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BOLD, imaginative and innovative, music in Hackney has come of age, bolstered by the borough's myriad communities and thriving arts scene. There are ever-growing clusters of live music venues in Dalston and Shoreditch, linked by the hedonistic thoroughfare of Kingsland Road.

In the heart of Dalston, Vortex Jazz Bar is one of London's most recognisable jazz clubs and lives above its sister venue Servant Jazz Quarters. Around the corner, Dalston Boys' Club provides ad-hoc music and performance, whereas The Nest mainly offers electronica inspired nights. The ever-popular Passing Clouds presents a call list of cross-culture performers, while Café Oto is a hub for non-mainstream, grown-up, creative music. Shacklewell Arms and Power Lunches Art Café add to the mix.

The Drop, in Stoke Newington, and The Old Blue Last, in Shoreditch, usually boast some of the newest bands to entertain revellers. Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen has seen Marina & The Diamonds, Fleet Foxes, Rita Ora, and The View all grace its stage; while Bar Music Hall runs live nights along with Mixmag and 1980s New York funk label Ze Records. And The Macbeth is famed for its raucous nights of rock’n’roll, hip-hop, 1980s and 1990s throwbacks – and even life drawing.

333 Mother

THIS long established, three floor venue in Shoreditch, underwent a bit of a revamp in 2012. 333/Mother was one of the original Hoxton scene-making venues, offering a wide range of music from deep house to indie-rave, reggae to rock, into the early hours, seven days a week.

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Auld Shillelagh

THE Auld Shilleagh is a popular Irish pub in Stoke Newington with live music on Friday and Saturday nights. This long and narrow Church Street boozer draws a loyal crowd of drinkers most nights and has a surprisingly large beer garden.

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Auld Shillelagh

Café Oto

TAKING its name from the Japanese word for ‘sound’ and ‘noise’, Dalston’s Café Oto welcomes some of the world’s most avant-garde, creative and adventurous performers. It was also named the coolest venue in the UK by Italian Vogue.

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Café Oto

Cargo

CARGO is one of Shoreditch's most well-established and popular venues. It is home to the club sounds of house, techno and dubstep.

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Dalston Jazz Bar

THE original retro jazz bar in Dalston opened 15 years ago and now provides an exciting fusion of jazz and contemporary music. It holds jamming sessions on Wednesdays, comedy on Thursdays, and live music on Fridays and Saturdays with DJs to 5am.

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Dalston Jazz Bar

Dalston Roof Park

A ROOFTOP oasis in the middle of bustling Dalston with great views of the capital. Nestled amongst Victorian buildings and facing city skyscrapers, Dalston’s only rooftop garden offers a chance to relax, eat, drink, dance and see the London landscape differently.

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Dalston Roof Park

Efes Pool Club and Bar

THIS popular late night Dalston haunt is a snooker hall and entertainment venue combined, hosting club nights, live gigs and events run by independent promoters.

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Efes Pool Club and Bar

Gillett Square

SITUATED in the heart of Dalston, opposite Ridley Road Market, this public urban space hosts a range of free events. With clubs, record shops and bars surrounding Gillett Square, it's a lively yet relaxed hang out spot, hosting plenty of international music performances and fun days through the year.

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Grow

Carved out of what was once a sausage factory, Grow has been transformed into a unique bar, kitchen and creative space. Hidden in a yard in the heart of Hackney Wick and backing onto the canal, it was built by a small team and is operating as an experiment in ethical and sustainable business.

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Hackney Attic

THE top floor of Hackney Picturehouse has carved out its own identity as a bar and live music venue. It hosts DJs and bands from every genre/corner of the globe; one of London’s most difficult film quizzes; short films; comedy; spoken-word; open-mic & much more.

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Hackney Attic

Hackney Downs Studios

HACKNEY Downs Studios is a massive 70,000 sq ft of versatile events spaces and over 70 serviced studios and workspaces. There’s also a series of rooftops, railway arches, shops, a 'secret garden', and café The Russet.

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Hackney Empire

HACKNEY Empire is the borough’s oldest theatre and an iconic local landmark. Built in 1901, by internationally-acclaimed architect Frank Matcham, it attracted some of the globe’s most renowned performers in its first 50 years of life: from Charlie Chaplin to Louis Armstrong.

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Hackney Empire

Hackney Picturehouse

HACKNEY Picturehouse is the borough’s newest cinema, opening in 2011 with digital and satellite technology for a 3D experience and live screenings, plus three bars, a live music venue, street level café opening on to Mare Street, workspaces and events. Its five screens - one of which is the largest in the independent Picturehouse group’s stable - and reclining seats creates a state of the art cinema-going experience.

