Rough Trade East

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Brick Lane

Like its sister store in W11, the East End addition to the RT stable welcomes live performers of pretty much every persuasion and boasts not only more space and a café, but also – far more importantly – a purpose-built stage, with standing room in front sensibly factored into the planning. Gigs happen early in the evening (usually 7pm) and admission is more often than not free (with a pre-collected wristband) or free with purchase of the new album by whoever's playing. Sets are shorter than a regular gig and there can be long queues for bigger named acts, but then, who wouldn't queue to see free sets from the diverse likes of Blur, Marianne Faithful and Vampire Weekend?

Venue name: Rough Trade East
Contact:
Address: Brick Lane
London
E1 6QL
Opening hours: 8am-9pm Mon-Thu; 8am-8pm Fri; 10am-8pm Sat; 11am-7pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Aldgate East/Shoreditch High St Overground
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Diana T
Tastemaker

You walk in and you feel a bit of an east London vibe, music playing in the background, a cafe in the front, then books and of course all the rows of cds and vinyls. The staff is really nice when you approach them and the infamous photobooth is great for a tangible memory. They throw events and free gigs quite often, and there are always people sitting drinking their coffee working away at the front. I try not to go in there too often because I end up broke after every visit. It is definitely one of those places where you could stay for hours and not get bored (if you're a music fan). 

Jaclyn
Staff Writer

Free Gigs!

That’s one of the best things about Rough Trade East.

The walls are adorned with handprints and signed records from some of the greats who have performed there over the years.

They also happen to have an insanely large collection of CDs and vinyl from independent artists spanning all genres. The album of the month club is a great way to discover new music – sometimes it’s rubbish, most of the time it’s great. But you can always go and exchange your latest album for something you’d prefer if you're not a fan.

The staff are helpful and clearly care a LOT about what they do, which is a refreshing change from the usual too-cool-to-care attitude that prevails in the rest of Shoreditch hipster-ville.

Oh and they sell cans of Beavertown Gamma Ray there too, so you can enjoy a world class act while drinking a world class beer. Yes!