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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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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

  • Critics choice

With Oasis now a distant memory, Gallagher senior has well and truly taken flight with his High Flying Birds. As you might expect, there are lots of ’60s-leaning, jangly pop and psychedelia-inspired moments to enjoy and sing along to, but with his sky-high avian bandmates Gallagher’s voice – literally and in songwriting terms – is bolder and more direct than ever. With the announcement of a second HFB album, following on from their self-titled, UK chart-topping debut in 2011, it’s a safe bet that this gig will be an opportunity for the band to showcase new material.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Tue Mar 10
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Loop

  • Critics choice

The legendary south London noise-rock group, who got back together last year, supply enough dark psychedelic riffing to space out even the most dedicated heads.

  1. The Garage Highbury Corner, N5 1RD
  2. Tue Nov 18
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Nimmo

  • Critics choice

Formerly Nimmo And The Gauntletts, these young Londoners have been playing around the city for years, but it's only now that they've attracted major label backing with a new, dark-edged synthpop sound. Keep a close eye on them.

  1. ICA The Mall, SW1Y 5AH
  2. Thu Nov 20
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Only Real

West London’s answer to King Krule, or 2013’s answer to Jamie T? Decide for yourself as Niall Galvin does fizzy, hook-laden Mockney pop. Samantha Cameron's already a fan.

  1. Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen Hoxton Square, N1 6NU
  2. Thu Nov 27
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Portico

  • Critics choice

Formerly Portico Quartet, our favourite post-jazz band are now trading under a different name after the departure of percussionist Keir Vine. Having started out busking on the South Bank and via a Mercury nomination for their debut album, they've since completed storming international tours and sold out a series of London shows. Here they'll be playing from their self-titled third album, which saw them moving into electronica and alt rock territory, with live drum looping, twanging electric bass and spine-tingling sax melodies. Tonight should be another top performance.

  1. Islington Assembly Hall Upper St, Islington, N1 2UD
  2. Thu Dec 4
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Little Simz

  • Critics choice

Masterful in her ability to assimilate every conceivable rap genre, the frighteningly talented Little Simz is finally garnering some well-deserved recognition riding the recent wave of trap music. If 808s and Odd Future-esque nihilism are your thing, head down and get a faceful of postmodern rap.

  1. XOYO Cowper Street, EC2A 4AP
  2. Thu Dec 11
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Fightstar

Former Busted man Charlie Simpson only brought out his most recent album in August, and has already announced a solo tour for next year, but before that he's putting his pop-punk crew Fightstar (who've been on hiatus since 2010) back together for a one-off Christmas show to celebrate their tenth anniversary together.

  1. The Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
  2. Mon Dec 15 - Tue Dec 16
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The Game

  • Critics choice

Jayceon Terell Taylor is (The) Game: the 31-year-old former G-Unit member and beef-starting hip hop star from Compton, CA, who brought the West Coast gangster rap scene back to life. Tonight he's playing cuts from his US chart-topping latest album, 'Jesus Piece', and new material.

  1. Electric Brixton Brixton Hill, SW2 1RJ
  2. Fri Dec 19
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Cymbals Eat Guitars

'Lose', the new third LP from this New York quartet, recalls the working class, life-in-a-van US indie of the ’90s: acts like Modest Mouse, Superchunk and The Wrens. A suite of ripping rock themed around the death of a friend and general go-nowhere ennui, the album is a quarter-life crisis compressed: 'It's technically NYC, but dear Christ does it get lonely,' singer Joseph D'Agostino wails. Hear them bring that angst to a live stage tonight.

  1. The Garage Highbury Corner, N5 1RD
  2. Mon Jan 12
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The Weeks

Looking and sounding like they just crawled out of the swamps surrounding their hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, The Weeks are an American indie band on the up. They built their reputation on a residency at a former brothel, and they have a bucketload of lyrics about Mississippi mud, Southern pride and suchlike. All in all, they're like a grubbier version of Kings Of Leon, who signed The Weeks to their record label last year.

  1. The Garage Highbury Corner, N5 1RD
  2. Thu Jan 22
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Slipknot + Korn

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Iowa's masked marauders Slipknot headline a nu-metal double-bill that'll be packed to the rafters with headbanging teens and ’90s/’00s nostalgics alike. They're supported by Korn, as angsty and dirty-minded as ever they were in the glory days of 'Freak on a Leash'. Dig out that crusty old hoodie and join the mayhem – it'll be quite a show.

  1. Wembley Arena Empire Way, HA9 0PA
  2. Fri Jan 23
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2:54

  • Critics choice

Former Vulgarians sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow return with their new project, which veers from glowering post-punk to moody, reverbed goth-pop. Imagine a pared-back Warpaint.

  1. Dingwalls (Lock 17) Camden Lock, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, NW1 8AB
  2. Wed Feb 4
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Charlie Simpson

The former Busted and Fightstar man, who opted not to get involved in the wildly successful McBusted boy band BOGOF, continues his solo career. Tonight he'll perform touching, singer-songwriterly tracks from his new album 'Long Road Home', acoustic and without a backing band.

  1. Islington Assembly Hall Upper St, Islington, N1 2UD
  2. Tue Feb 10
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Saint Raymond

Nottingham's Callum Burrows plays lilting, flickering guitar-pop. He's supported Ed Sheeran and Haim and is working on a major-label debut album, implying a sparkly and radio-friendly future.

