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Lady Gaga

  • Critics choice

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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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. Thu Oct 23
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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. Thu Oct 23 - 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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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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British Sea Power

  • Critics choice

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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Old Crow Medicine Show

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OCMS’s music has been variously described as old-time, alt country, bluegrass or Americana, but all you really need to know is that this ass-kickin’ string band are one of the most exciting live acts currently playing anywhere this side of Tennessee. ‘Aren’t they like an American Mumford & Sons?’ is the question an uninformed fool might ask. No, they’re not. They may play banjos and fiddles, but there the similarity ends. These boys explode on stage as if driven by

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Fri Oct 24
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The Antlers

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The Brooklyn trio headline with their hazy psych-folk and intricate, brass-speckled indie rock. The set list here will focus on their new album 'Familiars': downbeat, hypnotic stuff that's strange and moving.

  1. Hackney Empire 291 Mare St, E8 1EJ
  2. Fri Oct 24
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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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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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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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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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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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George Ezra

Another peak for the Bristolian singer-songwriter: he's announced a massive Brixton show to top off his meteoric year. Cradling his acoustic guitar like a lifeline while he sings his plaintive laments, Ezra is also blessed by top cheekbones and great taste in chunky knitwear. Even bigger things could still be in store. Read more:What's the deal with George Ezra?

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Fri Oct 24
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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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