Pop: The five best gigs

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1

Levellers tonight

Promoting their Best Of album, Brighton's politicos promise a night of boozy folk-tinged rock. Plus Audioweb. Brixton Academy, London SW9 (07-77 2000) tonight

2

Jools Holland's R & B Orchestra Mon

Holland ends his tour with guest vocalists, boogie-woogie piano and his superb orchestra playing a wide range of styles. A potential festive cracker.

Shepherds Bush Empire, London W2 (07-77 2000) Mon

3

On-U Sound Xmas Party tomorrow

Pete Holdsworth and Adrian Sherwood hit the decks while roots rock-meets-reggae guy Jebloy Nichols plays live - there are sure to be other special guests.

Garage, London N5 (07-607 88) tomorrow

4

The Church Mon, Tue

Seventeen-year Aussie veterans of the scene present two nights of their sublime pop and rock, playing long sets that start at at 8.45pm.

Garage, London N5 (07-607 88) Mon & Tue

5

Duran Duran Mon

Perhaps the best and flashiest of the Eighties revivalists currently touting favour. Makes one wish for a Lone Justice reunion.

Wembley Arena (08-902 0902) Mon

FIVE SEASONALLY SLUSHY ONES

Bjorn Again Covers and cheese galore from one of Kurt Cobain's favourites.

Shepherds Bush Empire, London W2 (07-77 2000) tonight

Vonda Shephard The singer from the Ally McBeal TV show takes to the big stage.

Shepherds Bush Empire, London W2 (07-77 2000) tomorrow

UB40 The reggae-lite tour comes to a close.

Pavilion, Plymouth (0752 229922) tonight; Brixton Academy, London SW9 (07-77 2000) tomorrow; NEC, Birmingham (02-780 433) Mon

Daniel O'Donnell Clean-cut Country'n'Irish heartthrob. Bring your aunts.

Wembley Arena (08-902 0902) tonight & tomorrow

Culture Club The Eighties bandwagon rolls on needlessly with Human League and ABC in support.

London (Docklands) Arena, E4 (07-538 22) tonight; Wembley Arena (08-902 0902) Tue

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