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In The Woods

The small but perfectly formed In The Woods festival – organised by the perky and freewheeling leftfield London pop quintet Laurel Collective – returns for its ninth consecutive year, stretching out into a two-day affair for 2014. Punters are promised an experience as far removed from "warm pints of foamy Carling in a copoorate mudbath" as it's possible to get, which can only be a great thing. It takes place in a secret woodland location (enchanted, of course) near London,

The Big Feastival

Kelis, Fatboy Slim, Norman Jay, Jamie Cullum, The Cuban Brothers, Stornoway, Duke, Molotov Jukebo, Jack Savoretti, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Bjoorn Again, Fleetwood Bac. Is food the new rock 'n' roll? Alex James of indie kings Blur seems to think so, if his interest in making cheese is anything to go by. Organised by James and ever-chirpy TV chef Jamie Oliver, this family friendly event mixes up foodie fanaticism and music. Cooking demos, markets and pop-up restaurants take care of

  1. Kingham
  2. Fri Aug 29 - Sun Aug 31
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Kate Bush

  • Critics choice

Read our first-night review of Kate Bush’s ‘Before the Dawn’ show Didn't get Kate Bush tickets? Click here for some alternative Bush-themed events in London throughout the run Yes indeed: that's Kate Bush, performing live. Echoing Bowie's sudden unretirement last year, the woman who brought you 'Wuthering Heights', 'Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)', 'Cloudbusting', 'Hounds of Love', 'Experiment IV' and more surreally classic songs will be playing her first live

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Fri Aug 29 - Wed Oct 1
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Kate Bush: Photographs by Gered Mankowitz and Guido Harari

  • Free

These two photographers are cheekily bringing out new Bush books and putting on an exhibition to coincide with the ‘Before the Dawn’ shows. Big draws include Mankowitz’s famous ‘pink leotard’ shots and out-takes from his shoots for the ‘Lionheart’ and ‘The Kick Inside’ sleeves. Go along and play ‘Hounds of Love’ on your phone: it’ll almost be like Kate’s singing to you. Until you get kicked out of the gallery.

  1. Snap Galleries 12 Piccadilly Arcade, SW1Y 6NH
  2. Thu Aug 28 - Thu Oct 2
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Brownstock

Dizzee Rascal, De La Soul, Razorlight, The Feeling, Route 94, Roots Manuva, Jack Beats, DJ EZ, P Money, Doorly, Goldie Lookin' Chain + more. It's the tenth year for this small, family-run festival, which the organisers describe as an overgrown house party. There's a healthy mix of established bands and unsigned acts – covering rock, indie and dance – alongside comedy and art. Or you can play your own tunes at the piano bar. Or just forget about music altogether and play

  1. Morris Farm
  2. Fri Aug 29 - Sun Aug 31
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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 Wardour Street, W1F 0TN
  2. Fri Aug 29 - Sat Aug 30
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End Of The Road

The Flaming Lips, Wild Beasts, Gene Clark No Other Band, The Horrors, John Grant, Yo La Tengo, Richard Thompson, Gruff Rhys, Tinariwen, British Sea Power, White Denim, Connan Mockasin, John Cooper Clarke, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Drenge, Mark Kozelek, Cate Le Bon, Sweet Baboo, Perfume Genius, Alexis Tayloe, All We Are, The Barr Brothers, Peggy Sue, Three Trapped Tigets, The Wave Pictures. It may plough a fairly narrow

  1. Larmer Tree Gardens Tollard Royal, SP5 5PT
  2. Fri Aug 29 - Mon Sep 1
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Off The Tracks Summer Festival

TBA. A decades-old festival that holds two seperate weekends of family-friendly festival fun – spring instalment in May and the summer leg in August. Artists for the summer show are still TBA, but there will be plenty of hippy-ish and spiritual vibes floating around regardless of whoever plays, thanks to a programme of yoga, meditation, reflexology and healing activities.

  1. Donington Park Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2RP
  2. Fri Aug 29 - Sun Aug 31
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Raw Power

  • Critics choice

London legend would have it that Tufnell Park is a cosy place full of actors, writers, pushchairs and things that could be legitimately described as ‘bijou’. Despite Camden Town being just down the road, it’s not exactly rock ’n’ roll Valhalla: Camden got Amy Winehouse, N19 got Jon Snow.All that’s due to change this weekend, though, when a horde of psychedelic rockers plug in to tear Tuffy P a new one. Raw Power is a new festival by London underground promoters Baba

  1. The Dome 178 Junction Rd, N19 5QQ
  2. Fri Aug 29 - Sun Aug 31
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Moseley Folk Festival

Johnny Marr, Thurston Moore, The Felice Brothers, The Waterboys, Richard Thompson, plus more TBA. Moseley's contribution to the festival circuit is an intimate affair with a friendly atmosphere. As you'd expect from the title, there's plenty of folksy vibes floating around, but this event isn't a one-trick pony – alternative and eclectic sounds coem from ex-Smiths strummer Johnny Marr and Sonic Youth's Thurson Moore, as well as more traditional folk and blues from The

  1. Moseley Park
  2. Fri Aug 29 - Sun Aug 31
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J-Sonics

  • Critics choice

A high-energy jazz-funk/fusion outfit who blend nu-jazz, funk, Latin jazz and soul to stunning effect, J-Sonics consist of tenorist Matt Telfer, trumpeter Andy Davies, French guitarist Clement Regert, drummer Gabor Dronyei, bass guitarist Mike Flynn and percussionist Jon Newey.

  1. Hideaway Stanthorpe Road, SW16 2ED
  2. Fri Aug 29
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Steve Noble/Guillaume Viltard/Seymour Wright/Ian Maclachlan

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A newly formed quartet comprising four serious improv heavyweights: drummer Noble, bassist Viltard, saxophonist Wright and trombonist Maclachlan. They line up for an extended four-day residency at Café Oto: expect complex harmonies and fiery free improv.

  1. Cafe Oto 18-22 Ashwin St, E8 3DL
  2. Thu Aug 28 - Sun Aug 31
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Field Maneuvers

Move D, Wookie, Tama Sumo, Lakuti, Elgato, Brackles, Huntleys & Palmers Audio Club Showcase, Ghettospheric, Cornerstone Soundsystem, Yeah, Maybe, Sammy String, The Local Group, Joe Watkins, plus more TBA. Now in its second year, this three-day party celebrates underground electronic music, with a roster made-up largely of talented, rising UK DJs and a few heroic names in the mix as well. The location is secret at the moment (a 'riverside location 60 minutes outside of London' is

Jersey Live

Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Klaxons, Luke Friend, Lucy Rose, Earth, Wind & Fire Experience + more TBA. Bands who've played Jersey Live in the past say they've received few better festival receptions. That endorsement, coupled with the lovely beaches and laidback vibe, should provide more than enough reasons to jet over the water for the festival's eleventh edition, and join what will no doubt be another year of raacous fun and an up-for-it crowd that could teach many moodly

  1. Royal Jersey Showground Trinity, Channel Islands, JE3 5JP
  2. Sat Aug 30 - Sun Aug 31
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Sparrows Of Paris

  • Free

This jazz four-piece play French songs from the ’20s to the ’50s, and jazz standards.

  1. Brasserie Blanc Trinity Square, EC3N 4AA
  2. Thu Aug 28
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