie Rice & Adam Asnan.

Mun Sing
On Soon

Friday 17th August 2018 - 7.30pm | £8, adv £6, mems £4

 
Mun Sing Cafe OTO 2018-08-172018-08-17 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The Bristol-based musician and half of the Giant Swan project, performs original electronica. Sophia Loizou and Nokuit make up the bill.

Rolf
On Soon

Friday 17th August 2018 - 8pm | £6

 
Rolf Cafe OTO 2018-08-172018-08-17 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The trio of Hannah Marshall, cello, Mark Sanders, drums and John Edwards, bass, present their improvised tunes on the live stage.

Fort Process Dispersion
On Soon

Saturday 18th August 2018 - 7.30pm | £10, adv £8, mems £6

 
Fort Process Dispersion Cafe OTO 2018-08-182018-08-18 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

Snaj Dui, Merkaba Macabre, Clive Bell & David Ross showcase their performances in advance of the festival.

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

Open Mic UK 2018 Auditions
On Soon

Sunday 26th August 2018 - 10am | £5

 
Open Mic UK 2018 Auditions Dingwalls 2018-08-262018-08-26 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music
Camden Music Competition
On Soon

Sunday 26th August 2018 - 12noon-2.30pm | £5

 
Camden Music Competition Dingwalls 2018-08-262018-08-26 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music
Singers Wanted to Audition in Camden!
On Soon

Sunday 26th August 2018 - 12noon | £5

 
Singers Wanted to Audition in Camden! Dingwalls 2018-08-262018-08-26 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music
Tyler Childers
On Soon

Tuesday 4th September 2018 - 7.30pm | £16.80

 
Tyler Childers Dingwalls 2018-09-042018-09-04 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music
Jaret Reddick

Wednesday 19th September 2018 - 7pm | £25

 
Jaret Reddick Dingwalls 2018-09-192018-09-19 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

The singer-songwriter and musician returns to the UK to perform a mixture of songs, comedy, anecdotes and questions, calling on his experience as the frontman of Bowling For Soup.

All events at Dingwalls
 
 
 

Hammersmith Apollo

Art deco venue which offers a stage for both standing and seated events for theatre, comedy and concerts.

45 Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9QH

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 
 

Once London's largest all-seater venue, the Hammersmith Apollo has a 3,600 capacity for seated shows and a 5,000 capacity for standing-room-only gigs. It was renovated in 2002, and now works well as a venue for theatre (hosting a huge variety of shows from Riverdance to Thomas the Tank Engine) as well as rock concerts. It has been the scene of some famous rock concerts including gigs by the Beatles, David Bowie and Queen and does a strong line in comedy - it's where Live at the Apollo, screened on BBC1, is recorded. Its visually challenged exterior (not helped by its poluted location on the busy Hammersmith roundabout) disguises an impressive art deco auditorium - when it was built in the 1930s its original purpose was a cinema and it still features the original 1932 Compton pipe organ.

 
 

Events at Hammersmith Apollo

The Drag Ball
On Soon

Friday 17th August 2018 - 7.30pm | £41.25

 
The Drag Ball Hammersmith Apollo 2018-08-172018-08-17 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Meth hosts the cabaret with performances by Alaska, Violet, Tatianna, Phi Phi O'Hara and Jujubee.

Ozuna
On Soon

Sunday 19th August 2018 - 7pm | £55.25-£109.50

 
Ozuna Hammersmith Apollo 2018-08-192018-08-19 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The singer Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado, who hails from Puerto Rico, performs his reggaeton and trap hits.

Boyz II Men
On Soon

Friday 24th August 2018 - 9pm | £38.75-£79.25

 
Boyz II Men Hammersmith Apollo 2018-08-242018-08-24 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Soulful harmonies and R&B from the American trio.

Kevin Bridges: The Brand New Tour
On Soon

6th to 9th and 14th & 15th Sep 2018 - 8pm | £30

 
Kevin Bridges: The Brand New Tour Hammersmith Apollo 2018-09-062018-09-15 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Witty observations, amusing anecdotes and social commentary from the Glaswegian stand-up and 2010 Chortle Best Breakthrough Act award-winner.

Spiritualized

Friday 21st September 2018 - 7pm | £41.25-£52.25

 
Spiritualized Hammersmith Apollo 2018-09-212018-09-21 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Jason Pierce's space and progressive rock band with its original material.

