London has a thriving music scene. With many genres making their home in the city and finding inspiration in it, London has always been a hub for the best beats in Britain. Whether you’re looking for a laid back SoFar Sounds gig or a stadium gig bursting with light and sound, London brings in the best. With countless venues scattered across the city’s 32 boroughs and streets filled with some fo the best buskers in the country, it’s hard to escape the sounds of the city. Every day of the week sees innovative local and international artists take to London, and for guests staying in London Hotels family rooms, buying a ticket for live music is a great way to get to know the local culture and fashion scene.
Whether it’s your first or hundredth time in London, there’s always something unique to see, so over the winter why not warm your ears at least, and enjoy some of these unique artists paving the way in the London music scene.
Gilles Peterson at Oval Space
On New Year’s Eve, guests at Oval Space can enjoy the electronic dance beats of world-famous Gilles Peterson. This unique celebration of the past year will be hosted by Oval Space in the London Fields area of East London, one of the most popular dance music venues in the city.
Alexander O’Neal at the Jazz Cafe
One of the countries most popular R n B stars, the smooth-voiced Alexander O’Neal will be returning to London’s Jazz Cafe with his collection of grooves. With a career dating back to the ’80s, O’Neal is still the top of his game and promises to bring some of the best soul music in the world to the iconic music venue.
Art Of Noise and The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
The Art of Noise brings their best of the city band out in full force to cover Lauryn Hill’s seminal album. Hitting the Jazz Cafe in Camden on the 6th of January this iconic venue is once again opening up its doors to the new year this early January with a throwback to one of hip hops most elusive and inspirational talents.
Caravan Palace at O2 Academy Brixton
On January 30th, electro-swing stars Caravan Palace bring their all singing all dancing remixes to the stage of Brixton’s O2 Academy. With a broad variety of unique songs and samples, Caravan Palace has remained a fan favourite of electro-swing for years, and are sure to pack out the iconic South London arena.
One of the new voices on the live jazz scene in London, Riot Jazz explodes onto the stage of the Blues Kitchen in Camden on the 4th of January. With their mosh-worthy brass ensemble cooking up a late-night storm in one of London’s most popular clubs.
Slipknot hit up the O2 Arena this January 25th with their new world tour named We Are Not Your Kind. If you’re a guest at the Shaftesbury Hotel London looking for a heavy night out, then this late January heavy rock gem is the one for you.
Kaiser Chiefs and Razorlight
Another O2 gem, this time taking us into late February, the Kaiser Chiefs and Razorlight combine their indie darling statuses for a mix of brilliant hits from the last two decades. Fans of both will be over the moon, while fans of one will no doubt be discovering a new favourite.
The king of heavy metal himself lands in the O2 Arena on the 22nd of February. With his background as the lead singer of the proto heavy metal band Black sabbath, you can expect some of the bands hits alongside Ozzy’s solo work. Metalheads on a trip to London, get your tickets quick
Kokoroko is an explosive afrobeat band from London who will be headlining the Camden Roundhouse on the 28th of January. With a huge local following, this is a great way for guests at the Grand Royale Hyde Park to get in touch with the true roots of the city’s music, all within one of the city’s most exciting music venues.
Anna Meredith is one of the most critically acclaimed electronic acts to have hit London, and on the 5th of February, you can see her at the EartH venue in Hackney. For fans of electronica and pop, Anna Meredith’s new album will go down a treat, and with her recent critical acclaim for composing the score for the film Eighth Grade, she’s a talent that you shouldn’t miss.
The American singer and songwriter will comprise performing at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the 4th of February, bringing his alternative folk music and visual art to the legendary venue. With the release of a new album on its way, Banhart is a U.S export and one to watch.
Having exploded over the last few years, Angel Olsen has become one of the most exciting indie-rock singers to emerge from the US. Taking over the Hammersmith Eventim Appollo on the 11th of February, this gig will be easily reachable for guests at the West London based Shaftesbury Hyde Park International and promises to be a brooding and atmospheric experience.
These New Puritans
On the 28th of February, ambient electronic band These New Puritans will be performing new material from their up and coming album The Blue Door. with their experimental style and sweeping soundscapes, the Barbican Hall will be the perfect venue for the critically acclaimed band.
Sleater Kinney is a 90’s alt-rock all-girl band from the USA. Having emerged in the 90s’ during the male-heavy college rock boom, Sleater Kinney has kept up their popularity through political discourse but have only just returned from an almost ten-year hiatus. With their new album, The Centre Won’t Hold released in August 2019. Performing at the O2 Academy in Brixton, Sleater Kinney will return to London on the 26th of February and will bring with them thousands of fans eager to see their return to the city.
From grunge to swing, there are plenty of artists who are coming to London in the next few months. What will you book tickets (and a room!) for? If you fancy front row seats at one of these shows, start saving your money now by taking advantage of The Shafetbury Hotel’s special offers and packages.