Since the release of debut album Varmints back in 2016 Anna Meredith has established herself as an in-demand artist who can cross musical genres and scenes with ease. On Saturday her show at the recently re-opened Queen Elizabeth Hall will be showcase new arrangements from this album.
At the start of the week there’s two shows we’re looking forward to – Natalie Prass plays Bush Hall on Monday ahead of the release of second album The Future And The Past, while on Tuesday Courtney Marie Andrews promotes latest album May Your Kindness Remain with a show at Islington Assembly Hall (she’s at Rough Trade East earlier in the evening also).
A band we’ve enjoyed a lot over the years is A Hawk And A Hacksaw, and after a period away they return to London with two shows at Café Oto on Tuesday and Wednesday. They recently released seventh album Forest Bathing. Canadian post-punk outfit Ought meanwhile play from well-received latest album Room In The World at the Garage on Tuesday. The following night also sees Lucy Dacus appear at Omeara in support of current album Historian.
This week’s biggest shows are the run of three nights that The Streets will play at Brixton Academy from Wednesday to Friday. They’ll be the first shows since Mike Skinner put the project on hold back in 2011.
Back in 2016 we enjoyed seeing Senegalese musician Baaba Maal and Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux at WOMAD and both artists play shows in London on Thursday. Baaba Maal is at Union Chapel while Ana Tijoux is at the Jazz Café. It’s a busy night for gigs with The Low Anthem also playing Dingwalls and Katie von Sleicher appearing at the Islington.
Jon Hopkins already has two dates at Brixton Academy in the diary for November later this year but he’s also announced a new show at Village Underground on 10th May. That should be an excellent way to hear tracks from splendid new album Singularity. Two further highly anticipated dates announced for November see Christine & The Queens pitch up at the Hammersmith Apollo on 20th and 21st November.
In other news it’s been a busy few weeks for the Southbank Centre. Not content with their recent Meltdown festival announcements they have just confirmed another short series of gigs under the name of Africa Utopia with the standout show being by Amadou & Mariam on 21st July. It’s also been announced that Moses Sumney will play the Royal Festival Hall on 21st September.
We’ll be previewing the BBC Proms over on our classical section, but there are names more traditionally associated with the world of gigs that will also be appearing at the Royal Albert Hall over the summer. Youssou N’Dour & Le Super Étoile de Dakar, Sharon van Etten, serpentwithfeet, Hercules And Love Affair, Sam Amidon, The Unthanks, Sam Lee and Julie Fowlis all feature – find out more here.