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Velvet Underground man Lou Reed is set to headline an Allen Ginsberg tribute night the same evening former bandmate John Cale hosts a similar gig for Nico.

Reed is set to take part in the launch party celebrating the reissue of Ginsberg’s 1983 double-album First Blues, which featured the Beat poet playing songs with the likes of Bob Dylan.

This event takes place at New York’s Housing Works Cafe on 16 January.

However, Cale just so happens to be busy that evening, playing a gig to commemorate the life of the former VU singer alongside the likes of Kim Gordon, Sharon Van Etten, Mark Lanegan and Magnetic Fields.

That takes places at the city’s BAM venue, with tickets available here.