Originating in France, World Music Day (June 21st)– or Fête de la Musique as it was originally known – is now celebrated in more than 120 countries.
And with its renowned music scene, London is packed with top venues in which to enjoy different genres from across the globe. Here are 5 you can visit for free this week.
Since its opening in 2002, The Lock Tavern in Camden has earned an enviable reputation for live music.
Indie and rock tends to predominate, but with DJ, funk and soul nights coming up, there’s something for everyone.
Furthermore, classic pub grub and burgers are available if you need to line your stomach before a gig.
If you’re in Camden for World Music Day, experimental band Alright Gandhi and Human Music will be playing a free event from 8pm.
O’Neill’s Wardour Street
Live Music is O’Neill’s bread and butter, with a talented mix of bands and DJs performing throughout the week.
Head up to the first floor and straight on to the dance floor to best experience this lively Irish pub.
Sean Jacket and Rocket will be performing on 21st June, but if you can’t make it down to O’Neill’s that day there are performances every day of the week.
Ain’t Nothin But
Boasting live music 7 nights a week, Ain’t Nothin But is the perfect place for any blues fan.
The venue's small stage and bar area provides an intimate setting, while the images of iconic Blues musicians donning the walls and dim lighting only adds to the atmosphere.
This Soho-based bar will be hosting Jake Vegas & The Black Diamonds and Stevie & the Shakedown on Thursday 21st June.
Entry is free from Sunday to Thursday, with free admission on Fridays and Saturdays to those who rock up before 8.30pm.
St James' Piccadilly
You won’t find Indie bands or DJs at the St James’ in Piccadilly, but fans of classical music can enjoy free lunchtime recitals during the week.
The Jubilee Quartet will be performing Franz Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ on Friday 22nd June in the historic church.
Entry is free, but a donation is advised.
Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre
The free festivities kick off with a jazz-fuelled family session featuring Jazz quartet Latchepen.
And as the day turns to night, DJs will be playing sets inspired by acts in this year’s festival, which include Nine Inch Nails, Placebo and Manic Street Preachers.
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