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Live Music in East London this week

Friday June 8
Spirit of Change: The Transform Pit Party

Blurring the lines between live performance and contemporary theatrical expression, the Leeds collective presents this unique showcase of their wares over two busy days in their London debut. Prepare to be impressed.
Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

020 7638 4141

Friday June 8
T Williams / Local Action Records 8th Birthday Party

Stokie’s top night spot spins up a storm this Friday as it doffs its cap to Local Action Records on this, its eighth birthday. Expect T Williams and the assembled crew to pull out the stops for one joyous night of sounds. It’s Friday, so let it run loose and long.
33-35 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BJ  

020 7923 1680 

Saturday June 9th
Nicola Cruz

Making his UK debut at one of our favourite rooms, Cruz’s ability to seamlessly weave indigenous sounds with rhythmic dancehall grooves puts him in a class of his own. What’s more, supporting the man is a veritable who’s who of the DJ scene. Among them: Acid Arab (think North Africa meets Asia), Nico Stojan and Begun. Expect a night of global sounds that push electronic hybrid grooves into a fresh dimension. We’re sold.
Village Underground
54 Holywell Lane, London EC2A 3PQ

020 7422 7505


Saturday June 9th
Clockwork: The Cure Special

So you didn’t score tickets to their massive show in Hyde Park this summer? Miss out on front man Robert Smith’s Meltdown festival, too? Ease your troubled mind with this special night of gothic sounds, led, of course, by the man’s extraordinary cannon of tunes. We’ve been promised Nick Cave, Killing Joke, PiL, PJ Harvey and plenty more as well. Sounds like nigh-on essential stuff.
Shacklewell Arms
71 Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2EB

020 7249 0810

Sunday June 10
Crack Cloud

The multi-ethnic, multimedia collective returns to the Shacklewell with latest release, Anchoring Point, tucked under their sleeves. Described as Gang of Four meets Fela Kuti meets Talking Heads, the Canadian seven-piece evoke a New Wave aesthetic brought screaming into the 21st century with swing and feeling. Count us in.
Shacklewell Arms
71 Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2EB

020 7249 0810 


Tuesday June 12
Animal Collective Perform Sung Tongs

In a real boon for fans, the much-loved Maryland-ers will perform their landmark 2004 long-player in its entirety for the first time in the UK. Often cited as one of the great albums of the Noughties, the record’s original performers – Avey Tare (David Portner) and Panda Bear (Noah Lennox) – will present their breakthrough disc as nature intended. Prepare to be wowed all over again as they cut loose.
490 Commercial Road, London E1 0HX

0844 249 1000
0207 790 9000



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