1) The Horrors — Troxy, 4 October 2014
Almost-but-not-quite-literally round the corner, Troxy is a 15-20 minute walk from campus. What better reason to leave your Netflix in limbo than to see Faris and his trichologically well-endowed band of brothers sing I SEE YOU at you ~twelve times?
2) Hans Zimmer Revealed — Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, 10-11 October 2014
Okay so this one might break the bank a little, but if you’re into academy-award winning piratey film music presented in a non-traditional orchestral-meets-rock/electronica kind of way, Hans Zimmer (The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, Inception, The Dark Knight) is your man in October. And, for your money’s worth, Johnny Marr is going to be performing alongside other unannounced ‘special guests’ all conducted by Zimmer. Ooo-er.
3) Max Richter — Royal Albert Hall, 4 October 2014
One of the most influential, brilliant, understated, beautiful, emotive neo-classical composers of the last ten years. BBC dramas love him, so does Panorama, not to mention Children in Need. Richter’s simple piano and string-based compositions vocalise the deepest of human needs in a way which compels even the toughest of Brits to empty their pockets and give to charity. Expect to go home either in existential crisis or in awe of the world around you as if you’ve never seen it before.THE SKY! THE STARS! SO BEAUTIFUL!
4) A Night Under The Stars — Southbank Centre, 9 October 2014
Whilst we’re on a cosmic theme… A Night Under The Stars is an annual event at the Southbank Centre in aid of The Passage, a London-based charity that provides the resources to ‘encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to transform their lives’. Jo Brand, alongside Petroc Trelawny, is presenting an evening of Latin inspired music featuring Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Piazzolla and highlights from Bizet’s Carmen AKA fun, dramatic snapshots from the life of a hot-headed Gypsy. Tickets from £12. What’s not to love?
5) Quantic — XOYO, 22 October 2014
The early bird catches the £15.50 worm for this event. The oh-shit-I-knew-there-was-something-I-meant-to-do Bird will have to pay £19.50. As Quantic would say: Time Is the Enemy. Salsa, soul, funk, orchestral, jazz, afro-latin-caribbean — producer and DJ Will Holland brings it all as a multi-talented, multi-genre, multi instrumentalist who shot to fame in 2001 with his album The 5th Exotic. Catch him in Shoreditch on the 22nd for an exclusive basement show in a 500-capacity venue, featuring Nubiyan Twist and Titeknots.
6) Boca Nova Trio — Nightjar, Old Street, 23 October 2014
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Nightjar weekends NOTORIOUSLY sell out months in advance, but weekday performances are usually still available around two weeks beforehand. Here you have an intimate venue, delicious cocktails and a consistently high standard of live music every night — and Londoners love it. The bargain £5 ticket price is added to your bill at the end of the night, however the cocktails are a bit pricey (welcome to London). However, think of your alcoholic expenditure as a discount mental holiday to Brazil, where the Boca Nova Trio will be transporting you with their fusion of samba and jazz.