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Christmas gigs in London

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

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.

RECOMMENDED: Find more festive fun with our guide to Christmas in London

Natalie Williams Soul Family

Critics' choice

Brilliant Anglo-Hungarian jazz songwriter Williams leads this classy jazz and R&B vocal night, with high profile singing stars dropping by for the odd guest spot. Join the family at this three-night residency for their Motown Christmas Revue.

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Ronnie Scott's , Soho Until Wednesday December 9 2015

Ronnie Spector

The leader of the Ronettes (and ex-wife of Phil Spector) is back in London just in time for Christmas, and we’re promised plenty of those classic ’60s pop hits alongside new material.

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Barbican Hall , Barbican Thursday December 3 2015

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’ and ‘Harry Potter’ – are also fond of describing themselves as ‘gypstep’: a mix of dubstep and gypsy styles.

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04 Dec 2015

Daylight Music

Shake off that Friday night hangover with this feelgood Saturday daytime event, with live music plus tea and cakes, and a drawing space for young (and old) concertgoers to get creative. Two special Christmas editions in December feature organist James McVinnie and friends (December 5) and alt folk singer The Pictish Trail with his Lost Map Records labelmates (December 12). Come in from the cold!

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Union Chapel , Canonbury Saturday December 5 2015 - Saturday December 12 2015

Winterville Spiegeltent: James Yorkston Christmas Show

Critics' choice

Ruddy-faced Scots troubadour James Yorkston is no Scrooge. Every December he plays a special Christmas show, which takes place this year in Winterville’s magical Spiegeltent. His distinctive, affecting Delta-styled country blues will be sure to warm your cockles on a chilly December evening, and he’ll likely bring some special guests with him for this festive ride.

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Victoria Park , South Hackney Wednesday December 9 2015

Fat White Family

Critics' choice

Anyone remember The Metros, Peckham's straggly, sub-Libertine punk 'n' roll group? Well, through a strange alchemical process – via stints as The Saudis and Meat Divine, and gaining and losing members along the way – they've turned into one of London's most exciting young bands. Tonight Fat White Family are hosting their own festive ‘krustmass party’ at the (possibly doomed) Bussey Building, dragging their weird and wonderful dark psychedelia, which takes in Butthole Surfers and The Birthday Party, into the light of a live stage.

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CLF Art Cafe (The Bussey Building) , Peckham Thursday December 10 2015

The Puppini Sisters

Marcella Puppini’s tongue-in-cheek vocal trio, backed by guitar, bass and drums, pay tribute to the classic burlesque vocal harmony groups of the ’30s and ’40s. As well as performing swing and boogie-woogie covers, they spice things up with a few more recent pop songs: ‘Wuthering Heights’, ‘Crazy in Love’, ‘Panic’ by The Smiths and the like. This being their annual Christmas show, there’ll be plenty of festive treats on the set list too.

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Ronnie Scott's , Soho Thursday December 10 2015 - Friday December 11 2015


Critics' choice

Ms Minogue returns in all her ever-smiling, costume-changing, high-gloss pop glory for a festive show drawing on her new Christmas album ‘Kylie Christmas’. The record includes covers of Christmas classics and a couple of newies, and features guest vocals from Iggy Pop, James Corden and the late Frank Sinatra – let’s hope at least one of them puts in a cameo on stage. You’ll also hear selections from Kylie’s hefty back catalogue, which runs the gamut from the great (‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’) to the grisly (‘The Locomotion’), and her latest proper album ‘Kiss Me Once’. Wrap up warm but check your coat: Kylie always knows how to raise the temperature.

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Royal Albert Hall , Knightsbridge Friday December 11 2015

Todd Terje

Critics' choice

Big Todd the disco god sprinkles some Christmas magic on Camden this winter, pitching up for a live show to celebrate the success of his debut album ‘It’s Album Time’. We’re promised special guests: fingers crossed for Noddy Holder. Oh, and by the way, it’s pronounced ‘Ter-yay’.

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Koko , Camden Town Sunday December 13 2015

Andy Williams Christmas Spectacular

Hosted every year in Branson, Missouri at the Moon River Theatre (which ’60s crooner Williams opened in 1992), in 2015 the Andy Williams Christmas Spectacular is going on tour in the UK. It’s an old-fashioned variety show with singing, dancing, comedy and even magic alongside some musical Christmas classics, provided here by ’70s idols The Osmonds.

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Indigo at The O2 , Greenwich Peninsula Wednesday December 16 2015
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By: Sophie Harris