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Jake Bugg and Laura Marling for Virgin Records anniversary gigs in London

Jake Bugg

Story by Jack Foley

JAKE Bugg and Laura Marling are among the artists announced to play a series of special, celebratory gigs to mark the 40th anniversary of Virgin Records.

They will be joined by the likes of Bastille, Boy George, Simple Minds, Emeli Sandé and Chvrches at Virgin’s ‘live celebrations of 40 years of disruptions’ series, which runs from October 3 to November 12 at various London venues.

Some of the gigs had already been announced but tickets for the dates – including Emeli Sandé, Bastille, Simple Minds, Martyn Ware and Jazzie B – will be available from 9am on Friday, August 16 at

Virgin Records was founded by Richard Branson in 1973 and has seen some of the biggest names in music on its rosta over the years, including Genesis, Keith Richards, Janet Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, The Smashing Pumpkins, Mike Oldfield, Simple Minds and Spice Girls.

Virgin Records is currently owned by Universal Music Group after its purchase of EMI in 2012.

The live anniversary dates so far announced are (all October and November 2013)…

3 – Laura Marling, York Hall
17 – Chvrches, Shepherds Bush Empire
21 – Public Image Limited, Shepherds Bush Empire
24 – Jake Bugg, Brixton Academy

4 – Emeli Sandé, Professor Green + Naughty Boy, KOKO
5 – Bastille + Josh Record, KOKO
7 – Simple Minds, KOKO
10 – Boy George, KOKO
11 – Martyn Ware Presents Heaven 17 + guests, KOKO
12 – Jazzie B Presents Soul II Soul (full live set), KOKO