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

Bushstock Festival Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 23rd June 2018 | £30

 
Bushstock Festival Bush Hall 2018-06-232018-06-23 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

English folk rock duo Aquilo (like "Justin Timberlake trying to out-falsetto Jeff Buckley" - Rolling Stone) headlines this year's Bushstock festival, back for its eighth year in 2018. A one-day west London festival played at ...more

Callaghan
On Soon

Thursday 26th April 2018 - 7pm | £17.50

 
Callaghan Bush Hall 2018-04-262018-04-26 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The country pop singer-songwriter from London now based in Nashville performs her latest material, including songs from her 2015 album A History Of Now.

Dotan
On Soon

Thursday 10th May 2018 - 7.30pm | £12.50

 
Dotan Bush Hall 2018-05-102018-05-10 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

Dutch singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer.

Sarah Munro

Sunday 3rd June 2018 - 7.30pm | £15

 
Sarah Munro Bush Hall 2018-06-032018-06-03 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The pop singer performs a variety of dreamy compositions with a jazz influence.

Bushstock 2018

Saturday 23rd June 2018 - 12noon | adv £24

 
Bushstock 2018 Bush Hall 2018-06-232018-06-23 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

A chance to see the new acts of tomorrow on stage in a grand showcase of talent.

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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

The Streets
On Soon

25th, 26th and 27th April 2018 - 7pm | £43.50, phone for availability

 
The Streets O2 Academy Brixton 2018-04-252018-04-27 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Mike Skinner and his hip hop and garage band reform to perform The Streets's greatest hits.

Skindred
On Soon

Saturday 28th April 2018 - 7pm | £23.50

 
Skindred O2 Academy Brixton 2018-04-282018-04-28 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The South Wales metal band, fronted by former Dub War man Benji Webbe, performs material from their classic album, Roots, to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Plan B
On Soon

Thursday 3rd May 2018 - 7pm | £32.50

 
Plan B O2 Academy Brixton 2018-05-032018-05-03 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The London-based rapper, real name Ben Drew, presents an eclectic fusion of contemporary soul, hip hop and UK grime.

Narcos: A Conversation On The Capture Of Pablo Escobar
On Soon

Sunday 13th May 2018 - 7pm | £31.50-£33.50

 
Narcos: A Conversation On The Capture Of Pablo Escobar O2 Academy Brixton 2018-05-132018-05-13 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Javier Pena and Steve Murphy discuss their work in taking down Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Rita Ora On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 18th May 2018

 
Rita Ora O2 Academy Brixton 2018-05-182018-05-18 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Pop star Rita Ora undertakes a seven-date UK tour in May 2018 stopping off at London's O2 Academy Brixton on 18th May. Popular as a judge on the The Voice, Rita made her return to ...more

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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.

 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

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

Bill Bailey: Larks In Transit On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 5th May 2018 | £32.50

 
Bill Bailey: Larks In Transit Hammersmith Apollo 2018-05-052018-05-05 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Comedian Bill Bailey presents a compendium of travellers' tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling funny man. The long haired comedian tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness with his ...more

Bill Bailey: Larks In Transit Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 6th June 2018 | £27.50

 
Bill Bailey: Larks In Transit Hammersmith Apollo 2018-06-062018-06-06 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The second of two Hammersmith Apollogigs by comedian Bill Bailey who presents a compendium of travellers' tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling funny man. The long haired comedian tackles politics, ...more

Joe Satriani
On Soon

Wednesday 25th April 2018 - 7.30pm | £35-£60

 
Joe Satriani Hammersmith Apollo 2018-04-252018-04-25 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The American instrumental rock guitarist is joined by Dream Theater's John Petrucci and Uli Jon Roth.

Bryan Ferry
On Soon

Thursday 3rd May 2018 - 7pm | £35-£75

 
Bryan Ferry Hammersmith Apollo 2018-05-032018-05-03 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The former pottery teacher and Roxy Music frontman performs his pop-influenced art rock hits, including Jealous Guy and Let's Stick Together.

