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.

Linkin Park

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The chart-friendly Californian rap-metallers jet over for another mega-tour, trailing angst and sweat. Still fronted by the cutely-named Chester Bennington, they're plugging a new album called 'The Hunting Party' but have also been playing their debut album 'Hybrid Theory' in full of late, meaning that they should be up to speed with the old stuff.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Thu Jul 24
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More London Free Festival

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  • Free

Twelve years in and the More London Free Festival is again bringing an impressive line-up of events and performances to the concrete amphitheatre below the Mayor's leaning glass blob of an office on the South Bank. For 2014 the events are divided into five cultural categories, and the festival kicks off with a four-day street party (June 4-8) of Latin and Caribbean food and fun. Free Fringe runs from June 4-20 and features lighthearted shows from Pantaloons Theatre Company and The Merry Opera Company's romantic comedy 'Kiss Me, Figaro!'. From June 23-July 6 an LED screen will show full Wimbledon coverage, and music is the focus from July 9-25, with regular lunchtime and evening performances. Gods and Monsters Theatre present The Ring Cycle Plays for the theatre contingent (August 6-31). The final focus is film, and from September 3-26 there's a schedule of free screenings, from the critically acclaimed ('Philomena', 'Life of Pi') to cult classics ('The Goonies', 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'). All events are free and no booking is required, but we recommend you arrive early and bring a cushion. For full event details visit www.morelondon.com

  1. The Scoop at More London The Queen's Walk, SE1 2DB
  2. Thu Jul 24 - Fri Sep 26
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Secret Garden Party

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Little Dragon, Fat Freddy's Drop, Martha Reeves And The Vandellas, Deap Vally, Morcheeba, Jagwar Ma, Clean Bandit, Wolf Alice, Superfood, Max Raabe And Palast Orchestra, Fat White Family, The Amazing Snakeheads, Dub Pistols, Southern, Champs, Honeyblood, The Correspondents, Bat And Ball, MT + more. Woodland fairytale-meets-hippy hedonism-meets-boutique chic-meets-forest rave: Secret Garden Party has a lot going on and pulls it off rather spectacularly. There's plenty of wide-ranging music to be heard, with various party-starting bands and hip DJs playing in treehouses and on islands, but (as with Glasto) the point of SGP is the galaxies of fun to be had elsewhere around the vast site. Workshops, theatre, installations and 'action camps' (thankfully nothing like boot camps or fat camps) are all part of the weekend that you'll forget most of anyway, such is the festival's rep for debauchery. This year's theme is 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road': according to the festival's organisers, an anti-capitalist, pro-individualist statement. And there you were thinking it was just an old Elton John song.

  1. Grange Farm Abbots Ripton, near Huntingdon, PE28 2PH
  2. Thu Jul 24 - Sun Jul 27
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Eels

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Mark Everett’s long-running alt rock project combines existential angst and melancholy with a catchy and intriguingly odd mix of alt pop, Waitsian blues, funky Beckisms and exploratory soundscaping. They’re here to play from their latest album ‘The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett’.

  1. Barbican Hall Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8BS
  2. Thu Jul 24
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The Chills

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Indie people of London, get excited: this the first London gig in 18 years by New Zealand cult pop legends The Chills, whose chiming guitars, heart-melting piano chords and mistily romantic songcraft have influenced countless bands over the last 30-odd years.

  1. The Dome 178 Junction Rd, N19 5QQ
  2. Thu Jul 24
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Wayne Hernandez

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London Community Gospel Choir veteran and session singer Hernandez has worked with everyone from Kool And The Gang to Blur, via Tina Turner, Tori Amos, Madonna, Gorillaz, Grover Washington Jr and Roberta Flack. Here he leads his own jazzy soul project, which also draws on his Afro-Cuban heritage.

  1. Hideaway Stanthorpe Road, SW16 2ED
  2. Thu Jul 24
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Hard Skin

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Fat Bob and co are the uncrowned kings of Oi! punk. With songs like ‘Make My Tea’ and ‘We Are the Wankers’, and a new album featuring vocals by Joanna Newsom and Alison Mosshart, no one comes close to this lot.

