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‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’

Florence And The Machine are back with a stunning third LP. We say: go with the Flo

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Fleetmac Wood vs Fleetwood Mac

Fleetmac Wood is a club night that only plays Fleetwood Mac. Who better to interview the band’s drummer Mick Fleetwood?

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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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Jamie XX – ‘In Colour’

Some killer and some atmospheric filler on The XX beatmaker’s solo debut

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Disgusting of Tunbridge Wells

Punk duo Slaves talk politics, anger and baked goods

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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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The Prodigy

Prepare for a fair bit of mayhem as Keef and co smash in to Wembley Arena

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George Clinton And Parliament-Funkadelic

The president of P-Funk delivers a high-octane evening of intergalactic funk classics

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The best classical concerts in London

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The Barenboim Project 2015

Daniel Barenboim is in town, conducting his Staatskapelle Berlin in concertos with soloists pianist Martha Argerich and violinist Lisa Batiashvilli for two nights in late April. Later, for a week-long series in May and June, Barenboim the pianist gives four recitals of Schubert piano sonatas.

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Spitalfields Music Summer Festival

This annual two-week festival features an impressively eclectic programme of musical events – folk, pop, classical, jazz, opera and more – as well as talks, workshops, tours and visual art. Creative use of interesting spaces is a big part of the festival’s ethos, so expect to find interesting sounds in museums, churches, civic halls, corners of Spitalfields Market, historic private homes and even the Tower of London. Associate artists this year are consort La Nuova Musica, composer Emily Hall and composer/saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings. For a full list of events, visit www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk/whats-on.

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Nico Muhly/Britten Sinfonia: Sentences

Acclaimed composer Muhly conducts the world premiere of his new work 'Sentences', based on the life of Alan Turing and featuring guest singer Iestyn Davies. The century-spanning programme also includes work by John Dowland, Britten and Vivaldi.

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Vladimir Ashkenazy/Philharmonia Orchestra: Sibelius

Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in a spectacular finale to their Sibelius series, with the Pelléas et Mélisande Suite and nature-inspired Symphony No 2. In between, Finland’s Helena Juntunen is soloist in the tone poem for soprano and orchestra, ‘Luonnotar’ (‘Mother of the Seas’), plus a selection of orchestral songs. (Free pre-concert talk with Ashkenazy at 6pm.) 

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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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Music festivals in London

Field Day

An east London weekender with impeccable taste: Caribou and Ride top the bill

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British Summer Time

Taylor Swift, Blur, The Strokes, The Who and Kylie headline in Hyde Park

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Lovebox

Snoop Dogg, Rudimental, Hot Chip and Jessie Ware join the party in Victoria Park

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Citadel Festival

A new one-dayer with Ben Howard, Bombay Bicycle Club and plenty of sophisticated fun

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The best music venues in London

Union Chapel

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Brixton Academy

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Royal Albert Hall

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Koko

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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The O2

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Shepherd’s Bush Empire

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