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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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Metronomy

  • Critics choice

It's been a long time since Metronomy was just Joe Mount's bedroom pop project in sleepy Totnes, Devon. Four albums and a headline slot at the Royal Albert Hall later, and with a shiny, rounded live line-up – with drummer Anna Prior laying down the beats at the back – Metronomy perform songs from their latest album 'Love Letters' at a big gig in London. These peerless wonky-pop exponents should delve headlong into their excellent back catalogue too. Want more? Read our interview with Metronomy's Joe Mount.

  1. Alexandra Palace Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY
  2. Fri Dec 5
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Airbourne

These Aussie power rockers tear up the stage with some almost impressively dumb, head-shaking, brain-blasting R-O-C-K. They're basically the new AC/DC, but not quite as good.

  1. The Garage Highbury Corner, N5 1RD
  2. Thu Aug 28
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Death From Above 1979

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Back for their first London show since 2011, white-knuckle electro-punk duo DFA 1979 finally have some new material to follow up their storming 2004 debut 'You're a Woman, I'm a Machine'. They sold out two nights at The Forum last time around, so tickets for this sweatbox show down the road in Camden should go in a flash.

  1. Electric Ballroom 184 Camden High St, NW1 8QP
  2. Mon Oct 20
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George Ezra

This Bristolian songwriter cradles his acoustic guitar like a lifeline while he sings his plaintive laments. He also has some great chunky knitwear and top cheekbones. All in all, it's safe to say that (having already cropped up on many a 'ones to watch in 2014' list) the kid'll go far. Read more:What's the deal with George Ezra?

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Fri Oct 24
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Bonnie Prince Billy

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Wild-bearded, mad-haired alt country kingpin Will Oldham returns as BPB, performing his dark songs of blinding beauty, brutal honesty, occasional bleakness and frequent, brilliant flashes of dark wit.

  1. St John-at-Hackney Church Lower Clapton Rd, E5 0PD
  2. Tue Nov 18 - Wed Nov 19
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Linkin Park

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The chart-friendly Californian rap-metallers jet over for another mega-tour, trailing angst and sweat. Still fronted by the cutely-named Chester Bennington, they're plugging a new album called 'The Hunting Party' but have also been playing their debut album 'Hybrid Theory' in full of late, meaning that they should be up to speed with the old stuff.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Sun Nov 23
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Christina Perri

Best known for appearing on the soundtrack to the second 'Twilight' film, US pop-rocker Perri rolls up on her 'Head or Heart' tour. There will be ballads.

  1. Koko Camden High St, NW1 7JE
  2. Mon Nov 24
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The Pretty Reckless

Just out of her teens, model and 'Gossip Girl' actress Taylor Momsen brings her Avril Lavigne-alike band to London to crank out pop-punk and grungy hard rock songs from their new album 'Going to Hell'. If you only know TayMo from her cute-as-pie turn as Cindy Lou Who in the Jim Carrey-led film of 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas', then you're in for a shock: lyrics in the current Pretty Reckless repertoire include 'drugs, bars, backseats of cars, blowing boys – what a boring life I've led so far!'.

  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Wed Nov 26
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Mastodon

  • Critics choice

Atlanta's metalcore quartet – awarded the title 'Best Band On The Planet' by Kerrang! – grind out plenty more of their complex, amped-up prog-metal noise.

  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Fri Nov 28
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Basement Jaxx

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Do you know where your head's at? If so, south London's finest are back to help you lose it all over again, dropping classic ’90s and noughties bangers alongside fresh stuff from their long-awaited new album 'Junto'.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Thu Dec 11
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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. Fri Dec 19
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Kosheen

The once chart-friendly D&B/trip hop/electro-rock trio from Bristol – Markee Substance, Darren Decoder and Sian Evans – are back for another London show, having returned to live performance earlier this year after a five-year hiatus.

