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 place to expand your horizons
On Friday 6 March, LEAF host the incredible Modeselektor for an exhilarating one-off live set. The German duo showcase the full throttle techno sound that’s propelled them to ambassador status on the electronic music scene at Tobacco Dock. There will also be a series of conversations running in the day with the likes of Nile Rodgers, Black Butter Records and B. Traits.
The best gig to lose a tooth at
Metz’s debut album was a nihilistic, destructive, devastating 30 minute hit of adrenaline driven punk. Urgent and aggressive, it propelled the band to instant adoration and was awarded a Polaris Prize nomination. Live, the Toronto trio takes it to the next level. They toured the world leaving crowds sunken into sweat filled pits with the band's own blood spilt on the stage. See them Tuesday 3 March at 100 Club.
The best gigs to see boundary pushing musicians
Ariel Pink has the kind of enigmatic charm that you want from an artist. Operating in his own world and with a sprawling and fantastical live show, his presence is near magical. Catch him on Tuesday 3 March at Electric Ballroom. Meanwhile, Merrill Garbus brings her snowballing rhythms, endlessly creative pop melodies and overwhelming charm to the beautiful Royal Festival Hall on Thursday 5 March.
Best gig to impress your friends with
Pennsylvania native Alex Giannascoli has been DIY recording and self-releasing lo-fi indie gems in a way that makes Michael Cera’s latest offering look big business. Sweet, delicate, open and endearing, catch him at Chats Palace on Tuesday 3 March. On Dust, the debut track from Haelos, chords build with the tenderness of London Grammar and vocals intertwine over a shivering pulse with hints of The xx. Get a ticket for their searing hot debut show at Hackney’s Oslo on Wednesday 4 March.
On Friday 6 March, the legends at The Line of Best Fit bring you an incredible co-headline show at The Lexington from two of Stockholm’s brightest sugar-pop heart swellers, nostalgic dreamers Postiljonen and soaring synth addict Marlene. While on Tuesday 3 March at Scala, Susanne Sundfør plays in support of her sixth album. One of the biggest and most admired artists in Norway, she’s collaborated with the likes of M83, Röyksopp, and Maps.
The most pop fun ever
From the team who brought you life-changing nights at the Buffalo Bar and the much loved ‘tinder clusterf**k’ of Visions Festival, Rockfeedback launch their new night Tilt at Shoreditch’s Red Gallery with the incredible Kero Kero Bonita headlining. They are the most fun you can have at a gig ever. Be there on Thursday 5 March. While the night before Yelle brings her glossy and bombastic electro pop to Village Underground for what’s guaranteed to be a colour soaked dance party.
End the week in style
Ed Banger head-honcho Busy P is set to grace The Nest on Friday 6 March. He’s the man responsible for breaking through the likes of Justice, Sebastian, Breakbot and, more recently, Boston Bun. For those who’ve been lucky to see Busy P live, you’ll know he always brings an absolute monster of a party. While down the road self-taught Birmingham-born DJ Hannah Wants will be slamming XOYO with her signature dancefloor-prepped house sound.
This article was created in partnership with mobile ticketing app DICE, which supplies tickets without booking fees. Which makes sense to us, because it seems unfair to charge booking fees for an electronic ticket. You’re free to buy your tickets from wherever you like, of course.