Spring has finally arrived in London with lighter evenings and warmer temperatures and the gig scene continues to warm up nicely also.
It’s been impossible to escape from the interminable subject of Brexit recently and it even makes its way into the Barbican on Saturday with a show by Nitin Sawhney. Sawhney promises a “rational anthem for a national tantrum”, focusing on the positives of multi-culturalism, diversity and openness. He’ll be joined by members of his band, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and singers from London Contemporary Voices. It’ll be one of the few Brexit-themed things you’ll actually want to hear at the moment.
Kathryn Joseph had a highly successful 2018, releasing her second album and playing a string of shows across the capital. She returns on Tuesday with her biggest headline show to date at Union Chapel. It’s sure to be a beautiful night in Islington.
Kel Assouf are a band based in Brussels but their background is very much in Saharan Africa (Niger specifically). They’ve just released their second album Black Tenere which provides an urgent update on African desert rock (see video below) and they play a show at the Lexington on Saturday.
Bigger shows this week include Massive Attack playing a Mezzanine focused show at the O2 on Friday, White Denim playing from last year’s Performance album at the Roundhouse on the same night and The Lemonheads returning to London to promote latest album Varshons 2 at a show at Kentish Town Forum on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, Yann Tiersen appears at the Royal Festival Hall and Bill Ryder-Jones plays from last year’s Yawn album over at EartH.