Rap, rock, classical and more – there’s something for everyone in our pick of gigs on sale this week. Tickets to all these should be available from around 9am on Friday.
A year ago, an enigmatic image sparked rumours of a Kanye West appearance, but fans who turned up in Shoreditch were met with an underwhelming video projection. Never mind: this time round the superstar rapper has announced a surprise gig on 24 February at Hammersmith Apollo. Tickets from £65 + bf.
Patti Smith is one of the most influential female rock and rollers of all time, fusing rock and poetry in a way that’s inspired artists ever since. See her at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on 18 and 19 June. Tickets 27.50 + bf.
LA indie rockers Local Natives play The Scala tonight, but if you missed out on tickets then you’ll be pleased to hear they’ll be back on 17 October, this time at O2 Academy Brixton. Tickets £17.50 + bf.
Shifting genres just slightly, the world’s best selling classical violinist, Nigel Kennedy, hits the Barbican on 14 May with a maverick programme celebrating the music of Bach and Fats Waller. Tickets from £24.50.
Alternatively, if your tastes are rather more towards the heavier end of the spectrum, how about a bit of Megadeth? The heavy metal stalwarts will take to the stage at O2 Academy Brixton on 6 June. Tickets £28.50 + bf.