When it comes to music, it’s hard to think of an area of the world more celebrated than the British Isles. While the one of the most famous bands of all time – The Beatles – hail from a little bit further north than the capital, London has produced a great array of bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, Queen, and The Libertines are just a few of the outfits that solidify London’s reputation as one of the most predominant musical cities in the world.
Of course, keeping up with some of the fasting rising musical acts can be difficult, with so many diverse sounds constantly appearing. However, music streaming service Spotify is your best bet, as the gigantic selection of tracks available will keep you on your musical toes. What’s more, it’s worth paying for the premium option, as there are no adverts between the songs, and the overall audio quality is far superior. Spotify also recently teamed up with an online payment option named paysafecard, for those who prefer to pay online without the need of a bank account.
But where do these great bands perform? London has some of the world’s greatest buildings, and the city’s venues are no different. Here’s a few of our favourite venues.
The Union Chapel, Islington
The Union Chapel is a venue inside gothic masterpiece of a building. Fully completed in 1890, it is still used as a working church today. What’s more, the BBC hold their annual proms in here, with acoustics being second to none and offering gig-goers the full experience.
The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, Camden
This former railway turntable shed was built halfway through the 19th century. It’s a venue that’s been held in high regard since the sixties, when the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and The Ramones all amazed crowds in the venue. The main room in The Roundhouse still feels Victorian thanks to its identifiable steel ribs which run through the centre of the room. The venue today hosts a staggering variety of acts. The iTunes festival is held there every September – testifying to its world class reputation.
The Forum, Kentish town, Camden
In keeping with the previous two entries, the Forum is located inside a beautiful building constructed in the 1930s and has played host to some of the world’s biggest musical acts since becoming a music venue in the 1980s. Rihanna, KISS, Justin Timberlake, The Killers, and Jack White have all played great shows here. With a capacity of 2,300 people and Roman-themed art deco, The Forum is crammed most weekends with many world famous act playing there. Make sure to get tickets long in advance if you would like a chance to see a famous band or artist in this venue.