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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

1/10

Marianne Faithfull

Critics' choice

Gruff-voiced diva and counter-cultural British national treasure Faithfull draws from her 50-year recording career. She survived the ’60s and life with Jagger, a period spent living rough in Soho as a heroin addict, and successful surgery to treat breast cancer in 2006, proving that she's a tough woman as well as a casually charismatic perfomer.

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Until Tue Jul 26
© Richard Dumas
2/10

Rokia Traoré

Critics' choice

Effortlessly striking Malian singer and guitarist Traoré recruited PJ Harvey producer John Parish and drummer Seb Rochford for her typically extraordinary fifth album 'Beautiful Africa', on which Western guitar and African n’goni work together as fluidly as her French, English and Bambara lyrics.

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Until Sat Feb 6
© Louise Haywood Schiefer
3/10

Floating Points

Critics' choice

Floating Points is the name that Manchester-born Sam Shepherd uses when he’s not pursuing his other professional interest – neuroscience. The PHD-holding DJ, who held down a residency at quasi-spiritual London club Plastic People until its sad closure in January 2015, had already released a stack of floor-focused 12-inches. But his debut album ‘Elaenia’ took the freewheeling Floating Points vibe to the next level, weaving together live cellos, voyaging synths, Rhodes piano and post-rock arrangements into a seven-track treat aimed at the head, not the hips.

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Until Thu Feb 11
4/10

Tame Impala

Critics' choice

Kevin Parker’s psychedelic rock gang are coming back to London early next year for a huge show, where you’ll hear epic workouts from their new Top Five album ‘Currents’, 2012’s excellent ‘Lonerism’ and their debut long-player ‘Innerspeaker’, which first set out their woozy world of driving, fuzz-encrusted, psychedelic rock and tripped-out pop and nodded to the likes of Blue Cheer, Dungen and Cream. Very groovy, maaan.

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Until Sat Feb 13
5/10

Four Tet

Critics' choice

Producing records for other artists as well as delivering marathon DJ sets and working on his own awesomely funky solo electronica, one-man digital groove machine Kieran Hebden is pretty much the busiest man on the London music scene. Don’t miss this big showcase for his new album ‘Morning/Evening’.

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Until Sat Feb 13
6/10

Ennio Morricone: 60 Years of Music

Critics' choice

If you’ve ever watched a western, there’s a fair chance that acclaimed composer Ennio Morricone will have had a hand in soundtracking it. He’s scored over 350 films, including many from famed ‘spaghetti western’ director Sergio Leone. With a 160-piece symphony orchestra and choir, Morricone will be performing atmospheric, sweeping compositions from his 50-year career: the good, the great and the awesome.

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Until Tue Feb 16
© Nabil Elderkin
7/10

Foals

Critics' choice

Oxford quintet Foals graduated in the class of 2008, when their debut album ‘Antidotes’ set them out as the smartest of the indie punk-funk pack. Their last two records ‘Holy Fire’ and ‘What Went Down’ prove that they’ve evolved into one of the country’s finest alternative rock bands, matching intelligence and a knack for smart, danceable pop tunes with a new love for sludgy riffs, funk grooves and organic improvisation – all of which makes them a fearsome live act.

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Until Tue Feb 16
8/10

Hinds

Critics' choice

Formerly Deers, this incredibly fun indie quartet from Madrid are beholden to the Velvet Underground, the Phil Spector-produced girl bands of the ’60s, riot grrrl and British indie-pop. Their classic-sounding melodies are played with ramshackle charm and ferocious energy. Go and see them.

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The Forum (O2 Forum Kentish Town) , Kentish Town Friday December 2 2016
© Joe Wilson
9/10

Money

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
10/10

The Duke Spirit

Critics' choice

Always impressive and still fronted by the charismatic Liela Moss, this splendid London rock create an addictive mix of dark space-blues, grubby soul and groovy garage rock. Catch them here in a grand setting ahead of their new album ‘Kin’.

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Scala , St Pancras Thursday October 20 2016

More London gigs in 2016

The best London gigs in 2016

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 2016, to help you discover the best new music and book tickets to the hottest concerts before everyone else does.

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By: James Manning

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