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Best Gigs in East London


Friday September 28


The lively Leeds post-punksters descend on the East for one gloriously noisy night of urgent sounds. Check out their long-player Gig Economy (and debut EP Ex-Communiqué) – you’ll hear shades of Pavement, Television and et al to fine effect. BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley playlisted them and Rough Trade nabbed them for their annual round-up. Need we say more? The big night is supported by local five-piece punk outfit Sleep Eaters and Truman Dinosaur, in the midst of a string of dates.
33-35 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BJ  
020 7923 1680 

Palestine Film Club

Get down and funky with this one-of-a-kind event. A clutch of the most innovative artistic voices from Palestine, the UK and Yemen will showcase their shorts and features, followed by a lively on-stage Q&A and a mega party to boot. DJs Jazar Crew – the DIY music and art collective promoting safe spaces for Palestinian youth – will be providing the dancefloor action for this, their very first visit to the capital. Find out what’s going on with the Palestinian film scene, then dance your socks off till the wee, wee hours.
Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
020 7613 7498


Saturday September 29

Baby Bushka

Prepare to be Wow, Wow, Wowed by this eight-piece Kate Bush tribute band, travelling all the way from San Diego, California. We’re reliably informed that the mystical one herself will remain as elusive as ever, but no matter: this is as close to the real thing as we’re likely to get anytime soon. DJs will be playing the original cuts around the band’s superlative versions, making for one big night of Babushka that you won’t want to miss. Are you ready?
Moth Club
Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, London E9 6NU.
020 8985 7963


Tuesday October 2

Yung Gravy

Breakout single Mr Clean launched rapper Yung Gravy – aka Matt Hauri – onto the world stage in 2016. Since then, the Rochester, Minnesota native has toured the US to great effect and released various singles, Eps and a mixtape. He’s wry and quirky, with a suitably dry sense of humour, which we’re sure will knock out Londoners at the Garage. Check out his equally witty videos on YouTube to get down with the man’s vibe. Dressing gowns are optional but recommended.
The Garage
20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 1RD
020 7619 6720 / 0844 847 1678


Thursday October 4

Lisa Hannigan

The Mercury Prize-nominated singer-songwriter brings her folk sensibilities to town for one night only with the help of contemporary chamber orchestra Stargaze. Hannigan’s stunning voice has seen her wow audiences around the world since her lauded debut long-player See Saw arrived in 2011 – and before, working and touring with Damien Rice. Her latest, At Swim, and its predecessor, Passenger, are also likely to feature in a unique evening of symphonic intimacy and pure class. Highly recommended for music lovers everywhere.
Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
020 7638 4141

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