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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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Yusuf (Cat Stevens)

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

Having become a Muslim convert and changed his name to Yusuf Islam after a near-death experience in 1976, London-born singer-songwriter Cat Stevens took a two decade-long break from the music industry. Over the last fifteen years or so he's made sporadic returns to live performance and recording, and now turns up in London for a big show at which he's set to perform material from a new album, 'Tell ’Em I'm Gone', and raid his stunning back catalogue of sublime folk-pop songs such as 'Trouble', 'Wild World', 'Peace Train' and 'The First Cut is the Deepest'.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Tue Nov 4 - Wed Nov 5
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Until The Ribbon Breaks

Racking up Soundcloud plays and YouTube views at a shocking rate, this edgy R&B trio (originally a solo project by Welsh producer Pete Winfield) are poised to sprint into the mainstream before long.

  1. Studio Spaces E1 Unit 2, 110 Pennington St, E1W 2BB
  2. Thu Oct 2
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The Pigeon Detectives

Are they meant to be pigeons who've taken up private investigation, or detectives who specialise in covertly finding pigeons? It doesn't really matter – all you need to know is that these five chirpy lads make laddy, stompy, scruffy indie that usually includes big, shouty choruses, and that they've never matched the success of their first album, 'Wait for Me' in 2007. They're a little like fellow Yorkshire riffers Arctic Monkeys, but scrappier around the edges and without even a tenth of Alex Turner's way with words.

  1. O2 Academy Islington 16 Parkfield St, N1 OPS
  2. Fri Oct 17
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Josef Salvat

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

Another brittle-voiced bedroom boy riding the James Blake wagon, Josef Salvat is a singer from Australia who makes haunting, textured compositions. He’s not quite as minimal as Deptford's finest, but if you like Jim you’ll dig Joe.

  1. Courtyard Theatre 40 Pitfield St, N1 6EU
  2. Mon Oct 20
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BLUESFEST: Daytime Strollers

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Taking place every afternoon throughout Bluesfest, these cheap daytime events fill the Albert Hall with sweet, sweet blues (plus plenty of jazz, funk and R’n’B). Live performers in the Elgar Room, West Arena Foyer and Verdi restaurant include Dr Feelgood, Andy Fairweather Low, The Excitements, Georgie Fame and Mud Morganfield, aka Muddy Waters Jr. There are also 'in conversation' sessions, instrumental workshops with pianist Jason Rebello, and half-term activities for all those London kids with a hankerin' for the blues. See www.bluesfest.co.uk/daytimeschedule for the full programme.

  1. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  2. Mon Oct 27 - Fri Oct 31
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The Staves

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On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

A trio of Watford sisters sing their folk-tinged harmonies, influenced by their parents' record collection: Neil Young, The Beatles, Stephen Stills, Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell. They're blessed with the sort of close harmony perfection that only comes from sharing genes, secrets and boring childhood car journeys.

  1. Crypt on the Green St James Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell Close, EC1R 0EA
  2. Mon Oct 27
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Money

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Four poetically minded Mancunians who write beautifully woozy, atmospheric, gossamer-light guitar tracks, Money released their great debut album ‘The Shadow of Heaven’ last year and have been readying songs for a follow-up.

  1. Chats Palace Brooksby's Walk, Hackney, E9 6DF
  2. Wed Oct 29
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Alvvays

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Alvvays have nothing in commong with Chvrches, aside from injecting Vs in their names and giving us a reason to clear space in our heart for yet another neatly-formed trad indie band. Appling reverb to jangly guitars like Doritos adds cheese dust to chips, the Canadians recall the swooning pop of rain-soaked Scotland – your Jesus And Mary Chains, Pastels and whatnot – and the group's self-titled debut hugs Velocity Girls LPs close to its chest. A more contemporary comparison: Veronica Falls, with all the same pvnch, noir bvbblegvm, chevvy hooks and heart-on-sleeve tvvee. Hey, like we said, they're infectious.

  1. Bethnal Green Working Men's Club 42-46 Pollard Row, E2 6NB
  2. Thu Oct 30
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The Districts

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

Four young, fresh-faced Pennsylvanians make rootsy, relaxed indie that occasionally switches up into full-on rock-out.

