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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

The Other Favorites
On Soon

Tuesday 20th August 2019 - 7.30pm | £25

 
The Other Favorites Bush Hall 2019-08-202019-08-20 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

New York-based Carson McKee and Josh Turner bring their folk and Americana tunes to the UK's stages. Reina Del Cid supports.

American Young
On Soon

Thursday 29th August 2019 - 7.30pm | £20

 
American Young Bush Hall 2019-08-292019-08-29 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The Nashville-based duo, composed of Kristy Osmunson and Jon Stone, brings its country sounds to the UK's stages. Laura Oakes supports.

The Cactus Blossoms
On Soon

Wednesday 4th September 2019 - 7.30pm | £17

 
The Cactus Blossoms Bush Hall 2019-09-042019-09-04 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

The Minneapolis-based siblings, Jack Torrey and Page Burkum, perform their country-rock originals. Suzanne Santo supports.

The Steel Woods
On Soon

Thursday 5th September 2019 - 7.30pm | £15

 
The Steel Woods Bush Hall 2019-09-052019-09-05 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

Nashville is the hometown of this quartet and its melange of Southern rock, tinged with outlaw country.

Cloudbusting: Kate Bush Tribute
On Soon

Friday 6th September 2019 - 7.30pm | £20

 
Cloudbusting: Kate Bush Tribute Bush Hall 2019-09-062019-09-06 Where:
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7LJ
Category: Live Music

Mandy Watson's two-hour show features faithful renditions of Kate Bush's songs, and video projections created for the cover band by videographer Nick Gregory and artists from around the world.

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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

Lil Baby
On Soon

Wednesday 21st August 2019 - 7pm | £32.50, phone for availability

 
Lil Baby O2 Academy Brixton 2019-08-212019-08-21 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Atlanta rapper and Drake collaborator performs tracks from his 2018 debut album, Harder Than Ever and EP, Street Gossip.

The Flaming Lips
On Soon

Saturday 7th September 2019 - 7pm | £42

 
The Flaming Lips O2 Academy Brixton 2019-09-072019-09-07 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Psychedelic, alternative rock collective from Oklahoma City, known for their out-of-this-world lyrics and space-rock compositions.

Fireball: Fuelling The Fire Tour

Saturday 28th September 2019 - 6pm | £18

 
Fireball: Fuelling The Fire Tour O2 Academy Brixton 2019-09-282019-09-28 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Less Than Jake headlines the annual rock tour that also features Goldfinger, Thieves Of Liberty, Save Ferris and more.

Slowthai

Friday 18th October 2019 - 7pm | £5

 
Slowthai O2 Academy Brixton 2019-10-182019-10-18 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Northampton-based rapper and producer brings his latest rhymes to the live stage.

Killswitch Engage

Sunday 20th October 2019 - 7pm | £28.50

 
Killswitch Engage O2 Academy Brixton 2019-10-202019-10-20 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The Massachusetts metalcore five-piece returns to UK shores to promote its eighth album, Atonement.

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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

Louis Moholo-Moholo's Five Blokes
On Soon

Thursday 29th and Friday 30th August 2019 - 7.30pm | £18, adv £16, mems £14

 
Louis Moholo-Moholo's Five Blokes Cafe OTO 2019-08-292019-08-30 Where:
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street London, E8 3DL
Category: Live Music

South African jazz drummer and his quintet performs energetic jazz compositions.

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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.

 
 
 

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

Eels
On Soon

Wednesday 21st August 2019 - 7pm | £37.50

 
Eels Hammersmith Apollo 2019-08-212019-08-21 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Mark Oliver Everett's LA-based indie-rock group.

Bill Bailey: Larks In Transit
On Soon

Saturday 31st August 2019 - 8pm | £29.75

 
Bill Bailey: Larks In Transit Hammersmith Apollo 2019-08-312019-08-31 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Imaginative musical comedy and offbeat humour from the writer and actor.

New Purple Celebration: Prince Tribute
On Soon

Saturday 14th September 2019 - 6.30pm | £34.75 & £38.75

 
New Purple Celebration: Prince Tribute Hammersmith Apollo 2019-09-142019-09-14 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

The iconic singer, songwriter and musician has a selection of his material brought to the live stage.

