Live Music in North London
Going to see music live can transform your view of a musician
or band so find out who has real talent by watching them
live in north London.
One of the newest and probably the biggest venues in the
area is the Carling Academy [map],
Islington. Opened in 1993, this 800-seater concert venue
attracts some of the bigger names in live music to north
London. And for those with musical aspirations, the Carling
Academy is often on the lookout for unsigned bands to
support artists so if you want to be discovered then get
As well as hosting top comedy acts (for example Jimmy
Carr in June/July ‘04) and drama productions, live
music also has a place on the programme at the Hen
and Chickens Theatre [map] in Highbury. This theatre pub showcases blues bands, tribute
acts and much more at various times throughout the year.
When it’s not performing its righteous role, Chapel
Union [map] is an awarding winning concert venue. The fact that it
is still a working church doesn’t stop it from regularly
hosting rock, jazz, folk and other music events amidst
the gothic architecture.
Acoustic and unplugged music can be heard at Lark in
the Park [map].
Located at Barnard Park in Islington, this independent
bar is open to all sorts of music genres from acoustic
indie folk to quirky rock/pop. The Lark even has an open
mike night for any melody makers or spirited songstresses
to grab a little limelight.
Indie kids and rockers will find that The Garage [map] in Islington caters for their tastes. This venue seems
to be the epitome of the dive that most supporters of
live rock music will be familiar with, but with Mean
Fiddler organising the acts the spirit lives on. Since
1993 when Mean Fiddler opened the venue, the likes of
Radiohead, Placebo and Supergrass have all graced the
stage before they hit the big time, and today talented
up-and-coming bands still top the bill.
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