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You know how it goes: the gig goes on sale at 9am, sold out 30 seconds later. Hours spent trawling the internet for tickets and bartering with touts lingering outside venues only leads to one thing, and that's you paying way over the odds for what should be an affordable night out.
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So, what's available? You might just be surprised — check out some of these top upcoming London events:
Music On London - 10 February 2018
Artist and DJ Marco Carola brings his label's cutting-edge club sound to London, having curated the perfect home for up and coming artists at Music On. The only requirement for calling this label your home is good quality music, which sets this all-night bender in good-stead from the outset.
Foo Fighters - 22 June 2018
If you're looking for a wild time, a Foo Fighters gig is a good place to start. Now we think about it, does anyone else make proper rock music any more? Get your fix of guitar anthems from the biggest band in — and perhaps the saviours of — modern rock 'n' roll.
Kendrick Lamar - 13 February 2018
Kendrick's thoughtful yet intricate style has elevated him to the become one of the most celebrated artists in the rap genre. Performing tracks from his latest album, DAMN, Kendrick lets his lyrics do the talking, and you might want to listen up.
Lady Gaga - 4 February 2018
When you go to a Lady Gaga gig, you know you're in for more than just an average performance — you're in for a full on show. Heading out in support of her fifth studio album, Joanne, she packs in dazzling pyrotechnics, dramatic costumes and energetic dance routines, making this a treat for both the eyes and ears.
The Script - 23 February 2018
The Script's punchy hooks and sing-along choruses make these Irish pop-rockers top of the list if you're looking for a feel-good show. Sure, they have their fair share of soppy pop hits, but that's exactly why we love 'em.
MGMT - 6 February 2018
When Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden first got together to make music at college, they were never trying to form a band. Their musical musings and consequent psychedelic pop hits served to catapult them to fame — much to their surprise, mind you (but much to our delight).
Hospitality in the Dock - 30 March 2018
Billed as a 360-degree celebration of dance music’s most diverse and exciting genre, drum and bass, this world famous name takes over London's iconic Tobacco Dock venue for a whole-day blowout. Three unique spaces play host to some of the biggest names in the genre, and street food will keep you going through the night.
Arcadia London 10th Anniversary Festival - 5 May-6 May 2018
This spring, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park plays host to an immersive world, which some experienced punters will recognise from hazy Glastonbury nights. See 50 foot fireballs ignite with a thunderous shock wave, multi million volt lightning bolts crackle through the arena, robotic creatures swoop from the sky. Let your spirits fly at this electronic dance music festival like no other.
Sam Smith - 10 April 2018
Grammy-winning artist Sam Smith brings his spine-tingling vocals to the O2, for a performance that is sure to shed a tear or two. Hot on the heels of his anticipated second album, he's full of emotional pop hits to keep you singing along.
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