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 in at the capital after playing the End Of The Road festival. St Vincent follows up on her EOTR headline slot with an intimate show in the refined surroundings of Cadogan Hall while firm musicOMH favourite Ezra Furman plays Brixton Academy. In smaller but no less significant territory Imarhan appear at Village Underground while Anna Burch plays the Moth Club (read what we thought of her show at the Old Blue Last back in May). Tuesday also sees Shannon & The Clams play a show at the Garage with support from hotly tipped Terry.
There’s a lot happening on Monday also. Oh Sees have a reputation as one of the best live bands around and they play the Forum. Juanita Stein continues her time away from Howling Bells to promote new solo album Until The Lights Fade with a gig at the Slaughtered Lamb – new track Get Back To The City (video below) sounds very promising. Monday also sees Amen Dunes play from well received new album Freedom at Village Underground and Red River Dialect play a ‘farewell’ show at Servant Jazz Quarters before heading off on a short hiatus (whilst frontman David Morris enters a nine month retreat at a Buddhist monastery no less).
Highlights later in the week include Chilly Gonzales playing Cadogan Hall on Friday, Michael Price previewing new album Tender Symmetry at Kings Place on Thursday and Titus Andronicus playing an intimate show in support of latest album A Productive Cough at St. Pancras Old Church on Wednesday. A short distance away on the same night you’ll find respected purveyors of melancholy indie Luna play the Islington Academy while Sunday sees Arctic Monkeys play the first of four dates at the O2 arena.
It feels like the build up to the busy months of October and November is finally underway. Let the gig-going recommence.