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Hackney Picturehouse

Hoxton Hall

ONE of East London’s longest-running community arts initiatives, Hoxton Hall has a colourful history, which is intertwined with the life of the borough. It was built in 1863, by architect James Mortimer 'with the specific object of affording the humbler classes an entertainment that shall combine instruction with amusement’.

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Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen

VAMPIRE Weekend, Rita Ora, Example, Marina & The Diamonds, Janelle Monae, Paloma Faith, The Aliens, Fleet Foxes, Noah & The Whale – just a small selection of the artists that have played at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen when up-and-coming acts. Roughly divided into three rooms, the performance space, which used to be a cinema, presents rising stars, secret gigs by internationally known names, and has hosted seminal club nights like BoomBox.

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Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen

Jackdaw

JACKDAW is an independent family-run jazz cafe in Clapton offering food, drink and live music every night. It has a quirky speakeasy(ish) vibe downstairs, where the live gigs take place, with banquettes to kick back on later in the evening.

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Lauriston

A FRIENDLY pub just moments from Victoria Park, serving great stone-baked pizza, seven days a week. It also hosts a mid-week pub quiz, popular monthly karaoke night, plus live bands and DJs at the weekends.

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Lauriston

Macbeth

THIS seemingly quiet stretch of Hoxton Street can draw a raucous crowd most nights of the week for The Macbeth's renowned live music and club nights. A sprawling and cavernous old pub, The Macbeth is the site of high-jinx most evenings, be it at their casual film or life drawing nights, or with DJs, karaoke and live acts.

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Nest

THE team behind London super-club Fabric have spread their wings taking to Stoke Newington High Street to set up live music and club venue The Nest. Revamping iconic former gig basement Barden’s Boudoir, The Nest definitely has more of a club atmosphere with sleeker lighting, seating and sound.

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Nest

Nightjar

HIDDEN between two cafes on City Road, Nightjar is inspired by the secret drinking dens of the 1920s Prohibition era. The Shoreditch bar has a menu that travels through time from pre-prohibition drinks all the way to modern cocktails for a discerning crowd.

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Old Blue Last

THIS legendary pub is renowned for being a driving force in the East London music movement. Run by the owners of off-the-wall fash mag Vice, The Old Blue Last, on Great Eastern Street, hosts bands and DJs daily, as well as secret shows by big acts, often all for free.

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Old Blue Last

Oslo

NEW to Hackney Central in January 2014, Oslo has set up shop in the impressive former railway building right next to the station. It offers food, drink, live music and club nights in the evenings and promises to be 'both a daytime hub to meet and eat, and a night time destination for socialising, eating and taking in the best of new music'.

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Oslo

Oval Space

OVAL Space describes itself as 'an evolving multi-use arts and events organisation'. As well as hosting myriad club nights, live music gigs and after parties, it holds regular cinema events.

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Passing Clouds

IT could be easy to miss the entrance of Passing Clouds, save for its eager congregation sprawling out on to Richmond Road and the A10 in Dalston. Down this cobbled backstreet hides one of the most truly eclectic nights in the borough with a bill as diverse as Afrobeat, reggae, psychedelic tropical, Balkan traditional songs, spoken word, jazz and hip-hop, at times, all on the same night.

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Passing Clouds

Platform cafe bar & terrace

WITHIN a warren of studios, on the second floor of Netil House, off Broadway Market, Platform is East London’s slightly secret cafe-bar. With huge windows and a terrace overlooking the railway tracks, the terrace provides an iconic panorama across the capital.

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Platform cafe bar & terrace

Power Lunches Arts Café

THIS Kingsland Road venue prides itself as a club run by musicians for musicians. By day it’s a café and rehearsal studio; at night a music venue mainly for local bands.

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Power Lunches Arts Café

Queen of Hoxton

CLUB and art venue Queen of Hoxton runs a tight programme of live music events and dance nights, accompanied by a rolling series of art installations, photographic exhibitions and screenings. The ground floor has a blend of window etchings, ivy and benches and there's a games room with table football, pinball and a 1960s Brighton pier gaming feature.

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Queen of Hoxton

Red Gallery

THE Red Gallery hosts a range of events and exhibitions, film screenings, comedy, live music, theatre, talks and markets. The gallery has collaborated with a number of artists and collectives such as Calvin Harris and Gavin Turk, Adam Dant, Wolf & Lamb, and House of Fairy Tales, to name a few - and they are constantly pushing the creative boundaries.

