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2018 concert picks in London for Autumn and Winter

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2018 concert picks in London for Autumn and Winter

As the colder nights draw in, why not turn off the fireplace and warm yourself up by going to one of London’s trendiest concerts over the next few months. These concerts have all taken place, however if you’re still looking for the perfect concert in 2019, check out our list of must-see musical events.

Toyah Wilcox

Toyah Wilcox

Performing at the O2 Academy Islington on 4th November, Toyah Wilcox lit up the stage. Lose yourself in the rhythm of songs such as “Brave New World” and “I Want To Be Free” as well as other hits from albums “Anthem” and “The Changeling” which peaked in the top 10 in the UK charts. Wilcox has also played the time-travelling Queen Elizabeth I in Jubilee at the Lyric Hammersmith in 2017 and has also been a guest vocalist in The Rocky Horror Show at the Royal Court Theatre.

The Four Tops

Making a stop at The O2 on 27th November 2018, the joint tour of The Four Tops and The Temptations sent audiences back to a time where Motown was the newest global sound. Inspiring northern soul and more recent artists such as Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake, dance to their joint catalogue including “I Can’t Help Myself”, “My Girl” and “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)”. Across the two bands, they’ve released 69 albums and 168 singles, with both bands receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Take a ride to Hitsville, USA with The Four Tops and The Temptations and get your Motown groove on!

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Selling over 100 million records and spawning tribute acts across the globe, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons performed their farewell tour at The O2 Arena on 2nd December 2018. They gained recent popularity from the worldwide smash-hit musical Jersey Boys which tells the story of how the band formed. More recently, this story has been turned into a film directed by Clint Eastwood. 43 people have been a member of the group since its beginnings in 1960, but Frankie Valli remains the only original member, with a voice like no other performer.

War of the Worlds
© War of the Worlds

Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds

A musical adaptation of HG Wells’ Victorian tale, Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds came to The O2 Arena on Saturday 15 December 2018. Built around a bridge stretching across the arena, get immersed into a science-fiction fantasy with a 100-foot wide animation wall and a 3 tonne, 35 foot-tall Martian Fighting machine firing flames into the audience! Fresh from her Heathers the Musical run, Carrie Hope Fletcher will play Beth, with Jason Donovan, Adam Garcia and Newton Faulkner also performing. It’s a cult smash hit that’s been seen by audiences worldwide and an album that’s sold over 2 million copies, so don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds.

John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra

Audiences were swept away by the exquisite pieces of music from the golden age played by John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra. Their new show At the Movies will have a showcase of popular music from the stage and silver screen including Cole Porter and George Gershwin, performed by a 70 piece orchestra. The concert will also feature guest vocalist Kim Creswell, who has performed in Annie Get Your Gun, The Sound of Music and a 2015 production of Carrie at the Southwark Playhouse. John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra is set to be a wonderful evening full of old-time classics.

Adam Ant
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Adam Ant

With 80’s smash-hits such as “Stand and Deliver”, Adam Ant returns to the Roundhouse this December. Part of the growing punk-rock movement from its humble beginnings, his music career includes nine albums, 12 global tours and an Ivor Novello award for songwriter of the year. Winning the Q Icon Award, younger audiences may even recognise his music, as his songs are now even parodied in Horrible Histories! Performing glitzy-glam pop, going to see Adam Ant will send you back to a 1980’s punk rock world.