Previews

Filthy Friends, Carly Rae Jepsen, Melanie De Biasio… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

Some of the best gigs we’ve been to have been those by artists playing venues that are frankly *way* too small for them. There’s a few shows taking place in London this week that fall…



Big Thief, Aldous Harding, Saint Etienne… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

Two of the most positively received albums released over recent weeks have been UFOF by Big Thief and Designer by Aldous Harding and both play shows in London this week. Big Thief’s new album manages...

Preview: London Festivals 2019

by Steven Johnson

Another excellent selection of festivals takes place in London this year, featuring both established names and promising newcomers. As it’s that time of year when plans are being finalised, read below for some of our...

These New Puritans, Soap&Skin, Marissa Nadler… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

These New Puritans are a classic example of a band that gets better with each album they release. Fourth album Inside The Rose was released last month to widespread acclaim (not least from us) and...

Beirut, Robyn, Sleeper… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

This week’s gigs in London seem to strike a perfect balance between those by new, exciting, buzz-generating artists and those featuring experienced, much-loved outfits that, in some cases, are returning with some of the best...

Midori Takada & Lafawndah, Steve Gunn, Hannah Peel… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

The back end of this week is loaded with gigs we’d like to be at. The Barbican have had an excellent few years on the contemporary music front and on Sunday their latest offering sees...

Africa Express, Doves, Sauna Youth… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

This week sees Damon Albarn’s Africa Express project reach London with a show on Friday at Wanstead Flats. The show is part of Waltham Forest’s London Borough Of Culture programme and will take place inside...

Vampire Weekend, Charlotte Adigéry & Sarah Davachi…This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

It feels like London has been in need of a shot of sunshine and warmth for a while now and the return of Vampire Weekend to the capital this week should at least bring that...

Blick Bassy, You Tell Me & Ibibio Sound Machine… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

1958 by French-Cameroonian artist Blick Bassy could well be the album released so far this year with the most interesting story behind it. It focuses on the death in 1958 of one of the forgotten...

Oneohtrix Point Never, Kristin Hersh, Gemma Ray… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

Daniel Lopatin has built up a reputation as one of the most progressive and experimental artists working in the field of electronic music as Oneohtrix Point Never over recent years and this week sees him...

Late Junction Festival, The Twilight Sad, Snapped Ankles… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

Late Junction is Radio 3’s flagship music programme for all things experimental, left of centre and below the radar. Now entering its twentieth year it is broadcast three nights a week (Tuesdays to Thursdays from...

Nitin Sawhney, Kathryn Joseph, Kel Assouf… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

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...

Yo La Tengo, Poppy Ackroyd, Neneh Cherry… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

This week sees Yo La Tengo return to London to play two shows at EartH. The first is on Sunday 17th and will no doubt feature tracks from last year’s excellent There’s A Riot Going...

The Residents, Beak>, Anna Calvi… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

This week sees a rare appearance in London by seminal American avant-gardists The Residents. Now into their 45th year the mysterious quartet will be performing a new show entitled In Between Dreams. Last year’s Intruders...

Low, Field Music, Shirley Collins… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

After a relatively quiet start it feels like this week is the moment that London gigs get fully back on track in 2019. Our album of 2018 was Double Negative by Low and they return...

Preview: Pitchfork Paris 2018

by Max Pilley

As the leaves turn brown and the nights draw in, you could be forgiven for taking your mind off the subject of music festivals for a few months. But there is one last hurrah in...

Rival Consoles, Tim Hecker and Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

Rival Consoles @ EartH, Tuesday 2nd October Persona by Rival Consoles is one of the best electronic albums of 2018 and Ryan West is developing a reputation for putting on memorable live shows also which...

The Cornshed Sisters, Janelle Monáe, Neneh Cherry… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

This week sees the return of Daylight Music, the hugely rewarding series of gigs that take place at Union Chapel on Saturday afternoons between 12:00-14:00. The autumn/winter season opens with a show on Saturday by The...

St Vincent, Juanita Stein, Michael Price… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

Summer festivals have now pretty much drawn to a close and it’s no coincidence that London sees its busiest week for gigs in a fair while. Tuesday stands out in particular with several artists calling...

Kaleidoscope, Amadou & Mariam, Pram… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

This week seems to be the one where the festival season starts to fully take its toll on London gigs. There might not be as much happening as usual but there’s still a few shows...

Rokia Traoré, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, MGMT …This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

This week opens with a show by Malian artist Rokia Traoré at the Barbican. She’s built up a reputation as a captivating performer over the years (we’ve saw her play there back in 2009 and...