Shoreditch Live MusicThis is the third part in our occasional series of guides to live music venues in London. Previously we covered music venues in Camden Town and Brixton.

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In part 3, we head to London’s trendy east to explore live music venues in and around Shoreditch.


The list is in no particular order…

Rich Mix

35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA

Rich Mix is a cultural centre which as well as hosting an ecclectic array of live gigs also houses three cinemas and an arts centre. All profits raised by the venue support education, arts and community activities which nurture local and new talent. Rich Mix is the flagship at the heart of what is going on in this vibrant part of London.

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The Old Blue Last

38 Great Eastern St, EC2A 3ES

With a reputation for showcasing the next big Indie bands and finding forward-thinking new music, The Old Blue Last is in some people’s books one of London’s best music venues. The majority of gigs are free entry or usually worth the small entry fee for a great night out.

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Troy Bar

10 Hoxton Street, N1 6NG

Troy Bar’s infamous open mic night on Tuesdays is an open mic night like no other, with a high calibre band on hand to back up the singers. On other nights watch out for Jazz, Funk and Blues gigs at the Tory Bar.

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The Macbeth

70 Hoxton Street, N1 6LP

The Macbeth is a haggard old party pub that has been host to some of the most exciting artists, DJs and club nights in town. The likes of Florence and the Machine, Gallows, Annie Mac, Pete Doherty, Toddla T, Gang Of Four, Roots Manuva, Fucked Up, IS TROPICAL, Drums Of Death, Saves The Day, Rolo Tomassi, Dan le Sac and Scrubious PiP, The XX, The Count & Sinden, Fake Blood and Franz Ferdinand have graced the stage over the years.

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Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen

2-4 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU

Prime location with space for 450 amongst its three bars, and a busy gig venue that occasionally plays host to the odd secret big-name guest. Free entry on some nights, and the Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen has the dubious attraction of seeing cars driving towards the back window which is slightly below street level before turning at the last minute.

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The Bedroom Bar

62-68 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY

The Bedroom Bar plays host to a range of music from around the world. The venue calls itself “the home of genre crossing, bliss inducing, nights of musical mayhem”. There’s something of a festival feeling with a cross-over blend of genres on offer on live music nights at the Bedroom Bar.

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Here’s a handy map with the locations of the venues mentioned above:

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If you are in the Shoreditch area, why not try out a drum lesson at the Elephant Drums East studio just up the road on Kingsland Road (E8).

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