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
A refugee from Poland who set up a photo studio in Holland Park after WW2, Stanley Bielecki took photos of some of the biggest stars of the ’60s as a photographer for Pop Weekly, Teen Beat and Melody Maker magazines. This exhibition of photographs, many never seen before, documents the decade’s pop explosion with appearances by Bob Dylan, the Stones, Ginger Baker, The Supremes and more musical icons. It looks like a must for music fans, and it’s for a good cause too: proceeds from the sale of exhibition prints will go to the Alzheimer’s Society to help sufferers of the disease, including Bielecki himself.Read more
Vinyl buffs, rejoice: the Independent Label Market is back for a one-off rooftop party high above Oxford Street. It’s both a platform for dozens of the UK’s best independent record labels to sell their wares directly to music lovers and a chance for punters to get hold of some of the freshest LPs, CDs, tapes and merchandise, and hang out with the ever-friendly label staff and musicians who man the stalls. Labels taking part this time around include Bella Union, Hyperdub, Mute, Soul Jazz, Sunday Best, Fire and Hospital. The market opens at 11am, so it’s best to arrive early if you want to take your pick of the exclusive items and beat the crowds (yes, there will be crowds). Set your alarm and bring a tote bag and plenty of cash: you’ll find plenty of vinyl treasure here.Read more