The Live Music Society is the place to enjoy music, perform, or help bring about unforgettable music-based events at UCL. As the UCL Arts Society of the Year 2019-20, we are a vibrant and diverse community, providing a great platform for anyone who wants to get involved in music, either as a performer, technician or listener.
Our goal is simple: to offer you a platform to perform music during your time at UCL. There is something for every skill level and every musical taste in our large number of events. From relaxed Open Mic Nights on our home turf in Mully’s, perfect for performing among friends, to intimate acoustic sets in The Print Room Cafe. Live Music bands can often be found at dimly lit bars in Camden and hidden basement venues in Shoreditch, in our series of London Gig Nights, including the Live Music Society House Band. The House Band is easy to audition for, with a rotating roster, and adorns many a UCL event. Rhapsody 2020, our annual headline show at London's Bloomsbury Theatre sold more tickets last year than ever before; it featured over 100 performers in 20 songs with a hedonistic display of lights, smoke and quality music. Battle of the Bands is a perfect opportunity to meet other musicians, form bands and take your talent to the next level through competition. You can perform and watch performances in a diverse range of languages and styles at our International Open Mic Nights. Alongside all of these live events, we are privileged enough to see the very best of UCL's musical talent in The Bloomsbury Sessions: our annual album, comprised entirely of our members' original music - irrespective of genre or style.
We are of course hard at work planning our events in accordance with the ever-changing Covid-19 guidelines but we will do our best to ensure that all your favourite events will take place in some capacity.
We pride ourselves on the community we build, particularly for such a large society, and we firmly believe that participating in and enjoying music requires community as much as performances. The society is a great way of bringing people together and next year we will ensure that this continues. For this reason on top of our usual socials (featuring album listening parties, society meals, and nights out), we will ensure that we provide online events and performance opportunities, for those who are unable to come to London next year. Our committee will be present at all our activities, online and in person; they are a great source of knowledge about gigging around London, university and society mechanics, and musical information in general – and are eager to help you out. Should you be interested in forming a band, we also moderate the UCL Musician’s Noticeboard, a fantastic way to get in touch with new bandmates and musicians.
All of our members vary considerably in their musical background, and even if you already consider yourself a virtuoso, or are just starting out in music, you are very welcome to come to one of our usual haunts to play a few songs with us, have a go at mixing a band, or to simply have a listen and enjoy the night.
If all you are looking for is a space to rehearse, we are fortunate enough to have the Soundproof Room (SPR), located in the basement of the Lewis Building, and bookable by our members. The room is equipped with a PA, drum kit, guitar and bass amplifiers, piano and keyboard – and is the perfect space to practice on campus. Once you have purchased membership and an SPR booking ticket (an extra £3 for the whole year), you can access the portal found on our website, Facebook group, and here. Please note, the SPR is currently not available to be booked.
While all of our gigs and events are free to attend, after Fresher’s Fortnight only members may perform, tech, or use the SPR. Remote membership will provide access to select live-streamed performances and socials, but to take full advantage of all the online and in person events, socials and performance opportunities our society offers we recommend buying full membership, For more specific information on booking the SPR, Rhapsody, and all of our shows and events, please visit our website. To keep up with what we currently have on, please visit our social media pages, especially our Facebook Page and our slightly more interactive Facebook Group, and feel free to drop us an email or a Facebook message with any queries you have.
We look forward to welcoming you to our society!