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Top ten London gigs in October

Check out our round-up of the best gigs in London this autumn

Little Simz
Andy Parsons
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London’s autumn gig calendar is always packed, and there’s no reason why this year would be an exception. Among our October gig highlights you’ll find rising stars alongside veterans and legends. Here are our must-see concerts in London this month.

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Whenyoung

icon-location-pin Scala, King’s Cross
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The melodic Irish indie-poppers roll into Kings Cross for a headline gig in support of this year’s debut album ‘Reasons to Dream’.

Music, Pop

Ariana Grande

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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The pop princess and national-treasure-in-waiting tours in support of her chart-topping albums 'Sweetener' and 'Thank U Next'. Expect stellar vocals and a setlist chock-full of bops. 

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Music, Dance and electronic

Holly Herndon

icon-location-pin Barbican Hall, Barbican
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The experimental electronic musician performs tracks from this year's acclaimed third album 'Proto', which she recorded with her own custom-made A.I., Spawn, who'll be joining her on stage. Brainy and creative, but also bangin' enough to dance to, this will definitely be one of the year's least basic gigs. 

Music, Rap, hip hop and R&B

Slowthai

icon-location-pin O2 Academy Brixton, Brixton
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After dropping acclaimed debut album ‘Nothing Great About Britain’ and impressing at Glastonbury, the hotly-tipped Northampton rapper plays his biggest London headline show to date. Expect tickets to be hotter than a Middle Eastern climate. 

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Cher

icon-location-pin The O2, Greenwich Peninsula
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‘Snap out of it!’ The legendary diva is embarking on her first UK tour in 14 years this autumn – and it includes a couple of shows at The O2. Expect banger after banger, some brilliant wigs and a nice line in knowing humour.  After all, she's ‘Cher, bitch!’

Music, Dance and electronic

Ladytron

icon-location-pin Heaven, Charing Cross
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The electroclash crew tour in support of this year's acclaimed (and a little heavier than before) comeback album 'Ladytron'. But naturally, expect to hear a load of early noughties indie disco classics like 'Sugar' and 'Destroy Everything You Touch', too.

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Ryan Ashley

icon-location-pin The Curtain, Shoreditch
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The London-based R&B rising star plays an intimate gig in Shoreditch. Catch him now before everyone else cottons on to his glistening sound.

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Music, Pop

Hot Chip

icon-location-pin Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace
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Are you ready, are you ready for the floor? This is the London indietronica crew's biggest ever headline show, so expect a suitably jubilant mood when they hit the stage to perform tracks from new album 'A Bath Full of Ecstasy' plus classics like 'Boy from School' and 'Over and Over'.  

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Music, Rap, hip hop and R&B

Little Simz

icon-location-pin EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney), Dalston
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Islington's genre-bending hip hop queen plays a hometown show in support of this year's acclaimed third album 'Grey Area'. Not just big, but huge.

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Charli XCX

icon-location-pin O2 Academy Brixton, Brixton
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The Hertfordshire-born pop alchemist is having a terrific year: her Troye Sivan collab ‘1999’ cracked the Top 15, her first album in five years is due to drop in September, and she’s announced her biggest ever London headline show: for Brixton Academy at the end of October. Support from rising star Rina Sawayama makes this show feel like a real event for the pop cognoscenti.

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