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

Devin Townsend
On Soon

Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th April 2019 - 7.30pm | £35

 
Devin Townsend Bush Hall 2019-04-242019-04-25 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter, who founded extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad, performs in support of his new album, Empath.

JS Ondara
On Soon

Monday 29th April 2019 - 7.30pm | £13

 
JS Ondara Bush Hall 2019-04-292019-04-29 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The Nairobi-born, now Minneapolis-based, singer-songwriter performs in the folk-rock genre.

Amenra
On Soon

Thursday 2nd May 2019 - 7.30pm | £17

 
Amenra Bush Hall 2019-05-022019-05-02 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The Belgian band mixes, sludge, doom and other stylings in its metal originals. AA Williams supports.

Oh Land
On Soon

Wednesday 8th May 2019 - 7.30pm | £15, phone for availability

 
Oh Land Bush Hall 2019-05-082019-05-08 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

As Oh Land, Nanna Oland Fabricius, brings her commercial pop and electropop to the live stage.

Hungry Heart: Bruce Springsteen Tribute
On Soon

Saturday 11th May 2019 - 7pm | £12.50

 
Hungry Heart: Bruce Springsteen Tribute Bush Hall 2019-05-112019-05-11 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The Boss has his music performed live.

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

Hollywood Undead
On Soon

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 - 7pm | £20

 
Hollywood Undead O2 Academy Brixton 2019-04-232019-04-23 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

American rap-rock collectice hailing from Los Angeles.

Dropkick Murphys
On Soon

Friday 26th April 2019 - 7pm | £30

 
Dropkick Murphys O2 Academy Brixton 2019-04-262019-04-26 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The American Celtic punk band perform songs from their career.

Jawbreaker
On Soon

Saturday 27th April 2019 - 7pm | £33.75

 
Jawbreaker O2 Academy Brixton 2019-04-272019-04-27 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The American punk-rock band performs in the UK for the first time in 25 years.

Dave
On Soon

Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd May 2019 - 7pm | £25, phone for availability

 
Dave O2 Academy Brixton 2019-05-022019-05-03 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The South London-based rapper supports his debut album, Psychodrama.

Sticky Fingers
On Soon

Saturday 4th May 2019 - 7pm | £23

 
Sticky Fingers O2 Academy Brixton 2019-05-042019-05-04 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Reggae fusion and indie rock outfit hailing from Australia and supporting their new LP, Yours To Keep.

All events at Brixton Academy
 
 
 

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

Pheromoans: Album Launch

Sunday 21st April 2019 - 3.30pm | £10, adv £8

 
Pheromoans: Album Launch Cafe OTO 2019-04-212019-04-21 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

Alternative musical comedy and songs from the experimental band. With support from Ashley Paul & om James Scott, BBBlood, The Bohman Brothers and others.

Eddie Prevost, Ken Ikeda, Joshua Weitzel, Massimo Magee
On Soon

Monday 22nd April 2019 - 7.30pm | £10, adv £8

 
Eddie Prevost, Ken Ikeda, Joshua Weitzel, Massimo Magee Cafe OTO 2019-04-222019-04-22 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

An evening of experimental sounds from a line-up that encompasses saxophone, electronics, shamisen, drums and percussion.

Brigid Mae Power
On Soon

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 - 7.30pm | £12, concs £10

 
Brigid Mae Power Cafe OTO 2019-04-232019-04-23 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

Hailing from Ireland, the singer and multi-instrumentalist performs dreamy, hypnotic folk-based compositions. With support from Aoife Nessa Frances.

Textures Festival
On Soon

Thursday 25th April 2019 - 7.30pm | £10, adv £8

 
Textures Festival Cafe OTO 2019-04-252019-04-25 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The second evening of a two-night Festival takeover features experimental cellist Hannah Marshall, avant-garde electronica from Lee Patterson working with Japanese installation artist Rie Nakajima and U/R consisting of Tamriko Kordzaia, Tomas Korber and Tobias ...

Apartment House
On Soon

Friday 26th April 2019 - 7.30pm | £12, adv £10

 
Apartment House Cafe OTO 2019-04-262019-04-26 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

The chamber ensemble performs American minimalist composer Julius Eastman's Femenine.

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.

 
 
 

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

Shen Yun
On Soon

22nd April to 1st May 2019 - Various Times | £69.75-£132

 
Shen Yun Hammersmith Apollo 2019-04-222019-05-01 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The New York-based classical Chinese dance and music company explores five millennia of traditional Chinese culture, enhanced with patented scenographical effects and original orchestral works.

