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GRAMMY-WINNING, multi-platinum Canadian songwriter Sarah McLachlan headlines a special Lilith Fair concert, a mini version of the travelling roadshow which played to a million Americans over 57 nights this summer. Sinead O'Connor (right), making a rare London appearance, is second on the bill while Beth Orton, Lisa Loeb, Alison Moyet and N'Dea Davenport also sing in a "celebration of women in music" which promises to grow into a full European tour next year.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 (0171-589 8212) 7.30pm

The current buzz band among critics seems to be the rather unclassifiable Beta Band. Live they appear as four weirdly dressed multi-instrumentalists with a tendency to swap instruments in mid-tune. Blending every musical style from folk strains to psychedelic beats, they aim high and somehow in the end manage to achieve their musical aims and inspire audiences across the country. Their current CD, The 3 EPs, is outstanding. Lemon Tree, Aberdeen (01224 642 230) 8pm