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Best Gigs in East London this Week


Friday 16 November Ed Sheeran

Yep, you read that right. The mega stadium-filler is giving a rare intimate performance in front of 1000 fans as a seasonal thank you for that summer tour and all the success he’s enjoyed (he’s back on the road in 2019, too). The world’s most unlikely pin-up has had an unparalleled run since breaking out in 2011 with debut album +. He counts Taylor Swift and Sir Elton John among his famous friends, has been made an MBE for “services to music” – and isn’t shy about wearing his heart on his sleeve. Oh, and did we mention he supports a lot of worthy charities as well? Who said the geeks shall inherit the Earth? Make that redheads, too. Details on how to enter the fan comp are online. Wristbands will be, no doubt, appearing for resale. Go on, your mum will love it.
Islington Assembly Hall
Upper Street, London N1 2UD
020 7527 8900

Saturday 17 November

All Killer Queen

Let’s not beat around the bush: the Bohemian Rhapsody movie isn’t great – but the music and magic of Queen lives on regardless, right? So let’s get down and strut on this night of nights with Freddie and the dreamers in their prime, way back when they were really Queen. You get to sing your heart out – and there’s no danger of Adam Lambert turning up to spoil the party. Cue Somebody to Love, We Are the Champions, I Want to Break Free, We Will Rock You, Another One Bites the Dust and so much more. Mamma!
The Garage
20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 1RD
020 7619 6720 / 0844 847 1678

Sunday 18 November

Bad Honey

The South-East London duo – formerly known as LVNA – bounce back with a new identity and a new sound. Check out Lydia Clowes and Teresa Origone’s musings and beats on their SoundCloud page to get in tune before their big show on Sunday. Their new EP was recorded on the Norwegian island of Søndre Sandøy, reflecting the area’s beauty and grandeur, which neatly feeds into their music. They’re part dreamy, part funk, part pop and are well worth checking out.
Sebright Arms
31-35 Coate Street, London E2 9AG 
020 7729 0937 

Monday 19 November

Fiona Silver

Based in New York’s East Village, and most recently seen supporting Gary Clark Jnr, this jangly guitar meets smoky chanteuse finally makes it to London for her first UK show. Expect to be swept up in the buzz as the lady unleashes lashings of dark and vibey indie rock for those in the know. Check out her latest, Nightclubbing (which just dropped), and a slew of other great cuts via her online portals and arrive early. We suspect it’s going to get hectic.
The Old Blue Last
38 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3ES. 
020 7739 7033 

Tuesday 20 November

Swimming Tapes

This five-piece has already created a stir on the nation’s airwaves (BBC Radio 1, Radio X, DIY  and The Line of Best Fit have all voiced their approval), so expect this London mob to be moving up the ladder quicker than you can say cracker. Described as guitar-led “bumbling indie”, the lads will no doubt be playing singles Cameos and Alison loud and proud, as well as pulling out a few surprises from under their baggy sleeves.
Moth Club
Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, London E9 6NU.
020 8985 7963

Wednesday 21 November

Afro Celt Sound System

Simon Emmerson’s world music collective returns for an evening celebrating 20 years of far-reaching music. With internal differences now resolved, Emmerson’s band will be joined by a series of international guests, as they treat the audience to their distinctive sound: where Europe meets Africa and Asia, in one sonic melting pot. Expect to hear 2016’s The Source and other delights, and leave suitably uplifted and enlightened.
Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
020 7638 4141

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