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Top ten London gigs in December

Check out the best concerts taking place in London this winter

By Time Out London Music |
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Sigrid, press 2017
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From Christmas concerts to end-of-the-year pop spectaculars, London has plenty of great live music to offer even in midwinter. Here’s our gig guide for December; check out our list of Christmas gigs for shows with some extra festive sparkle.

Music, Rock and indie

Fat White Family

icon-location-pin EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney), Dalston
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Does four nights constitute a residency? Either way, London’s finest psych-rock-cum-disco upstarts are kicking off December with a run of gigs at Hackney music and arts venue EartH. Epic.

Music, Pop

Sigrid

icon-location-pin Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Hammersmith
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The Norwegian pop talent behind electro hits ‘Strangers’ and ‘Don’t Feel Like Crying’ plays her biggest UK headline show yet. Bitch, you couldn’t kill her vibe if you tried. 

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Rufus & Martha Wainwright's A Not So Silent Night

icon-location-pin Royal Festival Hall, South Bank
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The songwriting siblings pay tribute to their late mother, revered folk artist Kate McGarrigle, on the 10th anniversary of her final concert. All proceeds will go to the charitable fund founded in McGarrigle's honour, and the Wainwrights are promising a bumper three-hour runtime. 

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Melanie Martinez

icon-location-pin O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush
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The cult US pop queen tours in support of second album ‘K-12’, due September. The album is conceived as a soundtrack to a musical film that Martinez has written, directed and starred in, so it’s safe to presume this gig will have a bit of a cinematic vibe. 

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Music, Punk and metal

Slaves

icon-location-pin ULU, Bloomsbury
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These couple of punks from Royal Tunbridge Wells are barrels of fun live, and they’re sure to smash it during their five-night stand at student union venue ULU. It’s a rifftastic pre-Christmas pick-me-up.   

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Little Simz

icon-location-pin The Forum (O2 Forum Kentish Town), Kentish Town
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Following her EartH gig in October, Islington’s genre-bending hip hop queen plays a second hometown show in support of this year’s acclaimed third album ‘Grey Area’. Yup, she’s on a roll. 

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Music, Rock and indie

The Libertines

icon-location-pin O2 Academy Brixton, Brixton
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The Libs conclude their nine-date Christmas tour in style at Brixton Academy. No word yet, though, on whether Carl and Pete will don Santa hats for the occasion. 

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We Love the '90s

icon-location-pin The SSE Arena, Wembley, Wembley
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If you’re a child of the ’90s, Christmas will come early at this banger-packed multi-artist gig featuring sets from 2 Unlimited, Vengaboys, Jenny from Ace of Base, Haddaway, Robin S., Snap! and more. It’s taking place on a Wednesday, but you just know that Whigfield singing ‘Saturday Night’ will bring the house down anyway.

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Music, Pop

Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes

icon-location-pin O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush
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The girl-group icon returns to London to perform her ’60s hits and the Ronettes’ classic Phil Spector-produced festive favourites ‘Sleigh Ride’ (which returned to the Top 40 last Christmas) and ‘Frosty the Snowman’.

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Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ by The London African Gospel Choir

icon-location-pin EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney), Dalston
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This one’s an annual tradition; the collective of African singers, musicians and dancers perform Paul Simon’s seminal album from start to finish accompanied by a live band. The choir has previously performed with the likes of Emeli Sandé, and Annie Lennox, and recorded with Idris Elba and John Legend, so they have serious, serious chops. 

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