An exciting and major addition to London’s festival diary, LEAF – London Electronic Arts Festival – lands this week. Curated by Rob Da Bank (Bestival) and Ben Turner (Association for Electronic Music), it boasts performances, talks, DJ sets and more from acts including Omar Souleyman, Major Lazer, New Order and Trentemøller. The living legend that is Giorgio Moroder will be amongst the DJs, and giving a keynote interview. One and four day passes are available, with events taking place at venues across London from Thursday to Sunday. Full details here.
On the subject of festivals, four years since Ja Ja Ja launched, the Nordic music night is temporarily upping sticks from the Lexington, across North London to the Roundhouse, for its first ever festival. This Friday and Saturday sees a huge rabble of some of our favourite Scandinavian bands take over the venue, including Mew, múm, Annie, The Raveonettes and Husky Rescue. More here.
Field Music will perform their score to seminal 1929 silent documentary, Drifters – which follows the working day of a herring fishing fleet – at the beautiful Islington Assembly Hall on Saturday.
Monday 4 November
Bryan Ferry – Royal Albert Hall
The Dodos – Hoxton Square Bar + Kitchen
The Staves – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Teitur – St Pancras Old Church
Tuesday 5 November
The Necks – Cafe OTO
Luke Sital-Singh – Tabernacle
Art Brut – Village Underground
Bastille – KOKO
Wednesday 6 November
John Newman – Electric Brixton
James Yorkston – St Pancras Old Church
Bear’s Den – Village Underground
Savages – Forum
Little Green Cars – Scala
Chromeo – XOYO
Thursday 7 November
Simple Minds – Koko
Villagers – Heaven
Coves – Electrowerkz
Friday 8 November
Frightened Rabbit – Brixton Academy
Dillinger Escape Plan – Koko
Mark Lanegan – Union Chapel
Young Knives – Islington Academy
The Pastels – Scala
Achim Mohne – Cafe Oto
Saturday 9 November
Ja Ja Ja Festival – Roundhouse
Jane Birkin – Barbican Centre
Alice In Chains – Alexandra Palace
Field Music – Islington Assembly Hall
The Flatmates – Water Rats
Sunday 10 November
Omar Souleyman – The Laundry
Boy George – KOKO
Josh Ritter – Barbican
Body/Head – Cafe OTO
A Place To Bury Strangers – Shacklewell Arms
Kodaline – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Peggy Sue have announced details of their third album, Choir of Echoes, set to be released by Wichita on 27 January. The London trio will be touring after the release, calling in to new east London venue Oslo on 15 April.
Dum Dum Girls are also set to release their third album, Too True, on 27 January. The Sub Pop signings will preview tracks from it during a mini world tour, including Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, on 14 December.
Following a sold-out show at the Electric Ballroom last month, Fuck Buttons have announced a date at the Forum on 7 February. It’s going to be a late one, with DJs playing after the band finish, until 1am.