Take a look at our top recommendations for this month. As always seeing music in the capital doesn’t mean burning a hole in your purse.
An Evening of Special Guests at the Dublin Castle
I’m not one for surprises, but only a fool doesn’t make exceptions. There’s no details for this night at the Dublin Castle because it’s billed as an evening of surprise guests. (The clue’s in the name!)
However, as I’ve never been disappointed by a live music night at this venue, I’m happy to suggest for a fiver you take a punt and get along to Camden.
Mon 13th Aug, 7.30pm: An Evening of Special Guests
The Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, NW1 7AN
£5 – Click here for tickets
Shacklewell Arms turns 7 – Crows
Where has the time gone Shacklewell Arms? You’re growing up so fast. The East London venue is celebrating its seventh birthday in style with seven days of shows throughout August.
One new band that shouldn’t be missed is Crows. Declared ‘North London’s most exciting new punks’ by NME this quartet is stunningly talented and has something very special in their lead singer in James Cox. Go down and sweat out to some pure rock.
Tues 14th August, 7pm
The Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EB
£6.66 – click here for tickets
DJ Yoda Carnival Special
Legendary DJ Yoda will be getting you Carnival ready when he brings his masterful skills to the Jazz Café. Expect an eclectic mix of beats, to make sure that you’re all fired up for London’s hottest Bank Holiday event.
Fri 24th Aug, 10.30pm
The Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, NW1 7PG
£5 – click here for tickets
Notting Hill Carnival
With two days of partying the world-renowned West London Carnival is, arguably, the best FREE event of the summer. Although there will be a whole host of pre-carnival activities, the Carnival itself begins o Saturday with Panorama, an evening of steel band competitions.
The official first day of parades starts at 9am on the Sunday – the day usually dubbed as the ‘family friendly’ day – with the Monday designated as the more adult party day.
Sat 25th – Mon 27th Aug: Notting Hill Carnival
Hurl – All Dayer
Who doesn’t love a FREE all-day music festival? The good folks at Hurl are making sure that your Bank Holiday Monday doesn’t fall flat, by bringing you an entire day of live music from brand new talent.
London rockers, J.W.Paris (pictured below) are headlining the event which will also feature Mellor and Flowvers .
Mon 27th August, 2pm
The Old Queens Head, 44 Essex Rd, N1 8LN
FREE – click here for tickets