Top ten London gigs in August

Check out the cream of the capital’s gigs taking place this summer

Plenty of people escape from London in August to hit music festivals around the UK. Follow them at your peril: there are plenty of great gigs in London this summer, and you might just catch some of those festival headliners a lot closer to home. Here’s the best live music this month.

This page will be updated as more events are confirmed.


Jimmy Cliff

Critics' choice

The legendary Jamaican singer, best known for his seminal ‘The Harder They Come’ soundtrack, cracks out all the old reggae-soul hits: 'You Can Get it if You Really Want', 'I Can See Clearly Now', ‘Wonderful World, Beautiful People’ and more.

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Indigo at The O2 Friday August 7 2015

Visions Festival

Critics' choice

Camera Obscura, Fat White Family, The Antlers, Toy, Jens Lekman, The Antlers, Andy Stott, Merchandise, Shamir, Hinds, Girl Band, Oscar, Jones + more.For the third consecutive year, Visions brings Hackney some musical fun this summer. The promoters have earned their reputation for booking great underground artists and this year is no different. There’s also a range of non-musical activity: markets, exhibitions, street food stalls and the like. Plus Visions has completely sold out for the last two years, so you’d be wise to book now.

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Various Hackney venues Saturday August 8 2015
© Michael Wilson

Ben Folds

Critics' choice

More thumpingly fine and melodically sussed collegiate pop from the former head of Ben Folds Five. He's performing new songs, plus a few old hits, with classical crossover New York sextet yMusic, who Folds has also recorded his new album with.

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Royal Opera House Wednesday August 12 2015

Viet Cong

Critics' choice

Women were one of Canada’s favourite indie bands until they broke up in 2010 (violently, in the middle of a gig, while wearing Halloween costumes). When the band’s ex-guitarist died suddenly in 2012, two of his old bandmates were spurred to start a new project (‘It was like, “Shit, we’re going to die… Let’s do something before it ends.”’) Viet Cong was born out of the Black Sabbath tribute band they were playing in at the time, and the new line-up soon started playing dark, driving, fiercely noisy post-punk. Their brilliant racket (and song titles like  ‘Death’) make them worthy successors to the best of the dark British ’80s: Bauhaus, Joy Divsion, Echo And The Bunnymen and the rest. And what do four weirdos based in Calgary – Canada’s ‘cowboy city’ – name their band after? The Vietnamese guerrillas who terrorised American troops in the ’60s, obviously.

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Scala Wednesday August 19 2015



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