Gigs in London this week

Here's our pick of the live music on offer in the capital over the next seven days

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Soak up some of the city's best live music this week and discover the best gigs and concerts taking place over the next seven days.

Kate Bush

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Read our first-night review of Kate Bush’s ‘Before the Dawn’ show Didn't get Kate Bush tickets? Click here for some alternative Bush-themed events in London throughout the run Yes indeed: that's Kate Bush, performing live. Echoing Bowie's sudden unretirement last year, the woman who brought you 'Wuthering Heights', 'Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)', 'Cloudbusting', 'Hounds of Love', 'Experiment IV' and more surreally classic songs will be playing her first live shows in 35 years in London later this year. The gigs are titled 'Before the Dawn', and we don't know much about them – although the fact that Ms Bush is wearing a lifejacket in the promotional images might be a clue that she'll perform songs from 'The Ninth Wave', the concept song series about a drowning woman that took up the second side of her best album 'Hounds of Love' (1985). That's just a theory, and there'll be any more between now and August, but what's certain is that if these shows are anything like 'The Tour of Life' in 1979 – the only other concert series she's ever done – they'll be a visual spectacle as well as a musical treat. Now for the bad news. Tickets for the whole run – 44,000 seats or so – sold out in 15 minutes, so unless you got lucky in March your only way in is to buy pay through the nose for a dodgy resale ticket. Or, you know, make a deal with God.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Tue Sep 30 - Wed Oct 1
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Robyn Hitchcock

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The cultish and acclaimed psych-folk singer-songwriter and guitarist, enthusiastic sporter of paisley shirts and occasional actor picks from over 30 years of classic leftfield ballads. That should include a few numbers from his latest album, 'The Man Upstairs'.

  1. Rough Trade East Brick Lane, E1 6QL
  2. Tue Sep 30
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Cold Specks

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Canadian expat Al Spx performs minimal epics, full of raw guitar and piano lines. After an impressive debut album that blended anguished blues, gospel and black spirituals, she's performing songs from her new record 'Neuroplasticity' tonight.

  1. Village Underground 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ
  2. Tue Sep 30
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Kylie

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Ms Minogue returns in all her ever-smiling, costume-changing, high-gloss pop glory, drawing on a hefty back catalogue that runs the gamut from the genuinely great ('Can't Get You Out of My Head') to the frankly rather grisly ('The Locomotion'), but chiefly promoting her poptastic new record 'Kiss Me Once'. This is not exactly the most intimate and sexy of venues in which to see her, but for an uberstar like Kylie, it's the enormodome or nothing – and wherever she plays, she knows how to raise the temperature.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Tue Sep 30 - Wed Oct 1
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Strand Of Oaks

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San Franciscan stomp-rock from Strand Of Oaks, a solo artist whose grandiose sound is rooted in the ’80s alt rock scene, Thin Lizzy and Springsteen.

  1. The Lexington Pentonville Rd, N1 9JB
  2. Tue Sep 30
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Tom The Lion

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This warbly Londoner performs delicately emotive songs with falsetto and piano. Yes, there’s a lot of it about – but this particular Tom beats Odell and the rest for sheer class.

  1. Sebright Arms 31-35 Coate St, E2 9AG
  2. Tue Sep 30
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Transgressive Records 10th Anniversary Concert

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It's been ages since Mystery Jets have played a headline London gig, so it's great to have them back here topping the bill at a well-deserved birthday bash for London indie mainstay Transgressive. The boys from Eel Pie Island will be breaking out fantastic indie pop tracks from their four-album back catalogue, including rarely-heard early material (and some new material too), with further live performances by folk-pop favourite Johnny Flynn (with his band The Sussex Wit), London folk-rockers Dry The River and rising, harp-plucking singer-songwriter Marika Hackman.

  1. Barbican Hall Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8BS
  2. Tue Sep 30
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Andrea Motis/Joan Chamorro Quintet

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Teenage jazz vocalist and trumpeter Andrea Motis is a rising star. Her mesmerising voice and extraordinary instrumental gift have earned her a place under the watchful gaze of jazz aficionados and critics alike. Here she makes her London and UK debut with the Joan Chamorro Quintet, performing from their soon-to-be-released album, ‘Feeling Good’.

  1. Pizza Express Jazz Club 10 Dean St, W1D 3RW
  2. Tue Sep 30 - Wed Oct 1
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Gazelle Twin

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Brighton's Elizabeth Walling is Gazelle Twin, whose divinely eerie, slightly gothic, sumptuously unsettling electronic sounds and enigmatic persona make up a terrific package. Her haunting debut album 'The Entire City' suggests a mix of The Knife, Björk and Salem, and the follow-up 'Unflesh' should be something special too.

  1. Corsica Studios Elephant Road, SE17 1LB
  2. Wed Oct 1
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Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker

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Ace, unassuming folk duo (and winners of the 2012 Isambard Folk Award) who take their stripped-back settings of traditionals slow and steady – often to spellbinding effect – on debut album 'The Seas are Deep'. He's been compared to a young Richard Thompson, she to a young June Tabor. Both seem terribly young and shy – until the songs take hold.

  1. Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Wed Oct 1
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The Vaselines

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Incredibly, given their feted status, these underground off-kilter popsters from Glasgow only managed to release one full length album before imploding the week of its release in 1989. They attracted a wider audience in the ’90s when Kurt Cobain relentlessly covered songs like the haunting 'Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam', 'Molly's Lips' and 'Son of a Gun'. Reunited since 2008, here they perform songs from a new album 'V for Vaselines'.

  1. Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen Hoxton Square, N1 6NU
  2. Wed Oct 1
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Elefest

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Celebrate the past, present and future of Elephant & Castle with the return of this three-day festival of music, film, discussion and grub taking place at various local venues. StockMKT will set up shop in Hotel Elephant once again, providing a scrummy selection of food and drink alongside Electric Pedals' bike-powered cinema and live acts. There will be tours of the E&C subway murals, a children's slapstick comedy workshop in honour of E&C's late great former resident Charlie Chaplin and a Guerilla Gardening mission. Many of the events are free, but some charge between £3 and £10, and the launch concert at The Coronet headlined by indie-rockers Escapists is £10. A £20 Elefest pass is also available that includes access to most of the events.

SBTRKT

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Daft Punk, Slipknot, MF Doom: the music industry has plenty of iconic masks, but one of the best belongs to London producer Aaron Jerome, aka SBTRKT. It’s not just facewear that marks out this all-capped crusader. After a stellar debut in 2011, his new album ‘Wonder Where We Land’ is out in September and features the likes of Jessie Ware, Warpaint and (on the monstrously funky single ‘New Dorp, New York’) Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, plus long-term vocalist Sampha. This huge gig should be a triumphant showcase.

  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Thu Oct 2
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The Besnard Lakes

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Bringing their new album ‘Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO’ to London, the critically acclaimed Lakes were originally a husband-and-wife duo. They’ve since taken on two extra members to craft their beautiful but often dark and disturbing mix of Cocteau Twins, Pink Floyd and My Bloody Valentine.

  1. The Lexington Pentonville Rd, N1 9JB
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Fri Oct 3
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Fear Of Men

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British indie pop trio FOM offer hazy, gently chiming tunes, including material from their 2014 debut 'Loom' and its upcoming sequel.

  1. Concrete The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
  2. Thu Oct 2
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