Unsigned Band Venues in London

Music has a huge impact on society including the communities surrounding it and it’s very clear how it reflects the culture of places around the World. London is one of the major cities in the UK where the music community is so strong that with each generation it’s easy to see how music is influencing change throughout and that it’ll continue to have this effect since cultures are rapidly changing.

London contains many different venues all attracting certain genres and musicians many of which encourage unsigned band/musicians to perform for them, having these types of venue allows new music to make it’s way to the forefront of the music community by giving them exposure. These places are an important element of how and who will be influencing the future of music.

A photograph of the outside of The Dublin Castle in London.
The Dublin Castle, London

The Dublin Castle on 94 Parkway in Camden is a well known family run pub venue and has been running for 28 years. The pub features 4 live bands of all genres every night with DJs performing after the bands on weekends but it also contains a jukebox in the more calming atmosphere at the front of the pub. The reputation and success of this venue makes it one of the best places to check out new bands and is a place truly blessed as it has had so many famous musicians on it’s stage, musicians such as Blur, Coldplay, Supergrass, The Killers, The Arctic Monkeys and Billy Bragg.

A photograph taken of The Water Rats a music venue/pub/bar in London.
The water Rats, London

Another venue that deserves to be known if not already is The Water Rats located 328 Grays Inn Rd Kings cross, the venue itself comprises of a restaurant, bar and theatre and has had many famous artists perform there. The venue has had a huge impact on the music community by having artists that are famously well known such as Bob Dylan’s first UK gig in 1962, The Pogues first gig in 1982 and Oasis’ first London gig in 1994 along with performances from popular artists including Katy Perry, The Courteeners and Ra Ra Riot.

a photograph taken of The Old Blue Last Music.
The Old Blue Last Music Venue. London

The Old Blue Last is a music venue with a very interesting background and has an endless list of artists that have performed there ranging from well known artists to the up and coming ones. The venue is a refurbished east end pub with a live music venue upstairs including a  young and fresh following.

The pub is said to be over 300 years old and still stands on the corner of Great Eastern Street and Curtain Road even William Shakespeare is said to have frequently visited there. Throughout the 1970s and into the 1990s the area around the venue is said to have contained many strip clubs and violent bars which may be the reason why it was a Brothel until 2004 when the current owners bought the building and transformed it into one of the best music venues today. There’s much more information about the building’s history online.

The venues mentioned in this article are only a fraction of how many unique and quirky places that are out there furthermore it’s obvious to see how they’ve played their part in the growth of cultures and music today.

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