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

Porn Idol
On Soon

Thursday 16th August 2018 - 11pm | £1

 
Porn Idol Heaven 2018-08-162018-08-16 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Resident DJs and guests supply burlesque glamour and party tunes.

Camp Attack
On Soon

Friday 17th August 2018 - 11pm | £1

 
Camp Attack Heaven 2018-08-172018-08-17 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Resident DJs play cheesy pop hits and party favourites.

G-A-Y
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 18th August 2018 - 10.30pm | Free

 
G-A-Y Heaven 2018-08-182018-08-18 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Resident DJs and guests supply disco, pop and party tunes.

Porn Idol
On Soon

Thursday 23rd August 2018 - 11pm | £1

 
Porn Idol Heaven 2018-08-232018-08-23 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Resident DJs and guests supply burlesque glamour and party tunes.

Camp Attack
On Soon

Friday 24th August 2018 - 11pm | £1

 
Camp Attack Heaven 2018-08-242018-08-24 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Resident DJs play cheesy pop hits and party favourites.

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

Floor Rippers Element Jam
OngoingFree Event

15th Aug, 19th Sep, 17th Oct and 21st Nov 2018 - 8.30pm-11.45pm | Free

 
Floor Rippers Element Jam Hootananny Brixton 2018-04-182018-11-21 Where:
Hootananny Brixton, 95 Effra Road London, SW2 1DF
Category: Pubs
Fruit Palace Presents: Maxiroots Ft Tom Spirals / Tallowah / Necktr / Hylu & Jago
On Soon

Saturday 25th August 2018 - 9pm-3am | Free-£7

 
Fruit Palace Presents: Maxiroots Ft Tom Spirals / Tallowah / Necktr / Hylu & Jago Hootananny Brixton 2018-08-252018-08-25 Where:
Hootananny Brixton, 95 Effra Road London, SW2 1DF
Category: Pubs
Grrrl + Sounds of Harlowe + Bamako Overground
On SoonFree Event

Friday 31st August 2018 - 8pm | Free

 
Grrrl + Sounds of Harlowe + Bamako Overground Hootananny Brixton 2018-08-312018-08-31 Where:
Hootananny Brixton, 95 Effra Road London, SW2 1DF
Category: Pubs
Free Comedy
On SoonFree Event

14th, 21st and 28th September 2018 - 8.30pm | Free

 
Free Comedy Hootananny Brixton 2018-09-142018-09-28 Where:
Hootananny Brixton, 95 Effra Road London, SW2 1DF
Category: Pubs

Comedy, Stand-Up.

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

Buffalo Boogie
On SoonFree Event

Friday 17th August 2018 - 8pm-2am | Free

 
Buffalo Boogie Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2018-08-172018-08-17 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

Residents spin hip hop, R&B and disco.

The Regrettes
On Soon

Wednesday 22nd August 2018 - 7.30pm | £8

 
The Regrettes Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2018-08-222018-08-22 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

Garage-pop four-piece from California.

Buffalo Boogie
On SoonFree Event

Friday 24th August 2018 - 8pm-2am | Free

 
Buffalo Boogie Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2018-08-242018-08-24 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

Residents spin hip hop, R&B and disco.

The Gold
On Soon

Thursday 30th August 2018 - 7.30pm | £5

 
The Gold Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2018-08-302018-08-30 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

The band plays indie pop/rock.

Buffalo Boogie
On SoonFree Event

Friday 31st August 2018 - 8pm-2am | Free

 
Buffalo Boogie Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2018-08-312018-08-31 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

Residents spin hip hop, R&B and disco.

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

Antics
On Soon

Friday 17th August 2018 - 10pm | £5

 
Antics KOKO 2018-08-172018-08-17 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

DJ Antics and DJ Beatz spin dance, disco, drumn'bass and hip-hop.

Brockhampton
On Soon

Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st August 2018 - 7pm | £29, phone for availability

 
Brockhampton KOKO 2018-08-202018-08-21 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

California-based hip hop and R&B collective, who dub themselves the internet's first boy band.

Ozomatli
On Soon

Friday 24th August 2018 - 7pm | £22.50

 
Ozomatli KOKO 2018-08-242018-08-24 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The Latin, hip hop and funk outfit and special guest Chali 2na celebrate the 20th anniversary of its self-titled debut album.

