With the popularity of live music at an all-time high, the price of some major festivals and concerts can burn a massive hole in your pocket – and that’s before you’ve even covered the cost of travel and what you will consume at the venue.
The biggest festivals here in the UK such as Glastonbury, V festival and Wireless have tickets selling for hundreds of pounds and feature the biggest headlining acts but could you have just as much fun with your mates at a smaller and, more importantly, FREE gig? Good music, chilled summer vibes and boozy weekends amongst friends needn’t cost the earth – read on to discover what free gigs Peppermint has found to get you geared up for this festival season…
The Old Blue Last, found in Uber-cool Shoreditch, has live music almost every day of the week and is usually completely free to enter. Forward-thinking bands and live DJ sets make for an eclectic mix with something for all music tastes in this east London venue. One for music lovers to keep an eye on as they often host secret shows by some of the biggest names in music today. Previous musical legends to grace its stage include the late Amy Winehouse, Arctic Monkeys and Disclosure to name just a few.
The Brasserie Toulouse-Lautrec, a refurbished traditional English pub in Elephant and Castle, run by two brothers, is host to music every night of the week in the piano bar. The line-up mainly consists of jazz and is mostly free (or a small fee) to enter. As well as the funky jams the Brasserie also serves traditional French dishes at a very affordable price. If you fancy going here check out their website to book your place online and avoid disappointment!
Nothing screams summer more than the sound of relaxed reggae music and the soulful singers who play ‘till the early hours at Hootananny Brixton. The award winning live music venue also serves up a variety of exotic food including Mexican favourites, pizza and jerk chicken. Hootananny hosts many free nights as well as few that cost a mere few pounds entry which are well worth paying out for.
Can you think of any more free gigs to attend around your area? Feel free to leave comments and suggestions below.