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Lang Lang performs at the Massed Piano event © Belinda Lawley

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    Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd
    South Bank
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    SE1 8XX

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LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL: Abdullah Ibrahim

Jazz and experimental, African music

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Once known as Dollar Brand, legendary South African pianist and composer Ibrahim occupies a central position in his country's music history as an exile from apartheid and politicised pioneer of township and Cape jazz. Now 80 years old and more spiritual...

LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL: Abdullah Ibrahim
  1. Sat Nov 15
  2. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  3. £10-£35
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Amos Lee

Country, Pop, Singer-songwriter, Soul

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Like his hometown's brand of cream cheese, Philadelphia country-soul star Lee is smooth but not sickly. His brand of clever, accessible Americana means he's something like a Yankee David Gray, and he's here tonight to play from his latest album: 'Mountains...

Amos Lee
  1. Fri May 9
  2. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  3. £25-£29.50
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Art Garfunkel

Pop, Folk, Singer-songwriter

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All we've heard from Art Garfunkel for the last few years has been the sound of silence – sadly in this case related to an ongoing throat condition that meant he wasn't able to sing or perform. Well, it's good news: the man who put the 'Garfunkel' into...

Art Garfunkel
  1. Thu Sep 11
  2. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  3. £35
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Burt Bacharach

American songbook, Pop, Vintage and oldies

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The greatest pop songwriter and arranger of all-time? Many would argue, but The Burtmeister – now in his mid-eighties – can certainly dip into an awesome grab-bag of romantic mini-operas. He wrote the music for 'Magic Moments', 'Baby It's You', 'Twenty...

Burt Bacharach
  1. Wed Jul 23 – Sat Jul 26
  2. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  3. £40-£100
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  1. Tue Apr 29 – Tue Dec 16
  2. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  3. £150, £15 per session
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Deacon Blue

Categories, Pop and rock

Ricky Ross's heartfelt pop-rockers play from their extensive back catalogue. They even have a new album, oddly titled 'The Hipsters', to showcase.

Deacon Blue
  1. Mon Dec 15
  2. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  3. £29.50-£39.50
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MELTDOWN: Jeff Mills + A Guy Called Gerald

Music festivals, House music, Techno music

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A luminary of Detroit's rich electronic music scene, Jeff Mills brings his spiky, industrial techno to London for what should be a frantic and intoxicating Meltdown performance. A founding member of Detroit collective underground resistance, Mills quickly...

MELTDOWN: Jeff Mills + A Guy Called Gerald
  1. Sun Jun 22
  2. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  3. £15-£20
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Joan Baez

Categories, Pop and rock

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This is a rare visit from one of the ’60s folk revival's most visible icons. Baez brings her much-admired vibrato and her many interpretations of songs by the likes of Bob Dylan (with whom she had a two-year relationship in the early ’60s), Leonard Cohen,...

Joan Baez
  1. Wed Sep 17 – Sun Sep 21
  2. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  3. £25-£45
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John Cooper Clarke

Comedy, Poetry

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Perennial punk poet Clarke delivers his hilarious but dark and deadpan, socio-political, quickfire verse. He'll be rattling at top speed through all-time greats including 'Evidently Chickentown', 'Things are Gonna Get Worse', 'I Married a Monster from...

John Cooper Clarke
  1. Sat Oct 4
  2. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  3. £22.50
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John Grant/The Royal Northern Sinfonia

Pop and rock, Chamber, Folk

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Former Czars frontman Grant released his second solo album ‘Pale Green Ghosts’ earlier this year, and revealed himself as one of the most brutally honest, self-aware and distinctive songwriting voices of his generation. He’ll be baring his soul for you...

John Grant/The Royal Northern Sinfonia
  1. Sun Nov 30
  2. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  3. £22.50-£27.50
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Lisa Stansfield

Pop, Soul

Multi-million-selling and award-winning singer-songwriter Stansfield headlines, having successfully returned to music after a decade away with her new album 'Seven'. She'll be spinning out the hits from her back catalogue, which stretches way back to...

Lisa Stansfield
  1. Wed Sep 10
  2. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  3. £25-£45
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MELTDOWN: Chrissie Hynde

Classic rock, Pop, Music festivals

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The Pretenders’ frontwoman purveys a blend of gently bluesy pop-rock that has stood her in good stead since the ‘70s. She’s about to release her first ever solo album – featuring guest spots from Neil Young and, bizarrely, ’80s tennis ace John McEnroe...

MELTDOWN: Chrissie Hynde
  1. Sat Jun 14
  2. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  3. £25-£40
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MELTDOWN: Goldie/The Heritage Orchestra

The gold-toothed drum ’n’ bass icon will be performing his seminal album ‘Timeless’ for the first time in full at Meltdown, and will be accompanied by the Heritage Orchestra. Considering he took the runner-up prize in conducting talent show ‘Maestro’...

MELTDOWN: Goldie/The Heritage Orchestra
  1. Sat Jun 21
  2. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  3. £25-£40
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MELTDOWN: Trentemøller

Pop and rock, Dance, Music festivals

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The enigmatic Danish electronica don took a new direction with his 'Lost' album last year, favouring smokey, gothic blues-rock over his usual melodic soundscapes. Expect a combination of both these sounds and more in his Meltdown show, as he's now taken...

MELTDOWN: Trentemøller
  1. Tue Jun 17
  2. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  3. £15-£20
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MELTDOWN: Under the Skin

Film, Music festivals, Orchestral music

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Jonathan Glazer's eerie, sexy sci-fi film gets the live soundtrack treatment for Meltdown. 'Under the Skin' stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien seductress who touches down in Glasgow (where else?), and its intense atmosphere owes much to its subtly insistent...

MELTDOWN: Under the Skin
  1. Wed Jun 18
  2. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  3. £12.50-£17.50
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MELTDOWN: UNKLE + Philip Sheppard

House, techno and electro, Alternative rock, Hip hop, Music festivals, Trip hop, Hip hop

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Kicking off Meltdown proceedings at the Royal Festival Hall will be a show from series curator James Lavelle and his multifaceted UNKLE collective, who will present an audiovisual and orchestral tour through their classy rock-meets-hip hop back catalogue....

MELTDOWN: UNKLE + Philip Sheppard
  1. Fri Jun 13
  2. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  3. £25-£40
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Michael Nyman 70th Birthday Concert

Classical and opera

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The acclaimed composer and pianist celebrates his 70th birthday at the Festival Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Josep Vicent. The programme includes 'Where the Bee Dances', Nyman's first concerto; a recent violin concerto never...

Michael Nyman 70th Birthday Concert
  1. Wed Apr 30
  2. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  3. £18.50-£65, £70 (VIP)
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Neil Finn

Pop

The frontman of sweetly melancholic, peerlessly crafted pop veterans Crowded House does his solo thing here.

Neil Finn
  1. Sat May 3
  2. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  3. £37.50
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The Island Nation

West End, Drama

Theatre company Ice & Fire look specifically at human rights stories through performance. With this new piece, they explore the decades-long conflict in Sri Lanka between the government and the Tamil Tigers. This is a rehearsed reading of the play, which...

  1. Sat May 17
  2. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  3. £8
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Paul Manning

Do not waste your money, the worst show I have ever been to, No Story, not funny and mediocre effects until the very end.