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.
It’s become a staple in our summer, and on their first announcement Visions Festival have delivered a line up to get excited about for Saturday 8 August. There’s Brooklyn dreamers The Antlers, South London nihilists The Fat White Family, the psych drones of TOY, the all-out exuberance of Hinds, and the evolving electronica of Son Lux to name a few.
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Pitchfork called him Beyoncé’s muse, but for now let’s know him as the producer extraordinaire who’s worked with Run The Jewels, Queen B, and created his own unrelenting electro clash. Catch Boots at Dalston Victoria on Tuesday 24 March, while on Wednesday 25 March Charli XCX brings her electro-trash rebel pop to Shepherd’s Bush Empire. With a talent for writing choruses bigger than the charts, it’s just the start for this troublemaker talent.
Best gigs to make a new discovery
On debut single Ohio they career with an artful creativity and the kind of chorus that’s just so catchy it should require medication. With lyrics that skate the line of self-knowing and an unbridled adventurism we recommend catching Peluché at Servants Jazz Quarters on Thursday 26 March. And on Tuesday 24 March All Tvvins hit Birthdays. Hailing from two of Ireland’s biggest and most loved bands of the last few years, Adebisi Shank and The Cast of Cheers, they deliver the kind of crushing chorus that’ll convert you to a fan on first listen.
Club going up on a… Saturday
In keeping with XOYO tradition, the legendary Skream will be rounding off his residency just how he started it - by playing all night long. With this man at the realm and emotions running high, expect a truly memorable sign off on Saturday 28 March. While down the road LWE continue their illustrious MIXED party series at Village Underground on March 28 with three of 2015's most hotly-tipped house talents including Rupert Taylor, aka xxxy, who’s really stamped his mark on the scene over the past two years with his modern take on garage cross rhythms and dubby bass lines, all blended with a grade-A palette of classic house and techno.
Best gigs to get to know what you’ve been missing
With a delicate charm and off-kilter lyrics, Soko skirts dream pop and garage indie in a captivating and idiosyncratic manner. Catch her at 100 Club on Thursday 26 March. Fair Ohs have been relentlessly creating for the last decade as a much loved and much needed fixture on London’s DIY scene. Bring some sunshine into your evening with their bass groove tropic punk on Thursday 26 March at The Stillery.
Best gigs to lose it in the pit at
From South Wales, emo punk-pop champs The Blackout bring a renegade energy, over-the-top sing-along chants, and dual vocal attack to Koko on Tuesday 24 March. With Sean Smith and Gavin Butler leading the sonic assault with tongues in cheek, get ready to leave this gig a sweaty mess.
Best gig for great vibes
Purveyors of everything abrasive, intelligent, loud, experimental, and challenging, promoter/label Bad Vibrations curate an incredible line up for this year’s Bad Vibes at Hackney Wick’s Shapes warehouse on Saturday 28 March. Headlining, krautrock legends Faust bring their avant-noise pop to East London. With a live set that’s been known to include the likes of chainsaws, cement mixers, and a disregard for noise levels, they’re an act that needs to be seen.
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