Antics
On Soon

Friday 24th August 2018 - 10pm | £5

 
Antics KOKO 2018-08-242018-08-24 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

DJ Antics and DJ Beatz spin dance, disco, drumn'bass and hip-hop.

GRM Daily Carnival Warm Up Party w/ Sneakbo, Lisa Mercedez, One Acen
On Soon

Saturday 25th August 2018 - 5.30pm-11.30pm | £10-£20

 
GRM Daily Carnival Warm Up Party w/ Sneakbo, Lisa Mercedez, One Acen KOKO 2018-08-252018-08-25 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs
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

Club Swizzle Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

31st July to 26th August 2018 | £10-£69.50

 
Club Swizzle Roundhouse 2018-07-312018-08-26 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

From the creators of La Soiree comes Club Swizzle, a summer of outrageous cabaret, air-defying acrobatics and infectious musical entertainment at the Roundhouse. Making its UK and European premiere, the production presents a new show ...more

The Barbados Terrace Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th July to 26th August 2018

 
The Barbados Terrace Roundhouse 2018-07-122018-08-26 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Instead of Camden Beach the Roundhouse brings a brand new outdoor pop-up space that will bring a taste of the Caribbean to London for summer 2018. On the Roundhouse terrace where Camden Beach has been ...more

Scottee: I Made It
On Soon

Friday 7th and Saturday 8th September 2018 - 8pm | £10-£15

 
Scottee: I Made It Roundhouse 2018-09-072018-09-08 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The performance artist and director hosts a celebration of 10 years of making a mess and causing a fuss, by enlisting a group of well-known and emerging artists and die-hard fans to act out from ...

Passenger
On Soon

Saturday 8th September 2018 - 7pm | £26

 
Passenger Roundhouse 2018-09-082018-09-08 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Award-winning folk singer-songwriter aka Michael Rosenberg from Brighton.

Janelle Monae
On Soon

Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th September 2018 - 7pm | £37.50-£42.50

 
Janelle Monae Roundhouse 2018-09-112018-09-12 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The Kansas-born singer-songwriter performs her own take on the hip hop, funk and soul genres, giving them a psychedelic slant.

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

Jake Shears

Wednesday 15th August 2018 - 7.30pm | £18.50, phone for availability

 
Jake Shears Scala 2018-08-152018-08-15 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The flamboyant front man of Scissor Sisters steps out to promote his first music as a solo artist.

Bonanza - New Skool Meets Old Skool
On Soon

Saturday 18th August 2018 - 10pm-5am | £10-£20

 
Bonanza - New Skool Meets Old Skool Scala 2018-08-182018-08-18 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs
Phoebe Bridgers
On Soon

Tuesday 21st August 2018 - 7.30pm | £17.50, phone for availability

 
Phoebe Bridgers Scala 2018-08-212018-08-21 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Californian based folk-rocker, who makes forays into hook-filled indie pop.

University Of Dub Presents Roots Dance Strong
On Soon

Friday 24th August 2018 - 10pm-6am | adv/NUS £13, child £15

 
University Of Dub Presents Roots Dance Strong Scala 2018-08-242018-08-24 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs
Grandmaster Flash: Hip Hop, People, Places And Things
On Soon

Tuesday 28th August 2018 - 7.30pm-11pm | £27.50

 
Grandmaster Flash: Hip Hop, People, Places And Things Scala 2018-08-282018-08-28 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The legendary, pioneering hip hop artist demonstrates how he achieved his original breaks with the help of interactive technology.

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 Used
On Soon

Friday 31st August 2018 - 7pm | £25

 
The Used Shepherd's Bush Empire 2018-08-312018-08-31 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

American rock outfit hailing from Utah.

An Evening With Ant Middleton
On Soon

Sunday 9th September 2018 - 7pm | tickets on sale Feb 23, 10.00am

 
An Evening With Ant Middleton Shepherd's Bush Empire 2018-09-092018-09-09 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The adventurer, survival expert and TV presenter talks about his career.

Cam
On Soon

Tuesday 11th September 2018 - 7pm | £22.50

 
Cam Shepherd's Bush Empire 2018-09-112018-09-11 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

Country-pop singer-songwriter from California, known for having the most downloaded country song by a woman since 2015.

Masego
On Soon

Friday 14th September 2018 - 7pm | £19.50

 
Masego Shepherd's Bush Empire 2018-09-142018-09-14 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The singer-songwriter, rapper, musician and producer, Micah Davis, blends hip hop, trap, house and jazz in his live performance.

