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

Charlotte OC
On Soon

Tuesday 28th May 2019 - 7.30pm | £11.50

 
Charlotte OC Bush Hall 2019-05-282019-05-28 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The Blackburn-based singer, Charlotte Mary O'Connor, bringers her commercial pop and soul material to the live stage.

Spencer Krug
On Soon

Wednesday 29th May 2019 - 7.30pm | £13.50

 
Spencer Krug Bush Hall 2019-05-292019-05-29 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The pianist, better known for his involvement with projects such as Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, Moonface, Swan Lake, and Frog Eyes, adopts a quieter approach for his jazz and pop-influenced solo output.

James Walsh
On Soon

Thursday 30th May 2019 - 7.30pm | £15

 
James Walsh Bush Hall 2019-05-302019-05-30 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

English singer-songwriter, formerly of Starsailor.

Vikram Hazra: Song Of The Soul
On Soon

Saturday 1st June 2019 - 12.30pm | £40

 
Vikram Hazra: Song Of The Soul Bush Hall 2019-06-012019-06-01 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The guitarist, known for his contemporary take on Indian devotional music, joins forces with flautist Soumya Jyoti Ghosh to mark Mahatma Gandhi's 150th anniversary.

Steve Forbert
On Soon

Sunday 2nd June 2019 - 7.30pm | £20

 
Steve Forbert Bush Hall 2019-06-022019-06-02 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The American pop and Americana musician and singer-songwriter performs material from across his career.

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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

Bikini Kill
On Soon

Monday 10th June 2019 - 7pm | phone for availability

 
Bikini Kill O2 Academy Brixton 2019-06-102019-06-10 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The threesome, formed in Olympia, Washington, in October 1990, brings its classic punk songs to the UK's stages. Support from Big Joanie and Childs Pose.

Bikini Kill
On Soon

Tuesday 11th June 2019 - 7pm | £35

 
Bikini Kill O2 Academy Brixton 2019-06-112019-06-11 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The threesome, formed in Olympia, Washington, in October 1990, brings its classic punk songs to the UK's stages. Support from Big Joanie and The Tuts.

Midnight Oil
On Soon

Thursday 13th June 2019 - 7pm | £57.50

 
Midnight Oil O2 Academy Brixton 2019-06-132019-06-13 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The ARIA award-winning band from Australia perform their popular rock tunes.

Die Antwoord
On Soon

Monday 17th June 2019 - 7pm | phone for availability

 
Die Antwoord O2 Academy Brixton 2019-06-172019-06-17 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The collective, who hail from Durban, perform their dance-flavoured hip hop originals. Moonchild Sanelly support.

Cowboys & Angels

Tuesday 25th June 2019 - 7pm | phone for availability

 
Cowboys & Angels O2 Academy Brixton 2019-06-252019-06-25 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

A tribute show to George Michael with various artists performing his solo hits and those with Wham!.

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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

Lankum
On Soon

Wednesday 29th May 2019 - 7.30pm | £19, adv £16.50, 2-day pass £30

 
Lankum Cafe OTO 2019-05-282019-05-29 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The Irish four-piece, formerly known as Lynched, plays traditional folk combining four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and the guitar.

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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

Camden Rocks
On Soon

Saturday 1st June 2019 at 12noon-10pm & Sunday 2nd June 2019 at 12noon-10.30pm | day ticket £40, two day ticket £70, afterparties £10

 
Camden Rocks Dingwalls 2019-06-012019-06-02 Where:
Dingwalls, Camden Lock London, NW1 8AB
Category: Live Music

Leeds-based indie-rock five-piece The Pigeon Detectives headline Saturday, plus performances from The Blinders, Strange Bones, Sean McGowan, Bang Bang Romeo, King Nun, Mercutio and These Five Years. Sunday's line-up boasts Skinny Lister, Carl Barat, Buster ...

