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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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Kiesza

  • Critics choice

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 house-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.

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Tue Mar 24
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Gigs just announced

Ellie Goulding and Friends

On sale Fri Nov 28, 9am.

The wispy-voiced, chart-topping singer-songwriter has recruited some of her mates for an evening of acoustic pop in aid of the Streets of London anti-homelessness charity. Guests include Bastille, Kodaline, Tom Odell, Birdy, Kwabs and Jess Glynne.

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Tue Dec 16
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Dry The River

  • Critics choice

They may have the acoustic strumming and sweet, quavering vocal harmonies of an Americana act, but these indie folkies are actually from pre-Olympic Stratford. The tones of lead singer Peter D'artagnan Liddle recall a less emotionally loaded Jeff Buckley, and helped their debut album 'Shallow Bed' into the Top 40. They perform songs from its follow-up 'Alarms in the Heart' tonight.

  1. Tooting Tram & Social 46-48 Mitcham Road, SW17 9NA
  2. Sun Dec 21
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La Roux

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Nov 28, 9am.

After breaking into the charts and our hearts with their synthpop stormers ‘In for the Kill’ and ‘Bulletproof’, London duo La Roux all but vanished for a good few years. Now La Roux is back, down one band member (it's just luminous singer Elly Jackson this time) but up one simply incredible second album, ‘Trouble in Paradise’. Grab this chance to see a modern-day pop icon live and on top form.

  1. Koko Camden High St, NW1 7JE
  2. Tue Feb 3
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The Districts

On sale Fri Nov 28, 9am.

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

  1. 100 Club Oxford Street, W1D 1LL
  2. Tue Feb 3
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Happyness

  • Critics choice

The London three-piece play from their album ‘Weird Little Birthday’, serving up a tasty mixture of Pavementish slacker rock and Blurry indie.

  1. Birthdays Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BJ
  2. Wed Feb 4
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Childhood

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Nov 28, 9am.

Rising pop-shoegazers Childhood formed at Nottingham Uni a few years ago, but nowadays they're back in London, where their founding members grew up, and honing their already promising gift for big melodies, searing guitar lines and euphoric psychedelic breakdowns. Experts at getting a crowd jumping, they'll drop hazy tunes from their debut 'Lacuna' at this London show.

  1. XOYO Cowper St, EC2A 4AP
  2. Thu Feb 5
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Dolomite Minor

  • Free

Gritty rock ’n’ roll with similarities to BRMC and latter-day Arctic Monkeys.

  1. Electrowerkz 7 Torrens St, EC1V 1NQ
  2. Thu Feb 5
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Kele

On sale Fri Nov 28, 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. Islington Assembly Hall Upper St, Islington, N1 2UD
  2. Fri Feb 6
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Peace

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Nov 28, 9am.

Breakout indie boys Peace are at the head of a new wave of Brummie guitar-pop bands which also includes Swim Deep and Jaws. Their songs are heavily indebted to the ’90s, full of Hacienda funk grooves, Blurry riffs and even the odd shoegazing moment – but the four-piece group, led by floppy-haired frontman Harrison Koisser, have enough energy to sound more like the future than the past.

  1. Heaven Under the Arches, Villiers St, WC2N 6NG
  2. Mon Feb 9
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Honeyblood

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Nov 28, 9am.

Two Glaswegian women deploy guitar and drums to craft grunge-pop that's sometimes fuzzy and ferocious, but also frequently touching and tinged with Americana. Their self-titled debut album comes highly recommended, and they're a top live act too.

  1. Oslo Amhurst Rd, E8 1LL
  2. Wed Feb 11
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Gorgon City

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Nov 28, 9am.

It takes a lot to get us to flutter our eyelashes at a city other than wonderful London, but recently we’ve been tempted to floozy around with a different metropolitan area: Gorgon City. Okay, it’s not actually a place, it’s production duo Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson-Scott – making some of the sharpest, most on-point club music around.

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Thu Feb 12
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The Cribs

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Nov 28, 9am.

