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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. Sat Dec 20 - 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. Sat Dec 20 - 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. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Jan 25
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Sparks

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Having treated London to all 21 albums over 21 nights a few years back, the beautiful Mael brothers continue to twist the live experience. Their LA glam rock project returns, this time with the tantilising promise of a full performance of classic leftfield album from 1974, 'Kimono My House', accompanied by the 35-piece Heritage Orchestra, plus other tracks from their incredible catalogue of quirky, hyper-literate pop.

  1. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  2. Sat Dec 20
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Slowdive

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They kind of ruined the surprise by counting down the days until the announcement on Twitter, but it's still a big deal that Slowdive have got back together. Between 1989 and 1994 they were up there with fellow Creation Records bands My Bloody Valentine and Ride as pioneers of shoegaze, the reverb-heavy genre that still has a huge influence on today's music scene. Now the five original members have reunited to bring their mysteriously drifting, haunting and euphoric sounds back

  1. The Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
  2. Sat Dec 20
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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. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Jan 4
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Madness

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The original Camden nutty boys – ska-punk veterans and diamond geezers – give their pop-ska hits another whirl. Amazingly, they've been a going concern for almost 40 years now, but they're still dynamic (and eccentrically dressed) and there's no shortage of classic material for them to wheel out.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Sat Dec 20
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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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The Blockheads

Ian Dury's erstwhile backing band continue to tour their enjoyably funky brand of prime elastic pop, playing all the old hits ('Reasons to Be Cheerful, Part 3', 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick' and the rest). The current line-up includes Chaz Jankel, Mickey Gallagher, Norman Watt-Roy, John Turnbull and occasionally Gilad Atzmon, with Dury's former minder Derek Hussey doing a decent impression of the master on vocals.

  1. Jazz Cafe Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PG
  2. Sat Dec 20
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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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Pink Teens

  • Free

Formerly Temple Songs, this Manchester four-piece have recently renamed themselves (presumably because everyone was getting them mixed up with Temples) and have moved away from ’60s-saluting psych-pop towards lo-fi indie clangour.

  1. The Finsbury Green Lanes, N4 1BY
  2. Sat Dec 20
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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

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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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