The Britrock Must Be Destroyed Tour
On Soon

Sunday 6th May 2018 - 7.30pm | £33.50

 
The Britrock Must Be Destroyed Tour Hammersmith Apollo 2018-05-062018-05-06 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

An evening of rock tunes from tops bands Terrorvision, Reef and The Wildhearts.

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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

Porn Idol
On Soon

Thursday 26th April 2018 - 11pm | £1

 
Porn Idol Heaven 2018-04-262018-04-26 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

Resident DJs and guests supply burlesque glamour and party tunes.

G-A-Y
On Soon

Saturday 28th April 2018 - 10.30pm | £3

 
G-A-Y Heaven 2018-04-282018-04-28 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

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

Will Heard
On Soon

Tuesday 1st May 2018 - 7pm | £16

 
Will Heard Heaven 2018-05-012018-05-01 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs

The London-based singer performs his commercial funk and soul numbers.

All events at Heaven
 
 
 

Hootananny

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

95 Effra Road, London, SW2 1DF

Tube: Brixton Station

 
 

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

 
 
 

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Warehouse style bar with great acoustics and an impressive live music programme.

2-4 Hoxton Square, Hoxton, London, N1 6NU

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 

Hoxton Square have deliberately gone for an unfinished urban feel, with bare warehouse walls, scratched-up furniture and one huge glass wall exposing the clientele to the headlights of cars trapped in the one-way sytem. With the likes of Example, Foals and Austra gracing the venue's stage, it's a great place to uncover new music - expect sticky floors and big crowds.

 
 
 

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

Kim Wilde
On Soon

Thursday 26th April 2018 - 7pm | £29.50

 
Kim Wilde KOKO 2018-04-262018-04-26 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The iconic 80s singer performs songs from her back catalogue.

Of Mice & Men
On Soon

Friday 27th April 2018 - 6pm | £25

 
Of Mice & Men KOKO 2018-04-272018-04-27 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

The five-piece hailing from Orange County return to the UK to perform their metalcore material.

Antics
On Soon

5th January to 25th May 2018 - 10pm-4am | £5-£7

 
Antics KOKO 2018-01-052018-05-25 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs
Guilty Pleasures
On Soon

Saturday 28th April 2018 - 10pm | £10

 
Guilty Pleasures KOKO 2018-04-282018-04-28 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

Resident DJs supply an all-night journey of pop, dance, disco, R&B, indie, party bangers and club anthems.

Eden
On Soon

Monday 30th April 2018 - 7pm | tickets on sale Nov 27

 
Eden KOKO 2018-04-302018-04-30 Where:
KOKO, 1A Camden High Street London, NW1 7JE
Category: Nightclubs

Irish electronic music producer and singer-songwriter.

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

Roundhouse CircusFest Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd April to 6th May 2018 | £5-£30

 
Roundhouse CircusFest Roundhouse 2018-04-032018-05-06 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

In the 250th anniversary year of the invention of modern circus, CircusFest is back at the Roundhouse in 2018. With more than three weeks of international contemporary circus, it will focus on the future of ...more

Barenaked Ladies
On Soon

Friday 27th April 2018 - 7pm | phone for availability

 
Barenaked Ladies Roundhouse 2018-04-272018-04-27 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

Rock courtesy of the Canadian four-piece, composed of Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson and Tyler Stewart.

Bicep
On Soon

Saturday 28th April 2018 - 7pm | £22.50

 
Bicep Roundhouse 2018-04-282018-04-28 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The Belfast-based DJ duo will be dropping top house tracks all night long.

Love Supreme Jazz Festival
On Soon

Saturday 5th May 2018 - 3pm | £32

 
Love Supreme Jazz Festival Roundhouse 2018-05-052018-05-05 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

A weekend celebrating all things jazz, blues and R&B with three stages of music plus talks, screenings, DJ sets and more.

Lost Evenings
On Soon

11th, 12th, 13th and 14th May 2018 - 7pm | £110

 
Lost Evenings Roundhouse 2018-05-112018-05-14 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

A four-day festival with events running throughout the day and evening celebrating live music and providing an opportunity for the next generation of music performers and industry professionals to get involved.

