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.

Kate Bush: Photographs by Gered Mankowitz and Guido Harari

  • Free

These two photographers are cheekily bringing out new Bush books and putting on an exhibition to coincide with the ‘Before the Dawn’ shows. Big draws include Mankowitz’s famous ‘pink leotard’ shots and out-takes from his shoots for the ‘Lionheart’ and ‘The Kick Inside’ sleeves. Go along and play ‘Hounds of Love’ on your phone: it’ll almost be like Kate’s singing to you. Until you get kicked out of the gallery.

  1. Snap Galleries 12 Piccadilly Arcade, SW1Y 6NH
  2. Thu Aug 28 - Thu Oct 2
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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 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 Aug 29
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Towma

  • Free

A strange brew of smooth harmonies and augmented jazz chords from Towma, whose studied, piano-led grooves are reminiscent of Hall & Oates and Everything Everything.

  1. National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE
  2. Fri Aug 29
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Play Me, I'm Yours

  • Free

They're back! 15 pianos hit Canary Wharf's waterfront, streets, parks and shopping centres for Londoner's to plink and pore over during September. The pianos have been touring the world since 2008. During that time they have sparked marriage proposals, launched careers and inspired peace protests.

  1. Canary Wharf Isle Of Dogs, E14 4HJ
  2. Mon Sep 1 - Tue Sep 30
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Alex Haynes & The Fever

  • Free

The band plays a mix of R&B, blues and rock'n'roll and comprises of Alex Haynes and Rich Coulson.

  1. The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3AR
  2. Mon Sep 1 - Tue Sep 2
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ITUNES FESTIVAL: Deadmau5

  • Critics choice
  • Free

You might think that wearing a huge mouse mask would make you more suitable for a job at Disneyland than becoming a globe-conquering DJ, but Canadian EDM superstar Joel Zimmerman has done pretty damn well out of it with his Deadmau5 project. Initially known for his club-smashing trance-y hits and glittery electro bangers that have had countless hours of play around the world's more commercially focused nightclubs, Zimmerman has recently taken to sounds of a deeper, more techno-shaped nature, playing DJ sets that are more suited  to underground basement clubs than the arenas he's known for. Whether he retains that darker vibe for tonight's show at the iTunes Festival or goes down the fist-pumping, neon-lightshow-EDM-extravaganza route once again remains to be seen, but either way it seems likely to be a talking point of the festival, particularly as it's the opening show of the whole event. To win free tickets, enter at itunes.com/festival.

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Mon Sep 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 Sep 1
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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 Sep 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 Sep 2 - Wed Sep 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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