Yorkshire's spirited, scuzzy garage rockers have signed to Sony for their upcoming sixth album – could we be about to witness their return to the charts? The Jarman brothers have been playing together for over a decade now, and certainly know a big, catchy riff or an arena-ready chorus when they write one.

  1. Electric Ballroom 184 Camden High St, NW1 8QP
  2. Thu Feb 12
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Interpol

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Nov 28, 9am.

The hugely influential New York post-punk band return to London, after spending more than two days trapped in a snowstorm in November – not a bad metaphor for their crushing, gloomy and potently chilly music. Now a three-piece, they'll play a few early noughties favourites (cross your fingers for 'PDA' and 'Evil') as well as new stuff from their fifth album 'El Pintor'.

  1. The Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
  2. Fri Feb 6 - Mon Feb 16
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The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Nov 28, 9am.

Blissful, heartfelt lyrics, fuzztastic guitars, big choruses: Kip Berman's New York indie band have moved from C86-style twee-pop towards Smashing Pumpkins-style fuzz without sacrificing the bittersweet emotions that riddle their expertly crafted songs. They're back in town to showcase their new album 'Days of Abandon'.

  1. Village Underground 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ
  2. Mon Feb 16
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Twin Peaks

On sale Fri Nov 28, 9am.

Hey, how do you reckon they thought up that radical band name? Apparently this young Chicago indie band had never watched David Lynch's iconic TV series when they called themselves Twin Peaks.

  1. 100 Club Oxford Street, W1D 1LL
  2. Tue Feb 17
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TV On The Radio

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Nov 28, 9am.

Brooklyn-based genre-busters TVOTR bring their delightfully eclectic and fiercely intelligent strain of experimental indie to London for a very welcome show at the Roundhouse. Expect tracks from latest album 'Seeds' (including the enjoyable single 'Happy Idiot') as well as plenty of older favourites.

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Sat Feb 21
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Pond

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Nov 28, 9am.

As well as ranking surprisingly well on Google, Aussie five-piece Pond are top contenders when it comes to whacked-out psychedelic vibes. The trippy, proggy and maximalist songs on their latest album 'Hobo Rocket' romp through glam, space rock, retro pop and hard riffing – and sometimes all of the above simultaneously.

  1. Electric Ballroom 184 Camden High St, NW1 8QP
  2. Wed Feb 25
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Papa Roach

On sale Fri Nov 28, 9am.

The triple-platinum nu-metal titans bring their bellowing brand of emotionally bruised post-grunge back to the capital in support of their electronically-leaning latest album, 'The Connection'. Learn all the lyrics to 'Last Resort' before you head down, or you'll be the only one in the room not screaming along.

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Thu Mar 12
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DJ Yoda

On sale Fri Nov 28, 9am.

Decknician DJ Yoda drops a stunningly eclectic mixture of genres into his beats, taking in country, soul, nursery rhymes and '80s pop alongside the more usual funk and soul samples. His audiovisual sets also let him cut and scratch his way through a choice selection of YouTube clips (from 'Sesame Street' to Alan Sugar) and showcase choice cuts from his discography.

  1. The Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
  2. Sat Mar 14
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Bo Ningen

  • Critics choice

London-based psych rockers Bo Ningen are a ferocious live act who draw on the Japanese freak-out legacy of Flower Travellin' Band and play hard, psychedelic rock with febrile energy. They'll be making huge amounts of of noise and contorting themselves on stage to play from their awesome second album 'Line the Wall' at this London show.

  1. Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen Hoxton Square, N1 6NU
  2. Tue Mar 31
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The Coronas

On sale Fri Nov 28, 9am.

Earnest power-pop from this big-in-Ireland band, touring in support of their new album, 'Closer to You'.

  1. Koko Camden High St, NW1 7JE
  2. Wed Apr 1
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The View

On sale Mon Dec 1, 9am.

Glasgow's greatest export (or not) play the hits. They've had the same jeans on for seven years now, and it's getting more and more difficult to work out how they managed to pick up a Mercury nomination back in the day.

