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Songhoy Blues

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Hailing from northern Mali, the four members of this hard-grooving Afro-blues act were driven to Bamako by the Islamist crackdown in their home region. There they took part in sessions for last year's brilliant Africa Express record alongside western musicians including Damon Albarn and Nick Zinner, and came over to play their first British gig at the album launch. 

  1. Servant Jazz Quarters 10a Bradbury Street, N16 8JN
  2. Wed Jul 30
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Red Market 2014

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Red Market – the outdoor pop-up taking place in the large courtyard area of Shoredtich's Red Gallery – returns for 2014, with a newly redesigned outdoor space. As ever, it's an appealing mix of music (from some great undergound DJs), street food and cocktail bars. The market runs every Wednesday-Saturday until August, with a new DJ line-up each week, giving you plenty of reasons to pay it a visit. 

  1. Red Market Pop-Up 288-299 Old St, EC1V 9DP
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Sun Aug 3
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Games in the Garden

  • Free

Dig out those plimsolls and pick a team for this weekend of fun sporting activities in Portman Square Garden. The Commonwealth Games will be shown on big screens, which should serve either as inspiration or belittlement, depending which way you look at it. The event is free and open to all but a maximum capacity applies so get there early.

  1. Portman Square Garden Entrance on Wigmore St, W1H 7BH
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Fri Aug 1
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Tina C – The Empire Strikes Back

Faux country-and-western star Tina C is back at the London Wonderground with more toe-tapping songs and biting gags.

  1. London Wonderground Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Wed Sep 17
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Alice Through the Looking Glass

Iris Theatre returns to St Paul's Church (The Actors' Church) in Covent Garden with a sequel to their promenade performance of 'Alice in Wonderland' last year. 'Through the Looking Glass' will create Alice's topsy-turvy adventures in different locations around the church and its grounds, where she'll meet the mad March Hare, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and the fearsome Jabberwocky. 

  1. The Actors' Church
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Sat Aug 30
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Anastasia C
Anastasia C

GYPSY JAZZ MASTER DORADO SCHMITT is playing @TheQuecumBar  tonight!

Very rare and amazing concert! So come down and listen to some world class music!

Cath Peach
Cath Peach

The film Philomena, 10 points. The freezing conditions at Cineworld, Piccadily, where a small sign telling us they were sorry to say they were having some problems with the heating was not accurate, there was in fact no heating in screen 1..nil points and minus temp! Shivering whilst you watch.....never good.....