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Five of the Best Live Music Venues in East London

Old Street Records

350-356, Old Street, The City, London EC1V 9NQ
“Old Street Records has positioned itself right at the forefront of Shoreditch’s live music scene thanks to its cutting-edge mix of EP launches, new bands and established acts. Take in a constantly top-drawer mix of live acts or make for the basement, where there’s more of an intimate vibe thanks to the jazz evenings and low-key DJ sessions.”

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London, E8 2EB
The Shacklewell Arms is a real gem of a venue tucked away in deepest Dalston. An intimate back room of a popular local pub specialising in indie gigs from much hyped UK artists. It’s one of east London’s top venues for seeing up-and-coming talent. With a quirky back yard and ever-changing kitchen takeovers, it’s a great venue to meet mates from all over London.

Total Refreshment Centre

2 Foulden Road, N16 7UR
Originally set up by a couple of Jamaican entrepreneurs in the 1980s based on their experiences of Jamaica’s best Dancehalls, TFC explodes from a transformed warehouse in the heart of Stoke Newington. With a series of acoustically treated rooms and one of London’s  ,. TRC also offers a recording studio, rehearsal facilities, and a variety of custom studio spaces for any event. But for a regular location where you can hear the very latest cutting-edge music from any genre head to their TRC. The curation is eclectic but never disappoints. It also has rehearsal spaces and recording studios.’

Church of Sound

St James Church, 233 Lower Clapton Rd, London E5 8EH
The shared fantasy of a Hackney organist and a Parisian vinyl collector exploring unheard territories, Church of Sound brings together a concentric circle of Jazz, Funk and Future Sounds in a re-imagined holy space. Sharing original one-off happenings, St James Church is transformed into a one-night-only music venue unlike any other.

Village Underground

54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PQ
This renovated Victorian coalstore in the heart of Shoreditch is hard to miss with its rooftop tube carriages. Offering a strong lineup of concerts, club nights, exhibitions, theatre and more, the venue delivers an atmospheric intimacy.

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