  1. Koko Camden High St, NW1 7JE
  2. Wed Apr 8
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Wolf Alice

On sale Fri Nov 28, 9am.

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

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Wed Apr 8
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System Of A Down

Get that crusty old hoodie out of the back of your wardrobe and head down to Wembley for a massive dose of angsty, old-school rock. SOAD got back together in 2010 and have been playing the old hits ever since, without any new material released so far. This show is partly in commemoration of the 1915 Armenian genoside, but (we suspect) mostly for the sheer joy of shouting along to 'Chop Suey' once again.

  1. Wembley Arena Empire Way, HA9 0PA
  2. Fri Apr 10
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Sinéad O'Connor

  • Critics choice

The ultra-courageous queen of the emotional/political pop crossover hits the road once again to perform songs from her brilliantly titled new album 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss', backed by a new seven-piece band. Want more?Sinéad O'Connor interview: ‘I've never written love songs before’

  1. Barbican Hall Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8BS
  2. Mon Apr 13
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Seasick Steve

  • Critics choice

Gnarly, raw blues man, producer and ex-hobo Steve Wold brings his three-string guitar, weather-beaten voice and stomp-box to London once more. He'll play tracks from his back catalogue as well as his latest album, 'Hubcap Music'.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Tue Apr 14
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Circa Waves

On sale Fri Nov 28, 9am.

Hotly tipped and much beloved of the NME, Liverpudlian four-piece Circa Waves bring their spiky-but-sweet guitar-pop numbers to the capital tonight.

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Fri Apr 17
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Young Kato

Five teenagers from the Midlands play shimmery alt rock with lots of Coldplay-style 'whoah-oh-oh's, and the occasional flickery U2 guitar. They're clearly dreaming big – and that goes for their hair too.

  1. Barfly Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AN
  2. Thu Apr 30
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American Football

  • Critics choice

Knotty time signatures and blissful guitar lines from the cult indie heroes from Illinois, who released just one album in 1999, but got back together in early 2014. These are their first ever shows in London.

  1. Electric Ballroom 184 Camden High St, NW1 8QP
  2. Wed May 13 - Thu May 14
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Billy Ocean

On sale Fri Nov 28, 9am.

The biggest-selling black British artist returns to London. Expect to hear his silky tones on a clutch of hits including 'Loverboy', 'When the Going Gets Tough' and 'Love Really Hurts Without You'.

  1. The Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
  2. Thu May 14
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Let's Rock London

The 'Let's Rock' festival franchise has been phenomenally successful around the country, and now it's London's turn for a bit of retro ’80s live action. Thompson Twins star Tom Bailey tops the bill at this fast-moving, hit-filled showcase, which aims to recapture the shoulderpads-and-hairspray spirit of the decade's mainstream. Families are welcome, though do you really want to inflict Rick Astley on your kids?

  1. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2ST
  2. Sat Jun 27
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Ed Sheeran

On sale Fri Nov 28, 9am.

The carrot-topped chart maestro hits London, mixing up loop-pedalled acoustica, hip hop beats and out-and-out pop balladry for a swooning, shrieking audience. His tearjerking single 'The A-Team' catapulted him into the mainstream, his chart-busting 2011 debut album '+' has kept him lodged there, and the Rick Rubin follow-up ‘X’ (‘multiply’) has made him an inescapable force on both sides of the Atlantic. As a result, he's gone from playing the kind of pubs and basements where you'd rightfully expect to find a scruffily-dressed acoustic singer-songwriter to two 90,000-capacity Wembley shows. The mind just boggles, doesn't it?

  1. Wembley Stadium Empire Way, HA9 0WS
  2. Fri Jul 10 - Sun Jul 12
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Diana Krall

On sale Fri Nov 28, 9am.

The multi-platinum-shifting Canadian singer and pianist (and Mrs Elvis Costello) has moved away over the years from mainstream/modern jazz piano into vocal-led jazz-pop and Latin sounds. She returns to London tonight for her first gig here in three years, and it's a big one: a two-night residency at the Royal Albert Hall.

  1. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  2. Wed Sep 30 - Thu Oct 1
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