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. Thu Aug 21 - Sat Aug 23
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Trish Clowes Duo

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Saxophonist and composer Clowes performs her impressive mix of jazz and contemporary classical via fluent improv, melodic lines and lush harmonies. She’s a complex and compelling soloist who’s well worth checking out, particularly in this free setting.

  1. Cadogan Hall Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ
  2. Thu Aug 21
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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 Aug 21
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The Human Project

  • Free

This Leeds-based foursome performs its punk-rock originals.

  1. The Black Heart Greenland Place, Camden, NW1 0AP
  2. Thu Aug 21
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Ma Polaine's Great Decline

  • Free

Delta blues and '40s jazz dance sweatily around the room together while country and soul smooch in a corner in the blues harp and brass-accompanied songs of the headlining quartet.

  1. Green Note Parkway, NW1 7AN
  2. Thu Aug 21
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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 Aug 21
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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 22
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Hot Fiction

  • Free

Garage rock duo Hot Fiction headline.

  1. The Monarch Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8BG
  2. Fri Aug 22
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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 25
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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 25
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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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