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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 lull, 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.


Sufjan Stevens

Critics' choice

Like a one-man Simon & Garfunkel for the twenty-first century, Detroit-born alt folk luminary Stevens is a real one-off. He’s dabbled over the years in chamber-folk, electronica and Christmas carols, but his latest album ‘Carrie & Lowell’ is a heartbreaking and breathily intimate tribute to his late mother that’s up there with anything he’s recorded to date. Hear selections from that alongside older fan favourites at this pair of Southbank shows.

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Royal Festival Hall Wednesday September 2 2015 - Thursday September 3 2015

The Polyphonic Spree

Critics' choice

Hooray! The Spree are back on a London stage that’s big enough to accommodate their 20-odd members. Celebrating 15 years together, Tim DeLaughter’s robed and happy-clappy psych-pop crew will be just as buoyant as ever, causing pure, divine chaos onstage with their choral ditties. You won’t believe it’s not gospel.

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Electric Ballroom Thursday September 3 2015
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Mac DeMarco

Critics' choice

The fantastic guitar-toting Canadian soft-rocker comes to London in support of his latest album 'Salad Days'. His wearily romantic, chorus-heavy jams, tied together by his disaffected drawl and hazy lyrics, make him a great live draw.

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Roundhouse Tuesday September 1 2015 - Wednesday September 9 2015
Photo: F S Schafer

Jurassic 5

Critics' choice

The laid back, daisy age-style hip hop crew reunited a few years ago, and they stop off here on another headline tour with new material to add to their catalogue of rap classics. It’s great to have them back.

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The Forum Thursday September 10 2015


Critics' choice

Alvvays have nothing in commong with Chvrches, aside from injecting Vs in their names and giving us a reason to clear space in our heart for yet another neatly-formed trad indie band. Appling reverb to jangly guitars like Doritos adds cheese dust to chips, the Canadians recall the swooning pop of rain-soaked Scotland – your Jesus And Mary Chains, Pastels and whatnot – and the group's self-titled debut hugs Velocity Girls LPs close to its chest. A more contemporary comparison: Veronica Falls, with all the same pvnch, noir bvbblegvm, chevvy hooks and heart-on-sleeve tvvee. Hey, like we said, they're infectious.

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O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Friday September 11 2015

Crosby, Stills And Nash

Critics' choice

The Anglo-American folk-rock supergroup come together again for a visit to London, and with a band name like that you can be sure it's sure the original line-up. David Crosby of The Byrds, Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield and Graham Nash of The Hollies were at the centre of the Laurel Canyon scene in the late ’60s and early ’70s and made their debut as a trio at Woodstock, and their trademark vocal harmonies are more influential than ever nowadays thanks to the success of bands like Fleet Foxes and Mumford & Sons.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Saturday September 12 2015 - Sunday September 13 2015


Critics' choice

With a host of trendy and ear-pleasing reference points – ’90s R&B, ’80s Fleetwood Mac and Cyndi Lauper, soft funk and contemporary electronica – Mancunian singer-producer Shura Denton is a good bet for blog-storming success. Fans of Blood Orange, Kindness, Haim and first-album Jessie Ware: Shura’s latest track ‘Indecision’ (on which she heavily references Madonna’s ‘Holiday’) is your new jam.

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Electric Brixton Thursday September 17 2015

Joanna Gruesome

Critics' choice

Mixing up early My Bloody Valentine’s sweet fuzz with punk thrust and indie-pop jangling, the impeccably named Joanna Gruesome are an exciting four-piece from Cardiff whose debut album ‘Weird Sister’ was a real treat. They’re back in London to showcase the follow-up, ‘Peanut Butter’.

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Scala Tuesday September 22 2015
Photo: Neil Krug

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Critics' choice

Funky, fuzzy indie rock with a hint of ’60s pop, all twisted by the Kiwi-American trio into something incredibly eccentric and almost unbelievably catchy. They’re back with a new album, ‘Multi-Love’, so you’ll hear a good deal of that alongside tracks from their acclaimed 2013 album ‘II’.

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Islington Assembly Hall Wednesday September 23 2015
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David Gilmour

Critics' choice

Pink Floyd’s long-serving guitar man, singer and songwriter returns to the Albert Hall for his first London shows in almost a decade. Last time he was here in 2006, he was joined on stage by David Bowie, Robert Wyatt, David Crosby and Graham Nash (plus the late Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright) and performed a gamut of classics by his old band. With friends and a back catalogue like that, who cares about a bit of flab on the solo material?

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Royal Albert Hall Wednesday September 23 2015 - Saturday October 3 2015
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