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London Gigs Diary: 3-9 March 2014



John GrantThe man who made our album of 2013 returns to the capital on Sunday. His largest London show to date, the phenomenal success of Pale Green Ghosts has earned John Grant a headline slot at the Roundhouse. And it’s a big weekend all round for the Camden venue; James Murphy and 2manyDJs are back as Despacio on Friday and Saturday, with their henge of 11-feet-tall speakers, eclectic vinyl collection and mirrorballs.

We loved George Ezra when we caught him supporting Jesca Hoop at the Borderline back in October 2012. Since then he’s been gigging relentlessly, and the hard work’s paying off; he’s been nominated for all sorts of newcomer awards – and he made our ’14 for 14′ list. Catch his spine tingling baritone at Dingwalls on Tuesday.

We’re fans of Breton, who will be at the Village Underground on Wednesday. Their most recent album, War Room Stories, packs a thousand sounds into one; we name-checked everyone from Jamie T, Crystal Castles and Nine Inch Nails to Editors and James Blake.

Monday 3 March

Kelis – Metropolis Studios
Damien Jurado – Village Underground
Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures – The Old Queen’s Head

Tuesday 4 March

Blood Red Shoes – Black Heart
Beyoncé – O2 Arena
Birdy – Forum
Foxes – Scala
Uriah Heep – KOKO
George Ezra – Dingwalls
Jungle – Village Underground
Ray Davies – Union Chapel

Wednesday 5 March

Eagulls – Electrowerkz
Beyoncé – O2 Arena
London Grammar + Dan Croll – Troxy
Breton – Village Underground
Nina Persson – Scala
Radkey – 100 Club
We Are Scientists – Rough Trade East
Dar Williams – Bush Hall

Thursday 6 March

Tinariwen – Village Underground
MØ – Heaven
Beyoncé – O2 Arena
Bastille + Angel Haze – Alexandra Palace
Haim – Brixton Academy
The Head And The Heart – Scala
Shlohmo – Laundry
Metronomy – New Slang at McClusky’s, Kingston

Friday 7 March

Tinariwen – Village Underground
Despacio – Roundhouse
Holy Escape – Shacklewell Arms
Ren Harvieu – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Howe Gelb – Islington Assembly Hall
Aswad – Jazz Cafe

Saturday 8 March

Tod Terje – Oval Space
Disclosure – Alexandra Palace
Despacio – Roundhouse
Rival Consoles – Village Underground
Temples – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
David Cronenberg’s Wife – Buffalo Bar
Oysterband – Islington Assembly Hall
Eats Everything – XOYO

Sunday 9 March

John Grant + Samaris – Roundhouse
Jóhann Jóhannsson – Barbican
Kid Canaveral – Lexington
Metronomy – Rough Trade East
Ellie Goulding – 02 Arena

Just announced

After revealing details of their 11th studio album (The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, due for release on 21 April, Eels have announced a handful of UK dates, including the Royal Albert Hall on 30 June.


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