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London Gigs Diary: 22-28 April



alessis-arkDexys continue their remarkable run at the Duke of York’s Theatre this week. Kevin Rowland and co’s show is well worth seeing, as their 2012 album, One Day I’m Going To Soar, is given a musical overhaul in the glorious West End theatre surrounds. Expect a greatest hits set afterwards too.

There’s a great indiepop line-up at Islington Assembly Halls on Tuesday, with Comet Gain opening for Veronica Falls, whose second album cemented their position as one of the biggest names in the scene.

After a busy Record Store Day, Frank Turner will be playing one of his biggest shows to date (if you discount the small matter of the Olympics ceremony) at the Forum on Thursday.

Alessi Laurent-Marke, aka Alessi’s Ark, released her third album, The Still Life, last week. The singer/songwriter will perform tracks from it at the Southbank’s Purcell Room, on Tuesday.

Monday 22 April
Counting Crows + Lucy Rose – Hammersmith Apollo
Dexys – Duke of York’s Theatre
Grandmaster Flash – Jazz Café
Anna Von Hausswolff – Village Underground
Phoenix + The History of Apple Pie – Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Tuesday 23 April

The History of Apple Pie – Madame JoJo’s
Veronica Falls + Comet Gain – Islington Assembly Halls
Bleech – Hoxton Bar and Kitchen
Alessi’s Ark – Purcell Room
Sweet Baboo – Lexington

Wednesday 24 April

Edwyn Collins – Union Chapel
Dog is Dead – Koko
Deptford Goth – Electrowerkz

Thursday 25 April

Hadouken! – Electric Ballroom
Karl Hyde – Union Chapel
Frank Turner – Forum
Leisure Society – Queen Elizabeth Hall
Pink – 02 Arena
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Islington Academy
Serafina Steer – Bush Hall

Friday 26 April
Matthew E White – Queen Elizabeth Hall
Peaches – Indig02

Saturday 27 April

Two Door Cinema Club + CHVRCHES – Alexandra Palace
The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing – Borderline
Mark Ronson – Koko
Mark Morriss – Surya

Sunday 28 April

Noah and The Whale – Palace Theatre
British Sea Power – Indig02
Thomas Truax and Rainbow Reservoir – Vortex Jazz Bar

Just announced

The Barbican are set to bring the sounds of modern Brazil to the Village Underground on 25 July. They’re teaming up with Mais Um Discos to bring three new artists – Amazonian dancehall act Gaby Amarantos in her debut European show; modernist Brazilian singer-songwriter Lucas Santtana who mixes Brazilian rhythms with dub, afrobeat and hip hop, and six-piece band Graveola, who bring mash up folk, rock, funk and blues with more a nod to the tropicalia movement of ’70s Brazil.

The latest show booked for the Queen Elizabeth Park will see Mumford And Sons headline a packed line-up on 6 July. Vampire Weekend, Ben Howard, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, HAIM and Bear’s Den will warm up the crowd for them.

Daniel Johnston
’s acclaimed Hi, How Are You? is an incredible 30 years old this year. He’ll be celebrating with a show at the Barbican on 2 June, when he’ll be joined by special guests Emmy The Great, Jeffrey Lewis and Norman Blake to perform that album, as well as a greatest hits set.

Japandroids won’t be taking much of a break after touring Europe with Gaslight Anthem; they’ll soon be back on the road for their own headline tour, taking in Dingwalls on 17 July.

Frightened Rabbit’s rise shows no sign of slowing down; they’ve announced their biggest show to date, at Brixton Academy, on 8 November.

Similarly, James Blake is set to play at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 25 September.


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