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

Awolnation

Sunday 22nd April 2018 - 7.30pm | adv £18.50

 
Awolnation Scala 2018-04-222018-04-22 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

American alternative rock band formed and fronted by Aaron Bruno.

Face Down
On Soon

Friday 4th May 2018 - 10.30pm | adv £7

 
Face Down Scala 2018-05-042018-05-04 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Residents and guests supply metal, rock and hardcore.

Protomartyr
On Soon

Thursday 10th May 2018 - 7.30pm | adv £12.50

 
Protomartyr Scala 2018-05-102018-05-10 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The four-piece collective from Detroit perform post-punk.

Face Down

Friday 1st June 2018 - 10.30pm | adv £7

 
Face Down Scala 2018-06-012018-06-01 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Residents and guests supply metal, rock and hardcore.

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

Tokio Myers

Sunday 22nd April 2018 - 7pm | £25 & £35

 
Tokio Myers Shepherd's Bush Empire 2018-04-222018-04-22 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The winner of Britain's Got Talent 2017 performs his original melange of original contemporary classical and electronic music.

Calum Scott
On Soon

Tuesday 24th April 2018 - 7pm | £17.50

 
Calum Scott Shepherd's Bush Empire 2018-04-242018-04-24 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The singer-songwriter from Hull, who gained international attention on Britain's Got Talent, performs soulful pop.

Akala
On Soon

Friday 27th April 2018 - 7pm | £20

 
Akala Shepherd's Bush Empire 2018-04-272018-04-27 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The MOBO award-winning rapper and grime artist from Crawley, performs his original material fusing rap, rock and electro-punk with fierce lyrical storytelling.

The Rend Collective
On Soon

Saturday 12th May 2018 - 6.30pm | £22

 
The Rend Collective Shepherd's Bush Empire 2018-05-122018-05-12 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The collective from Bangor showcases their blend of folk, rock and Christian worship.

The Bluetones
On Soon

Saturday 19th May 2018 - 7pm | £23

 
The Bluetones Shepherd's Bush Empire 2018-05-192018-05-19 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

Indie-pop group fronted by singer-songwriter Mark Morriss.

All events at Shepherd's Bush Empire
 
 
 

The Forum

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

9-17 Highgate Road, London, NW51JY

Tube: Kentish Town Station

 
 

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

 
 

Events at The Forum

The White Buffalo
On Soon

Tuesday 24th April 2018 - 7pm | £20

 
The White Buffalo The Forum 2018-04-242018-04-24 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

Heavy Americana from singer-songwriter Jake Smith, who originates from California.

Mabel
On Soon

Wednesday 25th April 2018 - 7pm | £16

 
Mabel The Forum 2018-04-252018-04-25 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The Malaga-born and London-based singer-songwriter performs her original soulful pop.

Coasts
On Soon

Thursday 26th April 2018 - 7pm | £18

 
Coasts The Forum 2018-04-262018-04-26 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The four-piece band who originate from Bristol bring their dreamy indie-rock originals to the stage in support of their debut album.

Gomez
On Soon

Saturday 5th May 2018 - 7pm | £32.50

 
Gomez The Forum 2018-05-052018-05-05 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The Southport indie-rock troupe celebrates 20 years since the release of their debut album, Bring It On.

The Showhawk Duo
On Soon

Friday 11th May 2018 - 7pm | £18

 
The Showhawk Duo The Forum 2018-05-112018-05-11 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The duo, guitarists Mikhail Asanovic and Jake Wright, perform their unique blend of acoustic-trance, breaking down the barrier between acoustic and electronic music.

All events at The Forum
 
 
 

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

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
The Vamps On Soon

Saturday 28th April 2018 | £12.50-£59.50

 
The Vamps The O2 Arena 2018-04-282018-04-28 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. Popular boy band The Vamps return to The O2 in 2018 following on from their second studio album, Wake Up, which debuted at number ...more

Tears For Fears
On Soon

Thursday 10th May 2018 - 6.30pm | £45-£55

 
Tears For Fears The O2 Arena 2018-05-102018-05-10 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Pop-rock outfit comprising Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, who rose to prominence during the new wave movement in the 1980s.

