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Illuminations music festival is back to light up the city

Posted at 10:15 am, November 2, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Music & Nightlife
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The Christmas lights are already up on Oxford Street, but this week is all about a different sort of illumination. This week-long series of gigs by in-the-know promoters Rockfeedback returns for a second year to shine a light into some of the most interesting corners of new music. The bill’s biggest names are Danish quirkpop singer  (above) and Portland psychonauts Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Don’t miss Field Music, the Sunderland art-rock band who make their only London live appearance this year on Sunday November 9 at Islington Assembly Hall, performing their soundtrack to the silent 1929 documentary ‘Drifters’, about herring fishermen in the North Sea. If you fancy something more colourful, try Owiny Sigoma Band: an Anglo- Kenyan act who mash up driving African rhythms with guitars, loops and synths, and were picked by Thom Yorke to support Atoms For Peace this summer. They play Jazz Café on Thursday November 7, with gorgeous Afro-tronic support by Cape Town’s John Wizards.

Clued-up dance maverick James Holden also comes highly recommended: he’ll be raiding the history of electronic music for two live audiovisual sets at the Roundhouse Studio Theatre to close the series on November 10. But our top Illuminations pick is young Manchester band Money, who bring their their majestic, soaring brand of indie to Shapes in Hackney Wick on November 6. We caught them making magic in a damp, candlelit bunker in Dalston back in August, and even though frontman Jamie Lee told us he despises east London, he’s been tempted back for another intimate show. James Manning

Book ahead or miss out.

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