Russell Howard: Respite

20th, 21st and 23rd September 2019 - 9pm | £35

 
Russell Howard: Respite Hammersmith Apollo 2019-09-202019-09-23 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Upbeat and playful stand-up from former panellist on Mock The Week and star of BBC Three's Russell Howard's Good News.

Joe, Brandy And Dru Hill

Friday 27th September 2019 - 7pm | phone for availability

 
Joe, Brandy And Dru Hill Hammersmith Apollo 2019-09-272019-09-27 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Live Music

Three R&B icons share the stage to celebrate 25 years of hits.

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

The Hot Carnival Party
On Soon

Sunday 25th August 2019 - 8pm-3am | £15-£40

 
The Hot Carnival Party Heaven 2019-08-252019-08-25 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs
Bird On The Wire presents: The Beths
On Soon

Wednesday 28th August 2019 - 7pm | £13

 
Bird On The Wire presents: The Beths Heaven 2019-08-282019-08-28 Where:
Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NG
Category: Nightclubs
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.

 
 
 

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

Barber Shop Chronicles Now On 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 Now On 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

Ruth Sutoye: Bald Black Girls
Now OnFree Event

15th July to 25th August 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Ruth Sutoye: Bald Black Girls Roundhouse 2019-07-152019-08-25 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The poet and visual artist explores why black women in London such as herself might wish to shave their heads.

Kip Moore
On Soon

Monday 2nd September 2019 - 7pm | £27.50

 
Kip Moore Roundhouse 2019-09-022019-09-02 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The American country music singer-songwriter was born and raised in the Southern States.

The Sisters Of Mercy

Friday 20th and Saturday 21st September 2019 - 7pm | £35

 
The Sisters Of Mercy Roundhouse 2019-09-202019-09-21 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8EH
Category: Historic Buildings

The influential Gothic-styled rock band, fronted by singer-songwriter Andrew Eldritch, plays classic tracks from its back catalogue.

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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

Hockey Dad
On Soon

Thursday 22nd August 2019 - 7.30pm-11pm | £15.40

 
Hockey Dad Scala 2019-08-222019-08-22 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Australian rock band formed in 2013.

Hello Carnival
On Soon

Friday 23rd August 2019 - 10pm-5am | £16.50

 
Hello Carnival Scala 2019-08-232019-08-23 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

DJ Shakerhd spins Carnival-themed sounds.

Sun City Carnival Special
On Soon

Saturday 24th August 2019 - 9pm-5am | £11

 
Sun City Carnival Special Scala 2019-08-242019-08-24 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

UK garage and bass with DJ Luck & MC Neat, Artful Dodger, MC Creed & CKP and others in the Main Room, Supa D & Coldsteps and Carlos Aries spinning funky house in Room 2 ...

The Nottinghill Carnival Quencher
On Soon

Monday 26th August 2019 - 10pm-6am | £11

 
The Nottinghill Carnival Quencher Scala 2019-08-262019-08-26 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Release Room DJs spin carnival sounds.

Laura Jane Grace And The Devouring Mothers
On Soon

Thursday 29th August 2019 - 7.30pm | £24

 
Laura Jane Grace And The Devouring Mothers Scala 2019-08-292019-08-29 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL
Category: Nightclubs

Punk-rock outfit led by the musician, author and activist. Plus special guest Frank Iero and support from The Future Violents.

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

Cam
On Soon

Wednesday 4th September 2019 - 7pm | £21.50

 
Cam Shepherd's Bush Empire 2019-09-042019-09-04 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

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

Danny Jones
On Soon

Thursday 5th September 2019 - 7pm | £25

 
Danny Jones Shepherd's Bush Empire 2019-09-052019-09-05 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

Indie singer-songwriter and musician, best known as the frontman of McFly, performing solo material and the occasional McFly hit.

Jason & The Scorchers
On Soon

Friday 6th September 2019 - 6pm | £27.50

 
Jason & The Scorchers Shepherd's Bush Empire 2019-09-062019-09-06 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The Nashville-based band of the guitarist performs a style rock that mixes Southern country and a touch of alternative sounds. Dan Baird & Homemade Sin and The Kentucky Headhunters support.

