Another week, another crop of ace London gigs and festivals. Out of everything that isn’t sold out, here’s our top ten. Click on the red headers to read more.
A pleasantly bizarre evening of live analogue synths, DJs and film in Shoreditch Church, supporting an animal welfare charity. St Leonard’s Church. Friday July 29.
Clapton’s pretty Round Chapel hosts music, food and talks for charity, with festival faves Molotov Jukebox and more. Round Chapel. Thursday July 28.
A new and scarily young band of north London indie-grunge hopefuls play their first hometown headline show. You saw them here first. Electrowerkz. Tuesday July 26.
The 82-year-old comedy grandee behind Dame Edna performs cabaret songs from Weimar Germany. Cadogan Hall. Friday July 29, Sat July 30 and August 2-3.
The rooftop roots gigs conclude with performers from Haiti, Vietnam, Brazil and the USA. Get folked! Southbank Centre. Thursday July 28 and Sunday July 31.
5. Fred Wesley
James Brown’s trombone player, a veteran of countless tours with the Godfather, leads The New JBs through another corking set. Under the Bridge. Saturday July 30.
4. NZCA Lines
Get a sneak preview of the synth band’s new live show, complete with sci-fi visuals, as they play a free gig in a Peckham gallery. Assembly Point. Tuesday July 26.
3. Konono No 1
Soldiering on after the death of their founder last year, the Congolose collective beloved of Björk and Animal Collective play a rare London date. Rich Mix. Saturday July 30.
The much-loved composer, pianist and Larry David lookalike draws on jazz and classical with a London residency. Royal Festival Hall. Thursday July 28-Sunday July 31.
The best gig this week: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
This hard-blowing band of brothers from Chicago have lent their horns to Prince, Wu-Tang Clan and Blur. Don’t miss out on their bombastic and funky late-night session at Ronnie’s. Ronnie Scott’s. Wednesday July 27.
…and here are loads more gigs this week. Don’t say we’re not good to you.
NB. All events were available to book at time of writing.