Islington music venues
Discover the best places to catch a great gig in Islington and Angel
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Islington has the alternative side of things covered with music venues like the Lexington showcasing the next big things in indie, and a thriving acoustic scene. While big three the O2 Academy, Scala and Big Chill House cater for, well, just about everyone else.
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Located in a mall, the 800-capacity Islington Academy was never going to be London's most atmospheric venue. Still, the gigs are decent – fast-rising indie bands and cultured singer-songwriters.
- N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield St, N1 OPS
Opened as a cinema shortly after World War I, the Scala was used briefly to show adult films in the '70s before becoming a live music venue where Iggy Pop and Hawkwind both strutted their stuff.
- 275-277 Pentonville Rd, N1 9NL
- Rated as: 4/5
- Critics choice
Housed in a large, difficult building, the King’s Cross branch is best to head here when there are DJs, generally Thursdays to Sundays.
- 257-259 Pentonville Road, N1 9NL
If you're after a mixture of underground sounds and a lounge space where you can actually hear what your mates are saying, you can't do much better than 'The Lex'.
- 96-98, Pentonville Road, N1 9JB
- Rated as: 3/5
The latest addition to Essex Road's burgeoning bar scene was a popular, flamboyantly historic, big corner pub that was ripe for a revamp.
- 44 Essex Rd, N1 8LN
Our map of Islington plots our pick of the best venues and things to do in the area.