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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

Anne-Marie
On Soon

Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th June 2019 - 7pm | £29.50

 
Anne-Marie Hammersmith Apollo 2019-06-122019-06-13 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The chart-topping singer-songwriter from Essex performs her pop and R&B numbers.

Ben Platt
On Soon

Saturday 15th June 2019 - 7pm | £52.25-£82.25, VIP package £328.50

 
Ben Platt Hammersmith Apollo 2019-06-152019-06-15 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The Tony Award-winning star of stage musical Dear Evan Hansen, who charmed cinema audiences in the Pitch Perfect series, shares songs from his full-length debut album, Sing To Me.

Kelly Jones
On Soon

Sunday 16th June 2019 - 7pm | £39.50-£49.50

 
Kelly Jones Hammersmith Apollo 2019-06-162019-06-16 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The Stereophonics front man heads out on a solo tour to perform material from both his own catalogue and that of his band.

David Blaine: Real Or Magic
On Soon

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th June 2019 - 8pm | £63.25-£112

 
David Blaine: Real Or Magic Hammersmith Apollo 2019-06-182019-06-19 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

World-famous magician, illusionist and stunt artist.

Stray Cats

Wednesday 26th June 2019 - 7pm | £46.75

 
Stray Cats Hammersmith Apollo 2019-06-262019-06-26 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The rockabilly outfit celebrates its 40th anniversary.

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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

Yonaka
On Soon

Thursday 30th May 2019 - 6pm | £14.50

 
Yonaka Heaven 2019-05-302019-05-30 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Dark-edged alternative pop and rock is the style of this Brighton-based quartet.

Cage The Elephant
On Soon

Friday 14th June 2019 | prices TBC

 
Cage The Elephant Heaven 2019-06-142019-06-14 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Grammy Award-nominated collective from Kentucky performing rock material from their upcoming album, Social Cues.

JP Cooper

Thursday 10th October 2019 | prices TBC

 
JP Cooper Heaven 2019-10-102019-10-10 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

The Mancunian singer-songwriter blends tropical house and pop into his modern rock tracks.

Set It Off

Friday 11th October 2019 - 6.30pm | £16

 
Set It Off Heaven 2019-10-112019-10-11 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

The Los Angeles-based band performs orchestral pop rock.

Ladytron

Thursday 24th October 2019 - 6pm | £27.50

 
Ladytron Heaven 2019-10-242019-10-24 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

The four-piece from Liverpool who formed in 1999 perform their electronic works.

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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.

 
 
 

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

Get Busy

Saturday 25th May 2019 - 9pm-12midnight | £5

 
Get Busy Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2019-05-252019-05-25 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

Dancehall, Afrobeat, soca and hip hop across two rooms.

Ali3nhead
On Soon

Monday 27th May 2019 - 8pm-11pm | £4

 
Ali3nhead Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2019-05-272019-05-27 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

The underground rapper from London scored breakthrough hits with Fragrance and Crystal Lake. With support from Hen$haw, Mtrnica.

Microwave
On Soon

Tuesday 28th May 2019 - 7.30pm-11pm | £10

 
Microwave Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2019-05-282019-05-28 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

The Atlanta four-piece fronted by Nathan Hardy blends hardcore, emo, and indie.

Karen Harding
On Soon

Wednesday 29th May 2019 - 7.30pm-11pm | £12

 
Karen Harding Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2019-05-292019-05-29 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

Electronic pop and dance music from the X-Factor and Eurovision contestant.

Foreign Beggars
On Soon

Thursday 30th May 2019 - 8pm-10pm | £17.50

 
Foreign Beggars Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2019-05-302019-05-30 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

Prolific and persistent UK rap pioneers.

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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.

 
 
 

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

Dido
On Soon

Thursday 30th and Friday 31st May 2019 - 7pm | £45, phone for availability

 
Dido Roundhouse 2019-05-302019-05-31 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The singer-songwriter performs pop material from her first album in five years, titled Still On My Mind.

