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More London Free Festival

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Twelve years in and the More London Free Festival is again bringing an impressive line-up of events and performances to the concrete amphitheatre below the Mayor's leaning glass blob of an office on the South Bank. For 2014 the events are divided into five cultural categories, and the festival kicks off with a four-day street party (June 4-8) of Latin and Caribbean food and fun. Free Fringe runs from June 4-20 and features lighthearted shows from Pantaloons Theatre Company and

  1. The Scoop at More London The Queen's Walk, SE1 2DB
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Fri Sep 26
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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 Sep 27 - Sun Feb 8
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Lauryn Hill

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The former Fugee and acclaimed singer-songwriter makes her first London live appearances in over two years. Her comeback album – which will be her first since her classic 1998 record 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' – was delayed last year after Hill was sentenced to prison for tax evasion, but now she's out and back on tour. Expect new tracks, a few old classics, and a typically erratic performance: she may regularly turn up on stage hours late, but when she's on form

  1. Brooklyn Bowl London The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Mon Sep 29
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Kate Bush

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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. Wed Sep 17 - Wed Oct 1
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Iggy Azalea

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Hyped and rising ghetto-electro rapper Iggy Azalea brings her risqué rhymes to London, backed by dirty beats and pop hooks. Her debut album 'The New Classic' and a series of high-energy hit singles have won her plenty of support over here, so this relatively small date should sell out in a flash.

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Wed Sep 17
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Silent Disco at Altitude London

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The silent disco phenomenon continues to reach new heights at this exclusive Time Out event. There’s two floors of funk for up to 500 people at Altitude’s silent disco. In the Sky bar you can pick up some food, relax with a drink and admire the views. Upstairs, the actual disco is all about partying ‘til you can’t party any more. Three top DJs, including Time Out's very own Oliver Keens, will be on hand to drop a range of killer tunes against an amazing backdrop of the

  1. Altitude 360° Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, SW1 4QP
  2. Fri Apr 4 - Sat Dec 20
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Kate Bush: Photographs by Gered Mankowitz and Guido Harari

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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. Wed Sep 17 - Thu Oct 2
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ITUNES FESTIVAL: Rudimental + Jess Glynne

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Back in 2012, this four-strong Hackney outfit came out of nowhere grabbed the Number One spot on the singles chart with 'Feel the Love': a euphoric smasher featuring vocalist John Newman, which fused jazzy, old-school soul with dubstep. Rudimental went on to produce one of the best albums of 2013, 'Home', and blow the roof of several major London venues with their all-out, full-band, brass-heavy live incarnation. Now they return to preview new tracks from a second album and drop

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Sat Sep 20
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Nick Cave – '20,000 Days on Earth'

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Click here to enter our ticket competition for this sold out event Under normal circumstances, a middle-aged bloke running errands in rainy Brighton wouldn’t be an entirely promising subject for a documentary film. This particular 54-year-old, though, is a singer- songwriter who’s been responsible for some of the finest ballads of the last 30 years. Welcome, friends, to Nick Cave’s mid-life crisis. ‘20,000 Days on Earth’ – which is launched next week at the Barbican

  1. Barbican Hall Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8BS
  2. Wed Sep 17
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ITUNES FESTIVAL: SBTRKT

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Daft Punk, Slipknot, MF Doom: the music industry has plenty of iconic masks, but one of the best belongs to London producer Aaron Jerome, aka SBTRKT. It’s not just facewear that marks out this all-capped crusader. After a stellar debut in 2011, his new album ‘Wonder Where We Land’ is out in September and features the likes of Jessie Ware, Warpaint and (on the monstrously funky single ‘New Dorp, New York’) Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, plus long-term vocalist Sampha.

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Fri Sep 19
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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 Sep 16 - Wed Nov 26
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ITUNES FESTIVAL: Gregory Porter + Eric Whitacre

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US soul-jazz singer Gregory Porter got critics, fans and musicians raving with his stunning Grammy-nominated debut 'Water', and he's the real deal live too. He returns to London with 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. Composer, conductor and lecturer Eric Whitacre performs a support

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Wed Sep 17
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ITUNES FESTIVAL: Ed Sheeran + Foy Vance

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The hugely popular carrot-topped pop-folk maestro returns for a show at the iTunes Festival, continuing to mix up loop-pedalled acoustica and hip hop beats for a swooning, shrieking audience. His tearjerking single 'The A-Team' catapulted him into the mainstream, his chart-busting 2011 debut album '+' has kept him lodged there, and the follow-up – due this year and produced by Rick Rubin – should bring him right back up on top. Supporting is Foy Vance, a bluesy,

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Mon Sep 29
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ITUNES FESTIVAL: Jessie Ware + Little Dragon

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A silky-voiced London singer who's tapped straight into the UK bass scene, Ware has collaborated with some of the smartest cats out there including Sampha, Joker, SBTRKT and Julio Bashmore. Her smooth R&B debut, 'Devotion', was one of Time Out's top ten albums of 2012, and the follow-up 'Tough Love' is sounding pretty special too. If you didn't get tickets to her intimate church launch shows for the new album, then enter now for your chance to catch her playing in Camden for

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Thu Sep 18
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The 12th London African Music Festival

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The annual festival returns, bringing dozens of African musicians to London to perform everything from traditional Ethipian music to Afro-funk at a total of 41 concerts. Highlights include Guinean guitar hero Bombino and Ghanaian kologo master King Ayisoba.

  1. Various venues
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sun Sep 28
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