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Best Gigs in East London

BY ED GIBBS

Monday 11 March

James Mason

The ace keyboardist and guitarist – best-known as a key part of Roy Ayers’ band in the 1970s – returns for his first live show in 15 years. His 2015 solo set, Recollection Eche, drew on lost master tapes discovered in his archive while moving house. Expect to hear that and plenty more in this much-anticipated show from one of the masters of jazz-funk.
Islington Assembly Hall
Upper Street, London N1 2UD.
020 7527 8900
islingtonassemblyhall.co.uk

 

Tuesday 12 March

Unge Ferrari

Fresh from his appearance at the SXSW Music Festival in the US, the Norwegian pop star descends on our shores for this headline London show, in support of his recently released second LP. He’s been turning heads since Til Mine Venner dropped in 2015 to wide acclaim, and hasn’t looked back. Tonight’s gig at Moth Club, originally booked for the more intimate Waiting Room, marks his British live debut.
Moth Club
Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, London E9 6NU.
020 8985 7963
mothclub.co.uk

 

Wednesday 13 March

Tangerine Dream

The German electronic pioneers have been recording for over half a century, going through a mind-boggling number of personnel changes over the years. Founder Edgar Froese passed away in 2015, but the remaining members of the band – Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss and Hoshiko Yamane – completed their most recent LP Quantum Gate in tribute to him. Tonight’s show will be a celebration of that record, together with highlights from a unique 50-year innings in music.
Barbican
Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS.

020 7638 4141
barbican.org.uk

 

Friday 15 March

XY&O

The Welsh trio – Skip Curtis, Nick Kelly and Tudor Davies – bring their distinctive sounds to Hoxton for one night of pure hazy pop. Check out likeable tunes like Shades of You and Low Tide via the usual portals to get up to speed. The lads will no doubt take the joint by storm (and have the crowd whipped up into a lather). Support comes from local outfit and fellow popsters Kimono Loco. Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £7.
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
2-4 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
020 7613 0709
hoxtonsquarebar.com

 

Saturday 16 March

Gatecrasher Classical

The once-ubiquitous dance brand, made famous in the 1990s and 2000s through its Sheffield base and perennial compilations, returns with an almighty twist. Taking over the Troxy for one night of clubbing-with-a-difference, all your favourites will be rebooted and refreshed with the help of the 40-piece Gatecrasher Orchestra. We’re intrigued, too. Tickets are apparently seated, but it’s fair to assume that won’t keep many from jigging.
Troxy
490 Commercial Road, London E1 0HX.
0844 249 1000, 0207 790 9000
troxy.co.uk

 

 

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