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London’s awash with new music this week, as two festivals kick off to help you find your new favourite band at Roundhouse Rising and The Old Queen's Head. Here's some other London venues where you can discover your new favourite band.

Bass Culture Clash 2013 Tour

This tour celebrates “the influence reggae music and sound systems have had on current UK bass music,” explains creative director Ben Ryan.

“So many artists have been influenced by reggae and Jamaican music, but that’s sometimes lost on bass music fans.”

The RasItes will play live, with some of the UK’s biggest bass music (jungle, hip hop, dancehall) artists – Lady Leshurr (above), MC Skibadee and more – battling over ‘the riddims’. 

March 16, 10pm-6am Plan B, £6+
418 Brixton Road, SW9 7AY  
Tube | Brixton  
ukbassculture.net

Half Moon

The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Sex Pistols, U2 – some of the biggest names in rock have played this iconic little south London venue.

It has a massive line-up of gigs and comedy nights coming up, including SA band Munkinpure (Feb 27) and Huey (below) and the New Yorkers (Mar 19).

See website for show details, £4+ 
93 Lower Richmond Road, SW15 1EU 0
Tube | Putney Bridge 
halfmoon.co.uk

The Dublin Castle

”If I was an MP, the Dublin Castle would be registered as my second home,” says 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq of this Camden live venue, such is its place of esteem in the hearts of music fans and the careers of many now-mega-selling artists.

It’s the birthplace of Madness and has seen the likes of Blur, The Killers and Amy Winehouse all take to the stage.

It is no less than an indie-rock institution with four bands playing every night of the week.

Upcoming talents to look out for include indie-popsters Lem and the White Fire (Feb 23) and grunge-rockers Aimless (Feb 25).

See website for show details 
£4+, NW1 7AN  
Tube | Camden Town  
thedublincastle.com

 

The Borderline

On the edge of Soho, this central London venue was a key player in the Nineties and has seen many Britpop and alt-rock acts step through its doors – such as the legendary REM.

Now 21 years old, it’s a small venue (capacity 275) but one of massive importance. Don’t miss techno-rockers Abby (Feb 27). 

See website for show details 
£5+. W1D 4JB  
Tube | Tottenham Court Road  
theborderline.co.uk

 

XOYO

Started in 2010, this east London venue’smade itself a must-visit. Swim Deep (Feb 26) and Alune George (Feb 19) are upcoming highlights.

See website for show details 
EC2A 4AP  
Tube | Old Street  
xoyo.co.uk

 

Notting Hill Arts Club

Arts and music collide in this 12-year-old west London creative space built around the belief that “a world created by artists would be a better place”.

It has regular club nights (indie to grime) and an exhibition space as well as live music.

So get down and see if you agree with their artist-driven view of a better planet. At least the music would be good!

See website for show details 
£6+, W11 3JQ  
Tube | Notting Hill Gate 
nottinghillartsclub.com

 

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