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London is well served by major concert venues and the summer is always a busy time for big gigs. Here are a few of the most exciting taking place over the next couple of months.
First up is Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre. Each year a different respected musician curates this extravaganza of music and talks at the Southbank Centre and this summer Yoko Ono is in charge. There's plenty to see, but Iggy & The Stooges on June 20 is a good place to start. Runs until June 23.
The Pet Shop Boys are going all over the world promoting their new album, Electric, which comes out next month. Tomorrow (June 18) will find them at the O2 Arena and if past concerts are anything to go by, this is sure to be a dynamic spectacular.
On June 22 Wembley Stadium hosts The Killers, with support by James and Gaslight Anthem. This will be the Las Vegas band's biggest ever standalone show.
Another top US act to take to the London stage this month is Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. You can see Jersey Boys, the musical about the band's rise to prominence, in the West End whenever you like, but even that fantastic show isn't a patch on the real thing. They'll be playing at the Royal Albert Hall on June 25-26.
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park doesn't officially open until the end of next month, but that little detail isn't getting in the way of the London festival Hard Rock Calling (previously held in Hyde Park) taking over on June 29-30. Saturday's acts include Kasabian and Paul Weller, while Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band are headlining on Sunday with support from the mighty Alabama Shakes.
Finally, there's the BBC Proms, which run from July 12 to September 7. The hugely varied programme of mainly classical music kicks off with work by Britten, Rachmaninov and Vaughan Williams and culminates in the glorious extravaganza that is the Last Night of the Proms. Get yourself a Union Jack and learn the words to Rule Britannia – there is no more British experience that this.
Summer in London is all about music festivals – and throughout the next few months there are major fests held almost every weekend. Classic rock lovers can head to the Hard Rock Calling Festival on 29 and 30 June (featuring the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Paul Weller and Kasabian), pop fans can descend en masse upon the Wireless Festival from 12 through 14 July (now at the site of the 2012 Olympic Park and headlined by Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z), and classical music afficionados can make a beeline for the Last Night of the Proms on 7 September (featuring star soloists Nigel Kennedy and Joyce DiDonato).
However, it's not just about the festivals – there are also some big name artists on tour in the capital. You can take in a show by the Grammy Award-winning crooner Michael Bublé at the O2 Arena (from 30 June through 13 July), come over all electropop with the Human League at Kew Gardens (on 10 July) or enjoy a prog-rock masterclass courtesy of Roger Waters at Wembley Stadium (on 14 September).