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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 Oct 4 - Sun Feb 8
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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 will be on hand to drop a range of killer tunes against an amazing backdrop of the London skyline. Situated within Westminster's

  1. Altitude 360° Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, SW1 4QP
  2. Fri Apr 4 - Sat Dec 20
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Ben Howard

The chirpy singer-songwriter who surprised everyone by bagging two BRIT Awards in 2013 now headlines two nights at Brixton. Devon-born Howard will be serving up acoustic treats from his new album 'I Forget Where We Were', with much emoting along the way.

  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Wed Dec 10 - Thu Dec 11
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Bombay Bicycle Club

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My, haven’t these four young men come a long way? It seems only yesterday that they were fresh-faced 16-year-olds bashing out melodic, winsome indie at Nambucca. Now they’re following an adventurous Number One record, ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’, with their biggest home town show ever at Earls Court (capacity: a cool 20,000). It’s a big step up, but by the sounds of the new album they’re more than ready. First Foals, then Metronomy at Ally Pally, now this? Look out

  1. Earls Court Warwick Road, SW5 9TA
  2. Sat Dec 13
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Manic Street Preachers

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After touring two albums in as many years (2013's nostalgic 'Rewind the Film' and this year's energetic 'Futurology'), it's probably about time the Manics had a break. Instead the Welsh titans – always a fiery live act – are embarking on another big tour, this time performing their awe-inspiring, bleakly brilliant 1994 album 'The Holy Bible' all the way through as a twentieth anniversary salute. Fractured riffing, teeth-gnashing vocals and unsettling, hyper-politicised

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Mon Dec 15 - Wed Dec 17
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Kasabian

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Leicester's enormously popular, Glastonbury-headlining, swaggering good-time rockers show everyone what they're made of. Essentially that's baggy revivalism with a fixation on the Mondays, Primal Scream and Oasis, but with more epic, experimental, psych-rock flavourings and (just occasionally) some interesting electronic excursions. Massive chant-along choruses, sweaty jumping about and spilt beer should be the order of the day throughout this massive run of Brixton gigs – and,

  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Mon Dec 1 - Sun Dec 7
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Basement Jaxx

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Do you know where your head's at? If so, south London's finest are back to help you lose it all over again, dropping classic ’90s and noughties bangers alongside fresh stuff from their long-awaited new album 'Junto'.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Thu Dec 11
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The Who

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Clearly long done with hoping they die before they get old, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are celebrating 50 years since the first gig by The Who by retiring gracefully. Just kidding: they're going on another massive arena tour, which stops off in London tonight for a set which (we're told) will feature 'hits and misses' – so the biggies alongside some more unexpected tunes, then.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Wed Dec 17 - Thu Dec 18
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Lenny Kravitz

You know what they say about Lenny Kravitz's career: it ain't over ’til it's over. To the haters, he's a ’90s relic, a mega-sized tub of pastiched cobblers in shockingly bad clobber. But there are also plenty of people who look on ol' Len as the living embodiment of freaked-out and loved-up sex 'n' roll, hence this huge Wembley date more than two decades on from 'Are You Gonna Go My Way?'.

  1. Wembley Arena Empire Way, HA9 0PA
  2. Sat Dec 6
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Stromae

Forward-thinking Belgian producer Stromae laces catchy-as-hell piano-house licks, finger-picked guitar and Belgian hip hop into electro-dance music.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Tue Dec 9
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John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme'

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A troupe of contemporary jazz and world music heavyweights 're-envision' Trane's transcendental masterpiece, commemorating 50 years to the day since the sax saint's original was recorded in a single session. The Englightenment Ensemble includes top musicians such as Steve Williamson, Shabaka Hutchings and Cleveland Watkiss, and features everything from saxophone to kora to xylosynth.

  1. Union Chapel Compton Terrace, N1 2UN
  2. Tue Dec 9
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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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Gogol Bordello

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Described as 'Joe Strummer with a gypsy twist', Gogol Bordello's Ukrainian-born frontman Eugene Hutz leads his misfit collection of New York-based refugees out on stage in London. Though they've been around for years, their brand of Balkan punk rock – complete with fiddles, saxophones, accordions and whatever they can lay their hands on for percussion – is still unmissable.

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Sat Dec 13
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Lily Allen

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The headline-grabbing pop provocateuse returns to drop tracks off 'Sheezus' (wince), her first record in half a decade. After starting her career with breezy ska-pop and then moving on to more electronic territory on her last record, this time Allen apparently recorded by 'throwing shit in the wall and seeing if anything sticks'. The results are appropriately hit-and-miss, but our Lil has form as a festival-storming live act so this big Brixton show should be quite the occasion.

  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Fri Dec 12
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Peter Gabriel

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He just wants to be your sledgehammer, so why not let him? After all, 'So' is arguably Peter Gabriel's greatest album – Kate Bush is even on it, for Pete's sake! The former Genesis leader performed his chart-topping fifth LP to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary last year, picking up the kind of glowing reviews he hasn't had for his new material in years, and he's back for one last 'So' show tonight.

  1. Wembley Arena Empire Way, HA9 0PA
  2. Wed Dec 3
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