With no music choice last week due to this Londonista being at the amazing Hydro Connect festival in Scotland, but whilst we were gone lots has been happening. First off, we caught Fucked Up, Ra Ra Riot and The Week That Was. Meanwhile, we previewed Chas and Dave at the Chickenshed. Finally, we got a tiny weeny bit excited about the new Lucky Voices karaoke bar in Islington.
Looking ahead to this week, and Monday night sees Akron / Family play the Luminaire with their enticing sounding "hushed laptop folk, ecstatic chanting, wild improvisation, Beatles harmonies, West African grooves and fourth-wall detonating live performances". Wow. Tickets are £11 from WeGotTickets or Ticketweb. Alternatively, Wire, the old-school post-punks from Watford play Scala. Tickets are £15 from See Tickets.
If you like free things, then Young Knives play Koko for FREE on Tuesday night. Support comes from Lightspeed Champion and Wild Beasts. Tickets are strictly first come, first served, so get down early. Meanwhile New Zealanders The Datsuns play the Camden Barfly - tickets are £10 each.
Wembley Arena is the place to be on Wednesday evening as Gloria Estefan wheels out the hits. Tickets are £45 or £60 from See Tickets. Alternatively, twee indie rockers The Indelicates play 229 Great Portland Street - at the time of writing just 18 tickets are left at £5 each so snap 'em up whilst you can!
Madonna brings her Sticky and Sweet Tour to Wembley Stadium on Thursday evening - tickets are between £65 and £110 each. Alternatively, Stevie Wonder plays the O2 - tickets are £55 or £65 each, and US pop sensations the Jonas Brothers play the Hammersmith Apollo (tickets are £20 each).
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 Datsuns comes from their myspace.