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Best Gigs in East London


Monday 25 February

Junius Meyvant

Given his real name is Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson, it’s no surprise the soulful Icelandic singer-songwriter goes under his more manageable moniker. He’s just put out the appropriately titled Across the Borders, a fresh LP of rousing originals, so expect that to get a decent airing. Plus, recent favourites such as Color Decay, Neon Experience and Gold Laces will also no doubt make an appearance. Well worth checking out.

Village Underground
54 Holywell Lane, London EC2A 3PQ.
020 7422 7505


Tuesday 26 February

Lauren Aquilina

The Bristol-born, half-Maltese singer-songwriter famously began releasing material while still at school, before landing a record deal with Island. She took a few years off in 2014 to deal with health issues, but came back with a bang with the energetic Psycho, ahead of a new EP due this year. Kylie is a fan, so don’t be surprised if a few familiar faces are spotted at this welcome return.

The Garage
20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 1RD
020 7619 6720 / 0844 847 1678


Wednesday 27 February

Denver Cuss – IMAGE IN

Let the celebrations begin! With The George’s future now officially secured, Ms Cuss and her band prepare to swoon with smoky lashings of jazz, neo soul and funk. They’ll be playing material from their upcoming EP Naked Brain, which is due out in the coming months. Plus, support comes in the form of vocalist Alice Auer and pianist Ben Wickins, with their own blend of jazz soul vibes. Doors at 7.30pm. Showtime 8pm. Entry is free.

The George Tavern
373 Commercial Road, London E1 0LA 
020 7790 7335


Die Selektion

The cold wave EBM outfit from Stuttgart bring their post-punk experimental flavours to the Waiting Room for one cool night of synth pop. They’ve been hard at it since 2010, but don’t expect them to be looking over their shoulder at this exclusive London show for believers and curios alike. Doors at 7.30pm. Tickets £8.80.

The Waiting Room
175 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0LH. 
020 7241 5511 


Friday 29 February

Village Cuts Club Night

We can’t think of a better way to wrap up the week than with a cool, funky club night in one of our favourite rooms. The Last is best known for supporting artists of all shapes and sizes, and live music in general. And with a room this good, why not let it all hang out? Expect rare African, Latino and Caribbean sounds tonight from Volta Fortyfive. The fun kicks off at 9pm till late. Entry is free.

The Old Blue Last
38 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3ES. 
020 7739 7033 

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