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Best Music Gigs in East London


Friday 19th October

The Coathangers

Proudly pro-choice and unashamedly provocative, the female garage three-piece hail from Atlanta, Georgia – a city made famous by civil rights (and the 1996 Olympics). Named after a particularly gruesome backstreet method endured by so many unwitting single mothers, the trio will no doubt put on a loud and powerful show that raises the pulse and the roof. Check out their stuff online to get aware.
Moth Club
Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, London E9 6NU.
020 8985 7963

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

Since emerging in 2006 with The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager, Sam Duckworth’s alter ego solo project has fused folk, indie and a political narrative to powerful effect. Having had run-ins with the far-right neo-Nazi BNP, Duckworth is a supporter of the Love Music Hate Racism campaign and has worked with a wide variety of collaborators, including Billy Bragg and Kate Nash. The Southend-on-Sea native will no doubt have plenty to say about the current government and its chaotic policy flip-flopping.
Islington Assembly Hall
Upper Street, London N1 2UD
020 7527 8900


Saturday 20th October

Magic Shoppe

The Boston, Massachussetts psych-rock outfit makes a welcome stop in the East on their current European tour. Check out the four-piece’s current long-player, In Parallel, on their official site to get in the mood – and while you’re at it, stream their previous records, too. We’ve been lucky to have some great psych-rock bands passing through our venues in recent months – and we would definitely add Magic Shoppe to that list.
Shacklewell Arms
71 Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2EB.
020 7249 0810


Darren White – otherwise known as dBridge – is one of the pioneers of drum and bass. Following a recording hiatus of 10 long years, he’s back with fresh vinyl and some special guests in tow, to play the night out loud at the Village Underground. Get there early to also hear Radioactive Man, Skeptical and Fixate. It promises to be one hell of a night for drums and bass heads.
Village Underground
54 Holywell Lane, London EC2A 3PQ.
020 7422 7505


Sunday 21st October

Shut Up and Play the Piano

Self-proclaimed musical genius Chilly Gonzales – the alter ego of Canadian Jason Charles Beck – receives the documentary treatment, courtesy of filmmaker Philipp Jedicke. It draws on a wealth of personal archive from Beck himself. Cue an increasingly bizarre and hilarious journey as we follow the mad music-maker as he recalls crazy days flat-sharing with Peaches and Feist to a shift to underground Berlin and then on to an even more unlikely transplant to the chamber orchestra pits of Paris. Whatever you make of him, he’s anything but predictable. Screening as part of this year’s BFI London Film Festival’s closing night.
Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
020 7613 7498


Monday October 22

Cat Power

Back in town after her All Points East performance back in June, the Atlanta, Georgia native (another one!) hits the East for this signing session of her much-anticipated new long-player, Wanderer. Never one to rush-release a record, Ms Chan Marshall’s first new LP in six years (after 2012’s hugely successful Sun) features touring buddy Lana Del Ray and others, and will no doubt once again throw up plenty of sonic surprises. Impossible to pigeon hole, Ms Marshall – who took her stage moniker Cat Power from the name of her first band – unashamedly beats to the rhythm of her own drum.
Rough Trade East
Dray Walk, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
020 7392 7788


Ever noticed how many top bands come from outside of London? Hailing from Portsmouth, this sea-worthy four-piece name-check their genre influences with pride. So that’s, in no particular order, new wave, shoegaze, dreampop and indie. Expect this Monday night stop in Hoxton to be a lively, eclectic affair with plenty of oomph. You can find out more about the lads via the usual online portals. Victory seems assured.
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
2-4 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
020 7613 0709


Thursday October 25

Viagra Boys

Droll and louche, this Stockholm post-punk garage six-piece sends up American jocks via their freshest cut, Sports, to great effect. Expect this welcome stop in London on their UK tour, then, to be typically part-Stooges, part-Birthday Party, as they snarl and swivel their wares through one sweaty night of rancour and verse. Their impressive debut long-player, Street Worms, show how to get in tune with their way of thinking.
33-35 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BJ
020 7923 1680

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