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Best East London Gigs

BY ED GIBBS

Monday 18 March

Marina Satti

The Greek-Sudanese singer-composer cum actress has worked with a wide variety of prestigious voices, including Bobby McFerrin, Paco de Lucia and Wayne Shorter. In 2016, she founded women’s vocal group Fones, which expanded into a 50-women female choir, showcased on new single Mantissa. She’s been showcased by Google as one of the most interesting YouTube acts to watch in 2017, and is based in Athens. Expect to hear an eclectic collection of cinematic sounds at this intimate show.
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
2-4 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU.
020 7613 0709
hoxtonsquarebar.com

 

Tuesday 19 March

Rina Mushonga

Now based in Peckham, the Dutch-Zimbabwean singer is currently the toast of BBC6Music and brings her beats-based synth sounds to East London for this headline show. Check out her acclaimed, expansive new long-player In a Galaxy for a taste of what to expect. The move to our shores has evidently paid off in spades, and she’ll no doubt be singing the capital’s praises on the night.
Shacklewell Arms
71 Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2EB. 
020 7249 0810 
shacklewellarms.com

Jay1

The Coventry star has already impressed with his acting chops – check out the video for last year’s breakout RnB-flavoured single That’s My Bae – and his rapping skills are equally as impressive. Most surprising of all, he name-checks none other than Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith as influences, which gives a good idea of the breadth of the man’s palette. Doors at 8pm. Tickets cost £12.40.
The Old Blue Last
38 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3ES. 
020 7739 7033 
theoldbluelast.com

 

Wednesday 20 March

Bayonne

Roger Sellers – who these days goes by the moniker Bayonne – is an indie hipster favourite based out of Austin, Texas. Known for his minimalist electronic dreamy pop, he’s been releasing albums (and EPs) for almost a decade, beginning with 2011’s Moments and most recently, this year’s Drastic Measures. Expect to hear a spread of material as the moustachioed master takes the stage for a night of memorable sonic musings. Doors at 7.30pm. Tickets £9.
Moth Club
Old Trades Hall
Valette Street, London E9 6NU.
020 8985 7963
mothclub.co.uk

 

Thursday 21 March

Vampire Weekend

They’re back! The indie pop-rockers have weathered plenty of storms since their breakout success a decade ago – and rebound again with their long-awaited new long-player Father of the Bride. It’s their first in six years – and it’s without multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij, who officially left in 2016. Expect the remaining core trio to be augmented by a clutch of (four) touring players, as they blast their way back onto stage with renewed purpose. This EartH show, which requires a pre-order of the new album for ticket access, is immediately followed by two consecutive shows at Islington Assembly Hall.
EartH
11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington, London N16 8BH
020 7422 7505
earthackney.co.uk

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