Dead Can Dance
On Soon

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May 2019 - 6.30pm | £35.25

 
Dead Can Dance Hammersmith Apollo 2019-05-042019-05-05 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The Australian-British musical project formed in 1981 in Melbourne by Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard performs mix of folk and world influences in its original material. Support from David Kuckhermann

Chris Young
On Soon

Thursday 9th May 2019 - 7pm | £28.50-£34.50

 
Chris Young Hammersmith Apollo 2019-05-092019-05-09 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The American country music star supports his brand new album, Losing Sleep.

George: George Michael Tribute
On Soon

Saturday 11th May 2019 - 7pm | £29.75-£57.25

 
George: George Michael Tribute Hammersmith Apollo 2019-05-112019-05-11 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Rob Lamberti and The National Philharmonic Concert Orchestra perform the hits of the singer.

The Best Of Rock Musicals
On Soon

Sunday 12th May 2019 at 4pm and 8pm | £18.50-£96.25

 
The Best Of Rock Musicals Hammersmith Apollo 2019-05-122019-05-12 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

A band performs a selection of showtunes in support of The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.

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

Cage The Elephant

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.

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.

 
 

Events at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Etham
On Soon

Wednesday 24th April 2019 - 8pm-11pm | £9

 
Etham Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2019-04-242019-04-24 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

Soulful British pop singer.

CRNB Live
On Soon

Thursday 25th April 2019 - 8pm-11pm | £10

 
CRNB Live Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2019-04-252019-04-25 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

A showcase for pop artists, with performances by Shae Universe, Courtney Bennett, Moss Kena and Abel Miller.

Jungle Brown
On Soon

Friday 26th April 2019 - 7.30pm-11pm | £7

 
Jungle Brown Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2019-04-262019-04-26 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

The soulful hip hop collective have achieved download stardom and airplay on a very limited budget.

Buffalo Boogie
On SoonFree Event

Friday 26th April 2019 - 8pm | Free

 
Buffalo Boogie Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2019-04-262019-04-26 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

Residents spin hip hop, R&B and disco.

The Tea Street Band
On Soon

Saturday 27th April 2019 - 7.30pm-11pm | £8

 
The Tea Street Band Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 2019-04-272019-04-27 Where:
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square London, N1 6NU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

The Liverpool-based quartet perform alternative rock, incorporating elements of progressive and dance styles.

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.

 
 
 

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

Rodrigo Y Gabriela
On Soon

Wednesday 24th April 2019 - 7pm | £32.50-£37.50

 
Rodrigo Y Gabriela Roundhouse 2019-04-242019-04-24 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The virtuoso Mexican guitar playing duo, who moved to Ireland in 1999, performs rock and world-influenced percussive numbers.

Circa Waves
On Soon

Friday 26th April 2019 - 7pm | £18

 
Circa Waves Roundhouse 2019-04-262019-04-26 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The Liverpool quartet, which formed in 2013, play their indie-rock originals from their latest album, What's It Like Over There?

UB40
On Soon

Saturday 27th April 2019 - 7pm | £44.04

 
UB40 Roundhouse 2019-04-272019-04-27 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The legendary collective, hailing from Birmingham, performs their hit singles from across their career which spans five decades as they celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Tom Walker
On Soon

Wednesday 1st May 2019 - 7pm | £22.50

 
Tom Walker Roundhouse 2019-05-012019-05-01 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The singer from Manchester, who is now based in London, performs his self-penned pop material.

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets
On Soon

Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May 2019 - 7.30pm | £50, phone for availability

 
Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets Roundhouse 2019-05-032019-05-04 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The Pink Floyd drummer, accompanied by Gary Kemp, Guy Pratt, Lee Harris and Dom Beken, performs songs from two of the band's earliest albums, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn and A Saucerful Of ...

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

Scalalatina

Sunday 21st April 2019 - 9.30pm-6am | £16.50

 
Scalalatina Scala 2019-04-212019-04-21 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Latin event with Patrick Mussendijk & Keoma, Katrin Lerner, Bachata and many others.

Superfood
On Soon

Monday 22nd April 2019 - 7.30pm | £16

 
Superfood Scala 2019-04-222019-04-22 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The pair perform dance music.