Common
On Soon

Tuesday 10th September 2019 - 7pm | £43.70-£57.75

 
Common Shepherd's Bush Empire 2019-09-102019-09-10 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

The actor, author and rapper supports his new book, Let Love Have The Last Word, through performance and expression.

Edwyn Collins
On Soon

Thursday 12th September 2019 - 7pm | £27.50-£30

 
Edwyn Collins Shepherd's Bush Empire 2019-09-122019-09-12 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green London, W12 8TT
Category: Live Music

Alt rock singer-songwriter from Edinburgh supporting his brand new album, Badbea.

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

Jaden Smith

Sunday 18th August 2019 - 7pm | £25

 
Jaden Smith The Forum 2019-08-182019-08-18 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The Californian rapper and actor performs tracks from his second studio album Erys including the lead single Again.

Nav
On Soon

Tuesday 20th August 2019 - 7pm | £22.50, phone for availability

 
Nav The Forum 2019-08-202019-08-20 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The Canadian rapper of Punjabi origin, Navraj Singh Goraya, brings his rhymes to the UK's stages. Support from 88GLAM.

Machine Gun Kelly
On Soon

Saturday 31st August 2019 - 6pm | £30

 
Machine Gun Kelly The Forum 2019-08-312019-08-31 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The award-winning, Texas-born rapper, actor and producer performs hip hop in support of the album, Bloom.

The Quireboys
On Soon

Saturday 14th September 2019 - 7pm | £22

 
The Quireboys The Forum 2019-09-142019-09-14 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The Newcastle and London-based combo performs hard rock, with elements of blues and glam rock.

Goyo Jimenez

Thursday 19th September 2019 - 7pm | £27-£30

 
Goyo Jimenez The Forum 2019-09-192019-09-19 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road London, NW51JY
Category: Live Music

The stand-up from Spain brings his routine to the UK's stages.

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

Jack Whitehall: Stood Up Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 23rd - Sunday 15th December 2019 | £45-£58

 
Jack Whitehall: Stood Up The O2 Arena 2019-11-232019-12-15 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Following two sell out arena tours, Jack Whitehall returns to The O2 for four dates this winter performing a stand up show laced with cynical observations and his trademark smart wit. The Fresh Meat star ...more

Ariana Grande
On Soon

17th, 19th and 20th August 2019 - 6.30pm | £88-£459

 
Ariana Grande The O2 Arena 2019-08-172019-08-20 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The Florida-born pop sensation with Grammy and BRIT award-nominations to her name performs her commercial pop hits in support of her fifth album Thank U, Next.

Mamma Mia! The Party On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

29th August to 31st December 2019 | £135 + £16.20 booking fee (Band B, seats overlooking the courtyard), £155 + £18.60 booking fee (Band A seats), £195 + £23.40 booking fee (Premium)

 
Mamma Mia! The Party The O2 Arena 2019-08-292019-12-31 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music
Electric Soul Festival On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 7th September 2019 | £65, £80, £90 & £145 (VIP)

 
Electric Soul Festival The O2 Arena 2019-09-072019-09-07 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

A brand new one day only festival that's music to the ears of soul fans,the inaugural Electric Soul Festival welcomes Level 42, Heather Small, The Brand New Heavies and Kool & The Gang to The ...more

Muse
On Soon

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 2019 | phone for prices

 
Muse The O2 Arena 2019-09-142019-09-15 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The Grammy Award-winning progressive rock trio of Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme play the UK leg of their Simulation Theory world tour.

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

Richard Jobson
On Soon

Monday 2nd September 2019 - 7pm | £22, £22

 
Richard Jobson Union Chapel 2019-09-022019-09-02 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The ex-The Skids man from Kirkcaldy presents songs and stories from his extensive and varied career. Support comes from Bruce and Jamie Watson of Big Country.

Josh Turner
On Soon

Thursday 5th September 2019 - 7pm | £25, phone for availability

 
Josh Turner Union Chapel 2019-09-052019-09-05 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The country music and gospel artist plays songs from his album I Serve A Savior. With support from Lainey Wilson.

