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While the big guy in red makes his list and checks it twice, check out a selection of the finest festive events coming your way.

Warm, accessible and poppy alt-folk set gets some worthwhile extras thrown in.

Preview: Orlando Weeks at Union Chapel

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The former Maccabees frontman Orlando Weeks comes to Union Chapel in December for two intimate concerts which tell the story of his debut novel: The Gritterman.

WGC’s central force bows out with a moving, cerebral set of alt-country fitting of his legacy.

Last year saw the successful return of classical music concerts to Kenwood House after a break of five years.

Union Chapel will host a programme of film screenings, carol singalongs and a Christmas market between December 3 and 9 as they bid to raise funds for their historic Sunday School Hall.

Wireless Festival promoters say reducing bass levels at the event and finishing half-an-hour earlier would put it out of business and is appealing Haringey Council’s restrictions.

St Mary’s Church will stage two Music for Peace events across Remembrance Weekend as they mark 100 years since the guns fell silent.

Whether you love it or loathe it, the spookiest evening of the year is fast approaching and there’s lots of twisted fun to be had in our neck of the woods.

The Palace Music and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy puppetmaster offers a stripped-back revue of his work.

Wireless promoter Live Nation has been given the green light to carry on holding the festival in Finsbury Park after a licensing review – but extra security will be on the streets and artists will be “encouraged” not to swear.

Tight, polished disco-funk from the Australian upstarts shows adventurous promise.

Indie favourites take their Good Humor LP out the garage and into the British Library for a live outing on its 20th anniversary

Borne out of a travel blog, The London Jukebox brings a kaleidoscope of culture and musical styles to the heart of Islington

A set of skilled, expressive piano solos that are impossible to dislike

Ahead of Swing Out Sister’s first London gig in six years, we speak with Corinne Drewery about the band’s close ties with Islington

London Cocktail Week gets underway from Monday and plenty of local bars are getting involved. Here’s five of our favourites

This Monday, a pop-up record and book store aiming to ‘explore the positive connection between mental health and the arts’ will open in Stoke Newington for a one week stay.

The festival, arranged by Hoxton Mini Press, will see a range of celebrated photographers give talks at D&AD between August 17 and 19.

Hundreds of young fans were left disappointed as touts swept up tickets to see Hayley Kiyoko at Islington’s O2 Academy – to sell them for eight times the price.

Weather was a mixed bag but a good time was had by all at this eclectic mix of village fete, rave and family friendly music festival

Review: Weimar Cabaret, Barbican

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Barry Humphries plays himself as the witty erudite host of the decadent entertainment of 1930s Berlin

‘Opera should belong to everybody’

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Reinvigorating classics and telling new stories: Grimeborn festival celebrates opera artists shaking up the genre

The Last Word festival returns for its fifth year with a lineup of poetry, spoken word and slam competitions.

Ahead of their performance at The Dome in Tufnell Park on May 26, frontman Matt Baty discusses the band’s high-energy live shows and funding their forthcoming second album

Peace struggle for depth, excitement and creative inspiration on third outing.

Coombes’ third solo offers bold and ambitious songwriting that sometimes hits the spot.

Some of the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll – Liam Gallagher, Queens of the Stone Age and Iggy Pop – are coming to Finsbury Park next month.

Recorder virtuoso Lydia Gosnell will be coming home when her quartet play the Hackney Proms next month.

Matthews strips it down to the essentials for this quietly potent, intimate sixth album.

Hackney songwriter, producer and talent developer Darren Martyn has spent two thirds of his life in music. Now he is publishing a book to share his expertise and experience

The New York outfit’s sophomore record sets the ‘Beans on course for great things.

Through the show “we examine how the four walls of the hospitals where people were locked away from society are now being replaced with the four walls of people’s bedrooms, as they have a lack of opportunities for engagement or support.”

Album review: Molly Tuttle – Rise

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Incredible, award-winning musicianship and a mature songwriting talent makes Molly Tuttle one to watch

Astute pop wizardry in this debut LP from one of the bands of the moment.

The northern rockers’ motorik, frazzled guitars and kitchen-sink humour make for an invigorating experience.

Spring this year is a fully female season at Hoxton Hall and the perfect way to celebrate the centenary of female suffrage.

Cerebral but accessible singer-songwriter Varley bolsters his sound – and hopefully his fanbase – with fifth solo LP.

The Hackney and Dalston based actor and musician talk to Zoe Paskett about a new musical starring a young woman navigating through a messy, complicated and relatable life

Unlike any folk band you’ve heard before, the ‘Wheel take the genre into exciting new territories

Lean but fruitful third record from the leftfield pop merchants.

Cornwall theatre company Kneehigh returns to Shoreditch Town Hall with their production of The Tin Drum. Director Mike Shepherd fills us in

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