The Music Guide: London Gigs You Need To Go To In 2023

Whether you’re a fresher exploring your new uni city or a seasoned student seeking the hottest tunes, we’ve got you covered with our ultimate music guide to London gigs you need to go to in 2023. 

There is an incredible array of gigs, concerts, and live performances for you to discover, catering to every genre lover out there from indie to pop to hip-hop to rock, and everything in between. 

We’re here to give you a taste of the hottest gigs that will make your student years in London an experience you won’t forget. 

One thing is for sure, this city has got your musical cravings covered.

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1. Arctic Monkeys 

London is bursting at the seams when it comes to gigs, and one in particular you have to attend is the Arctic Monkeys at the Emirates Stadium. 

The iconic indie-rock band the Arctic Monkeys, will be performing 3 events in London as part of their UK and Ireland tour on the 16th, 17th and 18th of June. 

Picture this, you’re singing and dancing with a drink in hand to world famous hits like “I Wanna Be Yours”, “505” and “Do I Wanna Know?” with your besties by your side, sounds like a dream come true! 

There are some resale tickets left on TicketMaster for the different dates available at face value, so if you want to see the Sheffield legends live, grab yours ASAP. 



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When: 16th, 17th & 18th June 

Where: Emirates Stadium 

2. The Lumineers 

The Lumineers are headlining Crystal Palace Park on July 8th as part of their Brightside World Tour.

The American alternative folk band will also be joined by supporting acts Rag’n’Bone Man, Ella Henderson, Billie Marten, and David Kushner so you’ll see plenty of stellar performances in one day!

It’s set to be a truly amazing show, and is an outdoor event so fingers crossed the sun will be shining.

You can sing your heart out to “Ho Hey”, “Ophelia”, and “Stubborn Love” along with many more. 

Tickets are limited so grab yours now before they sell out. 



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When: July 8th 

Where: Crystal Palace Park 

3. All Points East 

All Points East is a multi-day music festival which takes place in East London’s Victoria Park, and this year it’s set to return from the 18th until the 27th of August. 

We’d be here all day listing the electrifying lineup but to give you a taste of who’s playing, Stormzy will be headlining on the 18th of August alongside Kehlani, Sampha, Knucks and more.

Then on the 19th of August, Aphex Twin and Bonobo will take over the fields alongside some other stellar acts. 

On the 25th of August, The Strokes will headline the festival alongside Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Angel Olsen, Girl In Red and many more. 

Trust us, these gigs are going to be the highlight of summer in London.

So, head to the official website for tickets and a full festival line-up.



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When: 18th-27th August 

Where: Victoria Park

4. Japanese Breakfast 

The indie pop band, Japanese Breakfast, fronted by musician Michelle Zauner will be performing on the 27th June at London’s Roundhouse venue. 

Yon can embark on a melodic adventure with hits like “Be Sweet”, “Paprika” and “Boyish” and maybe even some new songs from the new album too!

Japanese Breakfast will be supported by American-Brazilian singer-songwriter, Indigo De Souza, who’s bound to make you sway and sing along. 

If you want to attend, purchase your tickets through Dice now.



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When: 27th June

Where: Roundhouse, London 

5. OneRepublic 

Next up on our London gig guide for 2023 is OneRepublic at London’s most iconic concert venue, Wembley Arena. 

The Grammy-nominated American pop rock band, OneRepublic, will be coming to London as part of their Live In Concert World Tour.

If you fancy singing to the top of your lungs with your besties to songs like “Counting Stars” , “Run”, “Someday” and “I Ain’t Worried” then mark the 14th of June in your calendar.

This is bound to be an unforgettable musical journey so get a ticket before they all sell out! 



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When: 14th June 

Where: OVO Arena, Wembley 

6. Kew The Music: Bastille 

London is a melting pot of musical talent with so many gigs taking place throughout the year, one you definitely want to check out is Bastille at Kew Gardens. 

Set within the stunning Kew Gardens, Bastille will be headlining a huge show on the 11th of July to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album ‘Bad Blood’. 

The British pop rock band will perform the album in full as part of the Kew The Music concert series. 

So, get ready to fall in love all over again with songs like  “Bad Blood”, “Flaws” and “Pompeii”.



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When: 11th July 

Where: Kew Gardens 

7. Primal Scream + The Jesus and Mary Chain

As part of the South Facing Concert Series, Primal Scream will be performing on Friday 4th August 2023 at Crystal Palace Bowl. 

The Scottish rock band, Primal Scream, have been a part of the UK’s vibrant music scene for over 3 decades and are set to return to London this summer.

They will be serenading you with some of their classic tunes like “Movin’ On Up”, “Come Together” and “Loaded”. 

Performing alongside them is alt-rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain and psych-rock legends, The Black Angels so it’s sure to be a stand-out gig! 

If you fancy kickstarting August in style, secure your ticket on Dice now. 


When: 4th August 

Where: Crystal Palace Bowl 

8. James & Happy Mondays 

If you’re in the mood for some indie rock tunes this summer, James & the Happy Mondays at Crystal Palace Bowl is the place to be.

This massive concert is taking place on August 11th for the South Facing Festival, as James celebrates 4 decades together. 

The iconic Manchester group will be accompanied by the renowned rock band Happy Mondays, making for an unforgettable summer day!

Are you ready to dance, sing your heart out, and create lifelong memories?

Get planning in the group chat and purchase your ticket now. 



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When: 11th August 

Where: Crystal Palace Bowl 

Our our London gig guide has dived headfirst into the vibrant and ever-evolving music scene that the city has to offer. 

Get ready for an unforgettable year of music in London! 

Which gigs will you be attending? Let us know @essentialstudentliving.

Read next: The Neverending List Of Fun Things To Do In London For Students. 

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