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Top Ten Underground Gigs in London

Summer in London has festivals springing up like weeds through the cracks in the pavement. But if you don’t fancy the festival scene and are looking for something off the beaten track check out some of our best picks of underground gigs in London this month:

1. Troubadour Friday with Suffice Plustwo, Old Brompton Rd – 2nd August

Masquerading as a tiny but perfectly formed coffee house by day on Friday 2nd August the Troubadour transforms into a jumping party spot. Headlining will be Suffice Plustwo a hip hop band from London.

2. Soundcrash Roof Party III at Dalston Roof Park – 3rd August

Atop the four story Print House is the Dalston Roof Park. With a pop up bar, a plethora of chairs and Astro turf it is the perfect place for a party.

3. Jessie Ware at Plan B, Brixton – 15th August

If you are looking to get the jump on the next big act and say to all your friends “yes, I went to see her before she was famous” then this is the gig for you. Jessie Ware is about 10 minutes away from making it on the London pop scene.

4. Memoryhouse at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, Hoxton – 29th August

Another venue with a reputation for amazing music is the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen. Memoryhouse come to us all the way from Canada and you can kind of tell in their dreamy lyrics.

5. How To Dress Well at Birthdays, Dalston – 8th August

Just a little further up the road from the Dalston Roof Park is Birthdays. With two floors and a massive sound system we love this place. How To Dress Well is the stage name of “below-fi” R&B singer Tom Krell and he has to be heard to be believed.

6. Palma Violets at The 223 Club, Lambeth – 9th August

Another new band to keep your eye on is Palma Violets. Their first single, “Best of Friends“, was voted NME’s song of the year for 2012.

7. Lydia Lunch at The Lexington – 27th August

For some gritty, jazzy sounds try Lydia Lunch. She has rubbed shoulders with some illustrious names over her career including jamming sessions with Sonic Youth and soy lattés with Nick Cave. So you’d better watch out she may just eat you for breakfast.

8. The Pre New at The Social, Little Portland Street – 28th August

If you liked Earl Brutus then you will love this. Many of the old members are back in recycled band The Pre New. Shouty punk with the usual twisted, anarchic message, we love it.

9. Black Uhuru at Islington Assembly Hall – 14th August

Legendary reggae group Black Uhuru are coming to London. Originally from Jamaica the group are best known for their Grammy award winning album “Anthem”.

10. Hevy Fest at O2 Academy Brixton – 4th August

With the likes of Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed and Comeback Kid we don’t have to tell you what sort of party this will be. So paint your nails black and bring out your angry face for a night of metal madness.

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