Tirzah
On Soon

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 - 7.30pm | £13.75

 
Tirzah Scala 2019-04-232019-04-23 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The Essex-born post-R&B artist veers into pop territory on her debut album Devotion. Brother May, Keyah/Blu and Sippin' T support.

Tirzah
On Soon

Wednesday 24th April 2019 - 7.30pm | £13.75

 
Tirzah Scala 2019-04-242019-04-24 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The Essex-born post-R&B artist veers into pop territory on her debut album Devotion. Curl, Tty and Lafawndah DJ support.

Tirzah
On Soon

Thursday 25th April 2019 - 7.30pm | £13.75

 
Tirzah Scala 2019-04-252019-04-25 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

The Essex-born post-R&B artist veers into pop territory on her debut album Devotion. Coby Sey, Elheist and Elan Tamara support.

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

Bear's Den
On Soon

Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th April 2019 - 7pm | £26

 
Bear's Den Shepherd's Bush Empire 2019-04-232019-04-24 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The threesome from London performs its own take on indie-rock.

Billy Lockett
On Soon

Thursday 25th April 2019 - 7pm | £15

 
Billy Lockett Shepherd's Bush Empire 2019-04-252019-04-25 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

Guitar-led pop with catchy choruses from the singer-songwriter who hails from Northampton.

Mott The Hoople
On Soon

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th April 2019 - 7pm | £37.50

 
Mott The Hoople Shepherd's Bush Empire 2019-04-262019-04-27 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The five-piece, who originally formed in 1974, performs glam rock.

Jamie Lawson
On Soon

Thursday 2nd May 2019 - 7pm | £25

 
Jamie Lawson Shepherd's Bush Empire 2019-05-022019-05-02 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The singer, who lives in London, performs his pop originals.

Lee Fields & The Expressions
On Soon

Saturday 4th May 2019 - 7pm | £22.50 & £25

 
Lee Fields & The Expressions Shepherd's Bush Empire 2019-05-042019-05-04 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The veteran singer from the USA and his band hit the UK's stages with their soul music show.

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

Kid Ink
On Soon

Wednesday 24th April 2019 - 7pm | £27

 
Kid Ink The Forum 2019-04-242019-04-24 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

Los Angeles-based rapper performing numbers from his seven-track EP, Missed Calls, as well as other material.

Idlewild
On Soon

Friday 26th April 2019 - 7pm | £22.50

 
Idlewild The Forum 2019-04-262019-04-26 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

Scottish indie-rock quintet led by Roddy Woomble performing in support of their first album in four years, titled Interview Music.

Tokio Hotel
On Soon

Sunday 28th April 2019 - 7pm | £60-£70

 
Tokio Hotel The Forum 2019-04-282019-04-28 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

Shape-shifting German pop-rock four-piece founded in 2001.

Built To Spill
On Soon

Friday 3rd May 2019 - 7pm | £25

 
Built To Spill The Forum 2019-05-032019-05-03 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The American indie-rock trio celebrates the 20th anniversary of its album, Keep It Like A Secret.

Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres
On Soon

Sunday 12th May 2019 - 7pm | £30

 
Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres The Forum 2019-05-122019-05-12 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The co-frontman of The Libertines, as well as the lead in his other musical project Babyshambles, embarks on a tour with his backing band.

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

Take That On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd to 10th May 2019 | £55, £70, £85, £99 + booking fees (VIP packages at £199 + booking fees)

 
Take That The O2 Arena 2019-05-022019-05-10 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The chart-topping pop trio of singer-songwriter Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald performs old favourites like 'Relight My Fire' at The O2. No longer a boy band but grown men with families, Take That ...more

Olly Murs
On Soon

16th, 17th and 18th May 2019 - 6.30pm | £29.50-£55

 
Olly Murs The O2 Arena 2019-05-162019-05-18 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The X Factor finalist and TV presenter promotes the single You Don't Know Love and gyrates through his hits including some of his UK number ones.

Rita Ora

Friday 24th May 2019 - 6.30pm | £35

 
Rita Ora The O2 Arena 2019-05-242019-05-24 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Pop and R&B from the singer whose recent track Your Song became a platinum-selling single.

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

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.

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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

Peeping Drexels
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 - 7.30pm | Free

 
Peeping Drexels The Old Blue Last 2019-04-232019-04-23 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The London-based group performs its own take on the indie genre. Support comes from Honkies, Luxury Apartments and Deep Tan.

