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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. Sat Oct 25 - 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. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Oct 26
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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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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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British Sea Power

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The UK’s premier psychedelic boy scouts return with their enthralling blend of shimmering post-punk, Bunnymen-styled epics with darkly witty lyrics and off-kilter take on traditional folk. Their jerky, wry and angular sound has been getting more and more anthemically Elbow-esque recently, so raise your hands and sway till you're giddy as they add the warm glow of the Redbridge Brass Band to their songs at this special one-off performance.

  1. Barbican Hall Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8BS
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Music Cube

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What’s the most annoying thing about the London gig circuit? Is it people taking photos on their phones? Expensive tickets? Overpriced drinks? Nope: according to the people behind an unusual new gig series, it’s definitely those big speakers on either side of the stage. Mega-mall Westfield has found a way to solve that problem: put the singer in a soundproof, transparent cube, and give everyone a pair of headphones so they can hear him. It’s basically like a silent disco

  1. Westfield Stratford City Great Eastern Road, E20
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Nov 2
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Fuse ODG

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London-born, but of Ghanaian descent, Afrobeats and dancehall don and Azonto ambassador Fuse ODG (aka Nana Richard Abiona) headlines tonight. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Azonto, it's a Ghanaian dance that involves bendy legs and fluid arms and hips. Check out some vids on YouTube so that when Fuse shouts 'Azonto all on da floor', you'll know how to get down.

  1. Under the Bridge Fulham Road, SW6 1HS
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Oct 26
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BLUESFEST: Gregory Porter

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US soul-jazz singer Porter has had critics, fans and musicians raving thanks to his stunning Grammy-nominated debut 'Water', but he's the real deal live too. He returns to London to perform at Bluesfest once again, playing from his third album, 'Liquid Spirit', and combines the deep soulfulness of John Lucien, the hipness of Kurt Elling and the streetwise lyrical style of Gil Scott-Heron in his prime, bringing an earthy emotional power to all that he sings.

  1. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  2. Mon Oct 27
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War Child Charity Event for the Children of Syria

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Abdelkader Saadoun Algerian Rai Band, The London Music Collective, Mr Sami Alhussami, Orient Flame, Jenni Hogan, Sarah Maxwell and Sofiane Bashall + more. The veteran charity War Child has been leveraging music-world social influencers since way back when social influencers were known as 'musicians'. In this gala show at The Forge they've put together a one-off array of favourites from the world music scene in support of children caught up in the Syrian civil war – a worthy,

  1. The Forge Arts Venue Delancey Street, NW1 7NL
  2. Thu Oct 30
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BLUESFEST: 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. Tonight, though, Van The Man returns to Bluesfest for the third year running to sing – as you might expect – the blues, incorporating both his own hits and the rich rhythm & blues of other artists which helped shape him. It's an area in which he's well versed from his early days throatily leading the Belfast garage band Them. Perhaps there'll also be some

  1. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  2. Tue Oct 28
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John Newman

Thanks to his guest appearances on two chart hits by Rudimental, John Newman became a household voice (if not quite a household name) last year. His solo material marries retro blue-eyed soul – strings, saxes, dry backbeats and Newman's crooning wail – with contemporary pop production, and includes 'Love Me Again', one of the biggest tunes of 2013.

  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Return To Camden Town Festival

This annual festival is back again, as annual things are wont to be, bringing its usual rollicking series of sessions, workshops and gigs all centred around traditional Irish music.

  1. Various Camden venues
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Mon Oct 27
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The Pop Group

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After a near-30-year hiatus, the Bristolian post-punk cult heroes reunited in 2010 to 'pick up from where they left off'. Now they're embarking on their first full tour (ever!) to mark the reissue of their 1980 album 'We Are Time', and to support the Campaign Against Arms Trade – clearly they've lost none of their revolutionary political drive.

  1. Islington Assembly Hall Upper St, Islington, N1 2UD
  2. Sun Oct 26
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Ghetts

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Newham grime mainstay Justin Samuel, formerly of Nasty Crew but now forging a solo path with his superior flow, headlines.

  1. The Borderline Orange Yard, Manette Street, W1D 4JB
  2. Sun Oct 26
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Barrio Big Band

  • Free

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 Oct 28 - Wed Nov 26
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