The Best Underground Music Venues in Shoreditch

Underground Music Venues

Shoreditch is known for its uber-trendy atmosphere and outlook. Some of the best graffiti in the world– created by internationally-known artists – is in the borough and the whole place is awash with a creative, friendly vibe.

This means, of course, that there are some very good music venues dotted about Shoreditch, with some hidden away and just waiting for you to find them. In keeping with the eclectic tastes of the area, these venues offer differing styles of music and atmospheres so there’s something for everyone.


Right in the heart of Shoreditch, XOYO has carved a considerable reputation for itself over the past 6 years as the place to go for an end of week rave up.

The flavours of music XOYO deals in are house, disco and techno, with the venue a great, acoustically well-designed space. XOYO regularly plays host to big-name DJs from around the globe, as well as giving you the inside track on rising talents.

XOYO is spread over two rooms, so you can always check out something else if you aren’t feeling the music on offer. Even better, it’s only a short trip from the M by Montcalm Shoreditch, so you don’t have far to go after a night of frenetic dancing.

Roadtrip & The Workshop

If your style errs more towards a slightly less high-energy venue, then Roadtrip & The Workshop could be the place for you.

The slightly clunky name of the venue comes from the fact that this is actually two venues in one! The upper floor is Roadtrip, where you can see live music, listen to music, grab a drink and grab one of the plush leather sofas. Downstairs is The Workshop, the venue is geared more towards a pure live music venue. With only a short trip back to your room at the M by Montcalm Shoreditch, you can afford to check out everything on offer.

Roadtrip & The Workshop regularly features live bands – ones with actual instruments! – and also DJs. It’s more of a venue for up-and-coming acts, and the atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly. It’s a great place to catch some acts on the rise and, again, if you don’t like the music upstairs, you can always see what else is going on.


The Old Blue Last

Deeply ensconced in the London music scene, The Old Blue Last has a great, well-earned reputation for showing future stars just before they break out.

The venue has received huge amounts of praise from the NME, The Guardian, Time Out and many other publications, with The Evening Standard calling it, “London’s best live music venue…” and it’s only a short walk from M by Montcalm Shoreditch – what could be better?

With praise like that, you shouldn’t need any more convincing, but The Old Blue Last really is one of the best places in the capital to see interesting, talented and right-on-the-cusp-of-stardom acts that you will probably see rise to much larger venues in the near future. Performing at The Old Blue Last has become a favourite for touring groups and somewhat of a rite of passage for London bands. Get down there and see what’s on!