Live At The Chapel With Nish Kumar
On Soon

Saturday 7th September 2019 - 7.45pm | adv £20

 
Live At The Chapel With Nish Kumar Union Chapel 2019-09-072019-09-07 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The award-winning stand-up is joined by Lou Sanders, Jamali Maddix and Fin Taylor.

Justin Hayward
On Soon

Thursday 12th September 2019 - 8pm | £40

 
Justin Hayward Union Chapel 2019-09-122019-09-12 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The singer and musician, best known as the lead singer and guitarist in the rock band The Moody Blues, performs songs from his new album, All The Way, as well as Moody Blues favourites.

Last Podcast On The Left
On Soon

Saturday 14th September 2019 - 7pm | £28.50

 
Last Podcast On The Left Union Chapel 2019-09-142019-09-14 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London, N1 2UN
Category: Live Music

The hosts of the weekly podcast, Ben Kissel, Marcus Peaks and Henry Zebrowski, take their show live to the stage.

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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

One Africa Musical Festival 2019
On Soon

Saturday 24th August 2019 - 6pm | £86-£135

 
One Africa Musical Festival 2019 SSE Arena, Wembley 2019-08-242019-08-24 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

High-energy Afrobeats from African artists and beyond, with performs from Stefflon Don, Burna Boy, Sneakbo, 2Face, Tekno, Kojo Funds, Tiwa Savage, B Young, Teni, Harmonize, Eddy Kenzo, Kranium, Diamond Platnumz and many more.

Bianca Del Rio: It's Jester Joke

Saturday 21st September 2019 - 7pm | £41.50-£167.75

 
Bianca Del Rio: It's Jester Joke SSE Arena, Wembley 2019-09-212019-09-21 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

Flamboyant humour from the American actor, stand-up and drag queen.

Russell Howard: Respite

Thursday 3rd October 2019 - 8pm | £35

 
Russell Howard: Respite SSE Arena, Wembley 2019-10-032019-10-03 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

Upbeat and playful stand-up from former panellist on Mock The Week and star of BBC Three's Russell Howard's Good News.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Saturday 2nd November 2019 - 7.30pm | £41.75-£141

 
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan SSE Arena, Wembley 2019-11-022019-11-02 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

The acclaimed vocalist from Pakistan, and nephew of the late world-renowned singer Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, takes to the stage to perform some of his greatest hits.

Burna Boy

Sunday 3rd November 2019 | tickets on sale Fri 21st Jun, 10am

 
Burna Boy SSE Arena, Wembley 2019-11-032019-11-03 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way London, HA9 0DH
Category: Live Music

Afro-fusion singer-songwriter from Nigeria.

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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

Re:Imagine Orchestra: Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
On Soon

Thursday 22nd August 2019 - 7pm | £15

 
Re:Imagine Orchestra: Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy XOYO 2019-08-222019-08-22 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

The ensemble performs a live rendition of the American rap artist's album, complete with a 16-piece orchestra and live visuals.

Calibre
On Soon

Friday 23rd August 2019 - 9.30pm-4am | various releases £13.50-£20

 
Calibre XOYO 2019-08-232019-08-23 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

Calibre, Mungo's Hi Fi, Mad Professor and Phaeleh drop their choice of dance music.

Arctic Monkeys Performed By A 10 Piece Brass Band: The Old Dirty Brasstards
On Soon

Saturday 24th August 2019 - 7pm | £15

 
Arctic Monkeys Performed By A 10 Piece Brass Band: The Old Dirty Brasstards XOYO 2019-08-242019-08-24 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

A group covers the music of the indie band in an original style.

XOYO 7th Birthday
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 24th August 2019 - 9.30pm-4am | Free before 11pm

 
XOYO 7th Birthday XOYO 2019-08-242019-08-24 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

Joshua James and guest supply dance music for the party.

Lick Carnival Party
On Soon

Sunday 25th August 2019 - 10pm-4am | £15 & £20

 
Lick Carnival Party XOYO 2019-08-252019-08-25 Where:
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street London, EC2A 4AP
Category: Nightclubs

Chantelle Ayanna, Bamz and Miller Black bring their choices of dance music to the decks.

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