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Best Gigs in East London

Saturday September 15th

Peeping Drexels

Favourite of BBC Radio 6’s Steve Lamacq, the fast-rising grungesters are about to unleash their debut EP. Time, then, for this headline show round our way to see and hear what all the fuss is about. The South London DIY mob are joined by Norwegian power trio Spielbergs, Manchester’s Afghan Sand Gang, who’ve also been turning heads around the country of late, plus the elusive Public Body, who appear to be anything but. Quite the line-up for a memorable autumnal weekend of sound. We’ll see you there.
The Old Blue Last
38 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3ES. 
020 7739 7033 


Sunday September 16th

Handsworth Songs

Named after the area of Birmingham that gave rise to British reggae stars Steel Pulse, the Black Audio Collective’s searing film about the media’s representation of black culture first screened on a radically different Channel 4 back in 1986. Thirty-two years later, it makes a welcome and rare big-screen appearance alongside related works from Sheffield Film Co-Op and Amber Film Workshop. Britain has come a long way since the mid-1980s era of deep social unrest. But in many respects, minorities are still shockingly side-lined, prevented from gaining recognition and access to opportunities readily available to their white counterparts. This is thought-provoking and stirring stuff, powerful, timely and vital.
Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS.
020 7638 4141


Tuesday September 18th

Kev Brown

The world may not be short of rap and RnB legends, but this Maryland native and hip-hop producer/MC is no slouch and no stranger to wowing crowds. He’s been in the business for almost two decades and ranks amongst the most notable in the Washington DC music scene. We’re sure he’s going to liven up the Square in a big way, so arrive early. The fun kicks off at 8pm. Curfew is at midnight. You can get up to speed via his SoundCloud and Spotify pages for a brief, sweet taste of the man’s vibe. Word.
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
2-4 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
020 7613 0709


Wednesday September 19th

The Babe Rainbow

The dreamy folk-popsters from beach-side Byron Bay, Australia bring their trippy, hippy vibe to a room often associated with bigger, brasher sounds and beer stains. How will they fair in the famed surrounds of the Garage? We’re intrigued by the idea and given they’re about to put out their second long-player, we’d wager they’re road-tested and ready to take on just about anybody. Check out their beards-and-sandals vibe via the usual online portals and be immersed in their splendour.
The Garage
20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 1RD
020 7619 6720 / 0844 847 1678


Thursday September 20th








Kieran Godley (remember Kevin of 10CC and Godley & Crème fame?) and bandmate Sam Keysell are a two-piece arty outfit hailing from, erm, leafy Ascot. Don’t be put off by the thought of horsy types and immaculate manors, though: these lads know how to shape and perform eloquent, grand tunes that are ethereal and hypnotic. We dig their beats and their bluster, plus the night’s got a tasty roster of support, featuring London electro outfits, the three-piece Kyoti and the four-piece Private Life. Which all sounds rather spiffing.
33-35 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BJ
020 7923 1680

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