Gigs in London tonight

Here's the best live music to be found in the capital this evening

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Who's playing London tonight? If you’re looking to some live music near you this evening, you're in luck – here’s our daily list of today's recommended gigs…

Van Morrison

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The legendary Celtic soul mystic's more recent output has flitted between blues, big band jazz, R&B, skiffle and folk, and at these three intimate shows he should stage a full-on raid through his deep, deep discography, including cuts from his seminal 'Astral Weeks' and 'Moondance' albums. Don't count on 'Brown Eyed Girl', though.

  1. Nell’s Jazz & Blues North End Crescent, W14 8TG
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Dec 21
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The Cure

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Robert Smith's seminal gloom-pop combo play one of their sporadic London gigs, which generally last upwards of two hours. True, they're not known for being a dynamic live act, but the quality of their material – 'Boys Don't Cry', 'The Love Cats', 'Friday I'm In Love' and loads more, all bellowed back by a fiercely adoring crowd who've nostalgically backcombed what's left of their hair – means The Cure are still well worth catching after all these years. There'll be plenty of Christmas cheer at these two December shows.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Tue Dec 23
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Sparks

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Having treated London to all 21 albums over 21 nights a few years back, the beautiful Mael brothers continue to twist the live experience. Their LA glam rock project returns, this time with the tantilising promise of a full performance of classic leftfield album from 1974, 'Kimono My House', accompanied by the 35-piece Heritage Orchestra, plus other tracks from their incredible catalogue of quirky, hyper-literate pop.

  1. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  2. Sat Dec 20
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Slowdive

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They kind of ruined the surprise by counting down the days until the announcement on Twitter, but it's still a big deal that Slowdive have got back together. Between 1989 and 1994 they were up there with fellow Creation Records bands My Bloody Valentine and Ride as pioneers of shoegaze, the reverb-heavy genre that still has a huge influence on today's music scene. Now the five original members have reunited to bring their mysteriously drifting, haunting and euphoric sounds back to life. Their first official reunion show, at Village Underground in Shoreditch, was one of the best we've seen so far this year, so these two bigger outings in north London come highly, highly recommended. Book well in advance, though.

  1. The Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
  2. Sat Dec 20
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Madness

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The original Camden nutty boys – ska-punk veterans and diamond geezers – give their pop-ska hits another whirl. Amazingly, they've been a going concern for almost 40 years now, but they're still dynamic (and eccentrically dressed) and there's no shortage of classic material for them to wheel out.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Sat Dec 20
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Moats

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Four dudes from Liverpool, Leeds and Bedfordshire headline with their clanging post-punk, which boasts some great melodies and a relentless forward thrust. Impressive stuff.

  1. Birthdays 33-35 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BJ
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Dec 21
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PP Arnold

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Solo show for '60s soul legend Arnold, a former Ikette who topped the Charts with 'First Cut is the Deepest'. She also went out with Mick Jagger and popped up on KLF's '3AM Eternal'.

  1. 100 Club Oxford Street, W1D 1LL
  2. Sat Dec 20
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Euros Childs

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Former Gorky's Zygotic Mynci mainman Childs – a master of both plinky-plonky, Casio folk-pop and genuinely groovy, grown-up electronica – here performs a rare, intimate, solo piano set.

  1. Servant Jazz Quarters 10a Bradbury St, N16 8JN
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Dec 21
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