Looking for some top live music tips in London this week? Want to catch a gig but not sure what’s happening, or just need some suggestions? Jen Long, Music Editor at DICE, gives us her top tips which you can pass off as your own ideas and impress your friends.
Best gigs to see the new school guitar heroes
Grunge buzz trio Crushed Beaks launch their debut album on Monday 9 February at Shacklewell Arms, while Glasgow’s formidable Honeyblood bring their perfectly honed, lush indie force to Oslo, Hackney, on Wednesday 11 February.
Best bands to blow you away with their creativity
Releasing on Heavenly Records, Liverpool’s Stealing Sheep are as deeply original as they are timeless, and will be playing at Chats Palace on Tuesday 10 February, while London’s own Landshapes swap shouts, calls and guitars as part of their residency at Total Refreshment Centre. Catch them on Thursday 12 February.
Best gig to lose your heart at
We love Rae Morris. If you want a new favourite pop star look no further. Rae’s the real deal. Honest, gorgeous songs that aim for your heart, and swell and tighten around your jugular. Read the DICE interview with her and buy a ticket. She's playing on Thursday 12 February at Electric Brixton.
Best gig to see the next big thing
From lead singer of indie heyday heroes Keith to producer and songwriter for the likes of Cocknbullkid and Lianna La Havas, Oli Bayston’s as submerged in the UK music scene as an artist can get. Picking up huge support from press and radio, don’t miss him at Electrowerkz on Thursday 12 February.
Where to go for the biggest party
Spend your Saturday night at XOYO for this massive party as part of Skream’s eclectic residency. Funk and house enthusiast Dimitri From Paris will own the decks along with the disco-driven quartet Horse Meat Disco, while Midnight Magic will be exploring the darker realms of disco's sensibilities in the only way they know how. Get tickets exclusively with no booking fees on DICE.
Where to be charmed by a legend
Gruff Rhys is a wondrous man. As lead singer of Super Furry Animals he synthesised the surreal, brilliant, creative, imaginary and glorious into nine much loved records. Pursuing his solo career with as much success, last year’s American Interior was accompanied by a film, book and app. Catch him at Koko, Camden, on Wednesday 11 February.
The best gigs to hear new hits from old faves
Birmingham’s Peace are back with a new album of thick guitars and incendiary indie. Hear the new tracks at Heaven on Monday 9 February and Tuesday 10 February. Or you can yell along to some Men’s Needs with The Cribs at Electric Ballroom on Thursday 12 February as they suckerpunch a new record direct to your ribcage.
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