As the temperature soars around the capital, we've been looking forward a fair bit this week. First up, we previewed both Heavenly Records' 18th birthday celebrations in September and Rogue's Gallery - Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys at the Barbican. We also introduced you to the marvellous Sad Captains, and couldn't resist catching Friendly Fires at the Soho Revue Bar on Thursday night.
Looking ahead to this week, The Rogues Gallery comes to the Barbican on Monday night, with the likes of Suzanne Vega, Beth Orton, Shane McGowan, Neil Hannon, Pete Doherty, Martha Wainwright, Ed Harcourt, Julie Fowlis and Robyn Hitchcock all taking to the stage. Tickets are on sale from the Barbican, priced between £15 and £25 each. Alternatively, Blondie plays ExCel. Tickets are between £27.50 and £32.50 each.
The Coral play the Coliseum on Tuesday night as they road-test new material. Tickets are priced between £18.50 and £28.50, dependant on how much you want to see. Alternatively, if you like things a bit more pop-tastic then catch Kylie at the O2. Tickets are around the £50 mark.
Kylie returns to the O2 on Wednesday night, but if sugary-pop isn't your thing then why not catch Deep Purple at the ExCel Arena? Tickets are either £27.50 or £32.50. Alternatively, for some more guitar fun check out Charlotte Hatherley (former Ash guitarist) at Bush Hall. Tickets are £9 each.
Thursday night sees Billy Idol grace Brixton Academy. Tickets are on sale now at a rather expensive £28.50 each. Alternatively Scottish indie pop fans can rejoice as Ballboy come to play the Luminaire. Tickets are £7 each, but are going quickly.
We always recommend ethical gig trading site Scarlet Mist as your first port of call for tickets particularly when they're sold out, so check them out and beat the touts. Failing that Gumtree is always a friend.
Photo of The Coral comes from their myspace.