Festival season gets underway this weekend, with Sound Tracks festival. Pack your Oyster Card and get ready to flit between venues scattered around the East London Line, with the likes of Wave Pictures, Woodpecker Wolliam, Boats, Tawiah and Off Key He-Man at venues in Dalston, Hoxton, Rotherhithe, Canada Water and Peckham… and the London Overground. Tickets are just £15 for the whole day.
The Jim Jones Revue have got a busy week ahead, with shows at Shoreditch’s Sebright Arms from 8-11 May. They’ve got special guests and DJs lined up each night for the ‘Sebright Sessions’.
Savages are out on the town again this week, with a free gig at Rough Trade East on Monday, followed later in the week by a show at Ministry of Sound. They’re always a delight to see – they clocked up a near-perfect rating when we were saw them at the Shacklewell Arms last year.
The ever-wonderful Thea Gilmore calls into the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Wednesday, where she’ll be airing her 14th album, Regardless.
Besuited retro-popster Willy Moon will be strutting around the Electric Ballroom on Wednesday. His Wu-Tang sampling single Yeah Yeah has been everywhere since it was first used in an Apple ad, but there’s a whole lot more to his recently released debut album – even if is just 29 minutes long.
Monday 6 May
Parenthetical Girls – Lexington
Savages – Rough Trade East
Tuesday 7 May
The D.O.T – Sebright Arms
!!! – Village Underground
Michael Hurley – Café Oto
Mos Def – Coronet
Lissie – Dingwalls
Wednesday 8 May
The Neighbourhood – Heaven
Willy Moon – Electric Ballroom
The Knife – Roundhouse
Thea Gilmore – Queen Elizabeth Hall
Jim Jones Revue – Sebright Arms
Thursday 9 May
Cold War Kids – Forum
Leona Lewis – Royal Albert Hall
Lau – Union Chapel
Arcane Roots – Electrowerkz
Savages – Ministry Of Sound
Why? – Islington Assembly Hall
Femi Kuti – KOKO
Friday 10 May
Little Boots – Rough Trade East
Otomo Yoshihide – Café OTO
Saturday 11 May
Adam Ant – Roundhouse
Allo Darlin’ – Buffalo Bar
Sound Tracks Festival – Various
Sunday 12 May
Noah And The Whale – Palace Theatre
Tindersticks celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their first album this year. To mark the occasion, they’re publishing a book of lyrics and art, Singing Skies; an album of ‘lost songs’, Across 6 Leap Years (due out in the autumn) and will play a series of special gigs across Europe. They’ll be at the Barbican on October 25.
Mission of Burma have booked a date at the Garage on 30 June, with support from brilliant lo-fi Aussies Scott and Charlene’s Wedding.
Travis are back! They’re easing themselves back into it gently with a show at Islington Assembly Hall on June 13.
The Barbican have announced a lush American double bill of CocoRosie and Youth Lagoon on 2o July.
And indiepop hotshots Allo Darlin’ have announced a mini London ‘compass tour’ – four dates at tiny venues in the four corners of the capital. They’ll be playing at Ginglik (12 June), The Half Moon (20 June), St Pancras Old Church (27 June) and The Vortex (3 July), to preview tracks from their soon to be recorded third album.