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Best Gigs in East London


Thursday 8 November

Madison McFerrin

Hailing from San Francisco, based in Brooklyn (where else?), this lady’s been praised by The New York Times as showing “wonderful vocal dexterity” just like her famously talented father. Clearly, talent runs deep in the family. The pair do perform together from time to time – but this show is her own gig, headlining The Waiting Room with her own sound. Her tastes are broad, her influences wide, and there’s even room for a bit of jazz in there, too.
The Waiting Room
175 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0LH. 
020 7241 5511 


Friday 9 November

Jarreau Vandal

The Dutch DJ finally headlines his own show – so expect him to wear his 1990s hip-hop, rock and R&B influences proudly on his sleeve. He grew up listening to the likes of Jamiroquai, A Tribe Called Quest and Red Hot Chili Peppers, which gives you a good idea of where he’ll be headed. He’s been making music since he was 16, his grandfather produces it, and he’s quite the natty dresser. What’s not to love?
Village Underground
54 Holywell Lane, London EC2A 3PQ.
020 7422 7505


Saturday November 10

Olden Yolk

Cut to the Quick is the infectious single that refuses to leave quietly. It’s from their debut long-player, released earlier this year, which is confident, funky, quirky and irresistibly breezy and cool. Neatly summarised as folk-rock, the indie New Yorkers have that and plenty more on offer. Check out their online portals to get informed. They’re not half-bad at shooting music videos, either. Support will be announced close to showtime.
Sebright Arms
31-35 Coate Street, London E2 9AG 
020 7729 0937 

Earth Tongue

The Kiwi duo draws on 1970s psych-rock for inspiration and have their Portable Shine EP to showcase, plus plenty more fuzzy, upbeat vibes to share. Earth Tongue are Gussie Larkin (guitar and vocals) and Ezra Simons (drums and vocals), with technical wizardry providing bass and other sonic devices. Never fear, their sound is mighty. We’re digging their other-worldly atmos right now. What’s more, entry is free. You know what to do.
Shacklewell Arms
71 Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2EB. 
020 7249 0810 


Monday November 12

Mavi Phoenix

Who knew soulful electro-pop and R&B could emanate with such ease from Vienna, Austria? Still only 23, the rising star includes East London on a globe-trotting jaunt promoting her latest cuts, including the catchy Ibiza, and the suitably titled Young Prophet. There’s an irresistibly anthemic quality to the lady’s bigger tracks, so expect there to be plenty of hands in the air. Monday nights just got exciting all over again.
The Old Blue Last
38 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3ES. 
020 7739 7033 








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