Top Live Music Venues in London

London is well-known for its music scene and venues. Irrespective of whatever kind of event it is, whether it is corporate conference, live music, simple get-together, or a seminar, venues in London suit perfectly for your requirements. Here are top 5 live music venues in London  that are worth taking a look.

Boisdale

Boisdale is one of the new venues in London playing the live music. It has gained reputation very quickly and is famous for live Jazz and other performances. Popularity of this particular venue has gone up due to convivial and comfortable surroundings, and top0class facilities. Restaurants at the venue have Scottish-themed menu, including Scottish smoked salmon and lavish Angus beef steak, with super collection of whiskies. Boisdale tops the list with top-notch amenities and stands as the best choice for people who want a great night out.

New Cross Inn

New Cross Inn is one of the greatest pub music venues in London. This particular venue has got very good reputation for hosting some of the best shows and also offers opportunities to few local bands to showcase their talent to public, and prove their worth. With small stage and friendly surroundings, fans can get very close to the musicians. Modest price also allows people to enjoy the live music venues without any concern about high expenses. New Cross inn is a musical gem in the chain of pubs present in London. There is an open mic on Tuesday nights and you can enter for free until 2am.

Nambucca

Nambucca on Holloway Road in London is one of the popular venues for new and upcoming bands to perform and gain good reputation. It was reopened in the year 2010 after being destroyed by a major fire in the year 2008. You can find gigs on every weekend or once in weekday. Other childish entertainments here include Street Fighter 2, Classic Pinball Table, Table Football, and Arcade Machine.

The Black Sheep

The Black Sheep is a brilliant live music venue in London that has won lots of accolades for its superior quality. It is located in Croydon and stages several indie and rock nights. It also hosts break dancing, hip hop, and other genres such as dubstep and techno heads. It is considered as one of the popular clubs for fans, with most of the nights free till 9:00 pm, and you can find open mic night every 3rd Saturday.

The Half Moon

The Half Moon is one of the favourites for London music lovers and still one of the longest running venues.  It has got a pub with more space for hangers and to enjoy the fine wine, food, and delightful company.

The venue has been hosting live events since 1963; apart from live music, it has got an outstanding jukebox for music lovers.

Other Venues to Consider

The Old Blue Last is considered as the coolest pub in the world. In the past, several eye-catching performances from Arctic Monkeys, Diplo, Young Knives, and Lightspeed Champion have been hosted here.

The Golden Rules for Booking Live Entertainment For Your Event

The Golden Rules When Booking Live Entertainment for Your Event

Tips & Tricks For The Entertainment Buyer

Having worked as a professional magician and mind reader for the past sixteen years, I have seen hundreds if not thousands of venues all over the world. From Boston, where I am based, to Singapore, where I work for a few weeks once per year, and many cities and countries in between. A similarity that crosses all borders is the consistent lack of knowledge the client has when booking live entertainment. This is true for that of a variety type. (e.g magicians, jugglers, clowns, etc.).

Now this can be forgiven (to an extent), as most people have not booked live entertainment before and know absolutely nothing about how the process works. These individuals can be forgiven and kindly instructed by the performer on how the smooth the process can and should be. That said, when you as the entertainer are working through a seasoned booker (e.g someone who works for a company that plans all large and small functions), there is really no excuse for poor booking processes.

After speaking with several performer friends from all areas of entertainment, we have come up with a list of guidelines any future client should be at least familiar with before hiring professional entertainment.

When To Book Live Entertainment

So you want to hire some entertainment for your party, event, graduation, anniversary, etc. Whatever the case may be, you want to spice it up with something live and fun! First thing you should know is that performers of all varieties whether magicians, fire eaters or live bands, need time to prepare their shows. Most of us specially design our performances around your event, and this does take some time and will go into the price of the performance. You will want to give at least 3-4 weeks notice to a performer before booking. This is my suggested time frame for me, other performers require much earlier notice, and some can take an event with just a couple days notice. It depends on our schedules, current bookings and flexibility and of course, the performer himself (or herself). Our schedules are very strange, and totally non-traditional – we can have gigs at all hours of the day, night, and even into the very early mornings. Please Note: If you call a performer a day or two, or three, or even four before your event, they will most likely charge a little more for the short notice. It takes time to make your event special, whether by creating custom routines as I do, setting up a music set list, or getting required licenses or permits for more dangerous acts like fire eating and sideshow stunts.

What Are You Looking For

Hiring entertainment for your event can really enhance your guests’ experience. Whether it’s a live band, DJ, caricaturist, or magician, live performances create a truly unique experience that your guests will share with their friends and families when they leave. You want to determine what kind of entertainment best suits your particular event. For example: If you’re getting married at a golf resort. With 200 guests and a traditional setup (cocktail hour, plated dinner, speeches, dancing, etc.), then you will want to determine where and when entertainment makes sense. If you’re interested in magic or mind reading, which is very popular at weddings, then you would be best to place it into the cocktail reception for what is called “strolling” or “walk-around.” This is where the performer wanders through your cocktail hour performing small, up close effects and routines for small groups of guests. This offers a personal experience you sometimes lose with a full length show. It also breaks up the occasional repetitiveness of such portions of the event. Magic, mind reading or a little light music can really make a difference. Have an idea of what you want, lay out your event, and see where it makes the most sense. Maybe a full length comedy mind reading show after a three day corporate retreat? Or perhaps you’re celebrating your child’s birthday and want some entertainment to keep all the little guests entertained? A children’s magic and balloon show is a perfect fit here. Look into my other article on Magic & Mind Reading for Adults vs. Magic for Children, for more detailed information.

Determine Your Budget

This is by far one of the most important points a soon-to-be entertainment buyer must understand. It should be known that every performer, no matter what persuasion, charges differently. A fire eater will charge differently from a juggler or clown. A mentalist will charge differently from a magician or stilt walker. This is based on how they value their time and expertise.

Have at least a rough idea on what you’re looking to spend on entertainment. Do not be afraid to ask a performer if he or she can work within your budget. Be realistic about it and think about your event and the kind of image that you want your guests to take home with them, and try to get a rough idea on what you would be willing to spend achieve that image. You will not insult us with your budget. We will just say no politely or even recommend someone who could better work within your financial parameters.