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‘The apocalypse has already happened’

Heartbreak! Technology! Mortality! Time Out goes for coffee with the incredible Björk

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London’s favourite music venue: vote now

We’re looking for London’s best place to see live music – and we need your help

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Gigs in London this week

Our pick of the best live music over the next seven days

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David Byrne’s Meltdown

The ex-Talking Heads talks us through the best bits of his Southbank Centre festival programme

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Blur – ‘The Magic Whip’

Reunited and it tastes so good: Blur’s comeback album is full of delicious licks

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This month’s hottest gigs

See the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Nick Cave and Ride in London this May

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Just announced!

Get ’em while they're hot: here's our weekly list of the capital's latest top tickets to be released

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Capital FM Summertime Ball

One Direction headline a massive pop all-dayer at Wembley Stadium

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Jamie XX

The XX’s beatmaker-general announces a big solo show after the release of his debut solo album

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The best classical concerts in London

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Barbara Hannigan

Ever seen someone singing while conducting? Then you must check out Canada’s most talented musician, the soprano Barbara Hannigan, who joins up with Britten Sinfonia to both vocalise and conduct a programme of Mozart, Haydn and neo-classical works by Stravinsky. The pairing returns on Thursday with songs and instrumental pieces from fin-de-siècle Vienna.

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London Sinfonietta: Notes to the New Government

The votes have been cast and counted. So, while we wait to see what sort of coalition results, London Sinfonietta offers advice for whoever will govern, delivering two sets of politically charged music and short videos by diverse composers, from Matthew Herbert to Kerry Andrew. In-between, Samira Ahmed hosts a debate on the big issues.

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Betrayal: A Polyphonic Crime Drama

Enter the world of the Renaissance Italian prince Carlo Gesualdo, a visionary composer of madrigals and… a murderer. Director John La Bouchardière and the choir I Fagiolini have created a site-specific journey in drama, dance and startlingly virtuosic singing.

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London Festival of Baroque Music

Female composers are the theme of this year’s early music festival, while the performers include plenty of female singers including sopranos Hana Blazikova (joining Bach Collegium Japan) in Bach cantatas; Maria Cristina Kiehr singing Italian Baroque arias (accompanied by Concerto Soave); Carolyn Sampson paying homage to the ‘French Nightingale’ Marie Fell (with choir Ex Cathedra); and Julia Doyle and Grace Davidson as soloists in Couperin’s intimate ‘Leçons des Ténèbres’.

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The 100 best party songs

Plug in your biggest speakers and party hard with our playlist of guaranteed floorfillers

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The 50 best love songs

Say hello to your new smoochy-time playlist – it’s Time Out’s pick of the best love songs ever made

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The 50 best break-up songs

Heaven knows you’re miserable now – so you may as well enjoy it with our ultimate break-up playlist

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The 100 best London songs

London calling! This is the sound of the city, distilled into a hundred songs

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The 50 best karaoke songs

Warm up those vocal cords, take a swig of something strong, and show us what you've got

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The 50 best ’80s songs

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

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The best music venues in London

Union Chapel

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Brixton Academy

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Royal Albert Hall

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Koko

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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The O2

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Shepherd’s Bush Empire

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