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Silent Disco at The View from The Shard

The silent disco phenomenon reaches new heights at these exclusive Time Out events. Pick your channel and choose your side as three DJs battle it out over separate wireless channels, playing the best in pop, rock and party classics, while you dance the night away at 1,000ft. The View from The Shard is the visitor attraction at the top of Western Europe's tallest building, The Shard. With unparalleled, panoramic views, it offers visitors a unique perspective on the capital.

  1. The View from the Shard Joiner St, SE1 9QU
  2. Fri Dec 19 - Sun Jul 26
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Christmas in Trafalgar Square

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A huge Christmas tree will herald the arrival of the festive season (someone ought to tell the supermarkets they started early) when it is lit by the Mayor of Oslo, the Mayor of Westminster and the Norwegian Ambassador at 6pm on December 4 in London's living room, Trafalgar Square. Carols from the Salvation Army and St Martin-in-the-Fields choir will add to the atmosphere. On December 7 a torch-lit procession will surround the choir and clergy of St Martin-in-the-Fields church

  1. Trafalgar Square
  2. Thu Dec 18 - Tue Dec 23
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Some Voices: Baz Lurhmann's 'Romeo + Juliet'

Some 200 members of the Some Voices choir will perform the soundtrack to Baz Lurhmann's sensational 'Romeo + Juliet' at this alternative Christmas event. Entering the church as either a Montague or Capulet, you'll make your way through incense infused aisles lined with neon crosses to stand with your family and relive the tragic tale of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. 'Kissing You', 'Lovefool' and 'Everybody's Free' will all be performed, as well as new arrangements of

  1. St John-at-Hackney Church Lower Clapton Rd, E5 0PD
  2. Thu Dec 18 - Fri Dec 19
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Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie and The Advent of Punk

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To mark Blondie's 40th anniversary, Somerset House present this mega show of previously unpublished photographs by Chris Stein, co-founder of the band. As well as featuring images of the chart-topping group in their early days and backstage on tour, Stein has selected other favourites from his archive including sultry snaps of David Bowie, The Ramones, Andy Warhol and other big names from the glittering, new wave world.  

  1. Somerset House Strand, WC2R 1LA
  2. Thu Dec 18 - Sun Jan 25
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The Cure

  • Critics choice

Robert Smith's seminal gloom-pop combo play one of their sporadic London gigs, which generally last upwards of two hours. True, they're not known for being a dynamic live act, but the quality of their material – 'Boys Don't Cry', 'The Love Cats', 'Friday I'm In Love' and loads more, all bellowed back by a fiercely adoring crowd who've nostalgically backcombed what's left of their hair – means The Cure are still well worth catching after all these years. There'll be plenty of

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Tue Dec 23
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Van Morrison

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The legendary Celtic soul mystic's more recent output has flitted between blues, big band jazz, R&B, skiffle and folk, and at these three intimate shows he should stage a full-on raid through his deep, deep discography, including cuts from his seminal 'Astral Weeks' and 'Moondance' albums. Don't count on 'Brown Eyed Girl', though.

  1. Nell’s Jazz & Blues North End Crescent, W14 8TG
  2. Fri Dec 19 - Sun Dec 21
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Silent Disco at Altitude London

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The silent disco phenomenon continues to reach new heights at this exclusive Time Out event. There’s two floors of funk for up to 500 people at Altitude’s silent disco. In the Sky bar you can pick up some food, relax with a drink and admire the views. Upstairs, the actual disco is all about partying ‘til you can’t party any more. Three top DJs will be on hand to drop a range of killer tunes against an amazing backdrop of the London skyline. Situated within Westminster's

  1. Altitude 360° Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, SW1 4QP
  2. Fri Apr 4 - Sat Feb 21
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Stealing Sheep

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When is a gig not a gig? When it’s Mythopoeia. If you were at the End of the Road festival in Dorset earlier this year, and you happened to stumble into a certain tipi at just the right time, you would have witnessed something rather special: a secret show by top psychedelic trio Stealing Sheep, complete with puppets, glittery costumes, a marching band and a mystical procession. Fortunately (since Dorset, let’s face it, is a bit of a trek) the band are bringing their

  1. Oslo Amhurst Rd, E8 1LL
  2. Thu Dec 18
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The Who

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Clearly long done with hoping they die before they get old, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are celebrating 50 years since the first gig by The Who by retiring gracefully. Just kidding: they're going on another massive arena tour, which stops off in London tonight for a set which (we're told) will feature 'hits and misses' – so the biggies alongside some more unexpected tunes, then.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Thu Dec 18
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Sparks

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Having treated London to all 21 albums over 21 nights a few years back, the beautiful Mael brothers continue to twist the live experience. Their LA glam rock project returns, this time with the tantilising promise of a full performance of classic leftfield album from 1974, 'Kimono My House', accompanied by the 35-piece Heritage Orchestra, plus other tracks from their incredible catalogue of quirky, hyper-literate pop.

  1. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  2. Fri Dec 19 - Sat Dec 20
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Nick Berkeley: The Wild Ones

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In 1993 Suede played the Brixton Academy. The concert was filmed and later a video ‘Love and Poison’ was released. The multimedia artist Nick Berkeley has manipulated stills from the film to create a series of limited edition prints, which have been co-signed by lead singer Brett Anderson.

  1. The Strand Gallery 32 John Adam St, WC2N 6BP
  2. Thu Dec 18 - Sun Jan 4
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Slowdive

  • Critics choice

They kind of ruined the surprise by counting down the days until the announcement on Twitter, but it's still a big deal that Slowdive have got back together. Between 1989 and 1994 they were up there with fellow Creation Records bands My Bloody Valentine and Ride as pioneers of shoegaze, the reverb-heavy genre that still has a huge influence on today's music scene. Now the five original members have reunited to bring their mysteriously drifting, haunting and euphoric sounds back

  1. The Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
  2. Fri Dec 19 - Sat Dec 20
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Madness

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The original Camden nutty boys – ska-punk veterans and diamond geezers – give their pop-ska hits another whirl. Amazingly, they've been a going concern for almost 40 years now, but they're still dynamic (and eccentrically dressed) and there's no shortage of classic material for them to wheel out.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Sat Dec 20
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Carl Barât & The Jackals

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Despite a high-profile Libertines reunion this year, indie hero Carl Barât has launched a new solo project: The Jackals, recruited over the internet and through auditions at a south-east London boozer. Barât and his new crew will crack out their indie/rocky/grungy bluesy twice on New Year's Eve: first at the Amersham Arms, then (presumably after a mad dash across town) at The Macbeth after midnight.

  1. Amersham Arms New Cross Road, SE14 6TY
  2. Wed Dec 31 - Thu Jan 1
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Thompson Family

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Prolific folk-rock guitar hero Richard Thompson is the patriarch of this family band, which also includes his three children – Teddy, Kamila and Jack Thompson – plus his brother, son-in-law and grandson. They'll sing an eclectic range of material from their upcoming 'Family' album, just in time for Christmas.

  1. Kings Place York Way, N1 9AG
  2. Thu Dec 18 - Fri Dec 19
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