  1. The Grosvenor Sidney Road, Brixton, SW9 0TP
  2. Fri Jul 25
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Raekwon

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This is a rare and welcome date from Wu-Tang Clan heavyweight Corey Woods, aka Raekwon. Woods has released five solo albums to date, which showcase his lyrical, edgy ryhmes, and he'll be performing tracks from the sixth tonight. It's called 'Fly International Luxurious Art', and, weirdly, it's a 'lifestyle project' focussing on glamour and fashion. Raekwon's said of 'FILA', 'I want to make an album where people in London… will love it' – so tonight's your chance to find out if he's managed it.

  1. Brooklyn Bowl London The O2 Arena Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Fri Jul 25
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Reeps One

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It's funny to think of someone alone in their room practicing making noises with their mouth, but witnessing it is an impressive sight – in Reep One's case, anyhow. The 23-year-old beatboxer is like a living version of GarageBand, layering track upon track simply with the air in his lungs. If you close you eyes it's like listening to a record. But don't just take our word for it: The Prodigy and Foreign Beggars both took him on tour with them, and tonight you can witness the fitness for yourself.

  1. Old Queen's Head Essex Road, Islington, N1 8LN
  2. Fri Jul 25 - Sat Jul 26
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Sarah Gillespie Quartet

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Excellent Greenwich born singer-songwriter, Gillespie crafts acoustically styled songs that shimmer with a resonant beauty while accompanying herself on finger-picked guitar. Here she appears with talented line-up featuring prodigious pianist Kit Downes, drummer Enzo Zirilli and bassist Ben Bastin.

  1. St Giles Camberwell Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8RB
  2. Fri Jul 25
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Dave O'Higgins Quartet

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  • Free

One of Britain’s finest tenor saxophonists, O’Higgins is influenced by Wayne Shorter and Dexter Gordon. He plays his usual top-notch mix of fast-paced, post-bop and modern jazz standards.

  1. Wigmore Hall 36 Wigmore St, W1U 2BP
  2. Fri Jul 25
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Walthamstow Garden Party

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Is London’s festival summer tragically cursed? First Frankie Knuckles passed away before he could headline Found festival, and then in June – less than a month before he was due to take to the stage in E17 – soul titan Bobby Womack sadly died at the age of 70.Despite the unhappy absence of Mr Womack, it’s still worth venturing out to the end of the Victoria Line this weekend. Programmed by the Barbican and Create London in Partnership with Waltham Forest Council, WGP combines a varied music bill with lots more fun stuff for people of all ages to do.The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain play on Saturday, with acid jazz stalwarts The Brand New Heavies replacing Bobby Womack in the headline slot. On Sunday you can catch groovy Afro-dance collective Ibibio Sound Machine alongside retro soul from The Excitements, Afrobeats by Afrikan Boy and reggae singer Tiken Jah Fakoly. There’s also a daylight disco, art tours and activities, and markets where you can pick up art from rising designers, craft beer and food.It’s the latest venture east for the Barbican, which has already hosted a festival in Stratford, put on events at Bethnal Green’s Oval Space and even invited Dalston club kids to party in its conservatory. Now, Womack or no Womack, the Centre’s helping to rename this corner of north-east London: ‘Awesomestow’.

  1. Lloyd Park Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4PP
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Sun Jul 27
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Burt Bacharach

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The greatest pop songwriter and arranger of all-time? Many would argue, but The Burtmeister – now in his mid-eighties – can certainly dip into an awesome grab-bag of romantic mini-operas. He wrote the music for 'Magic Moments', 'Baby It's You', 'Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa', 'Blue on Blue', 'Close to You', 'Walk On By' and 'I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself'… and that's just his output from a few years in the 1960s. Bacharach is bolstered by a full orchestra at these London dates. Don't miss out. Read more: Burt Bacharach interview: ‘You’ve never done it all’

  1. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  2. Sat Jul 26
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George Clinton And Parliament-Funkadelic

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At 72, P-Funk frontman Clinton is still rocking out. Expect outlandish costumes and plenty of politico-funk – stuff from his last record, 'George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love', as well as the classics – and get ready to 'give up the funk, you punk'.

  1. The Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Sun Jul 27
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Wayne Hernandez

  • Critics choice

London Community Gospel Choir veteran and session singer Hernandez has worked with everyone from Kool And The Gang to Blur, via Tina Turner, Tori Amos, Madonna, Gorillaz, Grover Washington Jr and Roberta Flack. Here he leads his own jazzy soul project, which also draws on his Afro-Cuban heritage.

  1. Hideaway Stanthorpe Road, SW16 2ED
  2. Sat Jul 26
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