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Nightlife & Music
Londoners are rightly proud of the city’s music scene, and it’s a safe bet they will be out in droves this summer taking a break from the round-the-clock sport coverage. Here’s our pick of the events taking place from July 20 to August 19…
For those whose tastes bridge classical and jazz, Wynton Marsalis’ Swing Symphony at the Barbican features the great American trumpeter and keeper of the ‘swinging jazz’ flame performing with assistance from English megastar conductor Sir Simon Rattle. A performance of Rachmaninoff’s ‘Symphonic Dances’ is also on the bill.
Another legend from the US is at the Royal Albert Hall this summer. Jazz guitarist George ‘The Greatest Love of All’ Benson was axeman for Miles Davis, among others, and will be performing smooth classic hits ‘Never Give Up on a Good Thing’ and ‘Give Me the Night’ among others.
Raspy-voiced rockers should be aware that Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder is at the Hammersmith Apollo on July 30. The band will be returning to the UK to play the Isle of Wight festival later in the year, but in the meantime this is the chance to catch one of Vedder’s first solo European shows. (Warning: may contain ukuleles.)
For a real slice of London’s musical history, though, punk legends PiL are playing The Forum near Kentish Town tube station on August 11. Fronted by Sex Pistols icon John Lydon, backed up by ex-The Damned guitarist Lu Edmonds, Bruce Smith, a former drummer for The Slits, and bassist Scott Firth (who’s played for everyone from Elvis Costello to The Spice Girls), expect these veterans to put on an acerbic, snarling show, perfectly out of step with the prevailing Olympic spirit.
For clubbing aficionados, it’s probably best to avoid superclubs like Fabric and Ministry of Sound this time round. Eastern Electrics on Clapham Common is our tip for a hedonistic night out, touting itself as London’s answer to Barcelona’s Sonar festival. Crazy P, Joy Orbison, Tensnake, Julio Bashmore, Kerri Chandler feature amid deep house, disco, tech-house and funky bass sounds.
Although the line-up’s yet to be announced, it’s worth keeping an eye on the BT London Live series of events, which will feature live music acts at outdoor venues alongside big screens showing the sporting events. And you’ll find updated listings for any week’s gigs and club nights at www.timeout.com/london.
Wynton Marsalis Swing Symphony, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS. +44 20 7638 8891. www.barbican.org.uk. Jul 25-26.
George Benson, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP. +44 20 7589 8212. www.royalalberthall.com. Jul 28.
Eddie Vedder, Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, W6 9QH. +44 844 844 4748. www.hammersmithapollo.net. Jul 30.
PiL, The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road, NW5 1JY. +44 844 847 2405. www.kentishtownforum.com. Aug 11.
Eastern Electrics festival, Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, SW4 9DE. +44 20 7926 9000. www.easternelectrics.com. Aug 4.
BT London Live, various venues. www.btlondonlive.com.
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