  1. Koko Camden High St, NW1 7JE
  2. Thu Jan 29
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Scott Bradlee And Postmodern Jukebox

Bradlee and his New York-based group cover anything from 'Get Lucky' to the 'Game of Thrones' theme in various styles including jazz, swing, doo-wop, klezmer and ’60s pop. Millions have seen the act on YouTube, and tonight a couple of thousand of them will shell out for the live experience.

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Tue Feb 17
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Joe Bonamassa

American blues-rocker Bonamassa wields his axe like Jeff Beck and sings like Clapton, curiously taking influences from his own country via the Brits. Here he's booked an impressive four-night run at one of London's biggest venues.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Tue Mar 17 - Sat Mar 21
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5 Seconds Of Summer

A young bubblegum-pop boy band who formed in Sydney in 2012, this lot toured with One Direction for six months. Unlike the 1D boys, 5SOS play their own instruments: think Busted, but from Down Under.

  1. Wembley Arena Empire Way, HA9 0PA
  2. Fri Jun 12 - Sat Jun 13
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The Libertines

  • Critics choice

After a reunion in Hyde Park earlier this year, Carl Barât and Pete Doherty's bunch of grungy indie roughnecks will be taking to the stage on three consecutive nights at Ally Pally. This is their first full-scale reunion since they broke up a decade ago, so it looks as though the well-publicised animosity between the band's members seems to have cooled – although it's kind of a strange time for them to get together again, with Barat's new band, The Jackals, just beginning to mount their own musical campaign. Whatever the circumstances, you can be sure that these shows will be a blessing for the legions of eternal Libertines fans, who most certainly can still stand them now.

  1. Alexandra Palace Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Sun Sep 28
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Richard Bona

  • Critics choice

Grammy nominated Cameroonian vocalist, bassist, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Bona established himself via some slick, funk-edged collaborations with Joe Zawinul, Michael Brecker and Bobby McFerrin. He's since become a highly acclaimed solo artist, who's much better live than on record: his show is a tour de force that combines his Pastorius-style bass chops with his soaring, angelic vocals, in both English and the Duala language of Cameroon.

  1. Union Chapel Compton Terrace, N1 2UN
  2. Mon Nov 3
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Marianne Faithfull

  • Critics choice

Gruff-voiced diva and counter-cultural British national treasure Faithfull draws from her 50-year recording career. She survived the ’60s and life with Jagger, a period spent living rough in Soho as a heroin addict, and successful surgery to treat breast cancer in 2006, proving that she's a tough woman as well as a casually charismatic perfomer.

  1. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  2. Sat Nov 29
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Savages/Bo Ningen – 'Words to the Blind'

Two of London's most exciting live bands perform a 'sonic simultaneous poem'. It's an idea inspired by the Surrealist practice of simultaneous poetry, which involves two poets reading aloud at the same time in the same place – the point is the overall effect, rather than either of the individual poems. Post-punk queens Savages and Japanese psych-noise kings Bo Ningen, it would seem, are to do the same with 'improvisation, noise and' – yep – 'poetry'. Basically, this will be just as arty as it is loud and ferocious: a combination that hasn't exactly been plentiful on the London music scene recently. Earplugs will be supplied.

  1. Oval Space 29-32 The Oval, E2 9DT
  2. Wed Nov 19
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Nizlopi

Remember 'The JCB Song'? No? Well, these are the earnest folk-popsters from Leamington Spa who took it to Number One way back in 2005. They're back for another reunion show, a year after saying they weren't getting back together again. Perhaps they've been inspired by the multi-platinum success of Ed Sheeran, who – ready, fact fans? – was their guitar tech and young apprentice in the mid-noughties.

  1. Dingwalls (Lock 17) Camden Lock, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, NW1 8AB
  2. Thu Nov 20
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Tony Allen

  • Critics choice

A true musical legend, drum master and Afrobeat instigator Tony Allen performs an ultra-rare live show in London. Fortunately, you don't need to know about his famous collaborators (Fela Kuti and Damon Albarn among them) or even his technical mastery to get down to his incredibly groovy tunes as he launches his new album, 'Film of Life'.

  1. Village Underground 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ
  2. Thu Nov 20
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