As bands jump across the Atlantic to play this weekend's V Festival and next weekend's Reading and Leeds festivals London is treated to a wealth of bands that rarely play these shores. Here's a selection of the best.
Monday night sees the amazing Rilo Kiley play the Carling Academy Islington – tickets sold out pretty quickly, but there are a few floating around on eBay etc for what is sure to be one of their smallest UK shows for a while. If you want a gig where tickets aren’t sold out way in advance perhaps take a peek at DeVotchKa, who play 93 Feet East. They could provide one of the suprises of the week with their self-described "eastern bloc indie rock band," combining elements of traditional Romani, Greek, Slavic, Bolero, and Mariachi music with indie rock. Enter Shikari play the Barfly, though as could be expected tickets sold out within 3 minutes reportedly.
Tool play Brixton Academy on Tuesday and Wednesday, though both dates are well and truly sold out. LA lightweight electro one hit wonders Hellogoodbye play the Astoria (again, sold out). Anthemic post-rockers ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead play the Islington Academy. Tickets are £12.50 available from Ticketweb. The Rolling Stones play their first date at the O2 (sold out – what more did you expect?), Hadouken! play the ICA (again, sold out) and Tokyo Police Club play Dingwalls.
Expect the Hammersmith area to be overrun with irritating eye-linered teenagers on Wednesday as the Decaydance Festival hits Hammersmith Apollo with Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco, Gym Class Heroes, The Academy Is... and Cobra Starship all playing. Tickets are sold out, though plenty on eBay and the likes. Lostprophets play the Astoria, though tickets are again sold out. Finally, carnage will hit the Barfly as Gallows play a sold out show.
Set Your Own Goals grace Underworld on Thursday for an evening of hardcore punk, with tickets available now at £8.50 a head. Slint play Koko, performing their 1994 math-rock masterpiece “Spiderland”. Tickets are £22.50 each. Scouting for Girls play the 100 club, though tickets are sold out.
Angels and Airwaves play the Astoria on Friday night for a grown-up version of Blink 182’s anthems before they play Reading and Leeds over the weekend. Will Holland’s project Quantic plays Cargo for some downtempo chillout. Tickets are still available from the Cargo Ticket office at £10 each.
Photo of Rilo Kiley is taken from celebdu's flickr stream under the Creative Commons License.