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Top ten London gigs in January

Start the year with some seriously good live music – here are our picks of January’s gigs

January is a quiet month for the London music scene, but there are still plenty of great gigs and top artists passing through town. Here’s our January gig guide – book now or regret it later!

Cage The Elephant
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Cage The Elephant

Recommended

The exuberant Kentucky quintet crack out their bluesy boogie in celebration of their latest album, 'Melophobia'. It's a chaotic listen that draws on psychedelia, ’70s southern rock, glam and contemporary indie: just the thing for a rollicking live show.

O2 Academy Brixton , Stockwell Friday January 20 2017
The Flaming Lips
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The Flaming Lips

Recommended

Wayne Coyne's veteran psychedelic pop nutjobs make a welcome return to London, dropping tracks from their doomy 2013 album 'The Terror' and the rest of their 30-year career. Be prepared for unbridled joie de vivre and onstage antics, and bring someone to hug for 'Do You Realize?' (the official rock song of Oklahoma, fact fans).

O2 Academy Brixton , Stockwell Saturday January 21 2017
King Creosote
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King Creosote

Recommended

Kenny Anderson, the last King (Creosote) of Scotland, returns with more of the delicate, forlorn but dryly witty folk for which he's become known. He has released a prodigious number of excellent albums and CDRs over the last few years, but he's at his best when he's got an audience to play to.

Barbican Centre , Barbican Sunday January 22 2017
The Felice Brothers
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The Felice Brothers

Recommended

The wonderfully woozy and grizzled New York alt country combo get poetically folky in the headline slot. The Brothers' live show is always worth catching, adding playful electronica to a rootsy, backwoods sound and sometimes incorporating a few trad folk ballads alongside their own songs.

The Garage , Highbury Saturday January 28 2017
Ghetts
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Ghetts

Recommended

Newham grime mainstay Justin Samuel, formerly of Nasty Crew but now forging a solo path with his superior flow, headlines.

Roundhouse , Chalk Farm Monday January 30 2017
Black Sabbath
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Black Sabbath

Recommended

The mighty masters of morbid rock return for what will, apparently, be their last ever tour. Sabbath bear the responsibility for some of the most monstrous riffs ever created, and their latest album '13' served are a welcome reminder of just how important they've been to the development of rock, metal and grunge. Minus drummer Bill Ward, the current line-up is the same one that came together in Birmingham in 1968: Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler playing towering guitar lines at ear-splitting volumes, plus Ozzy Osbourne's crazed screams and zombie-like jerks. Raise the horns as one of rock's greatest groups bid a deafening farewell.

The O2 , Greenwich Peninsula Sunday January 29 2017 - Tuesday January 31 2017
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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 2016, to help you discover the best new music and book tickets to the hottest concerts before everyone else does. 

By: Amy Smith

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