  1. Koko Camden High St, NW1 7JE
  2. Tue Feb 10
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Monster Magnet

These dark-but-goofy stoner-rockers from New Jersey rock hard and without subtlety, packing funky Chilli Peppers basslines and a definite psychotropic vibe. At least two of their songs have soundtracked American pro wrestling broadcasts, which says it all really.

  1. Electric Ballroom 184 Camden High St, NW1 8QP
  2. Sun Feb 15
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Deptford Goth

  • Critics choice

Despite the name, this rising producer is actually based in Peckham – and his sweeping synth tracks aren't all that gloomy. We rated his debut album 'Life After Defo', and although his second album 'Songs' doesn't have nearly as good a title, it's just as deliciously downbeat and should go down a treat live.

  1. Heaven Under the Arches, off Villiers St, WC2N 6NG
  2. Thu Feb 26
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Pins

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A four-piece from Manchester, Pins make enchanting, churning post-punk in the vein of Crystal Stilts, although their lo-fi thud-and-clatter also takes tips from the British indie scene of the ’80s and Cramps-style dirty surf rock. They're playing today from their flawed but very enjoyable debut album, 'Girls Like Us'.

  1. Sebright Arms 9 Alston Road, Barnet, EN5 4ET
  2. Thu Feb 26
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Omar

  • Critics choice

South London soul-jazz vocal legend Omar, the man behind the big hit 'There's Nothing Like This' in 1990, has since worked with Stevie Wonder, Ol' Dirty Bastard and a handful of other big names.

  1. Jazz Cafe Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PG
  2. Fri Feb 27 - Sat Feb 28
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Benjamin Booker

Drawing on the top drawer of rock ’n’ roll history, from Thin Lizzy to The White Stripes, young New Orleans singer-songwriter BB has drawn plenty of praise for his rawness and intensity. After a couple of low-key London shows earlier this year, he leads his power trio out on to a bigger live stage for a raucous live set.

  1. Village Underground 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ
  2. Mon Mar 2
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Years & Years

Olly Alexander – a young actor who played Peter Pan in the West End and a teenage junkie in Gaspar Noé's psychedelic film 'Enter the Void' – leads this hyped, Kitsuné-signed electropop act.

  1. Heaven Under the Arches, off Villiers St, WC2N 6NG
  2. Thu Mar 5
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Country to Country Festival

Returning for the third year, this two-day indoor festival brings Nashville to Greenwich, attracting British fans of US country music. This year's festival is headlined on Sunday by soft country-pop trio Lady Antebellum, with other acts still under wraps, and as usual there'll be plenty of country-related shenanigans all around The O2, including markets, live music on small stages and almost certainly some line dancing.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Sat Mar 7 - Sun Mar 8
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Royal Blood

  • Critics choice

Hotly tipped bass-and-drums duo Royal Blood (the only rock act on the BBC's Sound of 2014 list) headline, fresh from the Number One success of their self-titled debut album and a Mercury nomination. They're very, very hot right now – book quick.

  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Fri Mar 13
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Spandau Ballet

Shoulderpads and Brylcreem at the ready, as the original synthpop fops return to the stage. Go for 'Gold', stay on the off-chance you might hear deliciously weird early material like 'To Cut a Long Story Short' and the monstrous funk of 'Chant No 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)'.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Tue Mar 17 - Wed Mar 18
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Stiff Little Fingers

  • Critics choice

Belfast's explosive punk veterans, still led by Jake Burns, wheel out hits including 'Suspect Device' and 'Alternative Ulster' for a heavily nostalgic audience.

  1. The Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
  2. Thu Mar 26
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Future Islands

  • Critics choice

This agreeably odd Baltimore indie trio play melodic, fluid punk-funk and arty post-pop complete with synths, impassioned vocals and the odd birdsong sample. It's fantastic stuff, so catch them live while they're in the UK to plug their new album 'Singles', the record that – in conjunction with a viral video of lead singer Samuel Herring dad-dancing on American TV – has made them kind of a big deal at last.

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Mon Mar 30 - Tue Mar 31
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Alexandra Burke

  • Critics choice

The 2008 'X Factor' winner, who's become a fairly credible pop-R&B diva despite recently taking on the lead role in the musical version of 'The Bodyguard', plays an intimate two-night residency in north London.

  1. Jazz Cafe Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PG
  2. Fri May 1 - Sat May 2
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The Vamps

On sale Fri Oct 18, 9am.

They've opened for Taylor Swift and McFly, and now the baby-faced teen-pop band (who met via YouTube) sing their devil-may-care party songs with boyish charm. Brace yourself for the dizzying spectacle of thousands of overexcited teenagers screaming their heads off.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Fri May 1 - Sat May 2
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Lene Lovich

The oddball new wave diva returns with her enjoyable spiky new band to sing 'Lucky Number' and more songs from her leftfield repertoire.

  1. Islington Assembly Hall Upper St, Islington, N1 2UD
  2. Sat Jun 6
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Neil Diamond

  • Critics choice

The classic gravel-voiced singer-songwriter, who has lately experienced a Rick Rubin-assisted renaissance, plays a crowd-pleasing set of long-serving hits such as 'I'm a Believer' and 'I Am, I Said'.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Tue Jul 14
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Cliff Richard

On sale Sat Nov 1, 9am.

The perma-tanned, chart-obsessed professional Christian born Harry Webb is back, celebrating his seventy-fifth birthday with an Albert Hall residency that'll be chock full of hits (and probably a few misses) from his 55-year-long career. Prepare for the spectacle of an old-age pensioner singing 'Congratulations' mostly to himself.

  1. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  2. Mon Oct 12 - Sat Oct 17
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