The devil might have all the best tunes, but the Union Chapel is proof that him downstairs knows nothing about architecture.
The Grade I-listed gothic masterpiece, completed in 1877, is still used as a working church and help centre for London's homeless. Noble purposes, to be sure, but equally uplifting is the effect the environment has on performances – and performers. Put simply, bands raise their game when they're playing the Union Chapel – it'd be sacrilege not to – and the spellbinding surroundings and acoustics mean it still beats the crap out of the most modern, purpose-built venue the twenty-first century has to offer.
While itmade its name hosting acoustic nights and occasional jazz shows, the Union Chapel has since become a magnet for the thinking bands and their fans, particularly as part of the rightly lauded Little Noise Sessions for Mencap.
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Formerly one half of Everything But The Girl, Watt returns tonight as a solo artist to perform perfectly-crafted, downbeat pop songs from 'Hendra' – his first solo album in 31 years. His live band includes Suede guitarist Bernard Butler (who plays on...Rock and indie Friday October 28 2016Read more
Have peek behind the scenes at gorgeous gothic church Union Chapel with this one-night-only theatrical tour.Drama Sunday October 30 2016Read more
Tony Joe White
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This Is The Kit
Kate Stables and her band create sublime, haunting folk-pop with vocals, banjo, guitar and the odd bit of whistling, drawing on the Appalachian bluegrass music and British folk-rock as well as the singer-songwriter tradition. Laura Marling fans will adore...Rock and indie Tuesday November 1 2016Read more
Surrey-born strummer Faulkner gives his gentle acoustic songs a spin to celebrate the release of his new album ‘Human Love’.Rock and indie Thursday November 3 2016Read more
The former leader of The Commotions, Cole is also an acoustic guitar virtuoso who has spent several years in New York recording with assorted avant/electronic/lo-fi folk types. He's plugged his guitar back in for some lyrical rock 'n' roll in the Commotions...Pop Friday November 4 2016Read more
Shake off that Friday night hangover with this feelgood Saturday daytime event: live music plus tea and bacon butties, and a drawing space for young (and old) concertgoers to get creative.Pop and rock Saturday November 5 2016 - Saturday December 17 2016 FreeRead more
Bold and beguiling blend of klezmer, post rock, gospel and cinema soundtracks from the headlining octet.Rock and indie Saturday November 5 2016Read more
Blues, folk and soul singer-songwriter and producer.Folk, country and blues Saturday November 5 2016Read more
Steven James Adams
The singer-songwriter and ex-member of The Broken Family Band performs his indie-rock originals.Folk, country and blues Sunday November 6 2016Read more
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The UC attracts premier performers to a more intimate venue. The food is great and the bar also. Friendly welcome and service from all who work/volunteer there.
A unique and atmospheric venue to see a broad spectrum of performance. There is nowhere else quite like the Union Chapel.
Union Chapel is like no where else in London. Where else can you drink a hot chocolate and enjoy live comedy? Drink G&T in the attic of a chapel during the interval of a live concert or watch a Christmas Movie Classic by candle light?
Great venue and atmosphere, a great place to get up close and personal with the stars that come to perform
Just love this venue. Have been a member for a number of years to support them. Great venue, lovely staff and atmosphere. Thank you.
I sang as part of a youth choir that brought together all the schools of London at the Union Chapel to celebrate multiculturalism. A small select few kids from each school were chosen. Many years passed and I thought it was in danger to close down... but luckily with lots of amazing musical events the Union Chapel is the go to place for an atmospheric experience in music but also theatre. I went to see Anathema there but also Greek singers and classical music. You get to sit comfortably and the lighting and gothic surroundings are amazing. You also have volunteers offering coffee and tea and snacks for good prices. I love this place event over 20 years later... nostalgia.
Amazing music venue, only downside is you can't bring drinks into the music hall but the bar is big and has a lot to offer during intervals or before a show.
amazing place, perfect sound, great vibes,intimacy and emotion each time.
Very cool hidden bar as well
Great venue, good acoustics, good selection of music and other events, nice bar and restaurant and important support provided to homeless and vulnerable people
Absolutely LOVE this venue, seen so many amazing things here including Stewart Lee and despite losing feeling in your bum on those pews up the back of the venue, the intimacy of this place makes any event in there feel really special. Plus they don't make a bad veggie curry in the bar. Surprised!
My favourite venue..its beautiful…Saw goldfraap here first. I love the carols by candlelight free christmas event the best….arrive well in time as they closed the doors on the late comers last year…. Lovely surroundings to see your fav artist in.