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.

Music Cube

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What’s the most annoying thing about the London gig circuit? Is it people taking photos on their phones? Expensive tickets? Overpriced drinks? Nope: according to the people behind an unusual new gig series, it’s definitely those big speakers on either side of the stage. Mega-mall Westfield has found a way to solve that problem: put the singer in a soundproof, transparent cube, and give everyone a pair of headphones so they can hear him. It’s basically like a silent disco combined with an aquarium. Genius, right?Over the next two weekends you can experience this concept at both of London’s Westfields, in Shepherd’s Bush and Stratford, with DJs and upcoming artists all weekend, and one big headliner. This Saturday in Shepherd’s Bush you can catch MNEK, the Lewisham-born teenage producer and singer who’s worked with Kylie, Duke Dumont, Clean Bandit, Gorgon City and other chart-demolishing acts. Bursting with energy and famous for his impeccable dance moves and audience interaction, he’s the perfect performer to see trapped in a perspex box. The weekend after, shouty girl band Neon Jungle are headlining.It’s a good opportunity to catch some up-and-coming chart acts in a cosy setting, although the sheet of transparent plastic between the audience and the stage might reduce the intimacy factor a bit. Tickets (which include a pair of headphones on arrival) are free from the Westfield website, and you can also hear the performances through a dedicated iPhone app. We’ll be tuning in a

  1. Westfield Stratford City Great Eastern Road, E20
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Nov 2
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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 Oct 27
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The Jason Lyon Quartet

  • Free

Chick Corea-influenced pianist Lyon performs modern jazz classics and originals with his talented band, which includes young drum ace Sophie Alloway.

  1. Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec & Jazz Bar 140 Newington Butts, SE11 4RN
  2. Mon Oct 27
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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 Oct 28 - Wed Nov 26
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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. Wed Oct 29
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Lizzo

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Quickfire Minneapolis MC Melissa Jefferson – aka Lizzo – takes a trip to the UK, delivering tracks from her debut album 'Lizzobangers'. Want more?What's the deal with… Lizzo?

  1. The Old Blue Last 38 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3ES
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 1
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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 Oct 31
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Astral Pattern

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Three members of London darkwave act SCUM return with a sunnier disposition as Astral Pattern, making lovely synth-pop with a Kraftwerk bent. Former drummer Melissa Rigby handles lead vocals, with Huw Webb and Bradley Baker building up big, sweeping layers of keyboards.

  1. The Old Blue Last 38 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3ES
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sun Nov 2
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Higher Learning

  • Free

Regular hip hop open mic in Deptford.

  1. Birds Nest Deptford Church Street, SE8 4RZ
  2. Sun Nov 2
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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 Nov 3
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9 comments
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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