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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. Mon Dec 22 - Tue Dec 23
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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. Mon Dec 22 - Tue Dec 23
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Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie and The Advent of Punk

  • Free

To mark Blondie's 40th anniversary, Somerset House present this mega show of previously unpublished photographs by Chris Stein, co-founder of the band.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. Mon Dec 22 - Sun Jan 25
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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. Mon Dec 22 - Sun Jan 4
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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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My Rules

This is the first London exhibition from US music and skate photographer Glen E Friedman in nearly two decades. Covering punk, hip hop and skateboarding, photos in the exhbition include Run DMC, Black Flag, LL Cool J, Minor Threat and Public Enemy, as well as various skateboarding icons such as Tony Alva and Jay Adams.

  1. 14 Henrietta St 14 Henrietta St, WC2E 8QH
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Sat Jan 17
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Liane Carroll

  • Critics choice

It’s always a joy to watch charismatic vocalist/pianist Liane Carroll, one of the finest jazz singers this country has ever produced. Here she performs her regular ‘A Christmas Carroll’ show – expect plenty of festive cheer alongside Carroll’s inimitable, ragged-edged, gospel-inflected style and infectious personality.

  1. Ronnie Scott's Frith St, W1D 4HT
  2. Fri Dec 26 - Sat Dec 27
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Alice Zawadzki + Mark Lockheart/Laura Jurd Quartet

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The Chaos Collective present their Christmas party with performances from Mark Lockheart and Laura Jurd’s quartet, featuring modal jazz with a folk/ambient twist, and vocalist Alice Zawadzki who impressed in 2014 with her superb debut album ‘China Lane’.

  1. Vortex 11 Gillett Square, N16 8AZ
  2. Mon Dec 22
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Holy Holy

Fresh from a tour with Bowie producer Tony Visconti, tribute supergroup Holy Holy includes original Spider From Mars Woody Woodmansey on drums, Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17) and Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet). They play the Starman's hits and deeper cuts from 'Space Oddity' up to 'Ziggy Stardust', so don't request 'Let's Dance' or you'll get some withering stares from the assembled Bowie fans.

  1. The Lexington Pentonville Rd, N1 9JB
  2. Mon Dec 22
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Trash Tuesday

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

  1. Cellar Door Zero Aldwych, WC2E 7EN
  2. Tue Dec 23 - Tue Jan 6
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Rollo Markee & The Tailshakers

The Midlands-based four-piece plays a mixture of old style blues and jazz.

  1. Ain't Nothing But Blues Bar Kingly Street, W1B 5PZ
  2. Fri Dec 26
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The Big Beer Band

  • Free

Seventeen-piece swing band.

  1. Grape & Grain Anerley Hill, Crystal Palace, SE19 2AA
  2. Mon Dec 22
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Barrio Big Band

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Joe Chiari leads the band as they play a range of funky, big band and Motown hits along with modern day tunes and classics.

  1. Barrio Central 6 Poland Street, W1F 8PS
  2. Tue Dec 30 - Wed Dec 31
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Barrio Big Band

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Joe Chiari leads the band as they play a range of funky, big band and Motown hits along with modern day tunes and classics.

  1. Barrio Central 6 Poland Street, W1F 8PS
  2. Tue Dec 23 - Wed Dec 24
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Eric Ranzoni

  • Free

Top Italian blues man pays homage to Muddy Waters et al.

  1. Boisdale Canary Wharf Cabot Hall, E14 4QT
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Tue Dec 23
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