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Searching for Daniel Bedingfield

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From Marianne Faithfull to Tame Impala, here are London’s best gigs this February

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The pioneering alt rockers are coming back to London

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The Last Shadow Puppets

Alex Turner  and Miles Kane revive their retro rock side-project

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You can now hang out at Jimi Hendrix's old pad in Mayfair

How many guitarists does it take to change a lightbulb? Eleven. One to change it, and ten to stand there going: 'I could do that.' It's hard to imagine the crown prince of interstellar psychedelia ever being that domestic, but we do know that the man who wrote 'The Stars That Play with Laughing Sam's Dice' got his curtains at John Lewis. When Jimi Hendrix lived at 23b Brook Street in Mayfair, in 1968, he kitted out his pad from your mum's favourite Oxford Street department store. The composer George Frideric Handel had lived next door in the 1700s, and when Hendrix discovered this, he decently went out and bought some Handel recordings. Now, after a £2.4 million renovation, Hendrix's flat has been restored as it was when he lived there, and this week it opens to the public for the first time as part of a museum dedicated to the two great musicians. Take a stroll around and you can picture Hendrix there, getting high, kissing the sky and changing the odd lightbulb, while rocking out to 'The Water Music'. Handel & Hendrix in London, 25 Brook St, W1K 4HB. Opens Wed Feb 10. See some rare pictures of Jimi Hendrix by Eddie Kramer Or read up on 11 legendary recording studios in London

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OnBlackheath festival: exclusive line-up news and tickets

Fact: in London you’re never more than three metres away from an new boutique music festival. It’s a crowded field (pun definitely intended), but OnBlackheath has managed to carve out a niche as a relaxed weekender that mixes up music, food and family fun. It’s back for a third year in September and we’ve got an exclusive first look at the line-up. Saturday’s bill includes Primal Scream, Hot Chip, Roisín Murphy and Lonelady. On Sunday it’s time for local boys-done-good Squeeze (see our interview below), James and Belle & Sebastian. The festival’s edgy second stage is booked by Heavenly Records and NTS Radio so it’ll be a cracker. Away from the music there’ll be foodie antics and cool new kids’ areas. So trust us: once you go Blackheath, you never go backheath. TIME OUT EXCLUSIVE: Get OnBlackheath tickets before anyone else and pay no additional fees! Squeeze on playing Blackheath and socking it to Cameron Squeeze © Rob O'Connor Founded in Deptford in the 1970s by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, Squeeze are one of the quintessential London bands. We asked Difford how it’ll feel for the group to bring their kitchen-sink pop hits – ‘Up the Junction’, ‘Cool for Cats’ and the rest – home to south-east London when they play OnBlackheath festival in September. How does it feel to be gigging on your old stomping ground?‘It’s wonderful to be able to walk to work. It’s literally a two-minute walk. And we haven’t played on Blackheath Common since 1988.’ What was the occasion th

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A pop-up record shop and café has opened in Gap's Oxford Street branch

American retail giant Gap will be expanding its range from preppy casualwear to include vinyl and piping hot beverages – at its London flagship store, at least. As of this morning, Clapton's Lion Coffee + Records has opened a pop-up café and record shop, which will be in Gap's Oxford Street branch until Record Store Day (April 16). Not only will you be able to pick up a latte with the latest Libertines album, but you'll also be able to sit and enjoy live music and DJs almost every afternoon. Acts confirmed so far include up-and-comers Coves, DeLooze and Davey James performing acoustic sets, plus Man Like Me, Toy's Charlie Salvidge and Chris Hayden from Florence + The Machine on the decks. The full line-up so far can be found on Facebook. Flick through more music at one of London's best record shops.

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The Little Orchestra: London’s chillest classical music ensemble

For anyone who has ever found the atmosphere at a traditional classical concert ever so slightly stifling and buttoned-up, an alternative is at hand. The Little Orchestra has been operating since 2013, aiming to make listening to great classical music a much more relaxed experience. For starters, traditional concert halls are eschewed in favour more ad hoc venues – such as Hackney’s more clubby Oval Space and Hackney Town Hall, which plays host to TLO’s Valentine’s special this week. Seating is casually set up around the players, literally on the same level as their audience, meaning you’re only a bow’s length away from a cellist or an arm’s length from a timpani drum. On our visit, we spotted a host of things never seen before at a classical concert: sofas, a conductor on a bouncy swivel chair and people enjoying Mozart while swigging from a beer can. Speaking of drinks, though the bar remains open during the performance, it’s a good sign that it stays virtually deserted – punters are too engrossed by the rotating cast of players, largely pooled from some of London’s best colleges. Another refreshing tweak is that punters aren’t shooed away five minutes after the orchestra take their bows. At TLO shows, the venues stay open, a small jazz band plays and guests are encouraged to chat and mingle. It all works in TLO’s favour. There are still tickets left for their Valentine’s special, and they set up again at Oval Space on Jun 2 and 3. The Little Orchestra present A Little R

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Total Immersion: The Music Of Louis Andriessen

Following on from Britten Sinfonia’s tribute to Dutch minimalist composer Louis Andriessen, BBC SO presents another of its day-long composer explorations. It culminates in an evening concert in which the orchestra under Clark Rundell plays the third part of Andriessen’s geometric-obsessed opera ‘De materie’ (1984-5), a suite from the surreal Spaghetti Western opera ‘ROSA, Death of a Composer’ (1994), ending with the UK premiere of orchestral piece ‘Mysterien’, inspired by the writings on Thomas à Kemplis. With Synergy Vocals and Fanny Alofs (speaker).

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The Mozart Salons: Concert Two

The second of two concerts in which violinist Peter Sheppard Skӕrved (Kreutzer Quartet) explores Mozart’s sonatas with pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar in the atmospheric Victorian music hall. On the bill are four Mozart sonatas for violin and piano, plus the London premiere of David Lancaster’s ‘Rough Cut’ (2015) for solo violin.

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Shakespeare 400: Mendelssohn

The first of three concerts in which Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the London Symphony Orchestra and his own Monteverdi Choir in concerts marking the four-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. They begin with 15-year-old Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 1, then his later score for a production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

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CLoSer: Song Of The Earth

City of London Sinfonia under Michael Collins performs a scaled down version of Mahler’s profound symphony of song, ‘Das Lied Von der Erde’, with young singers mezzo Anna Huntley and tenor Gwilym Bowen. Also on the bill, in this laid back, no-rules concert are Johann Strauss waltzes and a ‘Bach RE:Imagined’ piece by young Anglo-Australian Luke Styles. (The event will also be livestreamed.)

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From pop hits to hair metal, grab your Walkman and celebrate a golden era of musical excess

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From Britpop to hip hop and R&B to riot grrrl, we’ve picked the 50 best songs of the 1990s

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Union Chapel

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Brixton Academy

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Royal Albert Hall

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Koko

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The O2

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Shepherd’s Bush Empire

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