We Recommend: Contemporary Music

Michael Jackson – On the Wall

Thu 28 Jun - Sun 21 Oct

National Portrait Gallery

Curated by Dr Nicholas Cullinan - Director of the National Portrait Gallery - this landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media.

Contemporary Music, Films & TV, Visual Arts


Wed 25 Jul

Sebright Arms

Having gone down a storm earlier this year at a Oui Love night, Juniore are back supporting the release of a mini-album Best Of release on UK label Outré. This is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with their perfect nuggets of 60s-styled psych pop.

Contemporary Music


Sat 28 Jul


A collaboration between Congolese musicians who produce their own instruments from scrap metal and French producer Débruit, Kokoko!’s music, which they call “tekno kintueni”, is arguably the best representation of contemporary Kinshasa’s soundscape.

Contemporary Music

St Germain

Wed 15 Aug

Grosvenor Square

Ludovic Navarre is the creator of an incredibly distinctive jazzy house sound that first came to prominence in the mid-90s. More recent work has seen him incorporate Malian instrumentation. He'll be appearing as part of the Live in the Square series of events.

Contemporary Music

Mathieu Boogaerts

Thu 30 Aug

Cafe Oto

The acclaimed, left field French songwriter makes his Café OTO debut in August. Over the past 20 years, Boogaerts has charmed listeners in France and beyond with his repertoire of tender, minimalist ballads, drawing on reggae, afro-pop, electronica and folk.

Contemporary Music


Tue 4 Sept

Village Underground

Following their sell out show in London earlier this year, the five-man southern Algerian band return to the capital at Village Underground. It's another opportunity to catch a band redefining Saharan music on their funk-influenced second album Temet.

Contemporary Music

Tony Allen Meets Amp Fiddler

Thu 6 Sept

Jazz Café

Nearly a year after launching his self-described "best album" The Source, Afrobeat legend and Fela Kuti collaborator Allen will be joining forces with Detroit funk and soul veteran Amp Fiddler for what is likely to be an explosive pairing.

Contemporary Music

Michel Legrand

Tue 18 Sept

Royal Festival Hall

For the very first time in the UK, multi-Oscar winner Michel Legrand will be conducting a selection from 60 years' worth of compositions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to catch a giant of popular music in action.

Contemporary Music

Les Negresses Vertes

Tue 25 Sept

O2 Academy Islington

17 years after their break up and 30 years after the release of their debut album, the iconic and uncategorisable French group - one of the few of their era to resonate with UK audiences - reunite for what is bound to be an energetic anniversary celebration.

Contemporary Music

Francis Cabrel

Tue 16 Oct

Royal Albert Hall

Francis Cabrel’s music has brought audiences joy for forty years and now in 2018 the legendary French artist performs live at the Royal Albert Hall! Don’t miss this special event featuring Cabrel’s classic and influential hits.

Contemporary Music

Nana Mouskouri – Forever Young

Wed 17 Oct

Southbank Centre

One of the most successful female artists of all time, the legendary chanson singer Nana MouskouriI, known for hits such as The White Rose of Athens and Only Love will be returning to London for a unique show.

Contemporary Music

Keren Ann with Debussy String Quartet

Wed 24 Oct

Milton Court Concert Hall

Something of a modern-day Parisian chanteuse, Keren Ann blends indie, folk and jazz sounds into her mature pop songs lamenting love, life and loss. She performs songs from her back catalogue, unveiling new layers with stirring live strings from the Debussy Quartet.

Contemporary Music

Christine and the Queens

Wed 21 Nov

Eventim Apollo

One of the dates announced sold out almost immediately, so another has been added for the French star's return to the UK following her stratospheric success in 2016. A new album is on the way too, so there will be new tracks amid the firm favourites.

Contemporary Music