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 book now and avoid disappointment
No one likes missing out. Don’t be the one who waits too long. Sort it out now. This summer on Thursday 18 June the greatest guitar band of the last 20 years, The Strokes, play Hyde Park with an incredible supporting line up including Beck and Future Islands. While across town at XOYO from April until June, Benji B takes up residency. Joined by an eclectic all-star line up from Mark Ronson, to Skepta, to Giles Peterson, this is irrefutably a must see.
Best gig to get some soul at
For our first ever DICE podcast we met the guys at Burger Records. We recommend you listen, as their dedication in discovering new talent is second to none. And then get a ticket for Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club this Wednesday 11 March to see one of their latest signings, Curtis Harding. Based in Atlanta he’s collaborated with Black Lips’ Cole Alexander, been a back-up singer for Cee-Lo Green, and now releases his debut album Soul Power; a record from the heart that will strike yours alight.
Best gigs for Peanut Butter Vibes
On Tuesday 10 March Glass Animals bring their left-field lyricism and infectious slow jams to Shepherd’s Bush Empire. While over at The Lexington, New Jersey via Manchester’s BC Camplight entertains with his sugar sweet, syrup thick indie pop songs that drip in sentiment and invention. Two bands both known for singing about peanut butter on the same night in London. Grab a spoon.
Best gigs to say you were there first
Here are two really exciting new acts for you to impress your friends with. Creating expansive and lush pop with instantly addictive sentiment and choruses akin to London Grammar dousing themselves in Bjork’s back catalogue, don’t miss Vaults this Wednesday 11 March at Village Underground. While on Saturday 14 March at Birthdays, Spaniards Mourn have the early, raw energy reminiscent of first records from Sonic Youth or The Ramones.
Best gigs to bring on summer
As the mornings start to get a little brighter and the sun a little warmer, I personally, start to get pretty impatient for summer. So what better way to welcome it in than with the festival winners of last year, Clean Bandit. Rather Be is as perfect as pop gets. Playing this huge headline show at Alexandra Palace on Friday 13 March, they’ll no doubt be joined by many of their notable collaborators for an unmissable evening.
Best gigs to relive your youth at
“Cut my life into pieces, this is my last resort.” If you spent your teenage years with baggy jeans and a problem with authority, chances are you were in to Papa Roach. Catch Coby Dick and co at the Roundhouse this Thursday 12 March. But if you were a little more heart on your sleeve and said something stupid like, “love steals us from loneliness”, then happy birthday, this one’s for you, as Idlewild play the same venue a night later on Friday 13 March.
Best gig to see a legend
On Saturday 14 March Roc Nation's very own Jay Electronica is coming to KOKO. Over the past 10 years through ground-breaking collaborations with the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar to name a few, the Louisiana native has built an undeniable legacy in the ruthless world of hip-hop. His heavyweight flow packs a viciously memorable punch, yet it's the man's versatility that sets him apart from the rest.
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