Top ten London gigs in March

Check out the cream of the capital's gigs taking place this spring



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Raised in Reigate and now based in south London, Disclosure are the scarily young Lawrence brothers, Guy and Howard. They've been making forward-thinking dance music since 2010 but made a big breakout dent with their garage/house remix of Jessie Ware's 'Running', and have since stepped it up with a series of big singles featuring Sam Smith, AlunaGeorge and Eliza Doolittle. Get ready for hands in the air and feet on the dancefloor as they play from their debut album 'Settle'.

  1. Alexandra Palace Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY
  2. Sat Mar 8
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John Grant

Former Czars frontman Grant released his second solo album ‘Pale Green Ghosts’ earlier this year, and revealed himself as one of the most brutally honest, self-aware and distinctive songwriting voices of his generation. He’ll be baring his soul for you on stage tonight. Bring tissues.

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Sun Mar 9
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The three Haim sisters (plus a drummer, no relation) bring their brilliant and breezy West Coast harmonies and epic, R&B-influenced pop – as much Wilson Phillips as Fleetwood Mac – to the UK. They're already big news, having won the BBC Sound of 2013 poll, and they're getting supermassive off the back of their great debut album 'Days Are Gone'. They're great live too: chatting with the audience, rocking out righteously, banging various bits of percussion and (in eldest sister Este's case) pulling some excellent bass faces.

  1. O2 Academy Brixton 211 Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL
  2. Thu Mar 6
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Robert Glasper

Halfway between J Dilla and Brad Mehldau, jazz-fusion pianist Glasper is one of a kind. With his band he mixes fluent technique with a peerless understanding of fractured hip-hop rhythms, favouring compact, minimalist chord sequences and hooky themes. Listen out for the percussive fireworks between Glasper and drummer Chris Dave.

  1. Hammersmith Apollo 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Wed Mar 12
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This hotly tipped, Glaswegian synthpop trio became one of British music's biggest recent success stories in 2013 with their album 'The Bones of What You Believe'. Fans of The Knife – whom Chvrches cited as an influence when we interviewed them back in March – and Garbage alike should approve.

  1. The Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
  2. Thu Oct 30
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Gregory Porter

US soul-jazz singer Porter has had critics, fans and musicians raving thanks to his stunning Grammy-nominated debut 'Water', but he's the real deal live too. He returns to London with his third album, 'Liquid Spirit', and combines the deep soulfulness of John Lucien, the hipness of Kurt Elling and the streetwise lyrical style of Gil Scott-Heron in his prime, bringing an earthy emotional power to all that he sings.

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Wed Mar 19
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Bassekou Kouyaté And Ngoni Ba

Described by blues legend Taj Mahal as a 'genius', Malian bandleader Kouyaté has spent his career connecting the lute-like ngoni with the wider global blues tradition. He showcases his incredible chops with backing from his six-piece Ngoni Ba group.

  1. Union Chapel Compton Terrace, N1 2UN
  2. Thu Mar 20
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Earl Sweatshirt

Tyler The Creator may have the Twitter followers and the online column inches, but the thinking person's favourite member of LA skate-rap collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All is Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, aka Earl Sweatshirt. He's in London to bust out tracks from his excellent debut album, 'Doris', in his fluent, dark and downbeat style.

  1. Electric Brixton Brixton Hill, SW2 1RJ
  2. Thu Mar 27
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Aubrey Drake Graham is back in the UK for more sensitive, emotional hip hop and R&B. The Torontonian star has worked with the likes of Kanye West, Jay Z and Eminem, and hit the album charts hard with his last three albums (including the recent 'Nothing Was the Same') – but his greatest achievement must surely be popularising the term 'YOLO'. Drake stops off tonight on his bizarrely named 'Would You Like a Tour?' tour, with equally emotive (and Canadian) R&B support from The Weeknd.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Wed Mar 26
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It's been a long time since Metronomy was just Joe Mount's bedroom pop project in sleepy Totnes, Devon. Three albums and a headline slot at the Royal Albert Hall later, and with a shiny, rounded live line-up – with drummer Anna Prior laying down the beats at the back – Metronomy perform songs from their new album 'Love Letters' at a big gig in London. These peerless wonky-pop exponents should delve headlong into their excellent back catalogue too.

  1. O2 Academy Brixton 211 Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL
  2. Fri Dec 5
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