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London Gigs Diary: 29 April – 5 May



Van Dyke ParksTwo artists are playing very different residencies in the capital this week. Beyoncé’s Mrs Carter Show world tour pulls into the 02 Arena for the week from Monday, while over in east London, Peace are putting in the hours at Dalston’s Birthdays.

Van Dyke Parks plays at the Borderline on Sunday. Best known for his work with Brian Wilson, the 70-year-old has worked with countless musical legends throughout his career and this show falls on the eve of the release of his first new album for 20 years.

Low call into the Barbican on Tuesday. We were impressed by their last album, The Invisible Way, saying: “There’s a majestic soulfulness…that makes The Invisible Way one of their strongest, most coherent works.”

Venues in Dalston and Stoke Newington will lend themselves to the Oddbox Weekender on Saturday and Sunday. The indiepop label’s annual outing includes Haiku Salut, Martha, Tigercats, Ace Bushy Striptease, Joanna Gruesome and Tyrannosaurus Dead.

Monday 29 April
Rufus Wainwright + Pink Martini – Royal Albert Hall
Beyoncé – 02 Arena
CHVRCHES – Village Underground
Luke Sital-Singh – Bush Theatre

Tuesday 30 April
Low – Barbican
Devlin – Koko
Peace – Birthdays
Chilly Gonzales – Cadogan Hall
Hecker and Lopatin – Royal Albert Hall

Wednesday 1 May
Barn Owl – Lexington
Kate Nash – 100 Club
Laura Mvula – Islington Assembly Hall
Seasick Steve – Roundhouse

Thursday 2 May
The Vaccines + The Walkmen + Toy – 02 Arena
Death Grips – Forum
Matt Cardle – Union Chapel
Darwin Deez – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Minus The Bear – Garage
Dutch Uncles – Scala
Vampire Weekend – Troxy

Friday 3 May
Loudon Wainwright III – Royal Festival Hall
OMD + John Foxx – Roundhouse
Fever Dream + Evans the Death – Power Lunches
Goldheart Assembly + Nadine Shah – Bull & Gate

Saturday 4 May
Malcolm Middleton – Victoria, Dalston
Gabby Young And Other Animals – Jamboree
Ed Harcourt – Bull & Gate
I’ll Be Your Mirror: Yeah Yeah Yeahs + Black Lips, &C. – Alexandra Palace

Sunday 5 May
Van Dyke Parks – Borderline

Just announced

Mogwai are set to play at the Barbican on 26 July. They’ll soundtrack the film Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, which used 17 cameras to track the legendary French midfielder throughout one 2005 Spanish league match.

Japandroids have added a second London Show at Dingwalls on 18 July, after their gig booked in for the previous night sold out.


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