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The best music venues in London: Barbican

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Barbican Centre

Cinemas Barbican

It might look like it was built in 1920s Uzbekistan (then turned inside out) but, believe it or not, the Barbican is only thirty-something.

 This borderline-navigable optical and spatial illusion is a favourite venue of arts-loving Londoners due to the overwhelming breadth of musical genres that can be heard here.

It's the home of the London Symphony Orchestra, but it’s also where ’60s super-producer Joe Boyd and the surviving members of Pink Floyd chose to host their 2007 Syd Barrett tribute show. 

In the last year alone, it has showcased Sufi music, and a for-the-hell-of-it mash-up of Afrobeat legends with South American electronicists, to preconception-shattering effect.

Next venue: O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

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