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London Gigs Diary: 17-23 December



This week
Happy-mondays

Christmas is within sniffing distance, but before we tootle off to elbow old ladies out of the way on Oxford Street and pickle ourselves in Baileys, there’s time for one last look at the week ahead in London. Things are definitely winding down, but amongst the usual seasonal fodder – The Pogues, Aled Jones, X Factor finalists – there are a few gems worth braving the cold for.

We might mock the seasonal outings of certain acts, but two gigs we’re highlighting this week are fast becoming festive traditions. On Monday Slow Club play at KOKO. For the last few years they’ve put on a Christmas show at the Union Chapel, throwing some down beat Christmas tunes in amongst their usual set. Likewise, this is the second outing for Emmy The Great and Tim Wheeler, who have switched from the rather more festive surrounds of Bush Hall to the Scala for this year’s airing of their album, This is Christmas.

If that all leaves you feeling a bit bah humbug, try The Prodigy – who we’d say are unlikely to be wearing santa hats and passing around the mince pies. The band are putting on three nights at Brixton Academy, from Tuesday. Another band putting in some hard graft this week are Happy Mondays, who are playing two nights – Wednesday and Thursday – at the Roundhouse. Earlier this year the Madchester legends reunited, with the full original line-up coming together for the first time in 19 years, and these should be pretty special shows.

Elsewhere, some of our favourite bands of the year are making final outings; Django Django are at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Friday, Dingus Khan are supporting Arrows Of Love at a free gig at the Old Blue Last on Tuesday, and James Yorkston is playing at the Shacklewell Arms on Wednesday.

The best of the rest…

Monday 17 December

Slow Club – KOKO

Theophilus London – Cargo

Action Bronson – Old Blue Last

Tuesday 18 December

Mumford And Sons – 02 Arena

The Prodigy – Brixton Academy

Konk Pack – Café OTO

Arrows Of Love + Dingus Khan – Old Blue Last

Wednesday 19 December

Happy Mondays – Roundhouse

James Yorkston – Shacklewell Arms

Paul Weller – Hammersmith Apollo

Ed Harcourt – Cecil Sharp House

Male Bonding + Mazes – Sebright Arms

Thursday 20 December

Macy Gray – KOKO

Duke Special – Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Emmy The Great and Tim Wheeler – Scala

Echo Lake – Water Rats

Friday 21 December

Django Django – Shepherd’s Bush Empire

The Hit Factory – O2 Arena

Saturday 22 December

Courtney Pine – Steatham Hideaway

Bombay Bicycle Club – KOKO

Hatcham Social – Catch

Sunday 23 December

Soulwaxmas – Brixton Academy

Just announced

There were squeals of joy at musicOMH towers when we heard that Liza Minelli is set to play at the Royal Festival Hall, as part of the Southbank Centre’s The Rest Is Noise festival.
The show, on 1 March, will be a return to the venue for Liza, who last played there in 1973. Even better, the show is part of the centre’s Berlin in the ’20s and ’30s weekend which, we’re told, “explores Weimar Berlin as the centre of Germany’s political and artistic developments.”

John Grant is to play a headline show at Heaven on 13 March. The former member of The Czars, who counts Midlake as his backing band, made it to Number 10 in our top albums
of 2010, with Queen Of Denmark. Its follow-up, Pale Green Ghosts, is released two days before the gig, and features Sinead O’Connor on guest vocals. Get a sneak peak here.



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