Free music in London

Forget shelling out for pricey festivals and arena tours, some of the capital's best gigs and concerts don't cost a penny

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From jazz to pop to metal, the capital offers free music to cater for all tastes. Check out our guide below and find great free gigs and music in London.

Donald Silverstein: Jimi Hendrix

  • Free

These previously unseen archive images taken by the late American photographer in London in 1967 form a mesmerising portrait of the legendary Jimi Hendrix. The shoot produced one of the most famous images of the twenty-five year-old musician that was released as a poster insert for Electric Ladyland in 1968, yet the other images from the session were never used and have been kept safely by Silverstein's family for the past fifty years. 

  1. Snap Galleries 12 Piccadilly Arcade, SW1Y 6NH
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Sat Aug 23
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Balagan Cafe Band

  • Free

Brazilian choro, tango nuevo, Gypsy jazz, Balkan folk and originals from this chamber string ensemble.

  1. National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE
  2. Fri Aug 1
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The Bluematics

  • Free

Chicago blues and '60s R&B.

  1. Ain't Nothing But Blues Bar Kingly Street, W1B 5PZ
  2. Fri Aug 1
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Higher Learning

  • Free

Regular hip hop open mic in Deptford.

  1. Birds Nest Deptford Church Street, SE8 4RZ
  2. Sun Aug 3
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Emrys Baird

  • Free

The singer-guitarist performs a solo set of jazz, funk and soul songs.

  1. Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec & Jazz Bar 140 Newington Butts, SE11 4RN
  2. Sun Aug 3
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The Big Beer Band

  • Free

Seventeen-piece swing band.

  1. Grape & Grain Anerley Hill, Crystal Palace, SE19 2AA
  2. Mon Aug 4
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Monday Night Jam Session And Jazz Workshop

  • Free

A workshop suitable for anyone wishing to improve in a group environment, building towards an 'end of term' performance.

  1. Hideaway Stanthorpe Road, SW16 2ED
  2. Mon Aug 4
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The Jason Lyon Quartet

  • Free

Chick Corea-influenced pianist Lyon performs modern jazz classics and originals with his talented band, which includes young drum ace Sophie Alloway.

  1. Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec & Jazz Bar 140 Newington Butts, SE11 4RN
  2. Mon Aug 4
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Barrio Big Band

  • Free

Joe Chiari leads the band as they play a range of funky, big band and Motown hits along with modern day tunes and classics.

  1. Barrio Central 6 Poland Street, W1F 8PS
  2. Tue Aug 5 - Wed Aug 6
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Scott Bramley

  • Free

Pianist and singer performs originals and covers.

  1. Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec & Jazz Bar 140 Newington Butts, SE11 4RN
  2. Tue Aug 5
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B M
B M

Brick Lane is always a good shout for free music events in London.. I know of one taking place at Cafe 1001 on Saturday 24th May- look up Alfalfa, it's an underground electronica show. 

Mac
Mac

Who compiles this list? A simple click shows that the Escapists on Saturday costs £8.50. Isn't this meant to be a free gig list...?

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Exclusive 22nd January 2014 Live performance from the band 'Radfax' New Cross Inn 323 New Cross Road, London, SE14 6AS Free Entry Starts at 7pm Happy hour! 50% off all spirits and selected draughts (7-8pm) Early bird special: 20% off all spirits and selected draughts before 8pm Radfax on stage 10:30pm

Thomas Lennon
Thomas Lennon

pins & needles in my left hand writing this message. so I cant make it very enjoyable to read. however I did find it enjoyable to read your reviews on free gigs . Thank you . .. oh its gone now.

AMBA MAMBULA LUATHY
AMBA MAMBULA LUATHY

Hello!!! Dear, I say think you for live this page the news for free music from London. Can you help me again to send the ticket or book one place for me same time to you calendare. Please is for help to live together complety course inportance.

Rarrah
Rarrah

Crowdsource.net has a better list!

cecilia
cecilia

i'm poor...:-) but i want to live this city...so everithing will be free,will be mine!:-)

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