Since 1954, the famous Troubadour Club has been a hotbed of emerging talent and a leading light in excellent musicianship and live music. From its early incarnation as a folk venue, and counter-culture den of creativity, The Troubadour Club has remained at the forefront of interesting, original music and spoken word events with a great reputation for originality and atmosphere. Although now twice its original size, The Troubadour Club remains true to its roots as the private cellar beneath the Café and is one of the most exciting small music venues in town.
We promote a varied music programme. Check the programme for what’s on, but rest assured that any night at The Troubadour is characterised by great atmosphere and musicianship of distinction. We look for performers of real talent, who write and perform their own material and can add their names to a roster of troubadours that includes Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello and more recently Jamie T, Jack Peñate, The Dead 60s, Paolo Nutini, Morcheeba… The list goes on and on.
Congratulations to Adele on winning her Oscar Award! She’s come a very long way since 2006 – click here for a video of her performing one of her first London gigs at The Troubadour way back when!
A lovely recent review of a gig in the Troubadour Club, from Fly with Anna.
“The Troubadour is like a underground cave. It’s boiling hot and its pretty hard to see the bands if your not on the front row or if you don’t stand on the chairs. However, it was a wonderful venue, the audience were very lively and it felt like there was a wonderful community spirit in the room, a little like with Communion gigs. It’s good to see that despite the success of Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling, folk music still remains intimate and you can find some incredible talent in tiny rooms.” Read the full review here.
Club opening hours
Sunday to Wednesday - 8pm till midnight
Thursdays to Saturday - 8pm till 2am
The Orange Circus, one of our many regular performers in The Club.
For most of our gigs, tickets are available for purchase on the door only (first come first served). For some events (and only where indicated in the programme) tickets can be purchased in advance from www.wegottickets.com
We promote a number of regular events in the Club. See below:-
Monday – Poetry (fortnightly)
Life, literature and the pursuit of happiness in the famous Troubadour basement. London’s liveliest & best-loved poetry venue.
Monday night is Coffee-House Poetry. This programme sees the presentation of the best in contemporary poetry from new and established writers – local, regional and international. There are special small-press and poetry magazine evenings, seasonal events for up-and-coming writers and regular themed poetry parties all with the latest buzz on poetry happenings throughout the capital and beyond.
Readings are on alternative Mondays from 8 to 10 pm, doors open 7.30pm. For more information, please visit Ann-Marie Fyfe’s website www.coffeehousepoetry.org or contact her on 020 8354 0660.
Tuesday – Troubadour Night
Generally an acoustic night. But with the odd band thrown in.
Wednesday – The Troubadour Sessions
The Troubadour Sessions, every Wednesday, is the best place to check out the freshest sounds on the unsigned live music scene. Both full bands and acoustic singer/songwriters take to the stage and perform their own material.
A note to thank you for allowing us to play last night.
Lovely venue, lovely sound man, lovely sound, great food and all in all one of the nicest places I’ve ever played.
Appreciated.” – Simon Clothier played here on 18th July 2012.
‘Many thanks for having us to play last night – an amazing venue and wonderful hospitality. Would love to play again sometime if you have any slots.’ – The Playmakers played here on 1st February 2012.
‘Just wanted to thank you for an awesome night on Friday. It’s really nice to play a decent gig at such a cool and quirky venue. I’ve heard lots of good stuff about the Troubadour and had wanted to pay for a while but most importantly I think you guys lived up to everything I have heard so thanks for having me! Hopefully I can come back again soon!’‘ – TAMANDA played here on Friday 22nd May 09
‘Just wanted to say thanks so much for Thursday nights gig. We had a fantastic time and would love to play again soon!! Any chance of anothert slot?’‘ NT played here on Thursday 10th January 2010
To be considered for a performance, please send your Soundcloud or website links to John. Before doing so, please read ‘Performing at The Troubadour’.
Available for Private hire if available. If not, Thursdays are usually 4 – 5 bands that are keen to show off their talent.
Fridays are party nights at the Troubadour. We work with different promoters who programme great new bands and DJs that’ll keep you dancing till 2am. Check the programme for details.
Please note anyone under the age of 21 will not be admitted to the club on Fridays. A real photo ID is required!
Doors open 8pm.
Saturday – Bands and/or DJs
Please note, Saturdays are frequently hired out for private events, so if you don’t see anything listed on the website, that is the reason.
Performing at the Troubadour
If you are a musician interested in playing the Troubadour, please send a link to your online music to John, and include a current phone number, biog and any other relevant information. Technical specifications and on-site equipment can be found here.
Hire the Club for a Private Party?
If you are considering throwing a party, and hosting a night your friends will talk about for years to come, the club (with a capacity of up to 120 guests) is the perfect party venue. You can bring your own live band or DJ or we can provide both for you. Our head chef, Ian McKenzie, will ensure the food is delicious and our attention to detail combined with our professional and flexible approach will ensure a great event for you and your guests.
We regret to inform you however that we do not book birthday parties under the age of 21.
The Club is also available to hire for music showcases, and we offer special afternoon industry rates. Our equipment is top notch for a venue of this size and our highly experienced engineers will ensure the sound quality is excellent. Gigs and showcases can also be recorded on request.