Summer’s fading but the beat goes on. There are some fantastic shows to take you into the autumn, so London Begins at 40 music editor Robert Spellman has compiled an essential ‘cut-out-and-keep’ guide of London music gigs …

Alexandra Palace

One Step Beyond with Suggs & Friends

North London knees-up with the Madness frontman and special guests. This is a charity event for Willow. 28 October


Northampton goth pioneers cast their dark stuff. Grab the remaining tickets. 30 October


808 State

The club music grandees play latest release Transmission and delve into the archives. 30 October

Cleveland Watkiss

The award-winning London vocalist performs the songs of some of Jamaica’s finest. Expect the music of Gregory Isaacs, Delroy Wilson, Dennis Brown and more. October 31

The Half Moon
Doctor Feelgood

Canvey Island’s pub-rocking R&B geezers (said to have been continuously on tour since 1973) visit Putney. 2 September

Martin Stephenson

Solo show for the Daintiees frontman. A night of fine songs, poetry, jokes and old fashioned charm. 9 September

Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band

The indestructible soul and R&B singer who goes all the way back to Soho’s Flamingo Club of the mid-60s returns to the Moon. 19 September


The It’s A Mystery chart-topper performs the hits and spills the anecdotes. 25 September

Albert Lee

The British guitar titan, hailed by everyone from Eric Clapton to Emmylou Harris, plays two nights: 12 and 13 October 

Jazz Cafe

Horace Andy

The reggae legend nicknamed ‘Sleepy’ returns to the Cafe to sing his hits. 23 August

Dexter Wansel

Rare chance to catch this rare groove composer and musician and producer of The O’Jays, The Trammps, The Jones Girls, MFSB, Lou Rawls and many more. 31 August

Daddy G

The Massive Attack man throws a DJ night at the Camden club. 24 September

Leee John

Hackney’s finest exposes the Cafe crowd to the brilliance of his imagination. 25 September

Billy Cobham

Drummer great who worked with Miles Davis and helped forge jazz-fusion in the early 70s with his band Mahavishnu Orchestra. He plays two nights: 31 September and 1 October

Susan Cadogan

Rare appearance for the reggae singer discovered by Lee Perry. Her 1973 hit cover of Mille Jackson’s Hurt So Good made big waves in the UK. 3 October

O2 Academy Brixton

Black Crowes

The Crowes’ Chris and Rich Robinson celebrate and perform their debut album Shake Your Money Maker now 30 years old. Two dates: 22 and 23 October

O2 Academy Islington
Meat Puppets

From punk to acid-country and the mainstream, Meat Puppets are one of the most beguiling bands to have emerged from the States in the last 40 years. 23 September

The Skids

Scottish late-punk stalwarts perform new album Peaceful Times. 9 October


Britpop regulars still echoing. 20 October

O2 Empire Shepherd’s Bush
Scritti Politti

Get down to the Bush for Cupid & Psyche’s anniversary tour. 2 October

Roger Taylor

Intimate show featuring new album Outsider and Queen classics. 22 October

O2 Forum Kentish Town

London music gigs
Teenage Fanclub
Teenage Fanclub

The Fannies celebrate 30 years of greatness and road test new album Endless Arcade. 8 September

Fun Lovin’ Criminals

The Lower East Side charmers bring their funky party brew to the Town. 23 October

Heaven 17

More than forty years in the business for this exceptional UK band. 5 September

Sisters of Mercy

Leeds’ goth groovers are 40 this year and celebrate with three dates at the historic Camden venue. 10-12 September

The Specials

Two-tone royalty play a couple of nights. 23 and 24 September

The Waterboys

Mike Scott and co bring their poppish folk-rock to Camden Town. 23 October

Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall
The Psychedelic Furs & Jah Wobble and The Invaders of The Heart

Great double bill of two stone originals. The Furs perform new album Made Of Rain

and expect the unexpected from PiL and bass hero John Wardle. 3 October

Patti Smith And Her Band

Her first ever appearance at the Royal Albert Hall. Two nights: 4 and 5 October

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

Following the success of their album Carnage, the lead Seed joins his pal and colleague play two dates: 6 and 7 October


The Specials

Terry Hall and the boys have a night in Limehouse. 25 September

100 Club

Pop Will Eat Itself

The indie-pop pranksters take the stage beneath Oxford Street. 1 October

Martin Stephenson & The Dainties

The band celebrate the 30th anniversary of 1990 album Salutation Road. 2 October

TV Smith & Richard Strange

Smith – author of punk anthems One Chord Wonders, Bored Teenagers and Gary Gilmore’s Eyes – is joined by Richard Strange, once described as the missing link between David Bowie and The Sex Pistols. Is he? Find out on 15 October