There’s some impressive line-ups out and about this week, and they don’t get much more impressive than the one scheduled for Thursday night at the Garage. Tom Vek, Breton and Coves are all set to play as part of Fred Perry’s 60th anniversary celebrations. And best of all, tickets are just £5.
Mencap’s annual fundraiser, The Little Noise Sessions, gets underway at St John’s Church in Hackney this week. Gary Barlow, Richard Hawley, Olly Murs, The Maccabees, Noah And The Whale and Amy Macdonald are the headliners and there are some high profile support acts too.
Bobby Womack plays the first of two dates at London’s Forum on Sunday. Expect songs from The Bravest Man In The Universe, his first record in two decades, and appearances from collaborator Damon Albarn.
First Aid Kit round off a busy year with a date at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Tuesday. The Swedish folk duo’s second album, The Lion’s Roar, melted our hearts, and this is their biggest UK show to date.
The best of the rest…
Monday 19 November
Gong – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sea of Bees – Union Chapel
Tuesday 20 November
Saint Saviour – Lexington
CITIZENS! – XOYO
Passion Pit – Forum
First Aid Kit – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Wednesday 21 November
Tom Vek // Breton//Coves – Garage
CHVRCHES – Electrowerkz
Aluna George – Hoxton Bar and Kitchen
Kwes – Sebright Arms
Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo – Union Chapel
Beak> – Lexington
Neil Halstead – Windmill
Thursday 22 November
The Magnetic North – Purcell Room
Gallon Drunk – Macbeth
Lucy Rose – Electric Brixton
Fanfarlo – Union Chapel
The Lovely Eggs – Barfly
Chad Valley – Elecrtowerkz
Friday 23 November
The Wedding Present – Koko
Saturday 24 November
Shearwater – Garage
Crystal Castles – Brixton Academy
Orchestra Elastique – Café Oto
Sunday 25 November
Bobby Womack – Forum
Stars Of The Lid will play their first London show for four years on 10 December. They’ll be joined by a nine-piece string section orchestra and projectionist at St John’s Church in Hackney.
Tickets for Patrick Wolf’s spring tour go on sale on Wednesday. He recently celebrated 10 years in music with an acoustic album, Sundark and Riverlight – a collection of reworkings of his back catalogue. He’ll call into Queen Elizabeth Hall on 6 April, but if you can’t wait that long, he’ll perform a free instore show at Rough Trade East on 5 December.
Caitlin Rose has announced details of the follow-up to 2010’s beautiful Own Side Now. The Stand In is set for release on 25 February, and she’ll play at Dingwalls on 27 February.
After a highly charged show at Electric Ballroom earlier this month, Death Grips return to London on 2 May, when they’ll play down the road at the Forum.