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Best Music Gigs in East London


Saturday 27 October

David Murray and Saul Williams

A rare treat, this: one of the most respected American jazz musicians teams up with one of the leading voices on the spoken-word scene for one unique night of performance. West Coast-born David Murray has been a prolific performing and recording artist since the 1970s and was a founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet. East Coast-born Saul Williams is a renowned rapper, singer-songwriter, slam poet, writer and actor, best known for his urban poetry and hip hop, as well as starring roles in 1998 indie feature Slam and 2013 jukebox musical Holler If Ya Hear Me.
Islington Assembly Hall
Upper Street, London N1 2UD

020 7527 8900


Monday 29 October

Coeur de Pirate

The French-Canadian chanteuse – real name Béatrice Martin – marks 10 years since her breakout self-titled debut dropped. Since then, she’s shifted over a million records, caused a stir with nude modelling, and given her ‘pirate heart’ to LGBTQ causes – while also being hailed as a Quebecois for young people to follow. She sings mostly in French, so expect there to be plenty of Francophiles in the house. It should be quite the night.
The Garage
20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 1RD
020 7619 6720 / 0844 847 1678


Tuesday 30 October

Dave B

The son of a preacher man has been making serious waves in his native Washington state and across the US this year. Supporting Macklemore on an arena tour, popping up for a spot on Jimmy Fallon’s show and prepping a third album release is enough to make anyone sweat. Now, David Bowman – aka Seattle-based rapper Dave B – hits the capital as part of a brief European jaunt to show us what the fuss is all about. Check out his rhymes on his SoundCloud page if you’re unfamiliar. He’s well worth seeking out.
33-35 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BJ  
020 7923 1680 

Mint Field

Ethereal indie rock rarely sounded better than this outfit from Tijuana, Mexico. Between them, 21-year-olds Estrella Sanchez and Amor Amezcua (with a third wheel on bass) play up a storm on stage, having already performed at SXSW and Coachella and across the US and Mexico. Check out their latest disc Pasar De La Luces and its predecessor to get an idea of the other-worldly shapes and sounds these ladies make. It’s going to be one trippy night.
Sebright Arms
31-35 Coate Street, London E2 9AG 
020 7729 0937 


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