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.

Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie and The Advent of Punk

  • Free

To mark Blondie's 40th anniversary, Somerset House present this mega show of previously unpublished photographs by Chris Stein, co-founder of the band. As well as featuring images of the chart-topping group in their early days and backstage on tour, Stein has selected other favourites from his archive including sultry snaps of David Bowie, The Ramones, Andy Warhol and other big names from the glittering, new wave world.  

  1. Somerset House Strand, WC2R 1LA
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Jan 25
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Tomorrow's Warriors

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Gary Crosby's young outfit is a training ground for the jazz stars of tomorrow. Prepare to be impressed and envious at their talent.

  1. Verdi The Royal Albert Hall, SW7 2AP
  2. Fri Nov 28
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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 Nov 28
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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 Nov 28
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Independent Label Market and London Brewers' Market

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Vinyl buffs, rejoice: the Independent Label Market is back for its annual pre-Christmas sale. It’s a platform for nearly a hundred of the UK’s best independent record labels – including XL, 4AD, Domino, Mute and Hyperdub – 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. If the idea of an indie record fair wasn’t geeky enough for you already, then check out the market’s exclusive special items. Test pressings, white labels, and limited-edition records are all on offer, but don’t miss the weirder stuff: everything from Balkan Vinyl’s ‘Star Wars’ rave remixes (packaged with replica action figures) to a ‘Dungeons & Dragons’-style board game by Numero Group, themed around obscure ’70s rock bands. Bill and Ted would almost certainly deem it ‘excellent’. After all that you’ll probably need a drink, so it’s just as well that the London Brewers’ Market is running a pop-up beer garden next door. Head over to sample local craft brews from London and beyond, and have a (hazy) chat to the brewers behind them.The market opens at 11am, and it’s best to arrive early if you want to take your pick of the exclusive items and beat the crowds (yep, there are crowds). So set your alarm, bring a tote bag and plenty of cash, and bag some awesome Christmas presents for all the coolest people in your life. And yourself, obviousl

  1. Old Spitalfields Market Brushfield Street, Spitalfields, E1 6AA
  2. Sat Nov 29
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The Big Beer Band

  • Free

Seventeen-piece swing band.

  1. Grape & Grain Anerley Hill, Crystal Palace, SE19 2AA
  2. Mon Dec 1
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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 Dec 1
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The Jason Lyon Trio

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Chick Corea-influenced pianist Lyon performs modern jazz classics and originals with his talented band, featuring regular guest soloists drawn from London's jazz elite.

  1. Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec & Jazz Bar 140 Newington Butts, SE11 4RN
  2. Mon Dec 1
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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 Dec 2 - Wed Dec 3
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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. Tue Dec 2
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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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