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Red Gallery

Reel Rebels Music Studios

Reel Rebels Music Studios is a space where musicians, music lovers, artists and radio programme makers can rehearse, perform, devise and broadcast. They have 2 fully equipped soundproofed and air conditioned music rehearsal studios for hire right in the heart of Stoke Newington, N16.

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Reel Rebels Music Studios

Restaurant at 90

THIS spacious canal side bar and restaurant is situated within the 90 Main Yard building in Hackney Wick. It serves fusion tapas food, breakfast, coffee, cocktails, Saturday brunch and Sunday roast.

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Restaurant at 90

Rich Mix

Rich Mix is an independent arts venue, presenting film, live music, theatre, dance, spoken word, exhibitions, food and drinks. Housed in a former leather factory, Rich Mix has three digital screens showing main releases alongside independent, art house, and world cinema as well as thought-provoking documentaries.

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Rolling Stock

THIS bar, gallery and venue for hire is conveniently located just off Kingsland Road, with an eclectic line-up of events ranging from burlesque to film festivals to disco nights. The venue for caters for exhibitions, product launches, corporate events and small parties - or just drop in for drinks and food.

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Rolling Stock

Servant Jazz Quarters

SERVANT Jazz Quarters is a quirky Art Deco style bar and music venue in the heart of Dalston. The upstairs bar serves a menu of cocktails, artisan ales and a range of beers and ciders, while the the basement provides an intimate performance space.

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Servant Jazz Quarters

Shacklewell Arms

SLIGHTLY grubby and rough round the edges – like all the best gig venues – Shacklewell Arms has established itself as a critical location on the live music map in a relatively short space of time. The venue is essentially split into two: with the Shacklewell Lane side like a traditional pub, right down to having football on the telly, while a large backroom with semi-outdoor smoking area offers live music and club nights like Beach Creep, Homoelectric and Club Motherfucker.

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Shacklewell Arms

Skinners Academy Facility Hire

Skinners' Academy's facilities are an ideal location for conferences, exhibitions and sports, drama or other events. With free parking on site Skinners' Academy can also accommodate private functions, birthday parties at affordable prices.

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Skinners Academy Facility Hire

St John-at-Hackney Church

THE current building dates from 1797, but the church has been at the heart of Hackney life since 1275. Primarily a place of worship, St John-at-Hackney is also a community hub and live music venue.

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St John-at-Hackney Church

Trestle Records

TRESTLE Records is a Hackney-based label dedicated to putting out new instrumental music. Started by four friends in 2011, its output ranges from electronic to classical and pop.

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Trestle Records

Village Underground

PART creative community, part arts venue, Village Underground is a non-profit space for culture events in East London. The main centre is housed in a renovated warehouse primed for everything from concerts and club nights to exhibitions, theatre, live art and other performances.

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Vogue Fabrics

Vogue Fabrics hosts everything from disco nights to fashion talks, art exhibitions, cabaret and exuberant drag shows. This LGBT-friendly disco basement on the Stoke Newington/Dalston border has an intimate and buzzy atmosphere, reasonably priced booze and late night openings.

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Vortex Downstairs

VORTEX Downstairs is the café, bar and restaurant of the Vortex Jazz Club. It offers a contemporary version of the traditional European brasserie, while its association with Vortex ensures eclectic music is played throughout the day.

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Vortex Downstairs

Vortex Jazz Club

CONTEMPORARY, improvised and experimental rules at Vortex Jazz Club, arguably one of the world’s best and most recognised jazz venues. For 25 years, the not-for-profit club has been a proud Hackney platform for unconventional music and forged a solid reputation for itself despite its diminutive 100 capacity size.

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Vortex Jazz Club

Waiting Room

LEFT through some doors and down The Three Crowns pub stairs resides intimate Church Street part-gig venue-part nightclub The Waiting Room. Performers are usually publicised in the pub and shop windows around Stoke Newington.

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Waiting Room

Yard Theatre

THE Yard opened in 2011 in the atmospheric industrial surrounds of Hackney Wick. The amphitheatre-style venue is a converted warehouse that sits across the canal from the Olympic Stadium and was made with recycled materials.

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Yard Theatre

Zigfrid

ONE of the original breakout Hoxton venues, Zigfrid was an artists' studio transformed by Goldsmith graduate and furniture designer Paul Daly into a buzzy late night bar in 2003. As a DJ and live music venue, it pioneered that defining shabby Shoreditch chic, so often copied since, and quickly became a haven for early waves of Hackney hipsters.

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