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Top ten London gigs in October

Check out our round-up of the best gigs in London this autumn

London’s autumn gig calendar is always packed, and there’s no reason why this year would be an exception. Among our October gig highlights you’ll find rising stars alongside veterans and legends. Here are our must-see concerts in London this month.

Saint Etienne
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Saint Etienne

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Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs and Sarah Cracknell – seasoned pop chroniclers of London life with a romantic, slightly '60s bent – return for the final performance of their 1991 debut album 'Foxbase Alpha' in its entirety.

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Heaven , Charing Cross Tuesday October 4 2016 - Wednesday October 5 2016
Mykki Blanco
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Mykki Blanco

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The poet, MC and drag performer performs midweek at XOYO and will no doubt make a drizzling Wednesday feel like the weekend with his vogue-worthy, rave-infused, drug-addled hip hop jams.

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XOYO , Shoreditch Wednesday October 5 2016
Akala
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Akala

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Mobo Award-winning rapper Akala (Ms Dynamite's little brother) headlines with his soulful hip hop and spoken word. He's unashamedly brainy – his lyrics are riddled with Shakespeare references, and he's written for the Huffington Post and performed in the British Library – but he's a dab hand at catchy tunes too.

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Koko , Camden Town Wednesday October 12 2016
Goat
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Goat

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Based in Gothenburg, Sweden, Goat create ace voodoo psychedelia: chanting over bongos and widdly, Middle Eastern-influenced riffs smothered in reverb, dressing in colourful masks and providing one hell of an energetic, intense live experience. See them if you possibly can.

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The Coronet , Elephant and Castle Tuesday October 18 2016
MØ
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Copenhagen’s latest musical prodigy is Karen Marie Ørsted, who goes by the name of MØ and pairs shimmering synths and erratic beats with laconic vocals. Currently working on her follow-up to debut album 'No Mythologies to Follow', she brings new material to the capital tonight.

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Roundhouse , Chalk Farm Saturday October 22 2016
Glass Animals
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Glass Animals

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Glass Animals have had a busy summer, fitting in a sell-out tour, festival appearances and recording second album 'How To Be A Human Being' in their Hornsey studio. Expect lush, hazy pop curveballs layered with psychedelic synth-work and gentle electronic beats. 

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Rough Trade East , Brick Lane Friday August 26 2016 - Tuesday October 25 2016
Warpaint
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Warpaint

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Excellent news: the LA quartet are heading back to the UK for some more eerily sweet psychedelia and experimental, sexy-but-spooky melodrama. They’ve just finished ‘Heads Up’, the sequel to their deep and powerful second album ‘Warpaint’, so you’ll hear some newies at this Camden gig.

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Roundhouse , Chalk Farm Thursday October 27 2016
Brian Wilson
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Brian Wilson

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A man to whom the word ‘legendary’ can be applied without any fear of hyperbole, Brian Wilson was the troubled but titanic talent behind The Beach Boys: the man whose obsession with Phil Spector led him to create ‘Pet Sounds’ and change the face of pop music forever. Now somewhat frail, Wilson nonetheless commands a huge amount of (deserved) respect and has an immense, incredible back catalogue to draw from, and since these performances will include a full rendition of ‘Pet Sounds’ we’re expecting tickets to go very quickly.

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Royal Albert Hall , Knightsbridge Friday October 28 2016
Mirrors
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Mirrors

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A cast of cool indie acts hit several venues in Hackney for the second year of this autumn festival. The chance to see headliner Bat For Lashes in a church is a highlight, and there’s an excellent-looking support bill too included Allah-Las, The Coral’s Bill Ryder-Jones and US punks Fucked Up and Diarrhea Planet.

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Moth Club , Hackney Saturday October 29 2016
Wooden Shjips
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Wooden Shjips

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If you're into reverb-drenched, droning guitars and heavy motorik drive, you can't do much better than this. Circuitously weaving entrancing psych-rock spells and throbbing, fuzzed-up ragas, the headlining San Francisco quartet will go down a storm with aficionados of My Bloody Valentine, Spacemen 3, Suicide and Can – and of course Moon Duo, the side-project of Wooden Shjips guitarist Ripley Johnson.

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Scala , St Pancras Sunday October 30 2016
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