  1. Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen Hoxton Square, N1 6NU
  2. Wed Nov 5
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Ne-Yo

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

Shaffer Chimere Smith was initially best known as the prolific writer of tunes for the likes of Beyoncé, Britney, Whitney and Usher, but he leapt into the limelight himself back in 2006, and he’s remained a contender for pole position in the great R&B race. He’s got a shedload of slick cuts to reel out tonight.

  1. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  2. Wed Nov 5
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Shura

With a host of on-trend and ear-pleasing reference points – ’90s R&B, ’80s Fleetwood Mac and Cyndi Lauper, soft funk and contemporary electronica – Mancunian singer-producer Shura Denton is a good bet for blog-storming success. Fans of Blood Orange, Kindness, Haim and first-album Jessie Ware: Shura's excellent latest track 'Just Once' is your new jam.

  1. Studio Spaces E1 Unit 2, 110 Pennington St, E1W 2BB
  2. Wed Nov 5
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MNEK

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

Superbly soulful R&B singer, producer and writer MNEK has had a hand in plenty of awesome projects – singing on club smashes including Gorgon City's 'Ready for Your Love' and Duke Dumont's 'Need U (100%)' and co-writing The Saturdays' pop gem 'All Fired Up' – and he's only nineteen. Sickening, eh? Still, we'll forgive him as he's so damn good at it. At tonight's show/'party' he'll be bashing out tracks from his upcoming debut album.

  1. XOYO Cowper Street, EC2A 4AP
  2. Thu Nov 6
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Damien Rice

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

Twelve years since his magnificent debut album ‘O’ and eight since the follow-up ‘9’ went Top Five, Damien Rice has finally announced his long-awaited next album. ‘My Favourite Faded Fantasy’ (co-produced by Rick Rubin) will be out in November, and we hope that it’ll live up to the raw delicacy of ‘The Blower’s Daughter’ and the majesty of ‘Cannonball’ while also pointing the way forward for one of the most inscrutable singer-songwriters ever to go platinum. If it does, this grand theatre show in the week of release will be the cherry on a triumphant return.

  1. London Palladium 8 Argyll Street, W1F 7TF
  2. Fri Nov 7
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Stooshe

  • Critics choice

We got pretty excited when this bold London R&B trio emerged in 2011, channelling soul and the classic girl group sound with a foul-mouthed and fun-packed song called 'Fuck Me'. Most of their promising urban grit had disappeared by the time they got around to releasing their debut album 'London with the Lights On' last year, but they've still got sass in spades and should put on a great show tonight.

  1. The Borderline Orange Yard, Manette Street, W1D 4JB
  2. Mon Nov 10
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Adventure Club

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

This Canadian electronic duo have no qualms about getting their hands glittery with a bit of brash, clubby EDM, plus the odd whispery, euphoric breakdown. It's an acquired taste, but they've picked up huge numbers of fans across the pond.

  1. Koko Camden High St, NW1 7JE
  2. Thu Nov 13
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Ja Ja Ja Festival

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From Max Martin and Stargate to Swedish House Mafia to Björk and The Knife, the Nordic countries have produced some of the biggest and best pop acts of our time. Hoping to follow that legacy, a platoon of artists from Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and the Faroe Islands descend on London for the second Ja Ja Ja festival of Nordic music, arts and food. After a successful launch at the Roundhouse last year, Ja Ja Ja expands to two venues and three days for 2014, with headliners including Emilíana Torrini (Sat), Rytmeklubben (Fri) and Asbjørn (Thu), plus food by Finnish chef Antto Melasniemi.

  1. Queen Mary University of London 327 Mile End Rd, E14 NS
  2. Thu Nov 13 - Sat Nov 15
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Kele

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

With Bloc Party still on ice, the now New York-based Kele Okereke is stuck in electro-solo mode for a while at least. His debut solo album 'The Boxer' showcased a brooding, poppy electronica sound that's explored further on his new record 'Trick'.

  1. Oval Space 29-32 The Oval, E2 9DT
  2. Sat Nov 15
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Kiesza

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Sep 19, 10am.

It's pronounced 'Kaiser', and it's the stage name of Canadian singer-songwriter Kiesa Rae Ellestad, a former navy codebreaker and Miss Universe Canada contestant who's now turned her hand to infectious electro-pop. You've probably heard her debut single 'Hideaway' (a Number One here) – now catch her live as she continues to ascend that slippery slope to superstardom. Want more?What's the deal with… Kiesza?

