Valentine's Day gigs in London

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Our guide to London gigs on and around February 14

Would you like to woo your main squeeze against a romantic, live music backdrop this Valentine's Day? Or do you fancy celebrating with something more sonically adventurous instead? Alternatively, perhaps you just want to hear some great live music and forget what it says on the calendar. However you choose to play it, here's our guide to the best gigs in London on and around February 14 2012.

  • For indie-pop nostalgics: Babybird

    Sat Feb 11, Leicester Square Theatre

    The mid-'90s Sheffield bedroom alt.popsters happily responsible for 'You're Gorgeous' – formerly the lo-fi, idiosyncratic solo bedroom project of Stephen Jones – return, minus two members, but having persuaded... View gig information

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  • For determined anti-romantics: Mastodon

    Sat Feb 11, Brixton Academy

    Atlanta's metalcore quartet - awarded the title 'Best Band On The Planet' by Kerrang! - grind out more impressively convoluted, amped-up prog/metal noise a decade after their inception, here playing from last year's 'The... View gig information

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  • For hopeful hook-ups: Niki And The Dove

    Sat Feb 11, Koko

    Eerie electro-pop and gothic soundscapes from the feted headlining Gothenburg duo, who came fifth in the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll and favour conceptual, otherworldly pop that anthropomorphises animals but has a beguiilngly... View gig information

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  • For schmaltzy romantics: Freddie Jackson

    Sun Feb 12, Brixton Academy

    The seventh annual Valentine schmaltz-fest features '80s crooner Freddie Jackson delivering soul ballads in the headline slot, plus veteran reggae vocalist John Holt doing his lover's rock and soulful singer Riley, son of... View gig information

  • For love-struck students: Snow Patrol

    Sun Feb 12, The O2

    Gary Lightbody's emotive and melodic indie poppers, who've notched up sales of 11 million albums thus far, hit the east London enormo-dome, promoting current (sixth) album, 'Fallen Empires'. First of three nights. View gig information

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  • For sophisti-cats in lurve: Gregory Porter

    Mon Feb 13, Pizza Express Jazz Club

    Hotly tipped 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. Building a huge UK fan base since then he returns... View gig information

  • For young married couples: Tennis

    Mon Feb 13, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

    Languid and dreamy, '60s melodi-pop that displays a fondness for chiming guitars and Phil Spector from this married couple from Denver, following their Patrick Carney-produced debut 'Cape Dory' with this months' 'Young &... View gig information

  • For hip lounge lovers: Morricone In Love

    Tue Feb 14, Rich Mix

    Stylish mix of live music and cinema inspired by Ennio Morricone's trippy, psychedelic loungecore scores for cult Italian 'Giallo' movies between 1968-72, complete with lurid original visuals. Featuring haunting, wordless... View gig information

  • For a Valentine's Day twist: Pure Love

    Tue Feb 14, Bush Hall

    Having left Brit-punks Gallows to their own devices, Frank Carter has regrouped and formed Pure Love with Clouds and Hope Conspiracy man Jim Carroll. There's little word on what Pure Love sounds like - which makes this NME... View gig information

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  • For avant-garde jazzers: Matthew Bourne

    Wed Feb 15, Café Oto

    Exceptionally imaginative pianist, and vintage synth collector, Bourne is as prolific as he is wildly unpredictable. View gig information

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