The start of the year is always a great time for figuring out which new bands are worth the time and effort. Q Magazine and MTV have already put on shows telling us who they think is going to be big in the year ahead and the start of February falls to HMV under the banner of their Next Big Thing season. Barfly, The Garage, Jazz Cafe, Heaven and the Borderline are the London hosts and each gig promises 3 different bands for just £10.
A few of the big names like James Blake and Jessie J are sold out but there’s still plenty for the taking. Our recommendations include Skepta and Talay Riley at the Jazz Cafe on Feb 4, Herve on the 5th, Chilly Gonzales at Borderline on the 6th, Monarchy at the Jazz Cafe on Monday 7th and the excellent trio of The Pierces, Liam Bailey and Jonathan Jeremiah on Tuesday 8th. There’s shows to suit everyones taste and it’s a cheap way of seeing some rated new music. Shows run until Saturday 12th February with tickets available here.