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Looking for live music in London? You've come to the right place. Day in, day out, we keep our eyes peeled and our ears to the ground for the latest gig announcements in the capital. Check out the newest shows to be anounced below, or if you're browsing for the best gigs month-by-month, see our ultimate London concert guide here.

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Caribou

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Aug 22, 9am.

It’s fair to say that musicians aren’t always reliable. Dan Snaith, however, has well and truly bucked that trend with his Caribou project, consistently producing lush, psychedelic rock and electronic alt pop that always sounds inviting and fresh. On record, Caribou’s pop odysseys are the solo work of multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer Snaith, but for live shows he’s joined by his three regular band members, as is the case for this headline performance. They’ll no doubt be playing tracks from upcoming album ‘Our Love’ (to be released in October), alongside other dreamy Caribou favourites.

  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Sat Mar 14
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Busta Rhymes

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Two decades in the game and with his stock as high as ever, 'Bussa Bus' is still one of the most inventive personalities in the rap game, with a huge back catalogue of old-school classics to lay on you.

  1. The Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
  2. Sat Sep 6
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Flowers

Joyous, spiky, lo-fi indie pop from the headliners, who launch their Fortuna Pop debut 'Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do' at this intimate church gig.

  1. St Pancras Old Church 191 Pancras Road, NW1 1UL
  2. Mon Sep 8
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Spandau Ballet

Shoulderpads and Brylcreem at the ready! The original synthpop fops return for a one-off live performance, as part of the European premiere of a new documentary about their career, 'Soul Boys of the Western World'. There'll also be a Q&A, so you might even be able to find out after all these years what on earth the lyrics to 'Gold' are about.

  1. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  2. Tue Sep 30
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Duke Dumont

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Aug 22, 9am.

Back in 2013, just before Daft Punk went pop with ‘Get Lucky’, a less well-known producer with a similarly dancey past hit the jackpot with ‘Need U (100%)’ – a soulful house banger that brought much-needed credibility to the top of the charts. It marked a major shift for Adam Dyment – aka the Duke – who followed it up earlier this year with a second consecutive Number One, ‘I Got U’. Next step: a bells-and-whistles live show. Bangin'.

  1. Village Underground 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ
  2. Thu Oct 2
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Scott Matthews

The Wolverhampton singer-songwriter – he of the ethereal and whispy voice – finally returns to promote his new album 'What the Night Delivers'. It's actually LP number four: the others managed to slip under the radar somewhat, though no doubt he'll also play tracks from his blues-inspired folk debut 'Passing Stranger'.

  1. St Pancras Old Church 191 Pancras Road, NW1 1UL
  2. Mon Oct 6
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Wolf Alice

The awesome foursome from North London pump out lashings of reverb-heavy indie-grunge-pop, which has earned them critical acclaim and fan adoration up and down the country.

  1. Heaven Under the Arches, off Villiers St, WC2N 6NG
  2. Thu Oct 23
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Fuse ODG

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On sale Fri Aug 22, 9am.

London-born, but of Ghanaian descent, Afrobeats and dancehall don and Azonto ambassador Fuse ODG (aka Nana Richard Abiona) headlines tonight. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Azonto, it's a Ghanaian dance that involves bendy legs and fluid arms and hips. Check out some vids on YouTube so that when Fuse shouts 'Azonto all on da floor', you'll know how to get down.

  1. Under the Bridge Fulham Road, SW6 1HS
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Liars

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Towering terror Angus Andrew and his indie mavericks return. Having ranged across danceable punk-funk, dark and unsettling avant-folk, challenging art-rock and psychedelic songcraft since they made their deubt in 2005, their new album 'Mess' is all electronic bleeps and sinister chanting. Let's hope they haven't discovered the brown note, or we could all be in trouble. At this special late-night club show (part of the Illuminations series) they're joined by special guests and DJs.

  1. Village Underground 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sun Nov 2
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Flyte

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This thoroughly talented and charming London foursome combine all the best bits of latter-day Mystery Jets and Theme Park: undeniably quirky, left-leaning, synthy indie with the odd angular guitar. The mixture is infectious and, trust us, you need it in your life.

  1. Oslo Amhurst Road, E8 1LL
  2. Tue Nov 4
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Babymetal

This manufactured trio from Japan combine the traditional 'idol' style of J-pop with crushing heavy metal. The result: three cute teenage girls performing upbeat vocals and dance moves, interspersed with punishing riffs and drumming. It's just as bizarre as it sounds, but millions of YouTube viewers can't be wrong, right? Read more:What's the deal with Babymetal

  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Sat Nov 8
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The Loveable Rogues

On sale Fri Aug 22, 9am.

