Our apologies for the pun that follows. Trapped in a viscous circle of closed-minded business meetings? Fear not, soon you’ll be able to indulge in some Mr Blue Sky thinking by popping over the Thames to The O2.

Jeff Lynne, the father of arguably the cheeriest tune in pop, is bringing his Electric Light Orchestra to North Greenwich in the wake of their first new music for 15 years.

Alone In The Universe was released in 2015 and went platinum by Christmas. Attendees at the gig can expect a rich blend of classic tracks and new material including most recent single When I Was A Boy.

Founder member Jeff Lynne and stalwart keyboard basher Richard Tandy form the nucleus of the band following on from its fresh formation in 2014 where ELO emerged for a 50,000-ticket gig in Hyde Park.

The duo, along with an extensive group of backing musicians will play four dates in south-east London as part of a 10 date UK tour.

6.30pm, Wednesday, April 20-26, from £50, The O2 arena

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