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Next Friday, The Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green are launching a brand new monthly night dedicated to country, Americana, bluegrass, roots and rockabilly.

Once a month on a Friday, four of Londons finest Americana acts, as well as playlists of traditional and contemporary country tunes will play throughout the venue .

Entry is free and starts at 7.30pm.

This month’s line-up consists of Old timey bluegrass from the Union Canal String Band, The Green Rock River Band, The Ramshackle Union Band and J.D Smith.

For more details visit http://www.stmargaretshouse.org.uk or call 020 8983 3624

The Gallery Cafe is located at St. Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PL

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The Hootananny is a bar/club in Brixton is known for having the best atmosphere for live music and also named by Timeout as one of the best nights south of the river. Every Friday hoards of people descend on the venue for the Ska night “Skootananny” for the mega Live Ska party night to see awesome live ska bands and to have a dance.

The night is normally free and runs from 9pm till 3am

This Friday 26 March, The Hootananny will be rocked by two great Ska bands, The Evidents and headliners Intensified this will be an awesome night with lots of dancing and energy. The Evidents are a new 7 piece Ska band from London who play 2 tone, trad and thridwave with rock and a hint of reggae. Intensified have an irresistible dance beat, with original ska and reggae, superbly crafted tunes, corporate music for the white boy ska/reggae generation. This gig is a must see for ska fans!

The Hootananny also serves delicious Thai food at very good prices and has one of the biggest beer gardens in London

The Hootananny is Located at 96 Effra Road, Brixton SW2 1DF. The closest tube station is Brixton and it is a short walk from there

For more details visit www.hootanannybrixton.co.uk

The Scoop is hosting free mini music festivals on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in July.

The Scoop is the sunken amphitheatre on the south side of the Thames Path next to City Hall and near to Tower Bridge. The free music festivals are a great fun way to pass some time whilst on the London South Bank while enjoying the great weather we are having at the moment!

The programme for the mini music festivals covers jazz, pop, funk, folk and up-and-coming bands

visit www.morelondon.com/thescoop for the full programme of events.

Cellar Door is a tiny, bizarre modern bar with a big personality; converted from an ex-men’s public toilet it is situated below the ground outside the Aldwych Hotel

The bar has a 30’s theme and offers table service from burlesque clad ladies sporting dark angel wings. Live jazz sets also play at 9:30 and 11pm Monday to Sunday.

Friday nights are tipped as the hottest night to go on as there’s live cabaret with free entry but there are also other great nights to go on that offer up free snuff. Drinks can be expensive but the great atmosphere of this bar and live entertainment make the prices worth it.

The toilets are an odd affair and need to be seen to be believed, they are unisex and the cubicle doors are made from polarised glass and can be seen through until locked.

Check out this little gem in the West End!

For more information visit www.cellardoor.biz

St. James’s Piccadilly in London is a church that was designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1684, it is often named as his favorite building.

St. James’s hosts free lunchtime recitals of classical music that start at 1.10pm an are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. These free recitals usually last about 50 minutes.

For more information visit www.st-james-piccadilly.org

South west London will be playing host to the Putney Music Festival. The festival will be in its 12th year and will take place from 27 to 29 March 2009 coinciding with the Oxford and Cambridge Boat race that will start at Putney bridge.

A french food market and hog roast will accompany the 3 days of festivities and about 20 venues will have live music all day and night.

Seeing the live music at the venues will be free though some may charge later on in the evening

For more information please visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk

Enjoy free concerts in the ‘Djanogly Concert Pitch‘ at the National Theatre from Monday to Saturday in the evening (pre-performance) and at lunch time on Saturdays. Feel free to hum along, tap your toes or just sit back and listen to a lively mix of music from around the world… from cool jazz to upbeat ethnic and much, much more.

Mondays to Fridays at 5.45pm and Saturdays at 1pm & 5.45pm, unless otherwise indicated.

For more details visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

The nearest tube station is Waterloo


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