Presenting the finest emerging bands, musicians, and artists LIVE in London

  • WHAT IS BTGR?

    Before The Gold Rush proudly present live music events in London featuring the best emerging artists within a range of musical genres, carefully tailored for each event, including folk, americana, blues, soul, jazz, and rock.

    Our larger nights are held on Fridays or Saturdays monthly. You can expect to hear three fantastic acts, from solo artists through to full electric bands.

    Our monthly stripped-back nights on weekdays are a more intimate affair, mainly featuring acoustic singer-songwriters and duos. Fantastic food is served at these nights.

    Between acts you can expect to hear music from the likes of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Band, Richard Thompson, John Martyn, Bert Jansch, The Byrds, Gram Parsons, The Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, Nick Drake, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Fleet Foxes, & many more.

    BTGR was born in April 2012. We have hosted events throughout London at venues including The Borderline, St Pancras Old Church, The Sebright Arms, The Harrison, The Slaughtered Lamb, The Fiddler’s Elbow, The Wilmington Arms, The Gallery Cafe, The Amersham Arms, and The Haberdashery. We have also curated stages at festivals such as Alexandra Palace Summer Festival and Unsigned London Festival.

    Check out our past nightsphotos, and videos to get more of a feel of what the night looks and sounds like!

  • WHO ARE WE?

    BTGR is run by musician, audio producer, live sound engineer, and promoter Stephen Hallam and photographer, event host, and marketing director Nina French. You’ll meet us on the door, please say hello!

    Bands/artists and venues, please click here for more info regarding our ethos, how we run our nights, and how to get involved.

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  • WHAT WE DO AT BTGR

    Simply put, we do everything within our power to promote a very high quality event that we can all benefit from – artists, promoter, venue and audience.

    We do not rely on the bands to supply the entire crowd, as a lot of other promoters do in London. While we do expect the artists that are invited to play to do their best to help promote the gig, you will not hear us issue the tiresome request for you to “bring at least 30 people”. It is our job to provide a respectful, appreciative crowd for you to play to.

    The proprietors of our venues (see Contact for more info) are also engaged in helping promote our nights as well as hosting them.

    We always take the time to produce eye catching flyers and posters which we place in our venues and hand out at other gigs in the run up to Before The Gold Rush nights, and we will supply you with a handful of these if you wish. We always list our night in and on relevant music listings publications and websites, and we stay very active on social media. In short WE provide a platform for you to help us promote the event, because we are the promoter, a concept many other gig organisers do not seem to grasp!

    We’re eager for bands and artists to make the most of the night and encourage their friends and fans to arrive early and stay to watch all the acts. The performers will be chosen to complement each other and hopefully the fans of each will also be interested in the other performers, providing the chance for all the acts to network with each other, to build their audiences and their status. Regular attendees to our nights include other musicians, promoters, and people engaged in London’s live music scene whom we have met along the way. This provides for yet more opportunities to collaborate and make contacts. We enjoy the community aspect of the night and love to see like minded musicians establishing ongoing relationships.

    Last, but not least, our regular nights feature 3 quality acts MAXIMUM. Each act plays at least a 35-40 minute set. We never operate a meat factory style conveyor belt of 6-10 bands playing 15-20 minute sets.

  • WANT TO PLAY?

    If you feel your music fits the bill for Before The Gold Rush, and you are interested in performing, please email us at info@beforethegoldrush.co.uk with a link to your main websites, music and videos. We very much welcome submissions.

    It is better if you have a live video we can watch, whether that be from a gig or just recorded in your rehearsal room. Please also let us know of any upcoming gigs you have in London. We will endeavor to respond to everyone who contacts us. 

    Coming down to the night, having a chat over a beer, giving us a CD, and watching the other bands perform also scores massive points with us if you want to play future nights!

    On the night, we endeavour to pay our acts as much as we can after covering our venue hire, sound engineer, and promotional costs. We DO NOT operate a “bring x amount of people and you get x amount of money” policy. We split the door profits fairly. All bands and artists will also be granted 1 guestlist space per band member, or 4 if there are less than 4 of you, and will receive some FREE drinks on the night.

    Nina is a fantastic photographer, and is always on hand to catch some high standard shots of your performance. Examples can be viewed on our Photos page.

    When possible, we will record your performance with a stereo line out from the mixing desk and room microphones. After the show we will mix the audio and send the wav file to you. When possible we can also film your performance and sync the recorded audio, providing you with a very good quality live video. Some examples of the standard of our videos can be found on the live videos page.

    At our full band nights we always employ a professional in-house sound engineer, and we only use high quality audio equipment. In addition to the standard equipment, we provide a well maintained house drum kit (minus breakables).

    At our stripped back nights there is a small five channel PA, with DI boxes and microphones.

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  • Get In Touch

    To securely buy advance tickets for our events please visit our WeGotTickets page.

     

    To join our mailing list and receive email updates please submit your details.

     

    For all enquiries please email us at info@beforethegoldrush.co.uk

     

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  • Our Venues

    Our regular events are currently being held on Friday and Saturday nights at The Slaughtered Lamb in Farringdon and The Harrison in King’s Cross.


    The Slaughtered Lamb is a 150 capacity venue, The Harrison is a 70 capacity venue. Both are fully equipped to host live music events.


    Please check the events section for specific details.


    We also have many other contacts and experience of running events in other venues around the capital, should artists and/or booking agents require something different.




  • Find Us



    A: The Harrison, Kings Cross

    B: The Slaughtered Lamb

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