Jack White, Gilberto Gil, Let’s Eat Grandma… This Week In Gigs

Gilberto Gil

Gilberto Gil celebrates the 40th anniversary of his album Refavela at the Barbican

It’s a somewhat quieter week in London, as the capital’s venues seem to take some time out after a particularly heavy recent schedule.

That’s not to say there’s nothing happening however. There’s the small matter of three shows by Jack White at the Hammersmith Apollo for example. He plays from latest album Boarding House Reach on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Elsewhere, legendary Brazilian musician Gilberto Gil is appearing at the Barbican on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of his acclaimed 1978 album Refavela. Over at Rough Trade East on Friday meanwhile you can catch Let’s Eat Grandma playing an in store show ahead of them releasing their second album I’m All Ears. The same evening sees electronic artist Lone play a show at the Jazz Café while in similar musical territory Pantha Du Prince will be at Village Underground.

On Wednesday Nadine Shah plays a show at the House Of St Barnabas in Soho in support of the organisation’s work in helping people affected by homelessness. Finally, Festival Republic takes place at Finsbury Park over the weekend. Friday 29th is headed up by Liam Gallagher with support from the likes of Wolf Alice, Loyle Carner and Dream Wife. Saturday 30th sees performances by Queens Of The Stone Age, Iggy Pop, Run The Jewels and The Hives.

New announcements

The newly almost-reformed The Smashing Pumpkins have been playing shows in the US for a while now, and they’ve finally announced some European shows. They’ll be playing Wembley Arena on 16 October. Another band to regroup is The Cardigans who will be acknowledging the 20th anniversary of their Gran Turismo album by playing it in full at Hammersmith Apollo on 7 December.

Villagers are the latest addition to the new Hackney Arts Centre’s autumn programme – they’ll be promoting forthcoming fourth album The Art Of Pretending To Swim there on 23 October. The War On Drugs meanwhile have announced their biggest London show to date at the O2 Arena on 13 December – support will come from Slowdive. Finally, Courtney Barnett follows up her recent appearances at the Roundhouse and All Points East with a show at Brixton Academy on 14 November.

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