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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. Sat Dec 20 - 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. Sun Dec 21 - 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. 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. Sun Dec 21
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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. Sun Dec 21 - Sun Jan 25
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Soul II Soul

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Jazzie B and his classic soul-jazz collective bring their infectious, sun-struck funk, house and reggae riddims to the stage.

  1. Koko Camden High St, NW1 7JE
  2. Sun Dec 21
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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. Sun Dec 21 - 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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Dry The River

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They may have the acoustic strumming and sweet, quavering vocal harmonies of an Americana act, but these indie folkies are actually from pre-Olympic Stratford. The tones of lead singer Peter D'artagnan Liddle recall a less emotionally loaded Jeff Buckley, and helped their debut album 'Shallow Bed' into the Top 40. They perform songs from its follow-up 'Alarms in the Heart' tonight.

  1. Tooting Tram & Social 46-48 Mitcham Road, SW17 9NA
  2. Sun Dec 21
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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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Dino Baptiste

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Boogie woogie keysman follows in the finger-steps of childhood idols Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles.

  1. Ain't Nothing But Blues Bar Kingly Street, W1B 5PZ
  2. Sun Dec 21
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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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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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The Magic Numbers

Almost a decade after they made their biggest splash with their single 'Love Me Like You', affable London pop-rock group The Magic Numbers are back with a melancholic, disco-edged fourth album. They've slowly slipped out of the public eye, but they remain cheerfully unchanged by fashions and fortunes, so if you're nostalgic for the summer of 2005 then this is the gig for you.

  1. Bush Hall Uxbridge Rd, W12 7LJ
  2. Sun Dec 21
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Euros Childs

  • Critics choice

Former Gorky's Zygotic Mynci mainman Childs – a master of both plinky-plonky, Casio folk-pop and genuinely groovy, grown-up electronica – here performs a rare, intimate, solo piano set.

  1. Servant Jazz Quarters 10a Bradbury St, N16 8JN
  2. Sun Dec 21
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