Nickelback
On Soon

Friday 11th May 2018 - 6.30pm | £48.50

 
Nickelback The O2 Arena 2018-05-112018-05-11 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The anthemic multi-platinum selling rock band, lead by Chad Kroeger, embark on a European tour with support from Seether.

All events at The O2 Arena
 
 
 

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

Baaba Maal
On Soon

Thursday 26th April 2018 - 7pm | adv £28.50

 
Baaba Maal Union Chapel 2018-04-262018-04-26 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Nu-jazz and Afrobeat from the respected artist.

Angel Olsen
On Soon

Monday 30th April and Tuesday 1st May 2018 - 7.30pm | £24.75, phone for availability

 
Angel Olsen Union Chapel 2018-04-302018-05-01 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Angel Olsen is an American singer-songwriter and musician from St. Louis, Missouri who currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Scott Matthews
On Soon

Friday 4th May 2018 - 7pm | £22.50, =

 
Scott Matthews Union Chapel 2018-05-042018-05-04 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The Ivor Novello Award-winning singer-songwriter from Wolverhampton mixes his original blues and folk-rock songs in his performance.

Asaf Avidan
On Soon

Tuesday 8th May 2018 - 7pm | adv £22.50

 
Asaf Avidan Union Chapel 2018-05-082018-05-08 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The indie singer-songwriter celebrates the release of his album The Study On Falling.

Jarek Nohavica
On Soon

Saturday 12th May 2018 - 7pm | £30

 
Jarek Nohavica Union Chapel 2018-05-122018-05-12 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Czech songwriter, lyricist, and poet, born in Ostrava and has played guitar since he was 13.

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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

Noel Gallagher
On Soon

Friday 27th April 2018 - 6pm | £50-£75

 
Noel Gallagher SSE Arena, Wembley 2018-04-272018-04-27 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The iconic Mancunian rock star and former Oasis guitarist performs alternative rock originals from the album, Who Built The Moon?

Manic Street Preachers
On Soon

Friday 4th May 2018 - 6pm | £39.50 & £49.50

 
Manic Street Preachers SSE Arena, Wembley 2018-05-042018-05-04 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The Welsh rock outfit led by James Dean Bradfield performs in celebration of the 20th anniversary of its classic album, Everything Must Go.

Jeff Dunham: Passively Aggressively
On Soon

Saturday 19th May 2018 - 3pm | £45

 
Jeff Dunham: Passively Aggressively SSE Arena, Wembley 2018-05-192018-05-19 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

Character comedy from the American comedian and ventriloquist.

Game Of Thrones: Live Concert Experience

Sunday 27th May 2018 - 6.30pm | £46.25-£86.25

 
Game Of Thrones: Live Concert Experience SSE Arena, Wembley 2018-05-272018-05-27 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

Ramin Djawadi, composer of the soundtrack for the internationally-acclaimed TV series Game Of Thrones, leads an orchestra and choir to perform music from all seven series.

Bryan Adams

Wednesday 30th May 2018 - 6.30pm | £39.50

 
Bryan Adams SSE Arena, Wembley 2018-05-302018-05-30 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The multi-award winning Canadian sensation performs his original pop-rock material as well as new songs.

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XOYO

This basement club is one of the best places to catch big-name DJs, dance acts and bands.

32-37 Cowper Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4AP

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 

Located a few minutes from Old Street tube, XOYO opened in September 2010 and was re-launched in 2012. On Friday nights the venue holds a programme of cutting edge live events - past performers include Mark Ronson, Simian Mobile Disco and Mike Skinner - while Saturdays are dedicated to parties from some of London's top club promoters, including Bugged Out!, Neon Noise Project and Upset the Rhythm. Spread across two floors, the top floor being sister bar The Shoreditch Butchery, XOYO has a capacity of 800 and aims to be an incredible platform for London's clubbers. 

 
 

Events at XOYO

Monday Monday
On Soon

8th January to 17th December 2018 - 10pm-3am | £5-£7

 
Monday Monday XOYO 2018-01-082018-12-17 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs
Sneak
On Soon

2nd January to 26th June 2018 - 9.30pm-3am | £4

 
Sneak XOYO 2018-01-022018-06-26 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs
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