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Best Gigs in East London


Friday January 18

The Stallion

You may know them from their (rather good) cover of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall Pt 2. But that’s merely the beginning. Dubbed The Dark Side of The Wall (geddit?), tonight is where the duo plays out Floyd’s classic double album in full. That’s no small task when you consider how intense the material is – and how tricky it is to replicate the intricate soundscapes the original music contains. We’re unlikely to see the surviving members of Floyd perform together again. Cue this fresh reading of their seminal 1979 LP in all its deliriously manic glory.
Moth Club
Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, London E9 6NU.
020 8985 7963

Sunday January 19

Katie Pham and The Moonbathers

The Sheffield three-piece bring their blend of surfy, guitar-led melodies to the Sebright, with something completely different – Bristol’s epic art-rockers Poisonous Birds – in support. The Birds are likely to raise the roof before the headliners reach the stage, so it’ll be interesting to see how the whole thing goes down. Before all that, there’s London post-punk dance outfit Obscenity State and London-Rio-Stoke electro-punksters A Standard Model to savour. Quite the night, then.
Sebright Arms
31-35 Coate Street, London E2 9AG 
020 7729 0937 


As we return to some semblance of normality after the post-festive comedown, the Brummie electro duo hit the ground running with their first shows of 2019. No doubt buoyed by the hometown show that precedes this, the lads – Elliot Reynolds and Max Such – bring their sound, described as “explosive”, “consistent universal groove”, to our turf. We love what we’re hearing and seeing so far – check out She Said and their debut album online – and you’ll no doubt feel that same. The show’s likely to be an upbeat bounce of a gig before the new week dawns. Door entry is free, too.
The Old Blue Last
38 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3ES. 
020 7739 7033 

Tuesday January 22 & Wednesday January 23

Neil and Liam Finn

Father and son Finn have played together a fair bit over the years – most famously on Crowded House’s triumphant comeback tour back in 2007 – but this is the first time the pair have gone out with an album all their own as a touring unit. We advise against peeking ahead of show time, but if you can’t help yourself, you can get a flavour of what the set list is likely to contain online. As well as some timeless gems, the pair’s long-player Lightsleeper will also feature. Both nights are officially sold out, with a waiting list now in place. As is the norm, you’re likely to find folk lurking outside with tickets to flog. Better still, try Gumtree and other resale sites first.
EartH, 11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington, London N16 8BH
020 7422 7505

Thursday January 24

Jake Hill + Josh A

Playing the first of two consecutive nights, Josh Chance – aka Josh A – and Jake Hill bring their collaborative rap to the Highbury hot spot for one intense night of rhymes. Expect to hear the famed Nuketown and It’s Every Day, Bro, plus a wealth of other collabs and sounds stemming from hook-ups with  Zwall, Foti, and Darko, amongst others. If you’re wondering where the noise began, check out their online portals to get up to speed.
The Garage
20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 1RD
020 7619 6720 / 0844 847 1678

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