Aiming For Enrike
On SoonFree Event

Sunday 28th April 2019 - 7pm | Free

 
Aiming For Enrike The Old Blue Last 2019-04-282019-04-28 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The Oslo-based pairing of Simen Folstad Nilsen and Tobias Ornes Andersen perform alternative rock containing a wide variety of influences. Exoskeletons are the support.

Business Dudes
On SoonFree Event

Wednesday 1st May 2019 - 8pm | Free

 
Business Dudes The Old Blue Last 2019-05-012019-05-01 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The band plays self-penned rock numbers. Habits and Lee Patterson are the supports.

Luxury Apartments
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 2nd May 2019 - 8pm | Free

 
Luxury Apartments The Old Blue Last 2019-05-022019-05-02 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The band plays its own form of punk music. Support from The Glitter Shop and Damsen.

Giungla
On Soon

Monday 13th May 2019 - 7pm | £8.25

 
Giungla The Old Blue Last 2019-05-132019-05-13 Where:
The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3ES
Category: Live Music

The guitarist from Italy Ema Drei, performs her self-penned indie-pop songs.

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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

The Antlers
On Soon

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 - 8pm | £22.50

 
The Antlers Union Chapel 2019-04-232019-04-23 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Indie-rock from the Brooklyn-based three-piece.

Ryan Bingham
On Soon

Friday 26th April 2019 - 7pm | adv £17.50

 
Ryan Bingham Union Chapel 2019-04-262019-04-26 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Grammy and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter from Texas.

Josh Rouse & Grant-Lee Phillips (Double-Headliner)
On Soon

Saturday 27th April 2019 - 7pm | adv £25

 
Josh Rouse & Grant-Lee Phillips (Double-Headliner) Union Chapel 2019-04-272019-04-27 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Country and pop singer-songwriter, Rouse, is joined by iconic, alt-pop and Americana troubadour, Phillips.

Leo Sayer
On Soon

Friday 3rd May 2019 - 8pm | £37.50

 
Leo Sayer Union Chapel 2019-05-032019-05-03 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The enduring pop star and entertainer performs tracks from his album Restless Years and memorable moments from 16 hit albums and 26 hit singles including Thunder In My Heart, Moonlighting and You Make Me Feel ...

Boyce Avenue
On Soon

Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th May 2019 - 7pm | £30

 
Boyce Avenue Union Chapel 2019-05-062019-05-07 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

Florida-based melodic rock and acoustic roots outfit.

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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

Hall And Oates
On Soon

Friday 26th April 2019 - 7.30pm | £50-£90

 
Hall And Oates SSE Arena, Wembley 2019-04-262019-04-26 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

American pop rock duo, best known for their hits Maneater and You Make My Dreams.

Gods Of Rap Tour
On Soon

Friday 10th May 2019 | prices TBC

 
Gods Of Rap Tour SSE Arena, Wembley 2019-05-102019-05-10 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

DJ Premier hosts the three influential rap groups Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy and De La Soul, each celebrating and performing their landmark albums.

RuPaul's Drag Race: Werq The World Tour
On Soon

Saturday 11th May 2019 - 7pm | £45-£171

 
RuPaul's Drag Race: Werq The World Tour SSE Arena, Wembley 2019-05-112019-05-11 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

Michelle Visage leads the RuPaul contestants in an all-out intergalactic show with music, comedy and entertainment.

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

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.

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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

Icarus
On Soon

Wednesday 24th April 2019 - 7pm | £15

 
Icarus XOYO 2019-04-242019-04-24 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

Experimental drum'n'bass and jazz project formed by Ollie Bown and Sam Britton.

DJ Maseo (De La Soul) + Andres + Bone Soda
On Soon

Friday 26th April 2019 - 10pm-4am | £8

 
DJ Maseo (De La Soul) + Andres + Bone Soda XOYO 2019-04-262019-04-26 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs
Yazz Ahmed & Ishmael Ensemble
On Soon

Friday 26th April 2019 - 10pm-4am | £10

 
Yazz Ahmed & Ishmael Ensemble XOYO 2019-04-262019-04-26 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs
Afriquoi
On Soon

Friday 3rd May 2019 - 10.30pm-4am | £8

 
Afriquoi XOYO 2019-05-032019-05-03 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs
Toshio Matsuura Group + Vels Trio
On Soon

Friday 3rd May 2019 - 10.30pm-4am | £13.50

 
Toshio Matsuura Group + Vels Trio XOYO 2019-05-032019-05-03 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs
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