Die Antwoord, January 17, O2 Academy Brixton, then touring

Conceived as a semi-satirical view of South Africa’s white underclass, Die Antwoord were widely dismissed as a novelty act after their first album, 2009’s $O$. But the mysteriously named duo Ninja and Yo-Landi have kept the ball rolling with a succession of scabrously catchy rap-rave songs and eye-catching videos. Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

o2academybrixton.co.uk, 0844 477 2000

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First Aid Kit, January 14, Forum, Bath, then touring

Johanna and Klara Söderberg of First Aid Kit feature on a new set of postage stamps marking Sweden’s pop music success. But the folk-pop sisters will have to wait to post a letter with themselves on it: the stamps launch next week, after their arrival in the UK to tour new album Stay Gold. LHT

bathforum.co.uk, 0844 888 9991

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Mark Lanegan, January 16, Limelight, Belfast, then touring

Mark Lanegan, January 16, Limelight, Belfast, then touring

Following a period when he spread himself across a bewildering array of collaborations, ex-Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan has returned to his solo career. In his latest album Phantom Radio, his third in as many years, Lanegan growls through gothic themes of fall and redemption. LHT

limelightbelfast.com, 028 9032 7007

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Simon Rattle and the LSO, January 11 and 15, Barbican, London

The wait to find out whether Simon Rattle will be the next principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra is becoming very drawn out. For his latest visit Rattle conducts the LSO in Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri on Sunday, and a 20th-century programme of Webern, Ligeti and Stravinsky on Thursday. Richard Fairman

barbican.org.uk, 020 7638 8891

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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, January 14 and 17, SymphonyHall, Birmingham

The CBSO has a history of picking outstanding young conductors. David Afkham, winner of the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in 2008, makes his debut in Birmingham conducting Schubert’s Symphony No 9. RF

thsh.co.uk, 0121 345 0600

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Monteverdi Orfeo, January 13-24, Roundhouse, London

The Royal Opera ventures out to the Roundhouse for a new production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo. Michael Boyd, formerly artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, is making his first foray into opera and Christopher Moulds conducts the Orchestra of the Early Opera Company. RF

roh.org.uk, 020 7304 4000

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Laura Jurd, January 14, The Forge, London then touring

The prizewinning young trumpeter showcases her new CD Human Spirit, featuring the gifted vocalist Lauren Kinsella and an all-star band of UK up-and-comers on an original mix of contemporary jazz, folk and UK prog rock. Mike Hobart

forgevenue.org, 020 7383 7808

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Celtic Connections, January 15-February 1, various venues, Glasgow

As ever, Celtic Connections fills midwinter Glasgow with world and folk music. The first three days alone offer a recreation of Martyn Bennett’s seminal album Grit, Fairport Convention previewing Myths and Heroes, and Angelique Kidjo with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. David Honigmann

celticconnections.com, 0141 353 8000

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