Top ten London gigs in July

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

As the city heats up, the gig calendar stays very cool indeed. Thanks to a whole range of music festivals in London and world-class acts stopping over between sets at different UK music festivals, Londoners can catch plenty of brilliant live music right on their doorsteps. Here are the best gigs in London this July.


The Moog Concordance

Critics' choice

A three-day series at the Barbican marking ten years since the death of Dr Robert Moog, inventor of the classic modular synthesizer that kickstarted electronic music in the ’60s. Acts include Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, Charlemagne Palestine, Suicide and Keith Emerson.

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Barbican Hall Until Friday July 10 2015

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Critics' choice

Freaky psychedelic rock wig-outs by the seven-piece band from Melbourne. With two drummers and three guitarists on stage, you know you’re in for something big and bombastic, and their five-album discography contains plenty of heady goodness. Tame Impala and Pond fans shouldn’t miss this.

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Scala Thursday July 9 2015

Somerset House Summer Series

Critics' choice

The gorgeous eighteenth-century courtyard of Somerset House hosts another of its annual summer gig series. With neoclassical beauty on all four sides it takes a special music line-up to live up to the setting, but luckily the Summer Series has got just that. Click through for the full line-up.

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Somerset House Thursday July 9 2015 - Sunday July 19 2015
© Gregory Harris


Critics' choice

Last year the singer made a comeback, partly inspired by the death of J Dilla and powered by a new devotion to guitar (that’s right, D’Angelo can shred now). The result was a stunning, surprise-released new album named ‘Black Messiah’ and a series of scintillating live shows. D’Angelo may no longer have the perfectly carved torso that he burnt into our retinas with his video for ‘Untitled (How Does It Feel)’, but this intimate Camden show should be a mighty show of force from the newly risen lord of R&B.

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Roundhouse Monday July 13 2015 - Monday July 20 2015
© Stuart Brinen

Terry Riley

Critics' choice

See a master at work as minimal music originator Terry Riley arrives at the Barbican to perform a new piece written on site. After a week in the Barbican Art Gallery working on the project with a group of London musicians, Riley and his ensemble emerge tonight to perform the work as part of the venue’s ‘Station to Station’ series.

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Barbican Hall Saturday July 18 2015
Photo: Greg Allen

George Benson

Critics' choice

Both a wondrous jazz guitarist – formerly axeman to Miles Davis amongst others – and a jazz fusion and disco icon in his own right, Benson loads up on smooth classics like 'Never Give Up On a Good Thing' and 'Give Me the Night'.

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Old Royal Naval College Saturday July 25 2015
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