London is a good city for music. It’s a city that offers a variety of everything. Whatever genre you’re into, there’s always a room for you and every show you go to offers a unique experience. So, if you’re interested in the city’s music scene, here are 7 events you must visit in London.
Upcomng Events in London
#1 Camden Crawl
Camden Crawl is an annual music festival that started in 1995. It takes place early in May with around 50 venues along Camden High Street. You could get a one-day or a weekend pass so that you may freely go from one venue to the other.
The festival is hosted by some of the world-famous music venues such as The Underworld, KOKO, The Dublin Castle, The Barfly, and The Roundhouse. If you’re into alternative music and would like to see known bands in the industry, as well as upcoming talents, then you must visit this event. The Lemonheads, Alabama 3, The Wannadies, The Charlatans, Echo & The Bunnymen, and Teenage Fanclub are only some of the bands that have participated in this event.
#2 London Jazz Festival
If you’re into jazz music, then this is a must-see event for you. The festival takes place during November for over 10 days across the city. The setting ranges from major art sites such as Barbican Arts Center and Royal Festival Hall to small clubs like Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.
The admission fee depends on the venue but you could have access to some for free. The festival is featuring some of the world-famous stars in the industry and so as upcoming acts.
#3 UPW London
UPW London is a Tony Robbins’ mega event. Even though it’s a personal development seminar, you will get to enjoy the music and dancing for 4 days. You will also walk on fire which is one of the highlights of this event.
#4 Meltdown Festival
The Meltdown is an annual music, film, and arts festival that began in 1993. It takes place at the Southbank Centre and is held in June. Different figures from the arts have been curating this event and some of them are David Bowie, Elvis Costello, John Peel, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, and The Smiths’ Morrissey.
Over the years, artists such as Lou Reed, John Frusciante, Blur, The Libertines, Cornershop, Iggy and The stooges, Supergrass, Fleet Foxes, and Van Dyke Parks have appeared in this event.
#5 Kew The Music
If you’re visiting London during the summer, then Kew The Music is the perfect event to go to. It is held at the Summer Swing Kew Garden, a UNESCO world heritage site that hosts a series of concerts for five days in July.
There is a wide range of performers that have participated in this event over the years. Some of them were Jools Holland, The Bootleg Beatles, and Bjorn Again. An outdoor botanical garden and some good music are a perfect combination for a warm summer night, and there is also a fireworks display at the end of the show.
#6 The Proms
The Proms is one of London’s most iconic annual event for classical music lovers. Also known by its formal name, The BBC Prom, it started in 1927 and is still gaining the same popularity as it did then. It is held at the world’s grandest music venue, The Royal Albert Ball. There are over a thousand tickets available per concert and it only costs £5.00, making it affordable to most social classes.
Traditionally, the concert holds a patriotic theme during the last night of the prom and the British anthems, Land of Hope and Glory are performed. There is a simultaneous event called BBC Proms in the Park where the
#7 Wireless Festival
The Wireless Festival is the most well-known annual music festival and one of the most interesting things to do in London that happens for 3 days in early July and it is held at The Hyde Park.
The music genres that you would likely see on this festival are indie and alternative rock. Some of the bands that have performed on this event are The Strokes, Kasabian, and White Stripes. But you will see pop artists and hip-hop acts perform here as well like Pink and Jay-Z.
#8 Hard Rock Calling
The Hard Rock Calling would be the youngest of the annual London music festivals on our list. It starts in 2006 and used to be held at the Hyde Park but now, the festival takes place at the Olympic park. The festival happens during the summer, late June or early July. It is held for over 3 days and, what’s more, interesting about it is that there are 2 stages and they have 5 or 6 acts on every stage that would be playing throughout the day.
As the name implies, you would be seeing a lot of rock, alternative rock, and indie bands to perform here as well. Some of the artists that have performed here were The Who, Neil Young, Fleet Foxes, The Charlatans, and The Killers.