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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 announced.

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Critics' choice

A band of poetically minded Mancunians who write beautifully woozy, atmospheric, heart-on-sleeve indie songs, Money released their great debut album ‘The Shadow of Heaven’ in 2013. The gorgeous follow-up ‘Suicide Songs’ is out now.

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Battersea Arts Centre , Battersea Wednesday August 3 2016
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Chantel McGregor

Critics' choice

A former winner of the British Blues Awards' Young Artist of The Year gong, McGregor is an expect exceptional exponent of Brit blues who takes huge riffage and wild solo work in her stride.

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100 Club , Oxford Street Saturday August 6 2016

Visions Festival

Critics' choice

Now in its fourth year, Visions brings Hackney a big dose of creative fun this summer. The promoters have earned their reputation for booking up-and-coming artists, with this year’s acts including Young Fathers, Anna Calvi, Mykki Blanco and Gengahr.

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Oval Space , Bethnal Green Saturday August 6 2016

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Critics' choice

Rahat is a leading exponent of qawwali, the devotional music of the Islamic Sufi tradition. He's from a long line of Pakistani qawwali vocalists, and first sang on stage in the UK in 1985 when he was only nine years old with a group led his famous uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

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The O2 , Greenwich Peninsula Sunday August 14 2016

Róisín Murphy

Critics' choice

Nominated for last year’s Mercury Prize for her first album in eight years, the former Moloko frontwoman notches up a historic first here by playing a live gig at Shakespeare’s Globe. Always innovative and a top performer, she should turn her brainy, downbeat electronica into a real live spectacle.

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Monday August 15 2016


Critics' choice

Nominated for last year’s Mercury Prize after years as a session singer, Eska Mtungwazi is finally headed for star status. Her innovative soul music touches on afrobeat, folk, funk and electronica, and she’s got a truly incredible voice. Don’t miss out on this live show.

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Roundhouse , Chalk Farm Thursday August 18 2016

Dan Deacon

Critics' choice

The bespectacled, classically-trained electro wizard from Baltimore gives his upbeat weird-tronica an airing. He's an unlikely looking showman, but Deacon's hell-for-leather enthusiasm is infectious and he knows how to reduce a crowd to a sweaty frenzy.

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Roundhouse , Chalk Farm Wednesday August 24 2016

Slum Village

Critics' choice

The legendary Detroit crew make old-school, funk-driven hip hop. They've worked with D'Angelo, Q-Tip and DJ Jazzy Jeff and still pack a powerful punch, despite the tragic loss of both producer J Dilla in 2006 and rapper Baatin in 2009. The group is now made up of the one remaining founding member, T3 and J Dilla's brother Illa J.

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Jazz Cafe , Camden Town Friday August 26 2016 - Saturday August 27 2016

Madness presents House of Common

Critics' choice

Suggs’s Nutty Boys are north London to the core, but on bank holiday Monday they’re taking over Clapham Common for a one-day festival of skanking hits. As well as a headline set by Madness themselves you’ll catch Jamaican ska legend Toots Hibbert and his long-serving band The Maytals, and DJ sets by the nation’s two funkiest MBEs: David Rodigan and Norman Jay.

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Clapham Common , Clapham Monday August 29 2016

Eleanor Friedberger

Critics' choice

One half of hipster NYC sibling art-pop duo The Fiery Furnaces – well known for their tricky signatures and conceptual playfulness – appears solo.

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Village Underground , Shoreditch Wednesday August 31 2016
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Music festivals in August

Music festivals calendar: August

This August 2016 find a summer festival with our comprehensive music festival calendar. August is a big month in festival season so whether you’re looking for a banging dance music festival, a boutique event or huge pop acts, pick from our list of the best UK and London festivals in August.

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