  1. Electric Brixton Brixton Hill, SW2 1RJ
  2. Tue Nov 18
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Deptford Goth

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

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 should be just as deliciously downbeat. Hear tracks first at this intimate London preview show.

  1. ICA The Mall, SW1Y 5AH
  2. Wed Nov 19
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Adam Ant

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The former whooping and clattering King of the Wild Frontier continues his successful return to the stage. After a big show earlier this year playing Adam And The Ants' debut 'Dirk Wears White Sox' in full, he's returning to a more intimate venue to play the album again over the course of four nights.

  1. Islington Assembly Hall Upper St, Islington, N1 2UD
  2. Thu Nov 20 - Sun Nov 23
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King Tuff

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

This Sub Pop signing offers feel-good rock ’n’ roll for grunge kids and their modern equivalents.

  1. Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen Hoxton Square, N1 6NU
  2. Thu Nov 20
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The Milk

Classic funk and soul-rock fare from the headlining Essex boys.

  1. The Dome 178 Junction Rd, N19 5QQ
  2. Thu Nov 20
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Yasiin Bey

On sale Fri Sep 19, 11am.

The conscious MC formerly known as Mos Def (and born Dante Terrell Smith) plays a London show. He hasn't released an album since 2009, despite rumours that he's ready to reunite with Talib Kweli for a new album under the pair's Black Star name – as well as early signs of a new project with producer Mannie Fresh – but he's got a hefty back catalogue of funk-and-soul-soaked hip hop anthems to get the place jumping, including the whole of his album 'Black on Both Sides' to celebrate its fifteenth birthday.

  1. The Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
  2. Sat Nov 22
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Nick Brewer

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

An on-the-up young MC with an agreeably soulful flow, Brewer is signed to Island and comes across a little like a more laid back Mike Skinner or a less obnoxious Professor Green.

  1. 229 229 Great Portland St, W1W 5PN
  2. Wed Nov 26
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Howling Bells

  • Critics choice

Bella Union's stylish, Mazzy Star-adoring Australians return. Their brooding, bluesy psychedelic rock sounds like the wind in the desert at night – but with better tunes, obviously.

  1. The Lexington Pentonville Rd, N1 9JB
  2. Thu Nov 27
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Lee Scratch Perry

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

The man who pioneered modern studio sonics, invented slash-and-fade mixing and kick-started Marley's Wailers is now off the skunk, but still as bonkers as ever. Live, he's known to be, erm, variable, with a dodgy European pop-reggae backing band and a rather eccentric MC-ing style. Be warned.

  1. Under the Bridge Fulham Road, SW6 1HS
  2. Mon Dec 1
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Needtobreathe

On sale Fri Sep 19, 10am.

Impassioned, rootsy pop-rockers Needtobreathe play an acoustic show to support their new album 'Rivers in the Wasteland'. Their folksy credentials are impeccable: the core of the band is a pair of brothers named Bear and Bo, who were raised in a town called Possum Kingdom.

  1. Bush Hall Uxbridge Rd, W12 7LJ
  2. Tue Dec 2
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Samaris

An Icelandic trio who specialise in otherworldly electronica and percussive beats, Samaris arrive in London to perform tracks from their new album 'Silkidrangar'.

  1. Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen Hoxton Square, N1 6NU
  2. Mon Dec 8
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Daley

The curly-quiffed R&B/soul singer, whose career really kicked off when Damon Albarn invited him to lay a vocal down for the Gorillaz track 'Doncamatic', reaches for the top notes on songs his debut album 'Days & Nights'.

  1. Islington Assembly Hall Upper St, Islington, N1 2UD
  2. Tue Dec 9
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Public Image Ltd

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

John Lydon's sneering post-punk crew reformed in 2009, apparently bankrolled in part by the Sex Pistols reunion shows two years before. PiL perform tonight in their current incarnation, with Lydon backed by ’80s members Bruce Smith and Lu Edmonds and new bassist Scott Firth, and cranking out a wide range of fragmented, jittery, funky and roaring material ranging from their scorching 1978 debut single 'Public Image' to songs from their new album 'This Is PiL'.

  1. Indigo2 Millennium Way, Greenwich, SE10 0DX
  2. Sat Dec 13
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Gramatik

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

The sound of Slovenian producer Denis 'Gramatik' Jasarevic, who records for the Pretty Lights label and his own Lowtemp, is firmly rooted in big-room dance music – but he works it with more finesse than many, gliding between genres with ease. He's at the controls in celebration of a new album, 'The Age of Reason'.

