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.

Sugar T And The Swells

  • Free

Jump blues and rock 'n' roll.

  1. King's Head Theatre 115 Upper St, N1 1QN
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Jazz Skool

  • Free

The Jazz Skool quintet play hard bop, cool and soul jazz classics every Thursday night.

  1. Oui Madame 182 Stoke Newington Rd, N16 7UY
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Thu Jun 19
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Live Jazz At The Rabbit

  • Free

Jazz music sessions in the cocktail bar featuring a variety of instrumentalists every week.

  1. The White Rabbit 125 Stoke Newington Church St, N16 0UH
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Thu Dec 18
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The Daniel Smith Blues Band

  • Free

Blues and boogie woogie piano.

  1. Round Midnight Jazz & Blues Bar 13 Liverpool Road, N1 0RW
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Mimika

  • Free

Mak Murtic conducts the 16-piece band as they perform a mix of folk, jazz, Balkan and experimental music.

  1. Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA
  2. Fri Apr 18
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Record Store Day at Rough Trade East

  • Critics choice
  • Free

London's best record store hosts a typically stunning live music line-up for Record Store Day. From 9.30am, the bill includes Toy, The Rails, East India Youth, Ben Watt performing with Bernard Butler, Younghusband, J Spaceman and The Amazing Snakeheads. Eclectic record collector and DJ Trevor Jackson spins alongside indie band Django Django, and for the kids there's a Pete Fowler mural to colour in. Doors open at 8am – turn up early if you want a decent spot for the bands.

  1. Rough Trade East Dray Walk, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
  2. Sat Apr 19
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Berwick Street's Record Store Day

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Despite the best efforts of iTunes and Amazon, the area around Berwick Street in Soho – famously portrayed on Oasis's '(What's the Story) Morning Glory?' album sleeve – is still home to the biggest concentration of indie record shops in London. That makes it a fitting place for a free mini-festival on Record Store Day (Saturday April 19), wouldn't you say? Like last year, an outdoor main stage will host live acts all afternoon: the line-up is still under wraps, but performers last year included Frank Turner, Matthew E White, Wire and Steve Mason. More live artists and DJs are scheduled to play smaller stages around the area, with DJs, music quizzes and parties in shops. It's not all about the music, either. There's plenty on Berwick Street besides record shops: there's a fruit and veg market, some acclaimed fabric and crafts shops, a handful of hip new clothing boutiques and more besides – and they'll all be getting in on the act. Special events on the day include a street food market, special Record Store Day discounts on clothes, and art and design sessions. All in all, there's a lot going on, and the area will be much busier than usual, so arrive early if you don't fancy contending with the crowds. See our guide to Record Store Day in London

  1. Berwick Street Market Berwick Street, W1F 0PT
  2. Sat Apr 19
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The Adrian Cox Quartet

  • Free

The saxophonist and clarinet-player performs lively and retro-influenced jazz-swing with the band.

  1. King's Head Theatre 115 Upper St, N1 1QN
  2. Sun Apr 20
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The Sam Kelly Trio

  • Free

Up from Crawley for the night, Kelly and his band play energetic folk-rock. In support are their fellow Sussaxons, Stark: an impressive young Americana-influenced trio from Brighton who showcase a gift for Seth Lakeman-sized choruses bursting with tight, driving melodicism and folk harmonies.

  1. The Boogaloo 312 Archway Road, N6 5AT
  2. Sun Apr 20
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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

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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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