The Last Word
On Soon

3rd to 22nd June 2019 - Various Times

 
The Last Word Roundhouse 2019-06-032019-06-22 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings
Innervisions Festival 2019

3rd to 7th Jul 2019 - 7pm | £60

 
Innervisions Festival 2019 Roundhouse 2019-07-032019-07-07 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Van Morrison, Mavis Staples, Gilberto Gil and Fela Kuti feature in a stellar line-up of soul, funk and blues musicians at the multi-venue festival.

Barber Shop Chronicles Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th July to 24th August 2019 | Mon-Thu eves/mats £15-£35, Fri & Sat eves £18-£40

 
Barber Shop Chronicles Roundhouse 2019-07-182019-08-24 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Two years after opening at the National Theatre Inua Ellams' much celebrated play, the Barber Shop Chronicles is staged at the Roundhouse, specifically adapted for the in-the-round performance space. Directed by Bijan Sheibani, the National ...more

Backyard Cinema: L.A. Nights Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th July to 25th August 2019 | From £18

 
Backyard Cinema: L.A. Nights Roundhouse 2019-07-182019-08-25 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Bringing the beach vibes of LA to the Roundhouse this summer, Backyard Cinema recreates the sun-kissed beaches of the West Coast for a laid back setting where you can watch popular films on the big ...more

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Scala

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

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

Tube: King's Cross Station

 
 

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

 
 

Events at Scala

Yves Tumour
On Soon

Tuesday 28th May 2019 - 7.30pm | £17

 
Yves Tumour Scala 2019-05-282019-05-28 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Currently based in Turin, Italy, the American producer performs his electronic experimental music from his latest album, Safe In The Hands Of Love.

Peter Perrett
On Soon

Wednesday 29th May 2019 - 7.30pm | £25.85

 
Peter Perrett Scala 2019-05-292019-05-29 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The singer-songwriter who fronted The Only Ones in 1970s and 1980s, brings his solo material to the stage.

Sebadoh

Sunday 29th September 2019 - 7.30pm | £20

 
Sebadoh Scala 2019-09-292019-09-29 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Massachusetts indie-rock trio performing in suppose of their first album in six years, Act Surprised.

WhenYoung

Tuesday 8th October 2019 - 7.30pm | £12

 
WhenYoung Scala 2019-10-082019-10-08 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Irish indie rock trio fronted by vocalist Aoife Power.

Cub Sport

Thursday 17th October 2019 - 7.30pm | £12.50

 
Cub Sport Scala 2019-10-172019-10-17 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The Brisbane-based band plays alternative pop originals.

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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

Jamaica vs The World
On Soon

Sunday 26th May 2019 - 7pm | £12.50 & £26

 
Jamaica vs The World Shepherd's Bush Empire 2019-05-262019-05-26 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

Richard Blackwood hosts a battle between two teams of stand-ups.

Smiley
On Soon

Monday 27th May 2019 - 7pm | £15-£70

 
Smiley Shepherd's Bush Empire 2019-05-272019-05-27 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

Dance-pop originals come courtesy of the Romanian singer, Andrei Tiberiu Maria.

Mary Black
On Soon

Friday 31st May 2019 - 7pm | £35

 
Mary Black Shepherd's Bush Empire 2019-05-312019-05-31 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The long-established singer performs contemporary Irish music, folk and similar material.

The House And Garage Orchestra
On Soon

Saturday 1st June 2019 - 7pm | £22.50, phone for availability

 
The House And Garage Orchestra Shepherd's Bush Empire 2019-06-012019-06-01 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The orchestra performs house and garage classics, produced by Shy Cookie and guests.

Stereolab
On Soon

Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th June 2019 - 7pm | £27.50

 
Stereolab Shepherd's Bush Empire 2019-06-122019-06-13 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The English-French band performs avant-pop material to accompany the reissue of their seven-album back catalogue.

