Malcom Dome

Music Journalist, Writer, Co-founder of TotalRock

The Big Red is... well, it is the Big Red. It has its own vibe and atmosphere. One that reflects the joys of music, without pushing this too much. It's both relaxed and intimate, even though the place is huge. And it's also built a deserved reputation for giving young bands the chance to perform live. And while many other places do something similar, what makes it really work here is that people are genuinely enthusiastic about seeing these bands, even if they've never heard of them before!

"There's a loyalty to the Big Red that's born out of a passion for it. Why? Because it encourages having a good time all of the time.

Sara Harding

Television Producer – Kerrang! TV, Scuzz, Classic Rock Awards, Metal Hammer Awards, Sonisphere and Download

The Big Red is right up there as one of London’s leading gig venues. As a music TV journalist, it’s a great place for me to catch up with the latest, greatest names in music and what’s even better, there is no entry fee so we can spend more money on all the great refreshments this place has to offer. This is the venue all bands aspire to play with bands like City of Thieves, StoneWire, Piston, Dirty Thrills, Stop Stop all lining up to play here.  The large stage is right up in the front of the window and the sound mix is always spot on. Guest DJ’s such as Prog Rock’s Jerry Ewing and Metal Hammer’s Alex Milas keep the dancefloor packed with the best rock playlist in town – that’s why this is the place to be seen and heard.  

Philip Welford


Conveniently located in the heart of the Holloway Rd strip, this rock n’ roll hangout is a mecca for all music lovers. This mahoosive pub/grill/live music venue is the place for us journo’s to hang out. From the Rockalicious bar staff to the Americana vibe and décor, from the anthem filled jukebox to the authentic chicken wings and portion sizes that wouldn’t feel out of place in Texas! Join our fave landlords Ben and Theo for a very well priced pint and a bowl of chilli under the best Kiss memorablia in town. Getting ‘Fat birds fingered since 2003’, The Big Red is the biggest, bestest and most bad ass place to rock out.

Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Online Magazine

Aimed at a biker/rocker crowd, on arrival at the venue I thought I’d died and gone to heaven – or hell depending on how you look at it… With ample stage and bar space, walls were adorned with pictures of rock royalty and an AC/DC pin ball machine was amongst some of the quirky features around the bar area. Ticking all my boxes, I think this may be my new favourite drinking spot in London.

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