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Top ten London gigs in January 2020

Start the year with some seriously good live music – here are our pick of the best gigs in January

By Time Out London Music |
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After the hustle, bustle and general madness of Christmastime and the inevitable indulgence of New Year's Eve, January can often be a quiet time for staying inside from the bitterly cold weather at home to save money after the expenditure of the festive period. 

Admittedly, January is a quiet month for London's music scene. But that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of great gigs and world-class artists passing through our city. From homegrown talent to visiting pop royalty, there's bound to be something to give your January that added sprinkle of winter magic. Here’s our January gig guide – book now or regret it later!

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Music, Jazz

Caravan Palace

icon-location-pin O2 Academy Brixton, Brixton
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Hailing from Paris, this chic outfit are pitching up in London to get things electro-swinging. The seven-strong troupe will be playing funky, brassy tunes from their first two records and their cryptically-named latest LP, ‘’ (aka ‘Robot Face’), which dropped in October 2015.

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Judy Collins

icon-location-pin Union Chapel, Islington
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The iconic folk singer with the super-pure soprano plays a headline show in one of London’s loveliest venues. Don’t be surprised if you get chills.  

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Music

While She Sleeps

icon-location-pin O2 Academy Brixton, Brixton
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The Sheffield metalcore band play one of their biggest headline gigs yet – in support of this year’s fourth album ‘So What?’. Support from hardcore punk acts Every Time I Die and Vein make this a tasty triple bill for noise lovers.

Music, Punk and metal

Slipknot

icon-location-pin The O2, Greenwich Peninsula
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 Their latest album ‘We Are Not Your Kind’ recently knocked Ed sheeran off the top of the albums chart. Now the mask-loving metal band are celebrating with a UK arena tour culminating in a massive show at The O2. Rock on, indeed.

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Music, Pop

Madonna

icon-location-pin London Palladium, Soho
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Never resting on her laurels, Madonna’s latest tour sees her eschew huge arena shows in favour of a 15-night stand at the relatively intimate London Palladium. Expect her setlist to draw heavily from 2019's well received ‘Madame X’ album, her most ambitious – and best – set in 13 years.

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