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Lady Gaga

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If you missed out on Her Gaganess’s iTunes Festival show last year, here’s another chance to catch her in London as she brings her artRave tour to town. The last time she played a big show here, back in 2012, the set featured a full-sized castle, mechanical horses, motorbike pianos, pregnant aliens and meat sofas. Will she be able to outdo herself this time around? Grab a ticket and find out for yourself.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Thu Oct 23 - Sun Oct 26
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Rubberbandits – Continental Fistfight

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The Limerick-based plastic-bag wearing musical comedy duo – responsible for YouTube sensation 'Horse Outside' and Chortle Award winners in 2012 – return to Soho Theatre with their latest show, 'Continental Fistfight'. Of course, the Bandits don't describe themselves as musical comedy at all, they reckon they're 'hardcore gangsta rap'. Go see them and decide for yourselves. Expect a bunch of high-energy new songs – including the ridiculously good 'Dad's Best Friend' – and

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sun Oct 26
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Jake Bugg

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Retro-but-refreshing young singer-songwriter Bugg burst from his hometown of Nottingham to the top of the charts in 2012. His brand of indie country-folk mixes a Dylan-esque rasp with Miles Kane's brand of mordant Mod-rock, plus a dollop of Americana on his latest album 'Shangri La'.

  1. Union Chapel Compton Terrace, N1 2UN
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Thu Oct 23
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Valeriya and Friends

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If you haven't heard of Valeriya, chances are you aren't Russian. She's a huge star in her homeland, winning dozens of awards, playing gigs at the Kremlin and selling dacha-loads of records. Thus you can expect a strong turn-out from London's Russian community as the singer rolls up to the Albert Hall to air her hits – although you don't have to understand what she's singing about to be blown away by her vocals. As well as her 'friends' (a galaxy of Russian and Ukrainian stars

  1. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  2. Tue Oct 21
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Agnes Obel

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The Danish singer-songwriter supports her second album, 'Aventine', with a set of haunting, intricately harmonised, piano-led songs. As well as the stripped-back sound of just Obel and her piano, there's also a sly, folkish twang to some songs and a hint of Joanna Newsom's exploratory melodies in others.

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Wed Oct 22
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David Gray

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The enormous success of his 'White Ladder' album in 1998 meant that throaty, head-wobbling singer-songwriter Gray was the man to blame for the early-noughties 'new acoustic movement'. That's all water under the bridge now, though – 16 years on from 'Babylon', he's here performing from his hefty back catalogue and his new album, 'Mutineers'.

  1. Union Chapel Compton Terrace, N1 2UN
  2. Wed Oct 22
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St Vincent

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The amazing Annie Clark arrives in London to perform her alluringly nuanced songcraft. Her material ranges from Disney soundtrack-worthy ballads to beautiful, complex, Robert Fripp-esque guitar abuse – all delivered with a hefty load of tightly-wound emotion.

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Sat Oct 25
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We Are Scientists

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Guitarist Keith Murray, bassist Chris Cain and (nowadays) former Razorlight man Andy Burrows on drums are We Are Scientists, the Californian indie band who are much bigger in the UK than at home. Tonight they play from their new album 'TV en Français', which treads the same catchy new wave grooves as old hits like 'Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt'.

  1. Brooklyn Bowl London The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Wed Oct 22
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The Hold Steady

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Craig Finn's sweaty, blue-collar indie rockers continue to power ahead, churning through dark-hearted tales of hard liquor and long roads, tracking a path from The Blasters to Springsteen. They're back in London to blast out songs from their new album 'Teeth Dreams' and maybe a couple of the cover versions from their recent charity EP 'Rags'.

  1. Koko Camden High St, NW1 7JE
  2. Tue Oct 21
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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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Annie Eve

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Hard-working London singer-songwriter Annie Eve plays from her lovely debut album 'Sunday ‘91', which channels the downbeat psychedelia of Howling Bells and Warpaint as well as more conventional voice-and-guitar tropes.

  1. The Borderline Orange Yard, Manette Street, W1D 4JB
  2. Tue Oct 21
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Oxjam Balham

Raheem Bakare, Abbey Bowden, Gareth Esson + more. Balham's Oxjam takeover line-up is packed with young singer-songwriters, with some serious talent on display: don't miss butter-smooth R&B singer Raheem Bakare. Abby Bowden's ghostly folk is also well worth your hard-earned.

  1. Various venues in SW12
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Oct 26
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OneRepublic

The Coldplayish pop-rockers from Colorado with one of the worst band names around – seriously, it makes them sound like they should be manufacturing and selling crap T-shirts and pre-distressed denim – headline another big London show.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Wed Oct 22
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Teleman

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This great new outfit, featuring former members of Pete And The Pirates, fuse classic psychedelic songwriting in the Syd Barrett vein with tasteful synths and sparse guitar.

  1. Heaven Under the Arches, off Villiers St, WC2N 6NG
  2. Wed Oct 22
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Johnny Marr

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Still rocking his scraggy mod ’do, the former Smiths (and Cribs) guitarist takes a break from groups to tour his second LP 'Playland'. Though Marr’s best known as a sideman, his solo stuff is pretty good – as you'd expect from a man with his experience.

  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Thu Oct 23
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