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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,
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
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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
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.
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
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.
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
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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
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.
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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.
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
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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.
Chicago blues and '60s R&B.
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
A strange brew of smooth harmonies and augmented jazz chords from Towma, whose studied, piano-led grooves are reminiscent of Hall & Oates and Everything Everything.
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