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Top ten London gigs in September

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

September is one of the best months to see live music in London: the gig calendar ramps up after the summer music festivals, but the days are still long and the evenings light. Here are the best concerts to catch this month.

This page will be updated as more events are confirmed.


Thee Oh Sees

The raucous Californian psych-poppers return after a very, very short hiatus to play from their latest album ‘Mutilator Defeated at Last’ and 2014’s ‘Drop’, one of their most coherent, straightforwardly enjoyable records to date.

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Roundhouse , Chalk Farm Friday September 2 2016

M Ward

Critics' choice

Wonderful singer-songwriter M(att) Ward has worked both as half of She & Him, a collaboration with actress Zooey Deschanel that's yielded two albums, and as a member of Monsters Of Folk. Here he returns to creating his own scratchily atmospheric and sparsely arranged folk-pop.

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Koko , Camden Town Tuesday September 6 2016

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Critics' choice

With Oasis now a distant memory, Gallagher senior has well and truly taken flight with his High Flying Birds. As you might expect there are lots of ’60s-leaning, jangly pop and psychedelia-inspired moments to enjoy and sing along to, but with his sky-high avian bandmates Gallagher’s voice – literally and in songwriting terms – is bolder and more direct than ever.

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O2 Academy Brixton , Stockwell Tuesday September 6 2016

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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Electric Brixton , Brixton Thursday September 8 2016
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Billy Joel

Critics' choice

The piano man is back! Despite the fact that he hasn’t released an album for two decades he’s still one of the best-selling artists ever to roam the earth, and tonight he’ll be cracking out some of the hits that got him to that point: ‘Uptown Girl’, ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’, ‘The River of Dreams’, ‘Just the Way You Are’ and so forth.

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Wembley Stadium , Wembley Park Saturday September 10 2016
Jerry Williams photographed by Jim Templeton-Cross

Rising Stars

Discover the stars of tomorrow at one of our specially curated gigs. Taking place at iconic music venues around London, our Rising Stars events showcase some of the best new artists in the capital. Each show will feature five up-and-coming artists performing intimate sets especially for you. Featuring the freshest faces in blues, rock, country and folk, this is the place to find your new favourite artist. Plus, if you arrive before 8pm, you can have a drink on us at each gig! So grab this opportunity to see these amazing acts now so you can say 'I was into them before they were famous' while you still can.

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229 , Marylebone Tuesday September 13 2016 - Wednesday September 14 2016
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Peggy Seeger

Critics' choice

American folk singer Seeger – musical and marital partner of the late Ewan MacColl and responsible for 21 solo albums since 1955 – is a champion of traditional Anglo-American song and a master of piano, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, autoharp and concertina.

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Cecil Sharp House , Primrose Hill Thursday September 15 2016

Fat White Family

Critics' choice

Anyone remember The Metros, Peckham's straggly, sub-Libertine punk 'n' roll group? Well, through a strange alchemical process – via stints as The Saudis and Meat Divine, and gaining and losing members along the way – they've turned into one of London's most exciting young bands. Tonight they drag their weird and wonderful dark psychedelia, which takes in Butthole Surfers and The Birthday Party, into the light of a live stage.

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O2 Academy Brixton , Stockwell Saturday September 17 2016

Ana Moura

Critics' choice

The lauded Portuguese fado singer – who has performed live with Prince and The Rolling Stones – brings her soulful voice to town for another much-anticipated gig.

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Monday September 26 2016

The Invisible

Critics' choice

Dave Okumu’s great London band The Invisible headline with their art-rock-meets-uber-funk and woogly electronica, playing from their new album ‘Patience’, which includes guest spots from Jessie Ware, Anna Calvi, Connan Mockasin and Floating Points.

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Oslo , Hackney Wednesday September 28 2016
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Music festivals in September

Music festivals calendar: September

September is the last hurrah for the London and UK summer festival season, but before the summer ends there’s time for a few more big events: Bestival hits the Isle of Wight and London welcomes OnBlackheath. Check out what else September 2016 has to offer with our comprehensive festival calendar.

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By: James Manning