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Best Gig Tickets To Give Music Lovers in London for Christmas
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Best Gig Tickets To Give Music Lovers in London for Christmas

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Music Editor
Updated: 16 November 2017
Being a music fan means you you need to have the organisational skills of a forward-planning ninja. Gig tickets can get snapped up in minutes, sometimes seconds. To help you rise to the challenge, we’ve rounded up the best 2018 tickets to buy now for tucking into those Christmas stockings on December 25.

Kendrick Lamar

There’s been a massive amount of hype around US rapper Kendrick Lamar. So much so that his originally announced dates in London at the O2 Arena sold out in a flash. Luckily, he’s putting on an extra date at The SSE Arena in Wembley on February 20 and there are still tickets available. With support from the excellent James Blake, you’d better get in there quick.

Buy tickets here.

POLIÇA

Brooding US synthpop group POLIÇA have teamed up with Berlin chamber orchestra s t a r g a z e to work on a soundtrack for the end of the world. Yes, when the apocalypse gets us, this is what we’ll be listening to, and to get a preview – if waiting that long doesn’t appeal – head down to Oval Space on February 27.

Buy tickets here.

Bon Iver

Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon has come a long way since locking himself away in a remote cabin in northwestern Wisconsin for three months to produce his debut album For Emma, Forever Ago. The band’s dates next February at London’s Eventim Apollo were originally scheduled to take place this February but were cancelled for ‘personal reasons’.

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Ry X

Aussie singer Ry X makes music the kind of haunting and ethereal music that gets Bon Iver fans in a tizzy. His voice is warm and expansive; listening to him is like experiencing the first shock of heat when coming in from the cold. Live, his shows are spine-tingling affairs so his Shoreditch Town Hall show on March 1 promises to be a blinder.

Buy tickets here.

Kelela

Kelela was already attracting praise from the likes of Solange Knowles and Björk before she’d even released her debut album, after dropping her acclaimed mixtape in 2013. Tipped as the future of R’n’B, find out if she’s the real deal on February 22 at London’s Roundhouse.

Buy tickets here.

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire concerts aren’t just gigs – they’re more akin to spiritual revelations or getting lost at a riotous carnival. They’re playing a series of dates at London’s SSE Arena in April with support from New Orlean’s Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Don’t miss out on the chance to get your soul uplifted.

Buy tickets here.

All Points East

Now this is how you put on a music festival. All Points East makes its debut on the circuit in London’s Victoria Park in May with this absolute belter of a line-up. The xx, LCD Soundsystem, The National, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Björk will perform over three nights. You can buy tickets for individual gigs but seriously – with a bill this good, a weekend pass is the only way to go.

Buy tickets here.

Flight of the Conchords

Band meeting! It’s business time again for Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement who are reuniting as New Zealand’s finest comedy duo Flight of the Conchords. It’s been seven years since their last UK shows. They’ve had to add an extra date in April after their three March dates sold out so don’t expect tickets to hang around for long.

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Ólafur Arnalds

Ólafur Arnalds is best known in the UK for scoring the ITV drama Broadchurch, but the Icelandic composer has an extensive back catalogue, both making soundtracks and as an artist in his own right. He’ll be playing London’s Royal Albert Hall on May 14.

Buy tickets here.

Wild Beasts

Kendal’s finest art-pop band are going out with a bang before disbanding for good. They will be playing their last ever London show at Eventim Apollo on February 17.

Buy tickets here.

Taylor Swift

OK, so she hasn’t announced any UK dates yet but they’re definitely on the way. She’s already confirmed a US tour in 2018. Register at this link to prove you’re a verified fan and be one of the first to get access to tickets when they become available.

Buy tickets here.