The Southbank Centre’s Yoko Ono-curated Meltdown festival kicks off this weekend, with Siouxsie performing the opening honours. She’ll be followed by the likes of Peaches, Julianna Barwick, Iggy and The Stooges, Thurston Moore, Deerhoof, Patti Smith, Boy George and Ono herself over the next couple of weeks.
Jon Hopkins’ new album Immunity earned a whopping five star review from us, as we declared: “Much has been made recently of Daft Punk‘s injection of ‘warmth’ and ‘emotion’ into dance music. Their disco-aping seems like children’s doodles compared to Hopkins’ masterpiece.” See for yourself at the Village Underground on Wednesday.
Allo Darlin’s ‘compass shows’ kick off this week. The indie-pop four-piece will be testing new material across the four corners of the capital before they lock themselves in the studio for the summer. Their first show will tick off the west, at Ginglik in Shepherd’s Bush.
Monday 10 June
Husky Rescue – Hoxton Square Bar + Kitchen
Beady Eye – Rough Trade East
Tuesday 11 June
Tegan and Sara – Troxy
Swiss Lips – XOYO
Chapel Club – Cargo
Kate Nash – Barfly
Queens of the Stone Age – Rough Trade East
Wednesday 12 June
Jon Hopkins – Village Underground
Chromatics + Glass Candy @ KOKO
Gold Panda – Electric Brixton
Jagwar Ma – Rough Trade East
Ben Howard – Hammersmith Apollo
Scanners – Birthdays
Allo Darlin’ – Ginglik
Thursday 13 June
Travis – Islington Assembly Hall
Adrian Roye And The Exiles – Borderline
Kings Of Leon – 02 Arena
Shout Out Louds – XOYO
Jurassic 5 – Brixton Academy
Frankie & The Heartstrings – Garage
Nina Nesbitt – Barfly
Friday 14 June
Soccer 96 – Victoria Dalston
David McAlmont + Sam Obernik – Streatham Hideaway
Little Comets – Borderline
Saturday 15 June
Bruce Springsteen – Wembley Stadium
Rihanna – Twickenham Stadium
Todd Rundgren – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Siouxsie – Royal Festival Hall
Sunday 16 June
The Who – 02 Arena
Jimmy Eat World – KOKO
Postcards From Italy – Café OTO
Among Brothers – Birthdays
Immortal Technique – Royal Festival Hall
New Yorkers The Ballet will call into the Lexington on 1 August. The Fortuna POP!-signed trio blend Jens Lekman’s floucey romanticism with the wry, DIY undercurrent of the indie-pop greats, so it’s not a surprise that they’re playing at the Indietracks festival the weekend before.
The Barbican and Create London have announced details of their co-programmed Open East London, which marks a year since the Olympic opening ceremony. The festival, on 27-28 July, at the Queen Elizabeth Park, will feature international food, art and entertainment, including Toots And The Maytals, The Waterboys, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 with Dead Prez, a supergroup of Malian artists, DJ Don Letts, Wire, Stealing Sheep and Viv Albertine.
Martha Wainwright is heading to our shores for the summer, with shows planned throughout the summer, following her appearance at Glastonbury, including the Union Chapel on 15 August.
Fuck Buttons will head over to the Electric Ballroom on 17 September for the last date of their UK tour in honour of their third (utterly stunning) album Slow Focus, due out next month on ATP Recordings.