Fancy some futuristic funk and down-and-dirty dancehall? Of course you do. And that's just what you'll find this Friday and Saturday at Theatre Royal Stratford East, which is home to this year's ace Borderless series of world-music gigs. First up on Friday is Jamiroquai percussionist and bandleader Sola Akingbola, who – along with his live collective Critical Mass – is promising us a collision of jazzy synths, gnarled guitars and even a Cuban drummer (sure!). Then Saturday sees dancehall king and Massive Attack collaborator Horace Andy take the stage for some spell-binding roots-reggae beats. Yes and YES.
20 and 21 Oct; £22 each
Borderless, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford, E15 1BN
It seems there's a whole '70s New York thing going on this weekend. Because here's another opportunity to make like Donna Summer (or Andy Warhol, or Bianca Jagger, orrr…), this time with an arty party at the RA. Opening late and celebrating all things avant-garde NYC, this pop-up promises artist-studio parties, film screenings, workshops, disco DJs, art-rock gigs, Happenings, secret bars, a John Cage-inspired jam session, performance art, street food – and a helluva lot of flared trews. We. LOVE.
21 Oct; £35 inc all experiences and performances plus a private view of Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD
The new Friday night resident at XOYO has some pretty big shoes (or should that be record boxes?) to fill. Luckily, as the gig has gone to Motor City Drum Ensemble, awesomeness is assured. One of the underground's most eclectic selectors, you can expect funk, soul, house, techno, jazz and everything in between, plus a 10-week roster of guests including Gilles Petersen, Jeremy Underground, Leeroy Burgess and, this week, Marcellus Pittman with a classic house, disco and techno set. You may as well block-book your Fridays now.
20 Oct; £20
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, EC2A4AP