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Berwick Street's Record Store Day

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Despite the best efforts of iTunes and Amazon, the area around Berwick Street in Soho – famously portrayed on Oasis's '(What's the Story) Morning Glory?' album sleeve – is still home to the biggest concentration of indie record shops in London. That makes it a fitting place for a free mini-festival on Record Store Day (Saturday April 19), wouldn't you say? Like last year, an outdoor main stage will host live acts all afternoon: the line-up is still under wraps, but performers

  1. Berwick Street Market Berwick Street, W1F 0PT
  2. Sat Apr 19
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Alice in Wonderland Pop-Up Restaurant Experience

Take an immersive trip down a culinary rabbit hole at this Alice in Wonderland-based pop-up. As well as a four-course dinner (complete with AiW-themed food, of course), there'll be live acting, theatre, games (including card games and croquet for full Wonderland vibes) and music. Expect more than a few treats sporting the timeless 'Eat me' line from the novel.

  1. The Arches Villiers St, WC2N 6NG
  2. Sat Apr 19
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Adam Ant

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Tribal make-up, swashbuckling pop, occasionally missing marbles... most people think they know Adam Ant inside-out. But if you’ve never heard his 1979 debut ‘Dirk Wears White Sox’, you’re missing out on one of the finest British albums of all time. A record that’s being performed in full for the first time this week. It may lack name recognition, but Adam And The Antz’ debut proved to be a totemic template for generations of British indie bands – from Britpoppers

  1. Hammersmith Apollo 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Sat Apr 19
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Live Jazz At The Rabbit

  • Free

Jazz music sessions in the cocktail bar featuring a variety of instrumentalists every week.

  1. The White Rabbit 125 Stoke Newington Church St, N16 0UH
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Thu Dec 18
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Little Havana

At this weekly Friday night session at Floridita, visiting Latin American bands and musicians play live Latin jazz, salsa, merengue and other hot grooves, followed by DJs until 3am.

  1. Floridita 100 Wardour Street, W1F 0TN
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sat May 31
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Elbow

  • Critics choice

Bury's finest have long since broken through the stadium barrier, but it's still somehow odd to think of their warm, richly expressive, bear-hearted, thoroughly northern orchestral soul in such a venue. They've proven themselves more than capable of making the translation from record to vast stage, however, and this big gig should be a typically affecting set from the lovable alt rock grumps.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Wed Apr 16
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Yard Life Festival

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This new charity festival puts all its profits towards MS Research, and brings a big line-up of young bands and DJs to Islington across the Easter weekend. Performers on Saturday include Van Susans, Youth Club and Nudes, while Sunday's line-up features Lemmy Ashton, Men's Adventures, The Savage Nomads and Younghusband. As well as the music there's a barbecue, a market and art installations throughout the venue, so you can get the full festival experience – and feel good about it.

  1. Islington Metal Works 7 Torrens St, off City Rd, EC1V 1NQ
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Mon Apr 21
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Jazz Skool

  • Free

The Jazz Skool quintet play hard bop, cool and soul jazz classics every Thursday night.

  1. Oui Madame 182 Stoke Newington Rd, N16 7UY
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Thu Jun 19
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Trash Tuesday

  • Free

New York-styled open mic session for cabaret, musical and jazz singers.

  1. Cellar Door Zero Aldwych, WC2E 7DN
  2. Tue Apr 22 - Tue Apr 29
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Cut Copy

  • Critics choice

This mighty Melbourne trio first stole our hearts and directed our dancing feet way back in 2004 with the perky, sun-dappled disco-meets-krautrock-meets-New Order electro-pop of their fine debut LP, 'Bright Like Neon Love'. They're now onto their fourth album, 'Free Your Mind', and will be showcasing new material tonight as well as tracks from 'Zonoscope', 'In Ghost Colours' (an Australian Number One) and their debut.

  1. The Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
  2. Wed Apr 16
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Denovali Swingfest

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The Denovali record label brings its experimental music festival, which has run in Essen, Germany since 2007, to London once again. It comes with a mouth-watering avant-garde line-up featuring everything from classical minimalism to post-rock to metal.

  1. Cafe Oto 18-22 Ashwin St, E8 3DL
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sat Apr 19
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Joan As Police Woman

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Joan Wasser boasts an impressive CV. The Boston-reared singer and classically trained violinist has toured regularly with both Rufus and Martha Wainwright's bands, played with artists as diverse as The Bad Seeds, Antony And The Johnsons and Sheryl Crow, and was a long-term squeeze of Jeff Buckley's. Tonight she performs tracks from her latest album 'The Classic', another splendid platform for her warm and sensuous, deeply soulful voice, which recalls Joni Mitchell and KD Lang.

  1. Village Underground 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ
  2. Wed Apr 16
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Shez Raja

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Indo jazz-funk from bassist Shez Raja and band, which also includes reed players Gilad Atzmon and Shabaka Hutchings and vocalist Monika Lidke. Tonight they launch new album 'Soho Live', which includes contributions from saxophonist Soweto Kinch and trumpeter Jay Phelps. Expect energetic heady jazz-fusion.

  1. Pizza Express Jazz Club 10 Dean St, W1D 3RW
  2. Wed Apr 16 - Thu Apr 17
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Desertfest

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The capital's premier (and only) festival of stoner rock and doom metal returns. It's run by the promotion company Desertscene, who have been putting on heavy, heavy music in the capital since 2009, and has a sister event in Berlin. This year's Camden line-up features a host of hairy, guitar-wielding legends, including Boris (the Japanese avant-metal legends, not the mayor), recently reunited stoner heroes Spirit Caravan, Norwegian metalcore dudes Kvelertak and Scots doomwreakers

  1. The Black Heart 3 Greenland Place, NW1 0AP
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Sun Apr 27
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