We list hundreds of London gigs every week, to help you find the very best of the city’s vast and thriving music scene. Here are our picks of the best gigs and concerts in London over the next seven days – click the link below to view full listings for the week. Happy gigging!
The best gigs in London this week
You might think that Madonna would be chary of returning to The O2, after plummeting backwards down a set of stairs in front of millions of viewers at this year’s Brit Awards. But the Queen of Pop is made of stern stuff, and will be holding court at the venue nevertheless (though we’re not expecting any fiddly-to-unfasten capes this time) as part of her ‘Rebel Heart’ tour. The album contains some of her best work in donkey’s years, and she’s been doing this for long enough that she knows how to pull off big-league pop razzmatazz. And hey: if something does go spectacularly wrong and you’re there to see it first-hand, you’ll have bragging rights literally forever.Read more
Raised in Reigate and now based in London, Disclosure are the scarily young Lawrence brothers Guy and Howard. They’ve been making forward-thinking dance music since 2010 but shot to fame in 2013 with their debut album ‘Settle’. Now they’re one of the biggest British dance acts around, having cracked America and brought their garage and house beats to dancefloors around the world. Catch them tonight dropping tracks from their second album ‘Caracal’ at Ally Pally, with special guest vocalists almost certainly on the cards.Read more
The pointy-haired rave-punks give Londoners an early Christmas present by filling Wembley Arena with their unique blend of tractor-crash beats, pounding synths and deliberately abrasive guitar abuse. This big date is another opportunity for the Prodge to showcase tracks from their 'violent' (their words) latest album 'The Day Is My Enemy', but you can bet on mass bounce-alongs to 'Out of Space' and 'Breathe' too. Wembley Arena might not be quite in-line with the underground sweatboxes that this lot used to play all those years ago, but even so you should prepare for a fair bit of mayhem.Read more
They’re back! After another long, long hiatus and a line-up change, Kele Okereke’s emotional post-punks have finally reconvened for their fifth album: ‘Hymns’. A decade after their stunning debut ‘Silent Alarm’, it’s anyone’s guess what they’ll sound like: their last LP ‘Four’ took in indie-disco and synthpop as well as hard grunge and blues riffs. But we’ve no doubt at all that they still know how to put on a frenetic performance. This intimate home town show will be your first chance to hear ‘Hymns’ live in London, in an appropriately religious setting.Read more