Xavier Rudd

Saturday 15th September 2018 - 7pm | £25

 
Xavier Rudd Shepherd's Bush Empire 2018-09-152018-09-15 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

Folk and blues singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Australia.

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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

Princess Nokia
On Soon

Monday 20th August 2018 - 7pm | £26.50

 
Princess Nokia The Forum 2018-08-202018-08-20 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

A musical collaboration between Destiny Ortiz and Christopher Lare performs its original material inspired by 1990s rave, D&B, jungle, grime and Afro/Latin house.

PNB Rock
On Soon

Tuesday 21st August 2018 - 7.30pm | £31.50

 
PNB Rock The Forum 2018-08-212018-08-21 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The American rap artist performs tracks from his 2017 debut album, Catch These Vibes.

Rufus Du Sol
On Soon

Thursday 23rd August 2018 - 7pm | £15, phone for availability

 
Rufus Du Sol The Forum 2018-08-232018-08-23 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The Australian three-piece play alt pop and electronic dance music.

Beres Hammond & Sanchez
On Soon

Friday 24th August 2018 - 7pm | £52-£55

 
Beres Hammond & Sanchez The Forum 2018-08-242018-08-24 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The Jamaican singer-songwriter - born Hugh Beresford Hammond - performs a soulful blend of reggae and jazz-blues whilst his equally distinguished compatriot, the singer Sanchez, supplies soulful R&B and spiritual vibes.

Oh Sees
On Soon

Monday 3rd September 2018 - 7pm | £25

 
Oh Sees The Forum 2018-09-032018-09-03 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The four-piece from San Francisco play punky garage rock.

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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

Ennio Morricone Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Monday 26th November 2018 | £95.25-£111.75

 
Ennio Morricone The O2 Arena 2018-11-262018-11-26 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The film composer Ennio Morricone, well known for his soundtracks for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Cinema Paradiso, The Untouchables and Django Unchained, among many others, conducts his film music live in the ...more

Walking with Dinosaurs Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th to 19th Aug 2018

 
Walking with Dinosaurs The O2 Arena 2018-08-142018-08-19 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

A follow up to the hugely popular 1999 BBC television show, here comes another chance to go Walking With Dinosaurs again. The arena spectacular has now been seen by over 9 million people worldwide and ...more

Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular
Now On

14th to 19th Aug 2018 - Various Times | £29-£80

 
Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular The O2 Arena 2018-08-142018-08-19 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Stage production of the award-winning BBC TV series.

DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd February to 9th September 2018

 
DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes The O2 Arena 2018-02-232018-09-09 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music
Britney: Piece of Me On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th August 2018

 
Britney: Piece of Me The O2 Arena 2018-08-242018-08-25 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The pop princess brings her record breaking Las Vegas show, 'Britney: Piece of Me', to The O2 for the first and only time. Since opening at Planet Hollywood in Vegas in December 2013 Britney has ...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

Walk The Plank
Free Event

Wednesday 15th August 2018 - 8pm-12midnight | Free

 
Walk The Plank The Old Blue Last 2018-08-152018-08-15 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

Hardcore punk five-piece from Washington DC. With support from Reprise.

Loa Loa
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 16th August 2018 - 8pm-1am | Free

 
Loa Loa The Old Blue Last 2018-08-162018-08-16 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

Indie rock ensemble.

Bamboss
On Soon

Sunday 19th August 2018 - 8pm-12midnight | £5

 
Bamboss The Old Blue Last 2018-08-192018-08-19 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

Grime, hip hop, afrobeat and R&B from the East London-based MC and producer. With support from Skinny Malone, K9 and Aura.

Heavy Heart
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 21st August 2018 - 8pm-12midnight | Free

 
Heavy Heart The Old Blue Last 2018-08-212018-08-21 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

East London-based rock band. With support from Daze, Safe To Swim and History & Love.

The Nude Party
On SoonFree Event

Wednesday 22nd August 2018 - 8pm-12midnight | Free

 
The Nude Party The Old Blue Last 2018-08-222018-08-22 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

Dirty rock'n'roll from the North Carolina-based six-piece.

