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The ten best gigs this week that you can actually get tickets for

By Time Out London Music

Another week, another crop of ace London gigs. Out of everything that isn’t sold out, here’s our top ten – just click on the red headers to read more.

10. Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs

The naughty performer sprinkles sauce over West End hits. 

London Palladium. Oxford Circus. Sat Oct 8.


9. Lee Scratch Perry


Sure, the godfather of dub is a ‘variable’ performer but then, he did change the sound of music.

Jazz Cafe. Camden Town. Sun Oct 9-Mon Oct 10.

8. Wild Beasts

Signature caustic lyrics and swooping vocals from the indie band but now with a grinding electronic groove. 

Roundhouse. Chalk Farm. Wed Oct 5.

7. Laetitia Sadier

Former Stereolab singer brings her ethereal vocals to popular free series ‘Daylight Music’. 

Union Chapel. Highbury & Islington. Sat Oct 8.


6. Robert Grace Trust Fundraiser

Choirs cover English madrigals and Fleetwood Mac for the HIV charity.

Union Chapel. Highbury & Islington. Wed Oct 5.


5. Beth Orton

The master of coltish folk-pop is back with new album ‘Moon’ and , yep, her voice is still deliciously quavery. 

O2 Forum Kentish Town. Kentish Town. Thu Oct 6.

4. Meshell Ndegeocello


Bass-toting ‘mother of neo soul’ defies labels – instead focusing on rich melodies and grooves. 

Rich Mix. Shoreditch High St Overground. Tue Oct 4.

3. The Kills

Sexy art pop trio (if you include the drum machine) devastate with dirty guitar riffs and sultry, heavy-smoker vocals. 

Roundhouse. Chalk Farm. Fri Oct 7. 

2. Mykki Blanco

This flamboyant and quick-witted rapper owns every stage they step on to with punk vogueing and rave-infused, fizzing hip hop.

XOYO. Old St. Wed Oct 5.

1. Jamie T

Homecoming gigs for the surburban balladeer with an innate ability to produce tunes that are both achingly poignant and full of rage. The Saturday night gig has already sold out – you have been warned.

O2 Academy Brixton. Brixton. Sun Oct 9-Mon Oct 10.

...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.

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