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Your guide to the best free live music around the UK

Welcome to NME.COM‘s guide to this week’s free gigs (week beginning February 1).

From record shop in-stores to one-off events and signing sessions, we feature the best free live music in the UK. This week’s listings include free instore appearances from The Maccabees and Bombay Bicycle Club, both of whom are on the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour 2010, which kicks off in Newcastle this Thursday (February 4).

Check back every Monday to see what free live events are happening near you.

This weeks free events are listed below (all times are BST).

February 1:
Midlake, London Rough Trade East (7pm)
The Hot Rats, London Pure Groove February 2010 – 8pm

February 2:
Hot Chip, London Rough Trade East (7pm)
Victorian English Gentlemens Club, Leeds Oporto (8pm)

February 3:
GoldieLocks & friends, London Pure Groove (7pm)

February 5:
Bombay Bicycle Club, HMV Glasgow Buchanan St (5pm)
The Maccabees, Glasgow Buchanan St HMV (5pm)
Skins cast, London Oxford St HMV (6pm)
Lyrebirds, London 93 Feet East (8pm)

February 6:
Boy Mandeville, London Flowerpot (9pm)

February 7:
Bombay Bicycle Club (signing), HMV Leeds Headrow (1pm)
The Maccabees (signing), HMV Leeds Headrow (1pm)