London and UK events – October 2021

Autumn is here. But don’t let the grey skies ruin your mood. There’s plenty of events to look forward to this month.

Melodic indie rockers Cassia (pictured) kick off their UK tour on October 22. And Birmingham wordsmith Kofi Stone (October 5-30) and rock group Talk Show (October 1-12) also have headline tours.

Our favourite tropical punk crew, The Skints, have a huge 20-date UK tour, starting October 5 – well worth checking out; here’s what the band got up to at Signature Brew earlier this year.

Also not to be missed: synth-pop purveyor Little Boots is in Manchester (October 26) and London (October 28), and rising indie pop singer Mabes has an intimate east London show (October 27).

The phenomenal Shingai is back in south London on October 8.

Neo-soul artist Steven Bamidele is in London (October 16) and Brighton (October 25), and electro-pop artist Yay Maria is in Derby (October 11).

Also taking place this month is the literary festival Africa Writes 2021 (October 4-24), with events online and at the British Library.

And gamers will want to visit EGX 2021, a four-day extravaganza (October 7-10) featuring dozens of new playable games, stage demos, fan meet-ups, and lots more.

Live music, clubbing, film, literature, art, and other events in London and the rest of the United Kingdom for the month of October 2021.

Note: all dates are subject to change. We encourage you to check health guidance for events/venues before you travel.

Updated: October 2, 2021


October 1: DJ Josh Skints at Signature Brew Blackhorse Road, London — More details (Free entry)

October 1: Talk Show at Lafayette, London

October 1: Tiece at St Moritz Club, London — Tickets

October 1: TrueMendous at Sound City Festival, Ipswich — Tickets

October 3: Sunday Best 20th Anniversary party (with LA Salami, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Rob da Bank, and more) at Electric Ballroom, London — Tickets

October 4: Talk Show at Bodega Social, Nottingham — Tickets

October 5: Kofi Stone at Yes, Manchester — Tickets

October 5: Natalie Duncan at Ronnie Scott’s, London — Tickets

October 5: Talk Show at Headrow House, Leeds — Tickets

October 5: The Skints at Chalk, Brighton — Tickets

October 6: Talk Show at Nice n’ Sleazy, Glasgow — Tickets

October 6: The Skints at Waterfront, Norwich — Tickets

October 7: BBC Introducing Live (with Enny, Jalle, WorryWorry) at The Lexington — Tickets

October 7: Kofi Stone at Mama Roux’s, Birmingham — Tickets

October 7: The Skints at MK11, Milton Keynes — Tickets

October 8: Shingai at Woolwich Works, London — Tickets

October 9: Talk Show at The Jacaranda, Liverpool — Tickets

October 9: The Skints at Cheese & Grain, Frome — Tickets

October 9: Tiece at Reel Rebels Studio, London — Tickets (Free entry)

October 10: The Skints at O2 Academy Oxford, Oxford — Tickets

October 11: Talk Show at Yes, Manchester — Tickets

October 11: The Skints at O2 Academy Leicester, Leicester — Tickets

October 11: Yay Maria (with Emzae and Franx) at Bustler Market, Derby — More details (Free entry)

October 12: Kofi Stone at The Hope and Ruin, Brighton — Tickets

October 12: Talk Show at Heartbreaks, Southampton — Tickets

October 12: The Skints at The Forum, Tunbridge Wells — Tickets

October 13: Kofi Stone at Jazz Cafe, London — Tickets

October 13: The Skints at Junction, Cambridge — Tickets

October 14-17: Connie Constance at Wild Paths Festival, Norwich — Tickets

October 15: The Skints at Clapham Grand, London — Tickets

October 16: Steven Bamidele (supporting Le Beaux, with Tahn Solo) at The Old Blue Last, London — Tickets

October 16: Tiece at Wild Paths Festival, Norwich — Tickets

October 17: The Skints at The 1865, Southampton — Tickets

October 18: The Skints at Tramshed, Cardiff — Tickets

October 19: The Skints at The Mill, Birmingham — Tickets

October 20: The Skints at Manchester Academy 2, Manchester — Tickets

October 21: The Skints at Oran Mor, Glasgow — Tickets

October 22: Cassia at Lafayette, London — Tickets

October 22: The Skints at Newcastle University Union, Newcastle — Tickets

October 24: Cassia at Whelan’s, Dublin — Tickets

October 24: The Skints at Social, Hull — Tickets

October 25: Cassia at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds — Tickets

October 25: Steven Bamidele at Patterns, Brighton — Tickets

October 25: The Skints at The Key Club, Leeds — Tickets

October 26: Cassia at Academy 2, Liverpool — Tickets

October 26: Little Boots at The Deaf Institute, Manchester — Tickets

October 26: The Skints at The Leadmill, Sheffield — Tickets

October 27: Cassia at St Lukes, Glasgow — Tickets

October 27: Mabes at Folklore Hoxton, London — Tickets

October 27: The Skints at The Hairy Dog, Derby — Tickets

October 28: Cassia at La Belle Angele, Edinburgh — Tickets

October 28: Little Boots at Bethnal Green Working Mens Club, London — Tickets

October 29: Cassia at Riverside, Newcastle — Tickets

October 29: The Skints at The Marble Factory, Bristol — Tickets

October 30: Kofi Stone at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry — Tickets

October 31: Nubya Garcia at Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds — Tickets


October 4-24: Africa Writes 2021 at the British Library, London — Tickets (More details)


October 7-10: EGX 2021 at Excel, London — Tickets

Image: Edgar Fischnaller