  1. The Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
  2. Sat Dec 13 - Sun Dec 14
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Me First And The Gimme Gimmes

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

Still bafflingly popular, the pop-punk supergroup take on songs by Elton John, R Kelly, Prince and the like. After almost two decades of gobby cover versions, the joke's wearing a little thin.

  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Sun Dec 21
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Matt Goss

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

The Bros boss brings his Vegas show 'The Gossy Room' to London, singing ’80s hits, cover versions and Rat Pack-inspired swing standards with a full band and horn section. The  ticket price is Vegas-sized too.

  1. London Palladium 8 Argyll Street, W1F 7TF
  2. Sun Jan 25
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Team Me

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

Sweet vocal harmonies and orchestral trimmings add a kick to this young Norwegian band's charmingly eclectic, prettily arranged and nicely chiming electro-pop.

  1. Oslo Amhurst Road, E8 1LL
  2. Thu Feb 19
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Jungle

  • Critics choice

Cryptic London duo Jungle came from nowhere at the end of last year to become one of 2014’s hype sensations. They’ve released a series of steamy, grooving, disco-edged neo-soul tracks – with instantly viral videos featuring a six-year-old breakdancer, two members of the High Rollaz freestyle rollerskating team and a huge dance crew – and they’ve already sold out two London gigs this year off the back of their self-titled, Mercury-nominated debut album. Their live shows are quite something too.

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Tue Mar 3
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The Stranglers

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

Old punks don't die, they just go on 40th anniversary tours. That's right: celebrating four decades in the biz tonight, The Stranglers play all the hits to an always appreciative crowd. The long-absent Hugh Cornwell's spot on guitar and vocals is filled by Baz Warne of Toy Dolls, and there's a chance that Jet Black's drum stool may be taken by Jim MacAulay (he is 75, after all).

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Fri Mar 6
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The Mavericks

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

The back-to-basics American country band return to London after reuniting in 2012, twanging out old hits such as 'Dance the Night Away' and 'All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down'.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Wed Mar 4
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Damien Dempsey

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

The folk-leaning singer-songwriter from Ireland headlines. He's huge at home and has recorded with a who's who of contemporary Irish music, from U2 to Sinead O'Connor. Outside of that he's also supported Bob Dylan and Morrissey. Impressive stuff, backed up by some lovely songs.

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Tue Mar 17
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Paloma Faith

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

Hackney's sassy, retro soul chanteuse, who's an out-and-proud fan of insane outfits, theatrics and doo-wop harmonies, plays cuts from her latest LP 'A Perfect Contradiction'. Can the show possibly be as bonkers as the album sleeve? Quite probably.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Wed Mar 25
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Nick Mulvey

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On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

What does a sensitive soul do after quitting a Mercury-nominated jazz fusion act? Nick Mulvey, a founding member of Portico Quartet, has the answer: reinvent yourself as a singer-songwriter performing mellow, jazzy, offbeat folk-pop, with a world music slant informed by an ethnomusicology degree from SOAS. It seems to be working for him: Mulvey’s gently affecting sound, showcased on his recent debut album ‘First Mind’, has hit the charts and seen him playing ever bigger venues. Catch him now as he celebrates his second Mercury nomination – this time as a solo act.

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Fri Mar 27
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Catfish And The Bottlemen

  • Critics choice

Ignore the silly name: this tipped Welsh indie rock foursome are actually pretty good, packing big riffs, fuzzy bass and emotive vocals into a sound that makes them come across like a cleaner Biffy Clyro.

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Wed Apr 1
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Don McLean

On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

Seasoned troubadour and Mr 'American Pie' brings his classic rock and pop sound to his devoted fans, celebrating 40 years in the biz.

  1. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  2. Tue May 19
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The Moody Blues

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On sale Fri Sep 19, 9am.

Justin Hayward leads his eternally popular proggy psych-rock gang through selected bits of their heady back catalogue. They haven't released a studio album for over a decade, so new stuff'll be fairly thin on the ground – instead you can expect the current trio (who've been playing together since 1966) to jam out 'Nights in White Satin', 'Go Now' and more.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Fri Jun 12
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