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Tickets to Rising Stars

Live music gigs featuring up-and-coming talent brought to you by Time Out Events

Jerry Williams photographed by Jim Templeton-Cross

Discover the stars of tomorrow at one of our specially curated gigs and pay as little as £10 per ticket. Taking place at iconic music venues around London, our Rising Stars events showcase some of the best new artists in the UK. Each show will feature up-and-coming artists who will perform intimate sets especially for Time Out readers only. Featuring the freshest faces in blues, rock, country and folk, this is the place to find your new favourite artist before they hit the big time.

Plus, if you arrive before 8pm, you can have a drink on us at each gig!

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The Man on the Street

Some of those Rising Stars keep rising

#AlexFrancis now on European Tour supporting The Stereophonics

Go Alex !


June 21st 2016

That was quite a night at the newly refurbished Jazz Cafe.

Mancie Baker opened with a set that belied her youth. At just 17 she shows so much potential. 

Next up Alex Francis and his red hot band upped the tempo with soulful renditions of original songs that had the audience calling for more.

At these gigs theres not really time for encores, as its a packed bill - with 5 on show this night.

Next on stage was Mollie Marriott. Daughter of Steve Marriott of the Small Faces and Humble Pie , she proved she is able to rock in her own right. Blistering vocals and a wonderfully tight band. 

With there great local openers, it was time to head to the USA.

Nashville first with BREE and her three piece taking the stage , complete with Gibson flying V and upright double bass. Wow, does this lady know how to entertain. She had the whole audience roaring approval as she needed the 30 minute set dancing on the upright bass. Phenomenal energy - great sound. Word has it she is heading back to London soon, so be there !

To close out the show Andrew Duhon was introduced. He is on tour from New Orleans. One man, a guitar , harmonica and simply beautiful voice. Having been taken to a rock and roll high, the whole place now came down as Andrew deliver a soaring performance that showed exactly why Whispering Bob Harris has been singing his praises. 


May 18th 2016 - Last night we had a phenomenally talented line up. Third band up (Saint Agnes) gave a rock and roll masterclass. It takes a BIG act to take the stage , hold the audience and build on such a performance. Well Lynne Jackaman did exactly that. Raw vocal fronting a red hot band. A total wow. Thank you to Lynne , the band and all who came to see her. 

Last night we lit up 229 and Jackaman pulled the switch !


One of our Rising Stars came back to launch his new album - and invited Time Out Cardholders to attend as his guest. That's a nice thank you.

Here's a little of what happened on the night:

Matt Woosey Live at 229



Time Out London present Best of Rising Stars 2015 at The Jazz Cafe 15th Dec

by Skye Antoniou


Opening with nothing less than a bang, Time Out presented Best of Rising Stars 2015 in Camden’s beloved The Jazz Cafe – heightening spirits, cheers and one or a few pints as the evening merrily amplified the Christmas joy. 

Inviting back the memorably skilled stars of 2015, Time Out welcomed the magnetizing pop/cinematic Carrie Haber, fiery acoustic singer-songwriter Emily Lee, Nashville TN country/pop pro Sonia Leigh, smoothly confident four-piece blues rock band Broken Witt Rebels, Lionhearted one man blues band Dan Owen, closing with ace rockers The Carnabys. 

Hosted by London’s very own Time Out Development Director Ray Jones, each act had been nothing shy of a warm welcome to the stage, receiving great roars of cheers for the artists, admiringly making them feel like the new year’s upcoming Billboard chart toppers – an evening rich with delight on all faces from the audience, performers and the Time Out team throughout all hours of the upbeat occasion.

The impressive sold out event had certainly lived up to any and all high expectations. With incredible talents and a broad set of styles, personas and genres, it had been an evening suitable for absolutely anybody with a palette for music and taste for cold beverages.

An almighty gratification to witness an event filled with such praise and optimism for the climb of 2016’s new talent – we certainly look forward to January 19th as Rising Stars rocks out Camden’s The Jazz Cafe once again.

Be sure to check out the incredible talents! 

The Man on the Street

Rising Stars of Blues and Rock did exactly what it said on the tin. Gentle , melodic start by Rory Butler , before Lisa Marini charmed the crowd with beautiful vocals and gypsy blues. Her version of "I'm the king of the Swingers" took the prize for most fun song of the night. Next up came White Feather Collective who stepped up the tempo big style. They sound a bit like The Doors. Totally won me and the audience. Then it got LOUD - very loud ! Bad Touch are good old fashioned long-haired rockers. They cranked up the volume and ground guitars and drums into a frenzy. Last up - and unafraid of the awesome performance by Bad Touch came Blind Pilgrim. Introduced as finalists of Hard Rock Rising at The Hard Rock Cafe , you could see why. Played the blues as we danced and drank our last beers before heading into the Camden night air. Loved it.

Steph S

Had the BEST night at Rising Stars! Tuesday night has never been so fun :) The bands were all superb and I've found new music loves... Things started off beautiful & mellow, eased us in to the night ahead. Slowly things grew to a proper head-banging, get-on-your-feet sesh which had me smiling ear to ear. Wicked performances by all... Special shout out to Rory Butler and The White Feather Collection, absolutely brilliant sets and really great seeing fellow Scots down here ;) Bad Touch were utterly epic too!! I'll see you at the next one!!

Alex F

I attended the Time Out event Rising Stars of Folk Music at the Electric Carousel, Picadilly. It's a great little venue and every act in my opinion was flawless and vocally outstanding. It's the first time I've been to an event that done just folk music and after last night I am looking forward to attending many more. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes artists like the Cranberries or just some great live music.

Elisa R Tastemaker

I went to the Rising stars of Country event at the Jazz cafe last night and had a great time! The Jazz Cafe in itself is a lovely place that I had never visited before even though I'm local. I am very fond of country music but lack knowledge in it. However, I consider having enough taste to say that the level last night was excellent! My personnal favourite was the great Dexeter: the singer had a fantastic voice, the lyrics were touching and I really enjoyed the melodies too.

ally s

Day 3 in my ‪#‎7gigs7days‬ challenge (I do love my live music) took me plus about 400 other folks to an absoute corker of a live show from Time Out Rising Stars at The Jazz Cafe. The lineup featured country music and some brill sets from all the artists who were warmly received. I especially loved Laura Oakes , gorgeous with her band (in pic below) followed by a sensational set from the only US artist, Sonia Leigh. My goodness that girl had the whole venue SILENT for an acoustic number in the midst of 30 mins rocking out with her band. Magic. Honestly you could have heard a pin drop. Its really something to continually see so many new people at live gigs supporting emerging acts so Im going to carry on congratulating Ray Jones and Harry Farmer on the great work with Rising Stars - the artists salute you!!

Paula - ToT Tastemaker

The Rising Stars series is awesome and a great way to see some up and coming artists before they (inevitably) hit the big time.  The Rising Stars of Country event on 6 October 2015 was so much fun and all the acts were brilliant.  All of the acts were great and will be keeping an eye out for them in the future!