News Of The Week
This week has seen festival announcements a plenty; Green Man’s line-up already looks pretty healthy, with Belle and Sebastian, James Blake and Wild Beasts confirmed as headliners (18-21 August); 100 new acts have been confirmed for Brighton’s annual new music showcase, The Great Escape (19-21 May), including Songhoy Blues, Fatoumata Diawara, Blossoms, Bleached and Band of Skulls; and Melvins will head up Temples (2-5 June).
The London festivals have made some big announcements too. Victoria Park’s Lovebox (15-16 July) will be headlined by LCD Soundsystem and Major Lazer, while Clapham’s South West Four (28 August) will host The Chemical Brothers.
Gigs Of The Week
You might think you don’t know Aurora, but unless you hibernated throughout December, you probably do. The Norwegian singer voiced the last John Lewis Christmas ad’ (the one with the old man on the moon) – with a cover of Oasis‘s Half The World Away. Whether that gig was a blessing or a curse is yet to be seen, but we’re hoping it’s the latter, because there’s so much more to the 19-year-old than that. Offerinbg absorbing electro Scandi-pop with a heart, she’s well worth checking out at the Union Chapel on Tuesday 2 February.
Lindi Ortega is a whirlwind of fresh air; a ballsy country singer who’s as boozy and bawdy as she is broken hearted and hopelessly romantic. Part Dolly Parton, part Emmylou Harris, she’s a lifelong grafter who’s released six albums and another handful of EPs. Her latest release, Faded Gloryville, came out last summer, so expect lots from that when the Canadian stops off at the Islington Assembly Hall on Thursday 4 February.