We Recommend: Contemporary Music


Mon 30 Oct

Barbican Centre

One of the most unique, unclassifiable figures in French music has returned this year with a new album (OUÏ) and a new label (Because). OUÏ might be her most streamlined work to date, but still features by turns whimsical and electrifying performances.

Contemporary Music

Amadou & Mariam

Sat 4 Nov

The Troxy

The Grammy Award-nominated duo from Mali return with a brand new album, La Confusion. Their eighth long-player sees them unleashing some of their funkiest and most danceable music date, like brilliant lead single Bofou Safou. Live they're not to be missed.

Contemporary Music

Frànçois and The Atlas Mountains

Tue 7 Nov

The Garage

Signed to iconic UK label Domino, Frànçois and The Atlas Mountains have endeared themselves to discerning UK audiences with infectious, African-tinged indie-pop that has taken a rockier turn on their most recent album Solide Mirage.

Contemporary Music

EFG London Jazz Festival

Fri 10 - Sun 19 Nov

Various venues in London

The capital’s biggest music festival is celebrating its 25th year and as ever features a great spread of French talent including Henri Texier, Airelle Besson & Vincent Segal, Leila Martial, Laura Perrudin, Ben L’Oncle Soul, The Gipsy Kings & Chico and more.

Contemporary Music


Thu 16 Nov

Student Central

Producer James Kent has built up a cult following with his brooding but potent electronics, inspired by an immersion in gaming and the evocative film music of John Carpenter. Following an appearance at The Great Escape in May, he's back for a short UK tour.

Contemporary Music

Blick Bassy

Fri 17 Nov

Union Chapel

Blick's last album Akö saw him maintaining a connection with his Cameroonian roots and delivering the most intimate music of his career. Playing more traditional 'world' events and indie rock festivals, he's proved to be a consummate musician and showman.

Contemporary Music


Mon 27 Nov

Thousand Island

France’s new dark star mixes DIY synthwave and grandiose mainstream pop. Having graced The Great Escape and a Oui Love night earlier this year, she's playing her first UK headline show and you can be sure of a committed and gloriously theatrical performance.

Contemporary Music

Petit Biscuit

Thu 30 Nov

Electric Ballroom

The classically trained French electronic producer has been seducing the US with instantly seductive tunes like Alone and Sunset Lover. Now he's coming over to the UK to show us what we've been missing, and to promote his first full-length release.

Contemporary Music