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Top ten London gigs in February

As the city’s live music calendar springs back into life, here’s our pick of February's gigs

After a quiet January, February is when the London music scene really gets going again. Here are ten of our top gigs this spring, from pop and indie to electronica and soul.

The best London gigs in February

Conor Oberst
Conor Oberst
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Conor Oberst

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The divisive Bright Eyes main man steps out solo, with a set that'll lean heavily on his new album 'Upside-Down Mountain'. He cloaks clever lyrics in sweet wooziness and stripped-back, piano warmth, but can also kick it with gritty, kick-ass rock and occasional acoustic interludes.

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London Palladium , Soho Wednesday February 1 2017

The Tiger Lillies

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The world’s foremost filthy neo-Brechtian-post-punk-falsetto-squeezebox-gypsy-cabaret-three-piece band rock up for a showcase that’s sure to offer thrills, chills and more than a little grotesquerie. They’re funny, scary, occasionally pornographic and generally fucked-up. What more could you reasonably ask for?

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Roundhouse , Chalk Farm Friday February 3 2017
KRS-One
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KRS-One

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A headline set from Lawrence Krisna Parker, the conscious, anti-gangster hip hop pioneer (and occasional university lecturer) behind Boogie Down Productions. Expect all the biggies including 'Sound of da Police' and 'MCs Act Like They Don't Know' as well as newer material.

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Jazz Cafe , Camden Town Friday February 3 2017
Two Door Cinema Club
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Two Door Cinema Club

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The melodic quirk-pop trio, signed to the hip Kitsuné label, headline this enormous show with ecstatic and melodic cuts.

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Alexandra Palace , Muswell Hill Thursday February 9 2017 - Friday February 10 2017
Bloc Party
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Bloc Party

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They’re back! After another long, long hiatus and a line-up change, Kele Okereke’s emotional post-punks have finally reconvened.

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Roundhouse , Chalk Farm Friday February 10 2017 - Saturday February 11 2017

Tegan And Sara

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These Canadian singing/songwriting twins got their initial exposure by signing to Neil Young's Vapour Records label. Ol' Neil must have been impressed by their spikily melodic post-grunge pop, which reveals them as fans of The Breeders and Veruca Salt. They play tonight from their seventh album 'Heartthrob', released in January.

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Roundhouse , Chalk Farm Monday February 13 2017
Bon Iver
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Bon Iver

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Wisconsin's Justin Vernon is back with ridiculously emotional tunes that somehow, and sometimes without you necessarily wanting it, capture a universal fragility.

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Roundhouse , Chalk Farm Wednesday February 15 2017 - Monday February 20 2017
Chali 2na
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Chali 2na

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Inventive, deep-voiced rhymes from the Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli MC, whose solo profile has been boosted by the recent J5 reunion tours.

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Islington Assembly Hall , Canonbury Friday February 17 2017

Led Bib

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The Mercury-nominated quintet continue to deliver a white-hot blast of pugnacious punk-funk cum free jazz with respectful nods to Ornette Coleman and John Zorn, via a twin horn attack, snarling Fender Rhodes and a rampant rhythm section. Tonight they launch their skronking, bass-heavy new LP 'Bring Your Own', their most hook-laden album to date.

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Kings Place , King's Cross Saturday February 18 2017
Jo Harman
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Jo Harman

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Uplifting jazz-pop and neo-soul from this powerful, husky-voiced singer and her energetic, funky session band.

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Jazz Cafe , Camden Town Sunday February 19 2017

More London gigs in 2017

The best London gigs in 2017

When it comes to live music in London, it’s wise to plan ahead. The most popular London gigs sell out months in advance. Here’s our round-up of the best London live shows in 2017, to help you discover the best new music and book tickets to the hottest concerts before everyone else does.

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By: Amy Smith

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