After being booted unceremoniously out of 'Britain's Got Talent' in 2012, this cheeky-chappy three-piece with one of the worst band names around were signed and then dropped by Simon Cowell's record label. Now they're trying to climb the ladder the hard way: by traipsing around the circuit like most young bands. It's a tough life, eh lads?

  1. Dingwalls (Lock 17) Camden Lock, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, NW1 8AB
  2. Wed Nov 12
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Example

On sale Fri Aug 22, 9am.

MC Eliot Gleave – aka Example – goes from strength to staggeringly popular strength off the back of his Top Ten-cracking fourth album, 'Live Life Living'. His live show is a palatable and not too surprising mix of rueful, urban rhymes and singalong, bass-heavy anthems with a big pop kick.

  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Fri Nov 14
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Kina Grannis

On sale Fri Aug 22, 9am.

In 2008, acoustic pop singer Kina Grannis won a competition to 'Crash the Super Bowl' and had her video played to 97 million people. Six years on, she arrives in London for a live show at a somewhat more modest venue.

  1. Islington Assembly Hall Upper St, Islington, N1 2UD
  2. Thu Nov 13
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The Blackout

One of many sets of Welsh boys currently plying post-hardcore screamo, The Blackout hail from the delightful town of Merthyr Tydfil. Tonight, though, they're in London to bludgeon their instruments and howl their way through their latest album 'Start the Party' and more heavy cuts from their decade-long discography.

  1. Scala Pentonville Road, King's Cross, N1 9NL
  2. Thu Nov 13
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Slow Magic

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Aug 22, 9am.

The masked chillwave producer crafts woozy, synth-dappled glitchtronics that'll find favour with fans of Purity Ring and Washed Out. He (or she?) is here to headline the 'Set it Off' tour, a travelling roadshow of similar dreamy electronic sounds: the full bill also includes Odesza, Craft Spells, Yung Gud, Lindsay Lowend and more.

  1. Electric Ballroom 184 Camden High St, NW1 8QP
  2. Sun Nov 16
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James Bay

Young, acoustic guitar-toting, hat-loving troubadour Bay sings slow and steady folk numbers like Damien Rice. He's a hot tip at the moment and keeps selling out his smaller shows, so book early if you want to guarantee your spot here tonight.

  1. Scala Pentonville Road, King's Cross, N1 9NL
  2. Tue Nov 25
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Joan As Police Woman

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Aug 22, 9am.

Joan Wasser boasts an impressive CV. The Boston-reared singer and classically trained violinist has toured regularly with both Rufus and Martha Wainwright's bands, played with artists as diverse as The Bad Seeds, Antony And The Johnsons and Sheryl Crow, and was a long-term squeeze of Jeff Buckley's. Tonight she performs tracks from her latest album 'The Classic', another splendid platform for her warm and sensuous, deeply soulful voice, which recalls Joni Mitchell and KD Lang.

  1. Jazz Cafe Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PG
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Wed Nov 26
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Sinkane

  • Critics choice

To an extent, Sinkane is the work of one man – ex-Yeasayer member Ahmed Gallad. He plays the funky bass lines and drum parts that are swaddled in crashing cymbals. He's the one tooting on the flute and crooning in a silky smooth falsetto. But of course live, he needs some help, and that's when he calls on the talents of fellow former Yeasayer dude Jason Trammell on drums, jazz guitarist Mikey Freedom Hart and bassist Mike Montgomery.

  1. Oslo Amhurst Road, E8 1LL
  2. Mon Sep 1 - Mon Dec 1
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John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme'

  • Critics choice

A troupe of contemporary jazz and world music heavyweights 're-envision' Trane's transcendental masterpiece, commemorating 50 years to the day since the sax saint's original was recorded in a single session. The Englightenment Ensemble includes top musicians such as Steve Williamson, Shabaka Hutchings and Cleveland Watkiss, and features everything from saxophone to kora to xylosynth.

  1. Union Chapel Compton Terrace, N1 2UN
  2. Tue Dec 9
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Lily Allen

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Aug 22, 9am.

The headline-grabbing pop provocateuse returns to drop tracks off 'Sheezus' (wince), her first record in half a decade. After starting her career with breezy ska-pop and then moving on to more electronic territory on her last record, this time Allen apparently recorded by 'throwing shit in the wall and seeing if anything sticks'. The results are appropriately hit-and-miss, but our Lil has form as a festival-storming live act so this big Brixton show should be quite the occasion.

  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Fri Dec 12
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Alt-J

  • Critics choice

The symbol-named, Mercury-winning quartet from Leeds ply their reverb-smothered, off-kilter indie that echoes Yeasayer and Jeff Buckley. Some find it utterly enchanting, others favour the term 'snoozefest', but whichever side of that fence you're on it's hard to deny they're a pretty big deal nowadays – as proved by these huge gigs, at which they'll perform songs from their new album 'This Is All Yours'.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Sat Jan 24
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