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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

R2Bees
On Soon

Sunday 26th May 2019 - 7pm | £24-£30

 
R2Bees The Forum 2019-05-262019-05-26 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The Ghanaian hip hop and Afrobeat duo often rap in their native languages of Twi and Pidgin, fusing West African highlife and reggae influences.

Breakin Science
On Soon

Thursday 30th May 2019 - 6pm | £30

 
Breakin Science The Forum 2019-05-302019-05-30 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

Imaginative, if lurid, drum'n'bass from the award-winning promoters.

Gov't Mule
On Soon

Saturday 1st June 2019 - 7pm | £28.50

 
Gov't Mule The Forum 2019-06-012019-06-01 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The southern rock jam band, formed in 1994 as a side project of The Allman Brothers Band by guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody, hits the UK's stages.

OrelSan
On Soon

Monday 3rd June 2019 - 7pm | £29.75

 
OrelSan The Forum 2019-06-032019-06-03 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The French rap artist, actor and designer performs songs from his album La Fete Est Finie.

Jonny Lang, Walter Trout And Kris Barras
On Soon

Tuesday 4th June 2019 - 6pm-10.30pm | £37.50

 
Jonny Lang, Walter Trout And Kris Barras The Forum 2019-06-042019-06-04 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The stellar blues-rock line-up of established and rising talent features individual performances culminating in a jam at the end of each night.

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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

The Vamps

Saturday 25th May 2019 - 6.30pm | £16-£42

 
The Vamps The O2 Arena 2019-05-252019-05-25 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The south coast and Birmingham-based four-piece performs teen pop and rock.

Mark Knopfler
On Soon

Tuesday 28th May 2019 - 6pm | £58.75-£70

 
Mark Knopfler The O2 Arena 2019-05-282019-05-28 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The former Dire Straits lead singer and guitarist performs with a 10-piece band.

Michael Buble
On Soon

30th May, 31st May and 1st June 2019 - 8pm | £87-£104

 
Michael Buble The O2 Arena 2019-05-302019-06-01 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The Grammy Award-winning and chart-topping Canadian singer-songwriter glides between his pop and smooth jazz hits including songs from his ninth studio album, Nobody But Me.

Hugh Jackman
On Soon

2nd to 7th Jun 2019 - 6.30pm | £47-£88

 
Hugh Jackman The O2 Arena 2019-06-022019-06-07 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning performer, who earned an Oscar nomination as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, performs songs from stage and screen including The Greatest Showman, accompanied by a live orchestra.

Tame Impala
On Soon

Saturday 8th June 2019 - 6.30pm | £27.50-£39.50

 
Tame Impala The O2 Arena 2019-06-082019-06-08 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Australian psychedelic rock quartet performs in support of their new album, Patience.

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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.

 
 
 
 

Union Chapel

The Islington Chapel is one of the most enchanting music venues in London.

Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 
 

This Grade II listed building just south of Highbury Corner functions not only as a place of worship, it is also one of London's most unique and enchanting live music venues with a diverse and enticing list of upcoming events. There's something quite magical about this place and you will be hard pushed to find a more memorable location to listen to live music in London. The Chapel has seen over a century's worth of visitors come through its doors and has welcomed artists such as Bjork, Tori Amos and Fionn Regan to the stage in recent years. Performers are framed by the stained glass window and the space is lit with the warm glow of church candles. A fully licensed bar is open on show nights, and a kiosk in the Chapel provides visitors with hot chocolates and snacks to keep hands warm in those chilly winter months.

 
 

Events at Union Chapel

The Leisure Society

Saturday 25th May 2019 - 7.30pm | £18.50

 
The Leisure Society Union Chapel 2019-05-252019-05-25 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The Burton upon Trent- based rock outfit, who provided the soundtrack to Paddy Considine's acclaimed film Tyrannosaur.

Daylight Music 307
On Soon

Saturday 1st June 2019 - 12noon | pay what you can, suggested donation £5

 
Daylight Music 307 Union Chapel 2019-06-012019-06-01 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Contemporary brass from Yorkshire duo The Slowest Lift, Laura Jurd and Chris Bachelor performing as a duo, and tuba player Sam Underwood's Ore.

