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Book Now: The Best Music Events in London

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Book Now: The Best Music Events in London

If music be the food of love, play on... in and around London town.


From drum and bass to acid jazz, ambient dub to electro swing, there’s something for every musical taste in London. The capital has housed and nurtured some of the worlds most beloved musicians such as The Beatles, David Bowie and Amy Winehouse to name a few. Whether you’re into blues, jazz, swing, rock, classical, folk or heavy metal, we’ve rounded up some of the best music events happening in London next month. 

Discover the following music events to book next month and let us know which you’ll be attending by tagging us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

The Best Music Events to Book Next Month – November 2018

Brixton Village Music Sessions

In a new series hosted in Brixton Village, every evening Thursday – Sunday from 7 pm onwards there’ll be free music sessions showcasing an eclectic mix of genres performed by some of London’s best DJs. Coming up on 14th November is French Mama at Champagne & Fromage, followed by Auntie Maureen performing with her trusted 1930s wind-up grammar-phone on November 16th, and local talent DJ Linx playing boogie and house on November 23 November. To keep up to date events at Brixton Village, follow them on Instagram at @Brixton.Village

Music Sessions at Plaquemine Lock

Every Wednesday and Sunday, the cosy Plaquemine Lock pub in Angel hosts music sessions to be enjoyed whilst munching on the food inspired by Louisiana (think pumpkin & bourbon bisque, buttermilk-fried chicken with pineapple jalapeno salad & creole mustard gravy, and smothered eggplant & okra with black-eyed pea salad & rice). The November music sessions start with Mississippi MacDonald on Wednesday 7th, a 3-time British Blues Awards nominee from London who has been busy travelling on the US Blues trail meeting music legends. Then, on Wednesday 14th there’s Pedro Velasco with Nell Greco, who’ll be performing Brazilian tunes. Finally, on Wednesday 21st, the five-piece band The Red Hot Rags will be performing music inspired by the Golden Age of Jazz. November 7, 14 and 21,

19:20 at The Palm Court

Launching on Wednesday 7th November and continuing on until the New Year, The Palm Court in the Sheraton Grand on Park Lane will be transported back to the 1920s. Each Wednesday, when the clock strikes 19:20, the Art Deco lounge will be transformed into a traditional party of the roaring 20s, just for one hour. The moment the hour begins, the lights will dim, jazz performers will emerge and guests will be totally immersed in the theme. Indulge in themed cocktails such as a French 75 and Gin Rickey served by suitably dressed staff, and escape the modern world, if only for an hour. Every Wednesday,


19.20 at The Palm Court

Salon Imaginaire #2 at West Dean College

In The Old Library of West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, there’ll be live music performances by some of the most unique and imaginative music makers around. You need only pay what you decide based on your enjoyment of the show, after lapping up the musical talents of Collectress, a musical quartet from London and Brighton who’ve been described as ‘possessed Brontë sisters teasing an unsuspecting dinner party’, and Sonic Pleasure, who’ll showcase an improvised, expressive performance. 9 November,

The Old Library at West Dean

Hussain Manawer at Scala London

Ilford-born Hussain Manawer is a poet disturbing stereotypes. He uses his talent to break the stigma around the topic of mental health. His most recent accolade is receiving Honorary Fellowship from Kings College London for his work in mental health and public sciences, awarded to the artist for creating the UK’s largest mental health festival, which was held in partnership with Twitter UK. Now, the internationally-recognised poet will come to London’s Scala to be supported by special guests Hattie Gladwell and Shocka in an alternative musical evening that will be no doubt both inspiring and emotive. 29 November,

Hussain Manawer at Scala London

Mariinsky Orchestra at Cadogan Hall

Valery Gergiev will direct The Mariinsky Orchestra this November in three concerts that will pay tribute to two iconic figures in classical music, Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. The programme on November 5th includes excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, Op.66, and a performance of his Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64. November 5,

Mariinsky Orchestra at Cadogan Hall

Steven Isserlis at Wigmore Hall

In a continuation of his partnership with Wigmore Hall, Steven Isserlis will explore the chamber music of two composers he wholeheartedly champions, Schumann and Fauré, in four performances beginning on November 17th. Isserlis’s first concert will be with Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Katharine Gowers and Rachel Roberts, and the series will then continue on into 2019. November 17,

Steven Isserlis at Wigmore Hall

Sa Chen at Milton Court Concert Hall

As part of their Alumni Recital Series, Sa Chen will return to Guildhall School for a Debussy-only programme. The Chinese-born musician that rose to prominence after being selected as a finalist for the Leeds International Piano Competition at only 16 will perform on November 14,

Sa Chen at Milton Court Concert Hall

An Evening with Suggs and Friends at Porchester Hall

Kicking off the month of November is the sixth ‘An Evening with Suggs and Friends’ event. In an evening with Emeli Sande, Suggs and UB40 ft Ali, Astro & Mickey, there’ll be live music and entertainment that will raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK. Emily Sandé will be performing a tribute to Aretha Franklin, the legendary, phenomenal singer who devastatingly passed away earlier this year, of pancreatic cancer. There will also be a VIP auction with amazing prizes to be won – last year’s prizes included a Gibson guitar signed by Eric Clapton and VIP tickets to see Lana Del Rey in Barcelona including flights and hotel! November 1,

An Evening With Suggs and Friends

Andrea Bocelli at the O2 Arena

Due to exceptional demand, Andrea Bocelli, the biggest selling solo classical artist of all time, has added an additional date at London’s O2 ArenaNovember 3,

Andrea Bocelli at the O2 Arena, credit to Jan Nechville

The FortySix at The Oblique Life

The Oblique Life is a new members’ club across London that hosts social events to bring like-minded people together. Their new music event, Sunday Night Live is a monthly installment to introduce members and non-members alike to new music. Headlining Novembers’ event is The FortySix, bringing their emo-soul sound. They’ll be supported by emerging talent, progressive soul and pop artist Cloudy Galvez. November 11,

The FortySix at The Oblique Life

Christmas Light Switch On at Seven Dials

The Christmas Light Switch On at Seven Dials will be a night of music, food, shopping and seasonal spirit. Munch on festive food and shop independent designers such as Tatty Devine, Laura Lea and Duke + Dexter, all whilst listening to experiential music courtesy of EP Orchestra. November 15,

Christmas Light Switch On at Seven Dials

Sofar Sounds

Sofar sounds is a company whose aim is to change the way we discover new music. By choosing an event on day and location alone, you’re added to a waiting list to buy tickets. Once you do, you are messaged a secret location where phones are discouraged. The only thing you have to do is come with an open mind to hear something new. It may be a gospel choir, it may be a solo pianist, but whatever sofar sounds puts on, it’s original and niche. Plus, most are BYOB. Ongoing,

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