Lauryn Hill

A tour designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her classic album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – the anniversary arrives in the same year that Drake sampled Ex-Factor on the chart-topping Nice For What – but who knows how it will pan out? In the years since its release, Hill has become a byword for erratic live performances; the reviews of her recent US shows were wildly mixed and some gigs were cancelled. Fingers crossed. 
Tour begins 23 November, SSE Hydro, Glasgow

The 10-day EFG London Jazz Festival – the biggest deal in the UK’s jazz calendar and pretty big in broader contemporary and world-music terms, too, returns for its 26th year. Highlights include the veteran South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim and vocal star Madeleine Peyroux, accessible experimenters such as trumpeter Dave Douglas and guitarists Bill Frisell and Mary Halvorson, actor Jeff Goldblum in jazz-piano guise, and rising young UK stars such as saxophonists Camilla George and Nubya Garcia. 
Various venues across London, 16-25 November

George Ezra

Has there been a more inescapable song this summer than George Ezra’s Shotgun? It’s proved 2018’s equivalent of Avicii’s Wake Me Up or Ed Sheeran’s Castle on the Hill: a single that seems almost impossible to avoid whether you want to or not, testament to the ability of Ezra’s unassuming if curiously enunciated folk-pop to unite teen audiences and Radio Two listeners alike in appreciation. It seems unlikely he’ll be playing venues this size much longer. 
Tour begins 8 November, O2 Academy, Newcastle

Popcaan

The long-awaited follow-up to Popcaan’s raucous 2014 debut album Where We Come From finally appeared this summer: trailed by the great single Body So Good, Forever met with mixed reviews – some observers thought that his desire to cross over to a pop market undermined its sound. That said, the Jamaican deejay’s ascendancy to dancehall’s top flight is underlined by the fact that the London date of his UK tour sees him playing Wembley Arena. 
Tour begins 6 December, SSE Arena, Wembley, London

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