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Top ten London gigs in September

Check out the cream of the capital’s gigs taking place this autumn

Khalid, press 2017
By Time Out London Music |
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September is one of the best months to see live music in London: the gig calendar ramps up after the summer music festivals, but the days are still long and the evenings light. Here are the best concerts to catch this month.

Music, Music festivals

Defected London FSTVL

icon-location-pin Central Park, Becontree Heath
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To celebrate two decades at the top of its game, London imprint and supreme party planner Defected is throwing a five-stage one-day shindig in Dagenham to close festival season in style. It’s already got a couple of legendary Todds (Terry and Edward) confirmed, alongside the big hitters Horse Meat Disco, Joey Negro and Honey Dijon.

Music, Acoustic

Andreya Triana

icon-location-pin EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney), Stoke Newington
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The acclaimed soul-jazz singer, also known for her work with downtempo dance dude Bonobo and LA hip hop beatmaker Flying Lotus, plays a hometown show at Dalston’s fab new arts and music venue. It should be pretty dreamy.

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Music

Khalid

icon-location-pin The O2, Greenwich Peninsula
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The Texan R&B wunderkind swings into town for an arena show in support of this year’s ‘Free Spirit’ album. Support comes from local pop queens Mabel (‘Don’t Call Me Up’) and Raye (‘You Don’t Know Me’), so this is a tasty night all round. 

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Julia Michaels

icon-location-pin O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush
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This US singer-songwriter is a serious talent: she’s written hits for Shawn Mendes, Selena Gomez and Britney Spears, and scored a couple of big ones of her own with ‘Issues’ and Clean Bandit collab ‘I Miss You’. Catch her showing off her quirky pop chops at this mid-sized headline gig. 

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Music, Rock and indie

Pixies

icon-location-pin Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill
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The pioneering alt rockers are back in London to scratch and scream their way through selections from their four classic albums. You can expect them to rip through a 30-song setlist with their trademark blend of buzzsaw surf guitar, quiet-loud dynamics, scream-along choruses and totally whacked-out lyrics about sex, sin and surrealist cinema. The new material’s not that great and Kim Deal is still sadly out of the picture, but Pixies remain one of the best indie bands of all time.

Photograph: Jake Davis
Music, Music festivals

Hospitality in the Park

icon-location-pin Finsbury Park, Brownswood Park
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The hefty dance party organised by south London drum and bass label Hospital Records returns to Finsbury Park for a fourth year. Surprisingly enough, D&B is set to be the main focus. Although the line-up is yet to be announced, expect a carefully chosen collection of old-school masters, big-hitting names and newer blood. One for the party-heads.

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Nightlife, Cabaret and burlesque

Christeene

icon-location-pin Barbican Hall, Barbican
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Now, this gig is a proper one-off. Christeene, the awesomely disturbing US alt-drag performer, pays tribute to Sinead O’Connor’s classic debut album ‘The Lion And The Cobra’ with help from electropop oddball Fever Ray and electrocrash queen Peaches. Expect the eclectric, expect the emotional, and expect the unexpected. 

Music, Rap, hip hop and R&B

Fetty Wap

icon-location-pin The Forum (O2 Forum Kentish Town), Kentish Town
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The New Jersey singer-rapper best known for 2015 sleeper hit ‘Trap Queen’ touches down in London for a pretty intimate headline gig. Expect to hear tracks from his upcoming second album ‘King Zoo’ as well as familiar trap bangers from his acclaimed self-titled debut. 

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Fatima
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Music, Dance and electronic

Fatima

icon-location-pin EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney), Stoke Newington
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This self-proclaimed ‘nomadic child of the cosmos’ (she’s actually from Stockholm by way of London) plays east London’s coolest new venue in support of new album ‘And Yet It’s All Love’. Head to this one if you’re after dreamy R&B beats for daaaays... or at least an hour and a bit.

Music, Rap, hip hop and R&B

Joe, Brandy and Dru Hill

icon-location-pin Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Hammersmith
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This one is a pretty incredible triple bill in '90s R&B nostalgia. From Brandy’s ‘The Boy Is Mine’ to Dru Hill’s  ‘These Are The Times’, the tunes and grooves should keep on coming all night long.

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