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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. Thu Sep 18 - 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. Fri Sep 19 - Wed Oct 1
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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. Thu Sep 18 - 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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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 23 - Wed Nov 26
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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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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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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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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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ITUNES FESTIVAL: Ryan Adams + First Aid Kit

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Once the boy wonder of country-rock, now 39 but no less prolific and volatile, Adams returns to London to play songs from his self-titled new album, and a few from 'Ashes and Fire' (recorded with legendary Led Zep and Who producer Glyn Johns) alongside the old favourites. This free iTunes Festival show, with support from David Cameron-tipped Swedish folk sisters First Aid Kit, is intimate gig for the man who sold out the Albert Hall only last year. To win tickets, enter at

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Sun Sep 21
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Rinse FM Pop-Up Radio & Store

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Get a piece of the Rinse FM action as part of the seminal electronic music station's twentieth birthday festivities. This pop-up store will host the Rinse studio for nine days, broadcasting live with special guests and events. It's open to all comers for eight hours each day, and there'll also be a shop for you to pick up some wavey Rinse merch, and some special events in the evening: keep an eye on the station website for details.

  1. Shop 7, Old Truman Brewery Dray Walk, E1 6QL
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sun Sep 28
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Ryan Adams

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Once the boy wonder of country-rock, now 39 but no less prolific and volatile, Adams returns to London to play songs from his self-titled new album, and a few from 'Ashes and Fire', recorded with legendary Led Zep and Who producer Glyn Johns, alongside the old favourites. This is an intimate gig for the man who sold out the Albert Hall only last year.

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Fri Sep 19
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The Untouchables

  • Free

Chicago headliners return with their monthly set of pure blues tuneage.

  1. The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3AR
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Fri Sep 19
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