Busy week for music as bands start to warm up for the massive festival known as Glastonbury next weekend.
Monday night sees Pearl Jam grace Wembley Arena, with support coming more than ably from the brilliant Idlewild. Tickets are sold out; however as always check for a last minute allocation or Scarlet Mist for a fair deal. Doors are at 6pm.
Everyone’s favourite Liverpudlians The Coral grace the Astoria as a warm up for Glastonbury, showcasing new material galore. Tickets are still available at £16 each.
The New Pornographers are bringing their unique brand of alternative Canadian pop to the Capital over three nights this week, playing Islington Bar Academy on Monday night, Borderline on Tuesday night and 93 Feet East on Wednesday night. If you’re not already familiar with them be sure to give them a go – their simply epic pop songs that will have you hooked from the first moment of listening to them. All three dates are sold out, however there could be a last minute allocation, or again check Scarlet Mist.
Tuesday sees reformed 1990’s band The Smashing Pumpkins play Shepherds Bush Empire, which is long sold out as you’d probably expect. Ozzy Osbourne brings his rock show to Wembley Arena, with seats still available at £35 a pop. Super Fury Animals play ICA for a very intimate gig, which is again sold out.
Final choice for Tuesday is Joe Purdy who plays Water Rats. The American singer-songwriter has a raft of albums to pick material from for his show, and will be well known to many people for his song “Wash Away” featuring in the third episode of the first season of Lost. Be sure to check him out – he was last in the capital for the Hotel Café tour last November which we reviewed here. Tickets are £9 a pop and still available.
The Enemy play the Astoria on Wednesday, with tickets still available at £10 each. Infadels play The Metro Club, bringing their catchy angular electro to the capital. Needless to say, this is sold out. Iggy and The Stooges play Royal Festival Hall, with tickets sold out once again.
Thursday brings a raft of selection to the capital, with Download Darlings Gallows playing Kings College along with Cancer Bats and The Ghost of a Thousand, for what is sure to be one the sweatiest gigs seen at Kings for a long time. As might be expected, tickets are sold out. Tokyo Police Club brings their indie/art rock to Hoxton Bar and Grill, which is again sold out. Londonist favourites Pull Tiger Tail play the Islington Academy Bar, with tickets on sale at £7.50 plus the usual fees. Golden Oldies INXS play Hammersmith Apollo, with tickets still available for £28 each.
Friday sees Glastonbury kick off in style in Pilton, however for those of you not lucky enough to be going then why not check out The Jesus and Mary Chain at Royal Festival Hall? Tickets may be sold out, but there may be some last minute availability. Finally, Elliot Minor brings their pop-punk to play the Islington Academy. Tickets are available at £6.50 each.