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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

Sun Ra Arkestra
On Soon

Thursday 16th August 2018 - 6.30pm | £27.50

 
Sun Ra Arkestra Union Chapel 2018-08-162018-08-16 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The collective, led by the alto saxophonist and long-time Ra collaborator Marshall Allen, performs a fusion of 1930s swing, electronica and bebop in the band's classic experimental style.

Goblin
On Soon

Saturday 18th August 2018 - 7pm | £27.50

 
Goblin Union Chapel 2018-08-182018-08-18 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Italian prog rock outfit led by keyboardist Claudio Simonetti, which is well known for providing the scores to Dario Argento's horror films.

Live At The Chapel
On Soon

Saturday 1st September 2018 - 7.45pm | adv £20

 
Live At The Chapel Union Chapel 2018-09-012018-09-01 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music
A Night For Lonnie Donegan
On Soon

Monday 3rd September 2018 - 7pm | adv £35, adv/concs £31

 
A Night For Lonnie Donegan Union Chapel 2018-09-032018-09-03 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The artist's sons, Peter and Anthony Donegan, host this fundraising night in aid of assisting Lonnie's grandson get his ABA therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Those performing include Ralph McTell, Chas and Dave, The Jive ...

Maria Rita
On Soon

Tuesday 4th September 2018 - 7pm | adv £40, adv/concs £25

 
Maria Rita Union Chapel 2018-09-042018-09-04 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Brazilian jazz and samba singer-songwriter, daughter of famed pianist, Cesar Camargo Mariano and vocalist, Elis Regina.

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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

Paw Patrol Live: The Great Pirate Adventure
On Soon

Sunday 26th August 2018 at 10am, 1.30pm and 4.30pm | £15-£35

 
Paw Patrol Live: The Great Pirate Adventure SSE Arena, Wembley 2018-08-262018-08-26 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

A live adaptation of the popular children's TV animation.

Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular
On Soon

27th to 30th Aug 2018 - Various Times | £29-£49

 
Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular SSE Arena, Wembley 2018-08-272018-08-30 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

Stage production of the award-winning BBC TV series.

The League Of Gentlemen Live Again!

Wednesday 26th September 2018 - 7.30pm | £35 & £39.50

 
The League Of Gentlemen Live Again! SSE Arena, Wembley 2018-09-262018-09-26 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson bring their dark, unhinged characters from the popular BBC television series to the stage.

Jason Derulo

Friday 28th September 2018 - 6pm | £32.50-£57.50

 
Jason Derulo SSE Arena, Wembley 2018-09-282018-09-28 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The singer-songwriter and dancer performs his hip hop and pop music from his latest album, as well as older material.

Stepback The 90s Concert

Thursday 11th October 2018 - 7.30pm | tickets on sale Apr 13

 
Stepback The 90s Concert SSE Arena, Wembley 2018-10-112018-10-11 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

A touring bill featuring pop stars of the decade. Among the 2018 contingent are Peter Andre, B Witched, 5ive, Blazin Squad, Boot Luv, Big Brovaz, East 17 and S Club.

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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

Fatima & The Eglo Live Band

Wednesday 15th August 2018 - 7pm-10.30pm | various releases £12-£20

 
Fatima & The Eglo Live Band XOYO 2018-08-152018-08-15 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

The singer fronts her R&B and soul-performing group. Joe Armon-Jones supports.

Suspect
On Soon

Thursday 16th August 2018 - 7pm-10.30pm | various releases £8-£20

 
Suspect XOYO 2018-08-162018-08-16 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

London is the home town of this hip hop and rap artist. Support from 808ink.

Your Mum's House
On Soon

3rd May to 20th December 2018 - 10pm-3am | £7

 
Your Mum's House XOYO 2018-05-032018-12-20 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs
XOYO 6th Birthday
On Soon

Friday 17th August 2018 - 9.30pm-4am | £13.50-£18.50

 
XOYO 6th Birthday XOYO 2018-08-172018-08-17 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

Garage, grime, hip hop and house from the London-based DJ and producer, together with jungle and drum'n'bass pioneer Wiley, Amy Becker, Sian Anderson, Tash LC and Mina.

Daft Punk - A Live Orchestral Rendition Of The Greatest Hits
On Soon

Saturday 18th August 2018 - 7pm-10pm | £15

 
Daft Punk - A Live Orchestral Rendition Of The Greatest Hits XOYO 2018-08-182018-08-18 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

A 16-piece orchestra performs the hits of the French musicians in its own style.

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