Best Live Music in East London This Week


FRIDAY 3 August

Good Luck

You wouldn’t usually think of South Africa and electronica in the same sentence, would you? This trio are here to change perceptions of what that could sound like. Fusing traditional African rhythms with elements of jazz, pop and electronica, Good Luck produce music that sonically nods both to its varied influences and to a contemporary sound. They’ve shared stages with everyone from Groove Armada to Pharrell Williams, who invited them to open his 2015 tour. This return European visit promises to be every bit as memorable.
The Garage
20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 1RD
020 7619 6720 / 0844 847 1678




Dubbed an “electric blue witch-hop producer and beat maker”, the suitably bewitching Kiwi makes a welcome descent on the East for this intimate and intense show at Birthdays. We’re super excited to catch her in the flesh. Get up to speed via her SoundCloud and Bandcamp pages. The lady’s got talent in spades.
33-35 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BJ
020 7923 1680

Emily Burns

Having reached the final of a Live and Unsigned competition in 2010 – which led to meeting Calvin Harris and Sir Paul McCartney at an Abbey Road Studios masterclass – the 23-year-old singer-songwriter hasn’t wasted anytime since. Having worked at the studios and now with a clutch of singles under her belt, her upcoming debut seven-track mini-album, Seven Scenes from the Same Summer, drops this week. New track Cheat builds on the success of earlier tracks Bitch and Girlfriend at the Time, which have been streamed a mind-bogglingly four million times. The girl from Rugby done well. Find out why here.
Sebright Arms
31-35 Coate Street, London E2 9AG 
020 7729 0937


SUNDAY 5 August

Girls of Grime

Still shrouded in secrecy at press time, this night of girl power promises to be one almighty shakedown of Britain’s most dramatic music revolution. Now world-renowned, grime was born out of the East in the early 2000s, years before Hackney was transformed into the multi-media cultural destination it is today. The likes of Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Kano and others paved the way for Skepta and Stormzy to carry the torch as the genre went nationwide, then global. But what of the women of grime? Find out tonight.
33-35 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BJ
020 7923 1680

Polish Club

Sort of Polish and most definitely from Sydney, the Aussie guitar-drums duo is wildly popular down under and are favourites of the nation’s youth radio Triple J (and its Unearthed comp). We love them, too. They love a good laugh – check out their monster cover of Maria Carey’s All I Want For Christmas on YouTube. Plus they know how to amp it up in a Black Keys kind of way. Which is fine by us.
The Old Blue Last
38 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3ES
020 7739 7033

Television: Marquee Moon album playback

Here’s a curious thing: a listening session without any of the band, played in full (one imagines) for the sheer hell of it. And why not? The seminal post-punk, alt-rock debut is widely recognised as one of the greatest albums of all time. Its surprise success in the UK wasn’t mirrored in its native US (where it tanked), but time has been kind to the influential four-piece. Fronted by Tom Verlaine (who went on to have a successful solo career), Television’s debut has lost none of its raw power, 40+ years on.
Shacklewell Arms
71 Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2EB
020 7249 0810



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