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Illuminations festival announces its 2015 line-up

James Manning

Since it started in 2012, the annual Illuminations series has expanded to ten days of gigs, parties and fascinating music-themed film screenings. Tickets went on sale today and the most popular events will sell out fast, so allow us to shine a light on this year’s line-up.

Three Trapped Tigers

Three Trapped Tigers

The stonking London avant-rockers return, with support sets from Liturgy and Evan Caminiti.

The Dome. October 30. £16.

‘They Will Have to Kill Us First’

Songhoy Blues

See the moving new documentary about the Islamic ban on music in Mali, plus a Q&A with Malian blues-rock heroes Songhoy Blues.

British Library. November 1. £9-£12.



Elvis lives! Or does he? Discover the story of rock ’n’ roll singer Jimmy Ellis, with live performances, a director Q&A and free masks for all.

Prince Charles Cinema. November 1. £11. 

‘Heaven Adores You’

Elliot Smith – Heaven Adores You

Nickolas Rossi’s new documentary about Elliott Smith – screened here alongside live acts covering his songs – is a must for any fans of the late, great singer-songwriter.

Prince Charles Cinema. November 3. £11.

Holly Herndon

Holly Herndon

The glitchy electro genius from San Francisco brings her warped brand of techno to town.

Oval Space. November 4. £15.

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

A 90-minute concept album is the latest surprise move by the full-throttle punk band from New Jersey.

Village Underground. November 5. £15.

Micachu And The Shapes

Catch Mica Levi’s experimental pop project live in Bethnal Green.

Oval Space. November 5. £15.

Josh T Pearson

Josh T Pearson

It’s been years since the Texan singer headlined in London. Hear his biblical folk songs where they belong: in church.

St John-at-Hackney. November 7. £20.

Zola Jesus

Zola Jesus

Soak up Nika Danilova’s dramatic, sweeping electro-gothic sounds.

Islington Assembly Hall. November 7. £16.50.

Oneohtrix Point Never

Oneohtrix Point Never

Only a select few have imbued ambient music with more majesty and emotion than Daniel Lopatin.

Village Underground. November 8. £17.50.

‘Rain the Colour Blue with a Little Red in It’

Rain the Colour Blue with a Little Red in It

A Saharan remake of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’, with all dialogue in Tuareg? Yeah, really. Plus a Q&A with the director and DJs till late.

Hackney Picturehouse. November 8. £11.

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