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Your guide to the best gigs and festivals in London, plus book tickets

The best music festivals in London
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The best music festivals in London

Because after a long day of sun and debauchery there’s nothing better than a warm shower and your own bed.

Best new music of 2019: This year’s rising stars
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Best new music of 2019: This year’s rising stars

It’s time to freshen up your playlists. 

The best new music
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The best new music

Welcome to our new music page: a rolling guide to the best new sounds around. Read about our favourite new artists below, or scroll to the bottom of the page to listen to our latest album reviews – you might discover a new favourite band, or at least find something to spice up that ‘new music’ playlist you’ve been listening to for the last 18 months. Go on: your ears deserve something fresh.

The songs that made 2018
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The songs that made 2018

From Childish Gambino to Cher, these are the tunes you need on your end of year playlist.

All Points East 2019 announces first headliner
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All Points East 2019 announces first headliner

The super-festival returns to Victoria Park in 2019 for a ten-night stand.

The best gigs in London in the coming months

Top ten London gigs in May
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Top ten London gigs in May

Kick off your summer with a killer gig by Loyle Carner, Rita Ora and many more. 

Top ten London gigs in June
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Top ten London gigs in June

It’s the month the summer music festival calendar gets serious.

Top ten London gigs in July
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Top ten London gigs in July

As the city heats up, the gig calendar stays very cool indeed. 

Top ten London gigs in August
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Top ten London gigs in August

Seriously: you might just catch the best festival headliners close to home. 

Discover live music in London

Rock concerts in London
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Rock concerts in London

From huge upcoming rock concerts to indie gigs, here’s how to get your rock ’n’ roll fix in London

Hip hop concerts in London
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Hip hop concerts in London

Hear the best of hip hop live in London with our guide to the city’s upcoming hip hop concerts

Punk and metal concerts in London
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Punk and metal concerts in London

Feel the force of punk and metal live in London at one of these upcoming concerts and events

Reggae concerts in London
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Reggae concerts in London

See reggae live in London with our full guide to upcoming reggae concerts and events – irie!

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Playlists by Time Out’s music experts

The 100 best party songs
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The 100 best party songs

Thanks to Spotify and other streaming services, everyone's a DJ these days. But this doesn't mean it's acceptable to cobble together dodgy party playlists filled with soggy bops and half-arsed nearly-bangers. To help you make sure your party goes off like a frog in a sock, we've put together this list of surefire floor-fillers featuring a generous smattering of '90s songs, house songs and R&B songs. Just remember to think of your party playlist like a spag bol: a little bit of cheese is a fine addition, but too much can be overpowering. 

The 50 best soul songs
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The 50 best soul songs

50 songs that pack the greatest emotional punches and most gut-wrenching feels

The best songs of 2017
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The best songs of 2017

Yes, 2017 isn't over by a long shot. But there's already been some great new tracks released in 2017

The best inspirational songs
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The best inspirational songs

In need of some musical motivation? Boost your mood with our list of the 30 most inspiring songs of all time

Relaxing music: the ultimate playlist
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Relaxing music: the ultimate playlist

Relaxing music doesn't necessarily mean aural wallpaper. Plug in to our three-hour playist for meditation, sleep, study or general chilling

The 50 best sad songs
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The 50 best sad songs

Misery can be delicious too. Here are 50 super-sad songs to prove it

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The best music venues in London

Union Chapel
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Union Chapel

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Brixton Academy

Brixton Academy

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall

Venue says: “Don't miss English National Ballet's sparkling production of Cinderella in-the-round, transforming the Hall for 14 shows only. 6-16 June.”

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Koko
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Koko

Users say
3 out of 5 stars
The O2
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The O2

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Shepherd’s Bush Empire
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Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
See the best music venues in London