Islington music venues
Discover the best places to catch a great gig in Islington and Angel
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. Now
- 275-277 Pentonville Rd, N1 9NL
- Rated as: 4/5
- Critics choice
Poor ticket sales at the 2009 Big Chill festival led to the event seeking voluntary liquidation, at which point it was purchased by the Festival Republic behemoth. Happily, the two London bars have
- 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'. With an unashamedly American retro
- 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. Step forward Steve Blonde and the Medicine Bar's Rob Wheeler
- 44 Essex Rd, N1 8LN
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