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.
The best free music in London
Julio Bashmore, funky Bristol dance producer and eccentric hat-wearer, has put together this free five-day exhibition dedicated to all the things that influenced him during the creation of his debut album ‘Knockin’ Boots’. Working with Beach London and Red Bull Studios, Bashmore has commissioned a short film by Daniel Bererton plus artwork by Alex May Hughes, Rob Flowers, Chris Wright, Tess Redburn, Joe Hawkes and Charlie Hood. You’ll also have the chance to beat JB’s high scores on a retro gaming machine and chow down on some Bashmore-brand fried chicken. Read more about Julio Bashmore’s Knockin’ Boots exhibition.Read more
Two days of bands, booze and barbecue in one of Camden's best venues, hosted by London promoters Clockwork. Saturday's bill has raucous garage punks Arrows Of Love and psychedelic sounds by Blind Yeti and Electric Discharge Machine, while Sunday features Asylums, Tear and Mohit.Read more
After a former life as a Geordie psych-folk princess, Beth Jeans Houghton (once described as the missing link between Gwen Stefani and Vashti Bunyan) has changed her stage name to Du Blonde, her home town to LA and her sound from delicate baroque pop to ballsy garage rock ’n’ roll. You can hear the results at her three-date Shacklewell Arms residency this summer.Read more
Do you like free jazz? No, not that kind of free jazz – we mean the opportunity to catch some of London’s best and most envelope-pushing jazz acts live, gratis. Canary Wharf Jazz Festival offers that opportunity, bringing top acts including Sons Of Kemet (Friday), Eska (Saturday) and Yazz Ahmed and Neil Cowley Trio (Sunday) to Canada Square Park. The bill also includes salsa and afrobeat, bringing a bit of life for once to all those shiny towers full of money.Read more