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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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Perfume Genius

  • Critics choice

On sale Thu Dec 11, 10am.

Supplementing gilded, affecting vocals with somnambulant piano lines and harmonies as fragile as butterfly wings, Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas from Seattle) promises a magical live show with a pin-droppingly intimate atmosphere. He returns with an incredible new album called 'Too Bright', which adds some synthpop heft to his delicate balladry. Don't you dare miss him.

  1. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  2. Wed Jun 10
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Deers

  • Critics choice

All-female quartet from Madrid, beholden to the Phil Spector-produced girl bands of the 1960s and its influence on later C86 indie-pop. Think classic-sounding melodies played with ramshackle charm.

  1. Electrowerkz 7 Torrens St, EC1V 1NQ
  2. Thu Jan 22
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Telegram

  • Critics choice

Four London longhairs draw on krautrock, classic British psychedelia and glam rock to thrash through their loosely-structured, wah-heavy tunes.

  1. Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen Hoxton Square, N1 6NU
  2. Sat Feb 7
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Little Big Town

On sale Fri Dec 12, 9am.

Foot-stompin', arena-filling commercial country pop from this well-groomed US four-piece, whose huge following over the pond is starting to filter through to the UK. Garth Brooks must be proud.

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Tue Feb 10
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Kodaline

On sale Fri Dec 12, 9am.

These Irish newcomers may not have set out to ape Coldplay's success, but there's certainly a Chris Martin-esque emotional catch in the vocals. Their weepy pop-rock debut 'In a Perfect World' was nice enough, and we're expecting their second record 'Coming Up for Air' to be just as pleasantly placid.

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Tue Feb 17
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Alabama Shakes

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Dec 12, 10am.

The Georgia neo-soul quartet return for more smokey old-time rock ’n’ soul, mixing up authentic and respectful R&B with what sounds like a half-secret love of The Black Keys and The White Stripes.

  1. Islington Assembly Hall Upper St, Islington, N1 2UD
  2. Thu Feb 19
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Arrested Development

On sale Fri Dec 12, 9am.

Political conscious, Afrocentric MC Speech brings his crew back to London for more upbeat classics from hip hop's golden age.

  1. Koko Camden High St, NW1 7JE
  2. Sun Feb 22
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Rumer

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Dec 12, 10am.

Sarah Joyce, renamed in honour of children's author Rumer Godden, is another in the run of retro-soul chanteuses – albeit turning more to the ’70s rather than the ’60s for her inspiration. Her elegant and emotionally complex songcraft nods to Bacharach, Carole King and Karen Carpenter, and she returns here ahead of a third album that could (like her last two) climb rapidly up the charts.

  1. Barbican Hall Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8BS
  2. Tue Feb 24
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Blonde

On sale Fri Dec 12, 9am.

Nope, not Blondie or Blondes – this is Blonde, singular. Although there are two of them, and actually – confusingly – they do have a fair bit in common with synth pop duo Blondes' filtered four-four sound. They also sound rather like hot-topic house duo Gorgon City – a lot like them, in fact. And if Blonde's revivalist, '90s-referencing deep house tunes do half as well as GC's (they're well on the way with popular clubby track 'I Loved You'), they should be pretty happy chaps.

  1. Oslo Amhurst Rd, E8 1LL
  2. Thu Feb 26
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The Preatures

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Dec 12, 9am.

Talented Australians The Preatures use the same winning formula as Haim – funky bass and drums, ’70s rock guitar and slinky R&B vocals – and could well imitate the Californian sister act's success. Luckily they're still playing small venues.

  1. Dingwalls (Lock 17) Camden Lock, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, NW1 8AB
  2. Thu Mar 12
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Kingsland Road

On sale Fri Dec 12, 9am.

Subway in Brick Lane? Harry Styles at Alibi? Nope – the last nail in the coffin of the east London's cool cachet must be Kingsland Road, the 'X Factor'-losing boy band styled like a Welsh pensioner's idea of how London hipsters dress, and named after the thoroughfare from Shoreditch to Dalston. What did Hackney ever do to deserve this?

  1. O2 Academy Islington 16 Parkfield St, N1 OPS
  2. Mon Mar 16
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Sun Ra Arkestra/Marshall Allen

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A cohort of Afrofuturist avant-jazz genius Sun Ra for several decades, 90-year-old saxophonist Allen keeps his old friend's space-age big band alive to the present day. The current Arkestra sound is more like a traditional large jazz ensemble, but still packs a freaky, freewheeling punch with classics such as 'Space Is the Place'.

  1. Islington Assembly Hall Upper St, Islington, N1 2UD
  2. Wed Mar 25
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Nicki Minaj

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Dec 12, 9am.

It's been ages since Nicki last played a headline show in London, and in that time she's turned to acting (in 'The Other Woman'), become an 'American Idol' judge, launched a fragrance range (smell like Nicki!), and got into varying degrees of controversy for two videos featuring (respectively) her bum and some definitely Nazi-esque imagery. Now she's finally back in London to serve up her British 'barbz' with a triple helping of booty-quaking pop-rap. We've kind of missed her.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Sat Mar 28
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Awolnation

On sale Fri Dec 12, 9am.

