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Best Gigs in East London

BY ED GIBBS

MONDAY 27 AUGUST

Blonde Redhead

Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the New York indie rockers make a welcome pit-stop to remind us why, alongside Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo and My Bloody Valentine, they rank among the best of 1990s alternate rock. Front woman Kazu Makino and twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace will no doubt take us on a journey through their expansive back catalogue, that goes far beyond their early noise rock leanings and stretches across nine studio LPs. We can’t wait.
Islington Assembly Hall
Upper Street, London N1 2UD
020 7527 8900
islingtonassemblyhall.co.uk

TUESDAY 28 AUGUST

Coin

With jaunty, irresistibly catchy single Talk Too Much on high rotation, the Nashville outfit’s music remains infectious and impossible to ignore. They’ve been at it since 2012 and are signed to Columbia Records, so it’s likely to be busy at the Garage come showtime. Support comes from South Yorkshire, Sire Records-signing Alvarez Kings, whose brand of indie pop is also well worth checking out.
The Garage
20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 1RD
020 7619 6720 / 0844 847 1678

thegarage.london

 

THURSDAY 30 AUGUST

Live Nation Presents

Rising star Ed the Dog leads the charge of emerging bands gunning for big-time glory tonight. He wears his Blur influence unashamedly on his sleeve with the infectious Funny Turns, but there’s plenty more to savour. Check out the BBC Music page on the man for more. The synth-loving might of Two Tribes (yes, we love Frankie, too) and rock outfit Wild Things, fronted by Sydney Rae White (of American Assassin fame), provide ample support. Get in early and grab a spot. It will be busy.
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The Old Blue Last
38 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3ES
020 7739 7033 
theoldbluelast.com

Laura Smiles

Album alert! The marvellous Ms Smiles touches down for a night packed with treats. Expect fresh cuts from her just-completed long-player All For You, which officially drops September 7th. The Guardian sing her praises, and rightly so. London-Suffolk duo The Purple Lights and Latvian wonder Elizabete Elizabete Elizabete are down for support. Thursdays just got wonderfully complicated all over again. Arrive early.
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Sebright Arms
31-35 Coate Street, London E2 9AG
020 7729 0937 

sebrightarms.co.uk

Wu-Tang Clan: On Film

Not the long-awaited doc on the Clan, but rather a specially curated feast of live performance, behind-the-scenes action, freestyling, interviews, fan footage, shorts and more. Hailed by Rolling Stone as the greatest hip-hop act of all time, the legendary East Coast rappers are not far off toasting 30 years in the business. Before they reach that milestone, rewind to find out what all the fuss is about. They’ve survived lawsuits, death, surprise collaborations and a myriad of other issues to push on through as a uniquely empowering outfit that doesn’t rest on its laurels. Word.
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Moth Club
Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, London E9 6NU
020 8985 7963
mothclub.co.uk

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