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Kiss FM Haunted House Party

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Example, Clean Bandit with Jess Glynne, Professor Green, Fuse ODG, Rizzle Kicks, Ella Eyre, Gorgon City with MNEK and Laura Welsh + more tba. Spooky times in Hammersmith as pop-loving radio station Kiss FM crams a load of contemporary chart-raiders into the Apollo. Beat-mashing MC/vocalist Example tops the bill, with hitmakers such as Clean Bandit and Gorgon City already announced, and more still to come.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Fri Oct 31
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War Child Charity Event for the Children of Syria

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Abdelkader Saadoun Algerian Rai Band, The London Music Collective, Mr Sami Alhussami, Orient Flame, Jenni Hogan, Sarah Maxwell and Sofiane Bashall + more. The veteran charity War Child has been leveraging music-world social influencers since way back when social influencers were known as 'musicians'. In this show at The Forge in aid of War Child, an array of favourites from the world music scene have come together in support of children caught up in the Syrian civil war – a

  1. The Forge Arts Venue Delancey Street, NW1 7NL
  2. Thu Oct 30
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Chvrches

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This hotly tipped, Glaswegian synthpop trio became one of British music's biggest recent success stories in 2013 when they exploded onto the scene with their album 'The Bones of What You Believe'. Since then they've toured the world and soundtracked the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, and now they're back in London for a big Brixton show that'll sell out in no time at all.

  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Thu Oct 30
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Music Cube

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What’s the most annoying thing about the London gig circuit? Is it people taking photos on their phones? Expensive tickets? Overpriced drinks? Nope: according to the people behind an unusual new gig series, it’s definitely those big speakers on either side of the stage. Mega-mall Westfield has found a way to solve that problem: put the singer in a soundproof, transparent cube, and give everyone a pair of headphones so they can hear him. It’s basically like a silent disco

  1. Westfield Stratford City Great Eastern Road, E20
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sun Nov 2
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Lizzo

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Quickfire Minneapolis MC Melissa Jefferson – aka Lizzo – takes a trip to the UK, delivering tracks from her debut album 'Lizzobangers'. Want more?What's the deal with… Lizzo?

  1. The Old Blue Last 38 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3ES
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 1
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BLUESFEST: Daytime Strollers

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Taking place every afternoon throughout Bluesfest, these cheap daytime events fill the Albert Hall with sweet, sweet blues (plus plenty of jazz, funk and R’n’B). Live performers in the Elgar Room, West Arena Foyer and Verdi restaurant include Dr Feelgood, Andy Fairweather Low, The Excitements, Georgie Fame and Mud Morganfield, aka Muddy Waters Jr. There are also 'in conversation' sessions, instrumental workshops with pianist Jason Rebello, and half-term activities for all

  1. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  2. Thu Oct 30 - Fri Oct 31
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Toy

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Scowling like the Stones and riffing like the Stooges, Toy burn through OMD-like synth ballads, krautrock grooves and Hawkwindian chugs with the same ferocity, and take tips from the psych-noise rush of My Bloody Valentine and Ride along the way. Catch them tonight as they play from their new album 'Join the Dots' and their (much better) 2012 debut.

  1. The Garage Highbury Corner, N5 1RD
  2. Thu Oct 30
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Alvvays

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Alvvays have nothing in commong with Chvrches, aside from injecting Vs in their names and giving us a reason to clear space in our heart for yet another neatly-formed trad indie band. Appling reverb to jangly guitars like Doritos adds cheese dust to chips, the Canadians recall the swooning pop of rain-soaked Scotland – your Jesus And Mary Chains, Pastels and whatnot – and the group's self-titled debut hugs Velocity Girls LPs close to its chest. A more contemporary comparison:

  1. Bethnal Green Working Men's Club 42-46 Pollard Row, E2 6NB
  2. Thu Oct 30
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Pink Martini

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This chic retro-Latin 12-piece play melodic cocktail music that happily veers into ragtime, Brazilian and European art music territory, lifted beyond chintzy by the sexy brilliance of frontwoman China Forbes and pianist Thomas Lauderdale.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Thu Oct 30
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Charli XCX

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We keep trying not to like Charli XCX. It's not that she hasn’t got enough things wrong with her – the shameless ’90s revivalism, the super-heavy make-up, her drawling half-rap… And yet she keeps cracking out effortlessly great R&B tracks that make it difficult to dismiss her, and working with super-hip producers like Alex Metric and J£zus Million – not to mention featuring on tracks for the chart-smashing likes of Iggy Azalea and Icona Pop. Come down and try and

  1. Heaven Under the Arches, off Villiers St, WC2N 6NG
  2. Thu Oct 30
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The Full English

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Launched last year, The Full English is the country's biggest digital archive of folk arts manuscripts, and tonight some of our finest performers of traditional music – Martin Simpson, Seth Lakeman, Nancy Kerr, Sam Sweeney and more – aim to bring these old songs to vivid life.

  1. Union Chapel Compton Terrace, N1 2UN
  2. Thu Oct 30
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Paolo Nutini

Full-lipped, gravel-voiced, baby-faced Scots crooner Nutini has raced up the charts and devastated hearts once more with his more mature third album 'Caustic Love' (working title  'Numpty', apparently.)

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Thu Oct 30
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The 2 Bears

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Two furry friends – Hot Chip's Joe Goddard and fellow Greco-Roman Soundsystem member Raf 'Daddy' Rundell – work downtempo dub, vocal house and squelchy, pared-down electro.

  1. The Dome 2 Dartmouth Park Hill, NW5 1HL
  2. Thu Oct 30
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BLUESFEST: Sheryl Crow

Not under any circumstances to be confused with Cheryl Cole, US singer and songwriter Sheryl Crow brings her easygoing, upbeat strand of bluesy pop-rock to London to close the final date of Bluesfest. Though her blues chops are strong, Crow's songs are also heavily influenced by country music, which you can hear in pretty much all of her hits from across the years. These include the gravelly chart-rock of 'If It Makes You Happy', the shuffling earworm chorus of 'Everyday Is a

  1. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  2. Fri Oct 31
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Eagulls

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These lo-fi scuzz rockers from Leeds pack a serious punch, like a Joy Division/Big Black hybrid midway through a serious temper tantrum. It's thrilling stuff, and has rightly propelled them to bigger stages in the wake of their self-titled debut, which came out in January.

  1. Scala Pentonville Road, King's Cross, N1 9NL
  2. Thu Oct 30
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