Gritty and groovesome electro-rock from Awolnation, the band led by Aaron Bruno from Under The Influence Of Giants.

  1. Electric Ballroom 184 Camden High St, NW1 8QP
  2. Wed Apr 1
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Walking On Cars

On sale Fri Dec 12, 10am.

The emotional five-piece from Dingle (in Ireland) play anthemic, electronic-edged popfodder.

  1. Scala Pentonville Rd, King's Cross, N1 9NL
  2. Thu Apr 9
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Sinkane

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Dec 12, 10am.

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. XOYO Cowper St, EC2A 4AP
  2. Tue Apr 14
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Echosmith

On sale Fri Dec 12, 10am.

This Los Angeles band play easygoing guitar pop that flirts dangerously with twee at points, but still sounds enjoyable overall. And twee or not, it didn't stop their recent single 'Cool Kids' racking up some seriously impressive numbers on YouTube and Spotify.

  1. Dingwalls (Lock 17) Camden Lock, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, NW1 8AB
  2. Thu Apr 23
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Charley Pride

On sale Fri Dec 12, 9am.

Still going strong having started his career in the sixties, Charley Pride is one of the very few black musicians to make it as a country music star, and he’s got a legion of country chart-toppers up his satin shirt.

  1. Indigo at The O2 Peninsula Square, Greenwich, SE10 0DX
  2. Sat May 2
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Duke Special

The dreadlocked, eyelinered troubadour from Belfast delivers his impassioned honky-tonk songs on a wide range of instruments, including gramophone, fiddle and harmonium. He'll be playing his album 'Songs from the Deep Forest' in full with his band.

  1. Islington Assembly Hall Upper St, Islington, N1 2UD
  2. Wed May 13
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Electric Wizard

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Dec 12, 10am.

Hard, heavy, extremely impressive and surprisingly accessible doom metal by the Dorset quartet, who follow in the deep footsteps of Black Sabbath and Sleep. Bang… your… head!

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Fri May 15
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Mr Scruff

On sale Fri Dec 12, 10am.

Stockport's finest bedroom turntablist – Andrew Carthy to his mum – returns yet again to Koko to show off his quirky, crate-digging mix of hip hop, ska, funk, jazz, kitsch-pop and exotica. It's a five-hour DJ marathon, so prepare for a colourful galaxy of infectious beats that could get a marble statue digging out its dancing shoes.

  1. Koko Camden High St, NW1 7JE
  2. Sat May 17
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Hozier

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Dec 12, 9am.

Young and brooding Dublin singer Andrew Hozier-Byrne – who's rapidly rising and starting to sell out venues astonishingly quickly – juggles folk, soul and blues.

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Mon Jun 1
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Caro Emerald

On sale Fri Dec 12, 9am.

A huge star in her native Holland, vintage popstrel Emerald looks set to repeat her success over here. She's got a new album of swing-inflected pop, 'The Shocking Miss Emerald', which looks set to do even better than her multi-platinum-selling debut. One for fans of early Paloma Faith and drinks served in jam jars.

Jools Holland And His Rhythm And Blues Orchestra

On sale Fri Dec 12, 9am.

The former Squeeze keysman and amiable lord of 'Later…' returns for more boogie woogie action. Alongside regular Jools sidekicks Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Gilson Lavis, you can count on some big-name guest vocalists.

UB40

On sale Fri Dec 12, 9am.

One of the two rival versions of the ever-popular Brummie reggae titans currently touring, this incarnation of the band includes original members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue.

The Specials

  • Critics choice

On sale Fri Dec 12, 9am.

Led by Terry Hall and Lynval Golding on vocals, the 2-Tone ska veterans take to the stage yet again. Songs like the anti-Thatcherite anthem ‘Ghost Town’ are still tragically relevant today, and when the band are on form they’re as biting and as full of beans as ever they were, cracking out all the classics for a typically aging but well up-for-it crowd.

Santana

On sale Fri Dec 12, 10am.

Legendary, Woodstock-rocking Latin virtuoso psychedelicist Carlos Santana is commonly accepted as one of the greatest guitarists of all time by people who care about that sort of thing. His lengthy instrumental workouts are bliss for serious axe enthusiasts who don't like the vocals getting in the way, but tonight there should also be plenty of classic Latin hits with words such as Santana's take on 'Black Magic Woman'.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Sat Jul 25
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Celtic Woman

On sale Thu Dec 11, 9am.

Backed by a live band, the current line-up of the popular Irish vocal group belts out Celtic and new age fare for the Enya generation.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Mon Nov 23
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John Cooper Clarke

  • Critics choice

On sale Thu Dec 11, 10am.

Perennial punk poet Clarke delivers his hilarious but dark and deadpan, socio-political, quickfire verse, rattling at top speed through all-time greats including 'Evidently Chickentown', 'Things Are Gonna Get Worse', 'I Married a Monster from Outer Space' and more.

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Fri Dec 11
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