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Top ten London gigs in June

Check out the hottest gigs and festivals taking place in London this summer

It’s the month the summer music festival calendar gets serious, but there are still plenty of great gigs happening in London this June, including a clutch of huge shows at Wembley Stadium. Leave your wellies in the back of your cupboard and check out some of the best live music right here in the city, or check out our list of the best music festivals in June.



Critics' choice

Any ’90s alt rock band worth their salt can muster bone-crushing riffs and angst-dripping vocals, but Californian five-piece Deftones are also masters of complex and unexpectedly subtle songcraft and dreamy ambient interludes. After postponing this concert in the aftermath of the Parisian terrorist attacks – where members of the band were caught up in the shooting at a rock concert – they’re finally coming back to the UK for the first time in years, presenting a live show that’s probably best compared to Operation Rolling Thunder. New material will definitely make an appearance.

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Wembley Arena , Wembley Park Friday June 3 2016


Critics' choice

Duh! Duh-nuh-nuh! Duh-nuh-nuh! AC/DC are back for more big, dumb riffs, just the way we like them – well, except for the sad retirement of Malcolm Young, the removal of Phil Rudd under a pretty major legal cloud and the recent departure of Brian Johnson to save his hearing (he’ll be replaced by Guns ’N Roses frontman Axl Rose). Despite all these personnel changes they’re one of the few unreconstructed rock bands truly deserving of the description ‘classic’, so if you enjoy your guitars big, thick and meaty then don’t miss out as the ageing rocker boys come thundering into town.

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park , Stratford Saturday June 4 2016

Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band

Critics' choice

Broooooooooce! Rock’s most indefatigable frontman and his long-serving E Streeters roll into town this June for an epic three-and-a-half-hour show, including every song from his classic album ‘The River’. It’s the ultimate big rock show. Grown men will weep.

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Wembley Stadium , Wembley Park Sunday June 5 2016

Busta Rhymes

Critics' choice

Two decades in the game and with his stock as high as ever, 'Bussa Bus' is still one of the most inventive personalities in the rap game, with a huge back catalogue of old-school classics to lay on you.

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Indigo at The O2 , Greenwich Peninsula Friday June 10 2016

Damien Rice

Critics' choice

In 2014, twelve years since his magnificent debut album ‘O’ and eight since the follow-up ‘9’, Damien Rice finally released his long-awaited third album. ‘My Favourite Faded Fantasy’ (co-produced by Rick Rubin) more than lives up to the raw delicacy of ‘The Blower’s Daughter’ and the majesty of ‘Cannonball’, and this grand show at the Royal Hospital will be another victory lap on his triumphant return.

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Royal Hospital Chelsea , Chelsea Monday June 13 2016
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Critics' choice

Chris Martin and his galaxy-conquering pop-rockers are back, with a new album ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ ready to follow last year’s downbeat ‘Ghost Stories’. Whatever your thoughts on whether you ever want to hear ‘Yellow’ ever again in your entire life (like, ever) Coldplay can always be counted on to put on a spectacular and impressively staged live show. Though it still galls us to say it, this pair of massive stadium shows is a must.

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Wembley Stadium , Wembley Park Wednesday June 15 2016 - Sunday June 19 2016
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John Grant

Critics' choice

When former Czars frontman Grant released his second solo album ‘Pale Green Ghosts’ in 2013, he revealed himself fully as one of the most brutally honest, self-aware and distinctive songwriting voices of his generation. Now he bares his soul, tackling heartbreak, addiction and HIV, on stage in London. Bring tissues.

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Royal Albert Hall , Knightsbridge Wednesday June 15 2016

Belle And Sebastian

Critics' choice

For the devoted fans, Stuart Murdoch’s veteran gaggle of Glaswegian popsters are consummate practitioners of liltingly melancholic and lyrically wry, indie-pop songcraft. For many others, they’re the very definition of mimsy and twee. Can these two live showcases of their debut album ‘Tigermilk’ and its follow-up ‘If You’re Feeling Sinister’ (both released in 1996) persuade the doubters? Probably not, but the duffel-coated hordes are in for a magical treat.

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Royal Albert Hall , Knightsbridge Wednesday June 22 2016 - Thursday June 23 2016


Critics' choice

Ri’s back in town, headlining Wembley as part of a massive tour following her eighth album ‘Anti’. Expect her saucy and spectacular live show to whip her fans, the Rihanna Navy, into a frenzy – even if she arrives on stage 45 minutes late like she did at her sell-out Twickenham show in 2013. Back then, dayglo EDM producer David Guetta was the support act. This time Rihanna has recruited ice-cool R&B singer The Weeknd and brooding MC Big Sean. Hopefully their moody beats will set the tone for a dark and stormy headline set by the big R herself. Get warmed up with the 20 best Rihanna songs.

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Wembley Stadium , Wembley Park Friday June 24 2016


Critics' choice

A giant of weird pop, alt rock and anti-folk since the early ’90s, Beck Hansen makes a welcome return to London for his first straight-up, no-bullshit headline show here in years. He’s still hands down our favourite Scientologist.

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O2 Academy Brixton , Stockwell Tuesday June 28 2016
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Music festivals in June

Music festivals calendar: June

Escape from the city to Glastonbury or Download, or stay right here for Field Day and Born & Bred festivals.

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By: James Manning


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