People often assume that you have to spend a lot of money to enjoy good live music, and we pay it because there is nothing like watching one of your favourite artists sing and dance across the stage, or discovering original music and that hot new artist no one has heard about yet.
But some of the best music comes from the up-and-coming singer/songwriters that are trying out a new set for the evening, allowing you to enjoy some good live music and a night out with your friends, and save some cold hard cash.
London has some incredible live gig spots where you can discover some hot new talent on your next Friday night out. Here is a list of some of our favourite venues:
The Tamesis is a converted 1930’s Dutch barge, permanently moored between Lambeth and Vauxhall Bridges, The Tamesis is now used as a neighbourhood bar, with a live music and events space. You can catch indie and rock acts in its cosy hold, while also taking part in KaraUke (That’s Karaoke with a Ukulele band backing you) on Ukulele Wednesdays.
Based on a Japanese “Listening Bar”, this space hosts DJ sets that are pumped through a high-spec sound system. The glass-fronted studios hold live sessions and even the toilets have massive speakers, so you will never miss a beat.
This venue sits in the heart of Peckham and hosts live music and parties throughout the week. Drawing inspiration from the community, Ghost Notes provides a platform for the network of artists and musicians that call South London home. And their programming is spot on, with live jazz, soul, funk and R&B.
If you are looking for something off the beaten track, then the Sebright Arms is the place for you. The bar is just off the back of Hackney Road and has a dishevelled aesthetic and live music, with gigs almost every night. Downstairs you will find a tiny basement where bands belt out art rock, psychedelic pop and loads of other alt genres.
Speakeasies are everywhere right now, but Nightjar has nailed the vibe. Hidden behind an unmarked door, it is a den of seductive live music, covering swing jazz, blues and fiery New Orleans sounds.
If you are after a mixture of underground sounds and lounge space where you can actually hear what your mates are saying, you cannot do much better than The Lexington. It boasts live music of an alternative variety, mismatched chairs and a bar exuding a retro American feel.