Christmas gigs in London

Our guide to the most festive concerts London has to offer this winter

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If you fancy a live music backdrop for your festive fun, then check out our list of the best of this year’s Christmas-themed gigs.

Erasure

  • Critics choice

Iconic duo Andy Bell and Vince Clarke, long-lived and persistently upbeat purveyors of hi-NRG synth pop and glam house, have notched up more hits than you can wave a glowstick at and they're still pumping them out. As well as 'Sometimes', 'Ship of Fools', 'Always', 'A Little Respect' and the rest, tonight you'll hear material from their new record 'The Violet Flame' and maybe a few numbers from their 2013 Christmas record 'Snow Globe'.

  1. The Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
  2. Sun Dec 14 - Mon Dec 15
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Fatboy Slim

  • Critics choice

Having conquered the world and its radio airwaves with his big beat antics (and by making Christopher Walken dance maniacally in one of his videos), ol' Norman Cook has quite a track record. Considering the fact he also doesn't play out much any more, this high-production Christmas party with guest appearances from DJ Fresh and Slam Dunk'd will be a very hot ticket indeed.

  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Dec 21
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Michael Bublé

What’s in a name? Received wisdom says ‘not much’, but when it comes to the smoother groover from Vancouver, it’s the secret of his huge success. ‘It’s pronounced “boo-blay”’ was the slogan used when his eponymous breakthrough album launched in 2003. Nothing has burst the Bublé bubble since. The singer’s consistent formula of big-band crooning and radio-friendly soft pop has generated huge sales, and, along with that playful name, has seen him become a Grammy machine and the sound of Christmas, and has made older mums happier than Hallmark, Interflora and gin combined. 

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Mon Dec 15 - Tue Dec 16
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Molotov Jukebox

Having formed at a music festival, it's appropriate that this six-piece – violins, accordions, vocals and rhythm – splice the various rough-and-ready sounds of the British festival season. That means a mixture of ska, soul, funk and other jump-up styles, although Molotov Jukebox – led by Natalia Tena, whom you may recognise from 'Game of Thrones' – are also fond of describing themselves as 'gypstep': a mix of dubstep and gypsy styles. Tonight's their 'Christmas Carnival', so festive merriment will abound.

  1. The Laundry Warburton Road, E8 3FN
  2. Fri Dec 12 - Sat Dec 13
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Russell Watson

The crossover tenor sings arias, classical vignettes, swing and Sinatra classics and the odd pop song (including, perhaps, his version of Ultravox's 'Vienna'). You'd expect a seasonal twist at this pre-Christmas church show, too.

  1. Union Chapel Compton Terrace, N1 2UN
  2. Mon Dec 8
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Stealing Sheep

  • Critics choice

Walking the delicate and exciting line between musical confidence and naivety, SS's harmonic psych-folk has a sense of playfulness that suggests they could be the north of England's answer to Dirty Projectors. They're here playing a special 'Mythopoeia'  show, with guest performers and theatrical costumes, at the End Of The Road Festival Christmas party.

  1. Oslo Amhurst Road, E8 1LL
  2. Thu Dec 18
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