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Best Gigs in East London


Tuesday 12 February

Poppy Ackroyd

Newly signed to Bjork’s label One Little Indian Records, the classically trained pianist, violinist, producer and composer will be showcasing her new long-player, Resolve. Ackroyd describes it as being “about the determination to embrace the good things in life”. Expect to hear that and some choice cuts from previous works Escapement and Feathers, as well as recent mini-album Sketches, in a fusion of acoustic and electronic in a post-classical space.
11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington, London N16 8BH
020 7422 7505

Transatlantic Family Band

Formed in Brooklyn, now resident in London, Ben Clarke’s hypnotic psychedelia fuses sonic elements of eastern and western music to create sublime soundscapes. He’s toured all over Europe (with fellow New Yorkers O Paradiso) in the past, and played Hoxton previously to great acclaim, so expect this return to be busy. Check out their very fine Indian-influenced debut LP Mirage of Perception on Bandcamp and similar platforms. It really is cosmic stuff. After this, they’re apparently due to go on hiatus. Boo to that.
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
2-4 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
020 7613 0709


A unique urban duo where grime, rap and highlife meets dance for one serious mash-up of sounds. It’s European meets African culture, street-style. This is London helped establish the pair as a force to be reckoned with back in 2016, but there’s plenty more besides from this talented duo. Champagne Monday has just dropped as their new single for 2019.
The Waiting Room
175 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0LH.
020 7241 5511

Wednesday 13 February


You may well have heard Burn the House Down (and Sober Up), which soared up the U.S. charts, at last year’s outdoor festivals, where AJR rocked their popular brand of anthemic pop. Brothers Adam (bass, vocals), Jack (vocals, guitar) and Ryan (uke, piano, vocals) will be burning down the house tonight, augmented with bass and horns, roaring ever forward with new single 100 Days. They’ve generated over one billion streams worldwide and 120 million YouTube views in under two years, so it’ll no doubt be packed.
The Garage
20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 1RD
020 7619 6720 / 0844 847 1678


Guitar-led, uplifting indie anthems flow effortlessly from this local four-piece. Check out their debut album Feels Like Air to get in tune. New single Just That Time of the Night and other fresh material will also most likely feature. Support comes via the excellent Eliza Shaddad, who is well worth the admission price alone. Born to Sudanese and Scottish parents, the atmospheric singer-songwriter draws on her rich heritage in a compelling and melodic way. Check out her very fine debut LP Future to get up to speed.
Islington Assembly Hall
Upper Street, London N1 2UD
020 7527 8900

Thursday 14 February

Avi Buffalo

The Long Beach native brings his gloriously quirky melodies back to the fore this week. It’s been a while since his last long-player dropped (2014’s At Best Cuckold), so we’re hoping for some fresh cuts to be served, alongside those jangly highlights from his story so far. He’s been on the scene since breaking out in 2010 with his self-titled debut, and has toured extensively since, including spots at SXSW festival in Austin, Texas and supporting Modest Mouse. All this by the age of 28. Nuff said.
1a Amhurst Road, London E8 1LL.
020 3553 4831


Friday 15 February

The Dirty Nil

Two albums and a compile in, the Ontario three-piece are riding a wave of interest. Awash with Black Crowes-esque guitar motifs, the rockers arrive in the wake of last year’s Master Volume LP, ready to own the joint. Get online and hear why Hamilton just got put back on the map. Moth Club should be duly full of swaying fans, lapping up the Canadian vibe, as they unleash their best.
Moth Club
Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, London E9 6NU.
020 8985 7963

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard

Cardiff’s finest hit the ground running with this headline show, before supporting Our Girl on a UK tour (they’re also booked to play Green Man Festival in August). The Guardian has hailed the Welsh quartet as being deliriously right at the “scrappy, swaggering end of glam rock”. Part-Thin Lizzy, part-T.Rex, with single Double Denim Hop perfectly showcasing their swagger, expect the assembled throng at the Last to be swaying and smiling in equal measure. Top stuff.
The Old Blue Last
38 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3ES.
020 7739 7033

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