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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 Jul 26 - Sun Nov 16
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Kate Bush

  • Critics choice

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 shows in 35 years in London later this year. The gigs are titled 'Before the Dawn', and we don't know much about them – although the fact that Ms Bush is wearing a lifejacket in the

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Tue Aug 26 - Wed Oct 1
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James Vincent McMorrow

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Strummed-out soul-folk singer McMorrow jets over from Ireland to launch his new hip hop-influenced album ‘Post Tropical’.

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Sun Oct 5
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Pharrell Williams

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Eighteen months since he rebooted his career with a Vaseline-smooth vocal on Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky', and almost a year since he followed through with the smash hit follow-up 'Happy', age-defying R&B dude Pharrell finally rolls into London for a long-awaited solo show. His recent live sets have set songs from his latest album 'GIRL' alongside material from throughout an incredible 15-year career as a singer and producer: he's scored hits with Snoop Dogg, Robin Thicke, NERD,

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Thu Oct 9 - Fri Oct 10
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Live Jazz At The Rabbit

  • Free

Jazz music sessions in the cocktail bar featuring a variety of instrumentalists every week.

  1. The White Rabbit 125 Stoke Newington Church St, N16 0UH
  2. Thu Jul 24 - Thu Dec 18
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Jungle

  • Critics choice

Cryptic London duo Jungle came from nowhere at the end of last year to become one of 2014’s hype sensations. They’ve released a series of steamy, grooving, disco-edged neo-soul tracks – with instantly viral videos featuring a six-year-old breakdancer, two members of the High Rollaz freestyle rollerskating team and a huge dance crew – and they’ve already sold out two London gigs this year. All of which is pretty impressive, since we still don’t even know their full

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Thu Oct 30
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Kylie

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Ms Minogue returns in all her ever-smiling, costume-changing, high-gloss pop glory, drawing on a hefty back catalogue that runs the gamut from the genuinely great ('Can't Get You Out of My Head') to the frankly rather grisly ('The Locomotion'), but chiefly promoting her poptastic new record 'Kiss Me Once'. This is not exactly the most intimate and sexy of venues in which to see her, but for an uberstar like Kylie, it's the enormodome or nothing – and wherever she plays, she

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Mon Sep 29 - Wed Oct 1
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Hackney Wonderland

  • Critics choice

Art Brut, Crocodiles, O Children, Lola Colt, The Oscillation, Loveable Rogues, Drew Mcconnell, Sulk, Harriet Jones + more tba.Not as funky as Boogie Wonderland, but with a lot more rock ’n’ roll swagger, this cheap-as-chips one-day festival in E8 is the brainchild of one of the co-founders of the Camden Crawl. Pick up a wristband to get entry to all three of the festival's venues – Oslo, The Laundry and London Fields Brewery – and catch some indie stars alongside

Doc Brown – The Weird Way Round

Doc Brown (not to be confused with US mime/clown act Doctor Brown) is an extraordinarily talented rapper-turned-comic who seamlessly fuses hip-hop and stand-up. In his sharp-witted songs, Doc smartly makes fun of the ridiculous arrogance of rap stars, and even gives hip-hop a British middle-class twist with a rap about making the perfect brew. Although, more recently, he's been upping the ratio of stand-up to songs. Brown's popped up in Ricky Gervais's 'Derek' and supported 'The

  1. The Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
  2. Thu Oct 9
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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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Agnes Obel

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The Danish singer-songwriter supports her second album, 'Aventine', with a set of haunting, intricately harmonised, piano-led songs. As well as the stripped-back sound of just Obel and her piano, there's also a sly, folkish twang to some songs and a hint of Joanna Newsom's exploratory melodies in others.

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Wed Oct 22
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Caribou

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Dan Snaith's psychedelic pop/alt rock/electronica project Caribou has rightly – finally – allowed him to receive the massive props he deserves for his innovative songwriting and general musical experimentation. We all obsessed over the beautiful, tripped-out grooves of 2010's ‘Swim’, before Snaith went on to produce an equally great techno album as Daphni. Along the way he's proved his stamina as a DJ with various bliss-inducing club sets, and heroically raged against

  1. Koko Camden High St, NW1 7JE
  2. Wed Oct 8
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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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Lady Gaga

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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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Valeriya and Friends

  • Critics choice

If you haven't heard of Valeriya, chances are you aren't Russian. She's a huge star in her homeland, winning dozens of awards, playing gigs at the Kremlin and selling dacha-loads of records. Thus you can expect a strong turn-out from London's Russian community as the singer rolls up to the Albert Hall to air her hits – although you don't have to understand what she's singing about to be blown away by her vocals. As well as her 'friends' (a galaxy of Russian and Ukrainian stars

  1. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  2. Tue Oct 21
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