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Time Out London Music
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An evening of proper Christmas carols is an absolute must if you’re interested in getting entirely wrapped up in unalloyed festive cheer. Check out our round up of the jolliest and most moving services in the capital. Indoors and outdoors, cathedrals, churches and secular spaces, we’ll be adding to it as more events are announced. 

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After a year spent avoiding crowded public places, a packed football stadium is pretty strange. Walking through an empty one is even stranger. Usually thousands of fans fill the seats at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London, but today: no one. There are no crowds, nor are there any footballers about. Instead, there’s just a groundsman tending the pitch surrounded by a sea of 60,000 deep-blue empty seats. But in one room, deep in the bowels of the stadium, some of that matchday chaos is brewing. In the eye of the storm There’s a flurry of arms surrounding AJ Tracey. His hairstylist takes over from his barber, expertly retwisting his locs; his make-up artist appears from nowhere, swooping in to place two gold under-eye masks on his face. It’s like rush hour. We’re in one of the ground’s luxe family and friends suites. Complete with big-screen TVs, plush chairs and a mini-fridge, it usually plays host to players’ mates, partners and kids during games. Today, though, it’s been turned into the dressing room of the London rapper and Tottenham fan as he gets ready for his Time Out cover shoot. It’s covered in jackets, tracksuit bottoms and Tracey’s very own personalised Spurs shirts. Despite the mayhem, the 27-year-old seems at home. He’s been in the stadium more times than he can count. Armed with a season ticket, he watches every single game. ‘Even the tiny pointless ones,’ he insists. He speaks in short, determined sentences. ‘I’m here near enough every week.’ Photograph: G

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Live music’s back, baby. We know you’ve missed it – there’s just nothing quite like that rumbling bass and the physical kick of a drum, is there. If rock'n'roll is your thing, you should swing by Samsung KX this month. There's a future star in the building. Whose that then, you ask? It's Croxteth born singer-songwriter Joe Slater. Recently he’s been dazzling crowds at the Hard Rock Hotel in London as a resident artist, so you could say he's very much a star already.  At this gig Slater will be performing a mixture of his current repertoire and exclusive tracks fresh from the studio. So you'll not only have a glimpse at the future before all your mates, but also his new tunes. Previously Salter has worked with hit producers, and played across a variety of festivals. If you like catching the next big artists, you’re in luck here.  When is it?  7.30pm on October 13. Tickets are a mere fiver!  Interested? Read more here.  Find the complete guide to Time Out and Samsung KX events here. 

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London’s best record shops
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It's official: vinyl is back, with sales in the UK at their highest point since the early 1990s.  Fuelled by the ongoing vinyl revival and the success of events like Record Store Day, independent record shops are thriving across London. And they’re not just in music hotspots like Soho, Camden and Brixton – these stores are flourishing everywhere from Camberwell to Shepherd’s Bush, Putney to Crouch End. Whether you want the latest releases on wax or vintage reggae, hardcore or soul, you’ll be able to find it in the racks of one of London’s best record shops. Get crate-digging! RECOMMENDED: London’s best markets.

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We all like to see ourselves in the music we listen to, whether it’s a peppy tune about being a great friend or a sweaty lovemaking ballad (especially if it’s a sweaty lovemaking ballad). That’s doubly true when it comes to the best inspirational songs. There’s something cathartic about knowing that our favorite singers must overcome the same struggles as we do: Sure, they may be rich and famous, but even the most glamourous rocker has had to get past their fair share of obstacles. Multimilionaires – they’re just like us! Next time you’re feeling down and looking to fight through your own troubles, take a cue from these 30 pop-music affirmations. You’ll find classic rockers pulling themselves up by the bootstraps and divas declaring themselves queens, rappers beating their chests and Motown heroes standing tall after conquering the world. And in each, you might just find a little bit of yourself, too. Listen to these songs on Amazon Music RECOMMENDED:🔋 The best songs about power🎉 The best party songs ever made💸 The best songs about money🎤 The best karaoke songs🕺 The best pop songs of all time

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No we won't "shut up just shut up shut up" – the band consisting of will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and J. Rey Soul (and formerly Fergie and Kim Hill) really are playing a gig at the last-remaining wonder of the world. The Great Pyramids of Giza. That's quite the stage, it might even be bigger than the pyramid stage at Glastonbury, if we're comparing pyramid-themed stages.  Anyway, you can go! Sort of. We're giving two lucky people the chance to win a VIP Backstage Package for the Black Eyed Peas: Where Is The Love Stream. (Hey, streaming the show is a little easier than getting to Cairo, right?)  The VIP package doesn't just include tickets to the show though, it also includes exclusive and signed digital artwork, behind the scenes footage and access to the Black Eyed Peas' actual green room, via a live feed.  For your chance to pump it and have a good good night watching the Black Eyed Peas performing from the GREAT PYRAMIDS OF GIZA (!!) just fill out the small form below. Good luck!  This competition is now closed. Please see competition terms and conditions.

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