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Top 7 Music Events In London This November

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From celebrating the 30th anniversary of the EFG London Jazz Festival, to the opening of Central London's first purpose-built venue since the 1940s, we are spoiled for choice this month. Here are the Top 7 nights out in London in November.

head/room 001 - at The Marquis - Sunday 6th

The Marquis

The Marquis, 48 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7XJ  |  Sunday 6th November

Flying firmly under the radar, genre-defying UK dance artists IZCO, Cimm, Sumgii, among others, promise a lively night in Stoke Newington on the 6th of November. Kept intentionally lowkey, unaffiliated with any label or promoter, it self-professedly comes “from the creators”, keeping it purely about the music, no distractions. Falling somewhere in the luscious and ever-sprawling middle-ground between Garage and Grime, the headline artists will possibly tip more in the direction of Grime given the MC’s; rising Newham rapper Eklipse is set to make an appearance, making small waves with his East Manna Man EP, spitting flames over dark 140. While IZCO made waves for his chill garage, most notably ‘Feel’ which became a regular spin on garage nights, this particular night at The Marquis may test your filth endurance.

Event information and tickets can be found here.


All Night Chaos In The CBD - at Electric Brixton - Saturday 19th

Electric Brixton

Electric Brixton, Town Hall Parade, Brixton, London, SW2 1RJ  |  Saturday 19th November

The indominable house duo are back in Brixton for another show, this time an all-nighter in the famous Electric Brixton. After coming to prominence on Bradley Zero’s Rhythm Section label, with the wildly popular single ‘Midnight in Peckham’, Chaos in the CBD have travelled the world back a few times, exporting their signature jazzy, low-key London house. Expect something more pulsy and up-beat than the tracks that got them big; ‘Midnight in Peckham’s legend status came about via closing sets, sending off the night once the energies start to fall. For an all-night show, Chaos need some serious charge to keep us up, though it would be harder to find safer hands.

Tickets are on waiting list and can be found here


DJ Marky: Origins Set - at The Jazz Café - Friday 18th

The Jazz Café

The Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG  |  Friday 18th November

The well-loved, much-admired, and supremely influential DJ Marky treats the zealots with a throwback night at Camden’s Jazz Café, winding back the clocks to explore the sounds that influenced him. You can hear in his sound the variety and scale of music it took to create his sound; from bossa nova, electronic music, Brazilian disco, funk, it is all reflected in the vibrancy of his particular style of drum and bass. An electric performer, Marky has a few times gone viral with videos of his live sets, where he can be seen scratching with the turnstable upside down, on its side, with his back turned, all at dizzying speeds. He has been one of the best in the game for a while now, with a strong cult following in the UK and beyond. He will be delighted to return to the UK, for, in his words, “the UK is a second home to me”.

Event information and tickets can be found here


The Hxdra: EFG London Jazz Festival 30th Birthday - at Printworks - Saturday 19th

The Hydra

Printworks, 1 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7PJ  |  Saturday 19th November

The second Hydra event of the month, held at the much-loved Printworks, this iteration boasts a line-up of Bonobo, Danilo Plessow (Motor City Drum Ensemble), Joe Armon-Jones and Tenderlonious. Joining forces with The Hydra, the EFG London Jazz Festival celebrates its 30th year, thus promising something special for its followers and followers-to-be. It is part of a series of events held by the Hydra to celebrate milestones of important UK music institutions. Saturday the 5th, for example, celebrates 15 years of the Erased Tapes label, and the week before it held a bash for Hessle Audio. Being the final of the three, and additionally celebrating the biggest milestone, this all-day event at Printworks promises a unique festivity with some of the most exciting UK artists. Starting at midday and ending at 11, the event comes with a heftier-than-normal price tag, but for DJ sets from this roster of artists, at Printworks no less, it would be hard to argue against its worth.

Event information and tickets can be found here


Sudan Archives Homecoming Tour - at KOKO - Wednesday 23rd

KOKO

KOKO, 1a Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE  |  Wednesday 23rd November

Moving away from DJ sets and house raves, the burgeoning genre-blending rapper/singer/violinist Sudan Archives comes Camden way for a new album tour. After dropping her self-titled EP on Stones Throw back in 2017, Ms. Archives’ music has been featured in films, including an evocative scene in the indie film Baby Teeth, intriguing audiences with a sound somewhere between FKA Twigs, Warpaint, M.I.A., and Doja Cat, at least only as far as the trap influences go. Labelling this as trap, or even rap for that matter, detracts from the diverse sound by typifying it; her body of work is so profoundly blended from disparate influences that she deserves to be her own genre. On her new album, Natural Brown Prom Queen, one can only admire the audacity as she tries to do something different every 16 bars, everything from dropping a register in her voice, from airy violin riffs to growling bass-beats. The Californian artist may not be in town for some time, so catch her while you can.

Event information and tickets can be found here


Fatima Yamaha - at HERE - Saturday 26th

Smalltalk, Percolate

HERE, Denmark Street, London, WC2H  |  Saturday 26th November

Playing at the new, four-stories-deep underground venue HERE in Soho, the Dutch techno/house artist Fatima Yamaha returns to the capital. Known for his chill house sensibilities and punchy stabbing synths, he entered the mainstream with What’s a Girl to Do, initially released in 2004 but made killer waves upon its re-release a decade later, once his style became in vogue. His release earlier this year, Build Back Bangers, strays away from the stripped-back, sedentary styles we have become familiar with, undoubtedly with the intention of producing pure bangers, better suiting a live setting. 

Despite the weight of his name, attention must also be drawn to the venue; it’s not often you get to say out loud, “let’s check out the new big venue in London”, as clubs of all sizes have been steadily shutting down over the years with no real replacements.

">According to their Instagram, it is the first purpose-built venue in Central London since the 1940s. From the people behind Percolate and Waterworks festival, HERE boasts 25,000 square feet of space with a 2000 capacity. Speaking to Resident Advisor, director of the project Nicolas Matar says “the sound treatment is more like that of a music studio, but on a very large scale unseen in London clubland. It features the latest d‘n’b audiotechnik sound system installation, a top-spec lighting rig and a huge 8K resolution screen."

The first event to be held at HERE is Sam Ryder, and Fatima Yamaha performs just 3 days after. Take your chance to see a brand-spanking new venue for the first (and most-likely last) time on the last weekend in November.

Tickets and event information can be found here


fabric: Collisions - at Fabric - Saturday 12th

Fabric

fabric, 77a Charterhouse St, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 6HJ  |  Saturday 12th November

Presented by Craig Richards, ‘Collisions’ held at Fabric on the 12th comes with a significant line-up of big names in the scene, most notably dBridge, who is offering a live set. dBridge, a frankly massive name in drum and bass, is appearing alongside his BPM inferiors; the line-up will largely be a house affair, and whether or not dBridge sacrifices 174 and tows the line is hitherto unknown. Also appearing on the line-up is Radioactive Man, the moniker of Keith Tenniswood, an active presence in electronica since the 90s, who came to attention from working on David Holmes’ 90s charting trip-hop album Let’s Get Killed. It will be interesting to see how all these artists compete in the mix, and how fluid the sets will be, but for drum and bass fans, a dBridge live set is simply unmissable, even to just pay respect to his name.

Tickets and event information can be found here.


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