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Your guide to the best gigs and festivals in London, plus book tickets

The best music venues in London
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The best music venues in London

The places to go for the hottest rock, pop, hip hop, R&B and folk gigs.

The best jazz bars and clubs in London
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The best jazz bars and clubs in London

Whether you're a longtime jazz lover or a total newbie, find your perfect spot.

The best classical music and opera venues in London
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The best classical music and opera venues in London

Catch a classical concert or soak up a symphony. 

London's very best nightclubs
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London's very best nightclubs

From intimate spaces that host full-on techno parties to vast clubbing institutions.

Best new music of 2019: This year’s rising stars
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Best new music of 2019: This year’s rising stars

It’s time to freshen up your playlists. 

The best gigs in London in the coming months

Top ten London gigs in September
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Top ten London gigs in September

No lie: September is one of the best months to see live music in London.

Top ten London gigs in October
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Top ten London gigs in October

This month a slew of rising stars and one genuine legend will take to the stage.

Top ten London gigs in November
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Top ten London gigs in November

What better way to keep warm than with a room full of adrenaline-pumped music fans? 

Top ten London gigs in December
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Top ten London gigs in December

From Christmas concerts to end-of-the-year pop spectaculars, London has plenty of great live music to offer even in midwinter. 

Top ten London gigs in January 2020
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Top ten London gigs in January 2020

January is a relatively quiet month for London's music scene. But that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of great gigs happening.

The best music festivals

The best music festivals in London
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The best music festivals in London

Leave the tents and wellies at home... every summer, the cream of the music world comes to our home town, meaning a huge load of world-class festivals only a tube ride away. Buy your tickets today and forget about going away, because after a long day of sun and debauchery there’s nothing better than a warm shower and your own bed. RECOMMENDED: The best festivals in the UK

The best UK festivals of 2019
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The best UK festivals of 2019

Don’t believe the naysayers: it’s boom time for UK festivals. Every summer brings a new crop of innovative summer music festivals in London and the rest of the country to join the long-established big beasts of festival season. So no matter what you’re looking for – rock ’n’ roll headliners, folk festivals, boutique festival frolics, house and techno bangers – there’s something for you happening in a field this summer. Here’s our round-up of the very biggest and best UK music festivals taking place in 2019. See you down the front!

The best European festivals in 2019
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The best European festivals in 2019

European festivals offer the best of both worlds: international DJs and live acts, plus you get a holiday out of it too. You just need to make the right choice for your summer rave-cation. From sizzling boat parties in Croatia to live music in historical cities and ancient coastal towns, the options are properly overwhelming. To help you out, we’ve shortlisted some of the best summer events taking place in Europe this summer, breaking them down by country. Get booking and you could soon find yourself a long way from the usual muddy British fields. RECOMMENDED: The best UK music festivals

The best dance music festivals
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The best dance music festivals

From the latest house DJs to world-conquering techno producers, British music festivals are a great way to catch the biggest and best dance music acts around. Here's our pick of the greatest UK dance music festivals, so you don't miss out on your very own summer of rave. Sorted. RECOMMENDED: Your guide to this year's best music festivals

The best family festivals
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The best family festivals

Children and music festivals don't always mix, but some UK music festivals are perfect for a family weekend away. Many events these days offer special family camping zones and reduced entry for little ’uns. Here's our pick of the best family-friendly events this season, with a laid-back atmosphere, and activities for kids of all ages taking place alongside the music. RECOMMENDED: Your guide to this year's best music festivals

Playlists by Time Out’s music experts

The 100 best party songs
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The 100 best party songs

Thanks to Spotify and other streaming services, everyone's a DJ these days. But this doesn't mean it's acceptable to cobble together dodgy party playlists filled with soggy bops and half-arsed nearly-bangers. To help you make sure your party goes off like a frog in a sock, we've put together this list of surefire floor-fillers featuring a generous smattering of '90s songs, house songs and R&B songs. Just remember to think of your party playlist like a spag bol: a little bit of cheese is a fine addition, but too much can be overpowering. 

The 50 best soul songs
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The 50 best soul songs

50 songs that pack the greatest emotional punches and most gut-wrenching feels

The best songs of 2017
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The best songs of 2017

Yes, 2017 isn't over by a long shot. But there's already been some great new tracks released in 2017

The best inspirational songs
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The best inspirational songs

In need of some musical motivation? Boost your mood with our list of the 30 most inspiring songs of all time

Relaxing music: the ultimate playlist
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Relaxing music: the ultimate playlist

Relaxing music doesn't necessarily mean aural wallpaper. Plug in to our three-hour playist for meditation, sleep, study or general chilling

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The best music venues in London

Union Chapel
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Union Chapel

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Brixton Academy

Brixton Academy

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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The O2
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The O2

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney)
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EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney)

Shepherd’s Bush Empire
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Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Users say
4 out of 5 stars

Eventim Apollo Hammersmith
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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Jazz Cafe
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Jazz Cafe

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
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O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Scala
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Scala

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4 out of 5 stars
Omeara
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Omeara

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4 out of 5 stars
100 Club
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100 Club

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4 out of 5 stars