The Best Music Nights Out and Concerts on a Budget

Looking to experience some live new music? Or maybe just looking for a good night out on a budget? Well look no further than our top picks of music events for the months ahead! With a range from concerts and gigs to pub nights featuring some of the best up-and-coming artists, you won’t have a free night left this January! – And all without breaking the bank!

Pales Waves

Manchester-based indie four piece band Pale Waves grace the stages of venues across the U.K. this February and March. Their combination of pop and 80’s synth, inspired by the likes of bands such as the Cure and the Cocteau Twins, amalgamated in their debut single “There’s a Honey”, produced by the 1975 and released last year. Since the release of the single the band have kept busy, touring and working towards their first studio album. So if you’re a fan of groups such as the 1975 and Imagine Dragons make sure to get a bargain seeing Pale Waves before they hit it big. Check out tickets here.


Leicester born Mahalia Burkmar, better known by stage name Mahalia, signed a record deal at the age of 13, releasing her first EP ‘Head Space’ in 2012 and her first studio album ‘Diary of Me’ in 2016. 2017 has seen Mahalia release two further singles and this February and March she embarks on a UK wide tour, of which dates have already sold out. So if you’re planning on seeing the soulful pop singer, book ASAP here.

Jorja Smith

Mahalia also has a number of dates performing alongside new-to-the-pop-scene Jorja Smith, whose recent hit “On My Mind” featuring Preditah was an instant hit, dubbing Smith to be one to watch in 2018. Book tickets to see both here.


If a low-key Music experience in a bar is more your thing then we have the event for you! Wicked Student Nights presents a Non-Stop Live Music Student Night every Monday in Farringdon’s music venue The Piano Works. The event, consisting of a house band, guarantees your favourite tunes are played all night long as the music is requested by the audience, and at £3 entrance a night, it won’t break the bank either. Check it out here.

The Hunna

Indie rock band The Hunna grace the O2 Academies of Birmingham, Manchester and Brixton in their January tour this year. The band, who formed in 2015 have performed at Reading and Leeds Festival, as well as performing on the BBC Infroducing Stage in Summer 2016. Get tickets here.

Night Of Soul

Another weekly event is Thursday live music nights at the Prince of Wales Pub/ Club in Brixton. Amidst the roof top parties and DJs, which are also worth a trip on their own, lies a gem of live music and bands. This year is starting off in good form with a live night of soul with the beautifully talented Natalie Duncan on the 25th of January. Get tickets and more information on future events here.


Post Author: Lucy Young

Lucy Young
Music writer from London. Lover of all music genres, fashion, iced coffee and glitter. In between writing and watching gigs I'm probably Instagramming pictures of veggie burgers or looking up cocktail recipes.

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