Emmy The Great
On Soon

Friday 7th June 2019 - 7pm | £20

 
Emmy The Great Union Chapel 2019-06-072019-06-07 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The London-based singer-songwriter, real name Emma-Lee Moss, performs haunting indie-folk originals.

Daylight Music: Jam Tarts Choir, Independent Country + Sarah Gonputh
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 8th June 2019 - 12noon-2pm | Free

 
Daylight Music: Jam Tarts Choir, Independent Country + Sarah Gonputh Union Chapel 2019-06-082019-06-08 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music
Tom Allen
On Soon

Saturday 8th June 2019 - 6.30pm | adv £20

 
Tom Allen Union Chapel 2019-06-082019-06-08 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The sharply dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly camp son of working-class Bromley discusses how living at home at the age of 33 is making life seem like it's passing by.

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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

Alice In Chains

Saturday 25th May 2019 - 6pm | £50-£172

 
Alice In Chains SSE Arena, Wembley 2019-05-252019-05-25 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The American four-piece, featuring vocalist and guitarist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney, bassist Mike Inez and vocalist William DuVall play grungy rock.

Jack Savoretti
On Soon

Friday 31st May 2019 - 6pm | £32.50

 
Jack Savoretti SSE Arena, Wembley 2019-05-312019-05-31 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

Acoustic folk and pop from the gritty Anglo-Italian singer-songwriter including the hits Tie Me Down, Home and The Other Side Of Love from the fourth studio album Written In Scars.

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Saturday 29th June 2019 | phone for prices

 
Lynyrd Skynyrd SSE Arena, Wembley 2019-06-292019-06-29 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The veteran Southern American group, featuring original guitarist and founding member Gary Rossington and singer Johnny Van Zant, plays its country-rock hits including Free Bird and Sweet Home Alabama. Support Status Quo.

Janelle Monae

Tuesday 2nd July 2019 | phone for prices

 
Janelle Monae SSE Arena, Wembley 2019-07-022019-07-02 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

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

Carrie Underwood

Thursday 4th July 2019 - 6pm | £35-£59.50

 
Carrie Underwood SSE Arena, Wembley 2019-07-042019-07-04 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The singer-songwriter, who rose to fame as the winner of American Idol in 2005, performs her country-pop material.

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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

Rico Nasty
On Soon

Monday 27th May 2019 - 7pm-10pm | £15

 
Rico Nasty XOYO 2019-05-272019-05-27 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

The American rapper and record producer hails from Maryland and has released four mixtapes.

Re:Imagine Orchestra: Destiny's Child
On Soon

Thursday 30th May 2019 - 7pm-10pm | adv £15

 
Re:Imagine Orchestra: Destiny's Child XOYO 2019-05-302019-05-30 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

A 16-piece orchestra performs the hits made famous by the trio, which include Say My Name, Survivor and Bills Bills Bills.

BCUC
On Soon

Friday 31st May 2019 - 10.30pm | £8

 
BCUC XOYO 2019-05-312019-05-31 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

The Soweto-formed ensemble performs a melange of hip hop, rock world and other stylings in its original tunes.

Octave One + Identified Patient + Ruf Dug + Bradley Zero
On Soon

Friday 31st May 2019 - 10.30pm-4am | £8

 
Octave One + Identified Patient + Ruf Dug + Bradley Zero XOYO 2019-05-312019-05-31 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

Tastemaker Bradley Zero reaches around the globe as he curates a techno-dominated programme.

Emotional Oranges
On Soon

Thursday 6th June 2019 - 7pm-10pm | £12

 
Emotional Oranges XOYO 2019-06-062019-06-06 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

The LA-based male-female funk-jazz-R&B duo with futuristic overtones and a 1970s visual aesthetic. Debut single Motion was a Ru Paul's Drag Race theme song.

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