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50 Cent talks emotions, condoms and sauna selfies

Curtis ‘Fiddy’ Jackson opens up about his new album and that steamy towel snap

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Craig David and me

Craig superfan Kate Lloyd meets her former idol, as he prepares to bring his TS5 party to town

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Years & Years – ‘Communion’

Olly Alexander’s synthed-up trio have made the first essential pop album of the summer

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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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Just announced: the latest London gigs

Don’t miss out on this week’s crop of hot tickets

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This month’s best gigs

Don’t miss D’Angelo, AC/DC and Terry Riley in town this month

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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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Lauryn Hill

The former Fugee plays an acoustic set

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The best upcoming gigs in London

The best classical concerts in London

Things to do

City of London Festival

It’s hard to compete with the impressive venues that host this annual Square Mile of concerts. From an orchestral oratorio in St Paul’s Cathedral to tenor Ian Bostridge singing lieder in Mansion House (Jun 30) and New Zealand String Quartet playing Brahms at Goldsmiths’ Hall (Jul 8). Meanwhile, there is a chance to play 12 street guitars, stashed inside the more modest upturned boats.

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Multi-Story Orchestra

Talk about musique concrète! Peckham’s disused multi-storey car park is the setting for summer concerts from the 60-strong Multi-Story Orchestra under Christopher Stark, alongside recitals in a smaller ‘strawditorium’ space.

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Orquesta Filarmónica de México UNAM

As this is officially ‘The Year of the UK in Mexico and Mexico in the UK’, let the party continue as the Mexican Philharmonic hits town to play music from the two cultures. South America is represented in works by Arturo Marquez and José Pablo Moncayo, while violinist Tasmin Little flies the Union Jack as soloist in Vaughan Williams’s ‘The Lark Ascending’ and Holst’s ‘Song of the Night’. ¡Viva México!

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City of London Festival: Voices of our Ancestors

Thea Musgrave’s ‘The Voice of Our Ancestors’ promises to ‘create a three-dimensional, surround-sound landscape’. The world premiere is the centrepiece of an evening presenting other stunning John Armitage Memorial commissions, including Paul Patterson’s The Fifth Continent (2005) and Paul Mealor’s ‘Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal’ (2010). The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, Onyx Brass and organist Simon Hogan are conducted by Nicholas Cleobury.

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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

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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South West Four

Clapham Common’s dance music explosion returns for another big weekender

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David Byrne’s Meltdown

The head Talking Head curates this year’s Southbank music and arts series

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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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  • 5 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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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Shepherd’s Bush Empire

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