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.

More London Free Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Twelve years in and the More London Free Festival is again bringing an impressive line-up of events and performances to the concrete amphitheatre below the Mayor's leaning glass blob of an office on the South Bank. For 2014 the events are divided into five cultural categories, and the festival kicks off with a four-day street party (June 4-8) of Latin and Caribbean food and fun. Free Fringe runs from June 4-20 and features lighthearted shows from Pantaloons Theatre Company and The Merry Opera Company's romantic comedy 'Kiss Me, Figaro!'. From June 23-July 6 an LED screen will show full Wimbledon coverage, and music is the focus from July 9-25, with regular lunchtime and evening performances. Gods and Monsters Theatre present The Ring Cycle Plays for the theatre contingent (August 6-31). The final focus is film, and from September 3-26 there's a schedule of free screenings, from the critically acclaimed ('Philomena', 'Life of Pi') to cult classics ('The Goonies', 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'). All events are free and no booking is required, but we recommend you arrive early and bring a cushion. For full event details visit www.morelondon.com

  1. The Scoop at More London The Queen's Walk, SE1 2DB
  2. Thu Jul 24 - Fri Sep 26
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Sparrows Of Paris

  • Free

This jazz four-piece play French songs from the ’20s to the ’50s, and jazz standards.

  1. Brasserie Blanc Trinity Square, EC3N 4AA
  2. Thu Jul 24
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Live Jazz At The Rabbit

  • Free

Jazz music sessions in the cocktail bar featuring a variety of instrumentalists every week.

  1. The White Rabbit 125 Stoke Newington Church St, N16 0UH
  2. Thu Jul 24 - Thu Dec 18
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Dust Me Down Blues Band

  • Free

Blues combo apparently taking their name from the Ben Harper track.

  1. Ain't Nothing But Blues Bar Kingly Street, W1B 5PZ
  2. Thu Jul 24
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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 Jul 25
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Rollo Markee & The Tailshakers

  • Free

The Midlands-based four-piece plays a mixture of old style blues and jazz.

  1. Ain't Nothing But Blues Bar Kingly Street, W1B 5PZ
  2. Fri Jul 25 - Sat Jul 26
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Dave O'Higgins Quartet

  • Critics choice
  • Free

One of Britain’s finest tenor saxophonists, O’Higgins is influenced by Wayne Shorter and Dexter Gordon. He plays his usual top-notch mix of fast-paced, post-bop and modern jazz standards.

  1. Wigmore Hall 36 Wigmore St, W1U 2BP
  2. Fri Jul 25
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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. Sat Jul 26 - Sat Aug 23
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Dan Raza And The Shrouds

  • Free

Dark, Mozza-styled Americana artist Raza plays with a six-piece band.

  1. Inspiral Lounge 250 Camden High St, NW1 8QS
  2. Sat Jul 26
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Roots

  • Free

The band plays rock and folk.

  1. Round Midnight Jazz & Blues Bar Liverpool Road, N1 0RW
  2. Mon Jul 28
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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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