Gigs Of The Week
It’s that time of year when seasonal gig goers – and performers – dust down their old band t-shirts and head into town. This week sees the likes of The Wurzles, Bad Manners, Sham 69, Midge Ure, The Wild Hearts and Adam Ant take to the stage, as well as that more credible ‘institution’, Fatboy Slim. Norman will be playing in the round at the 02 Arena for a show he’s dubbed ‘The night rave before Christmas’ on Sunday 17 December
Cate Le Bon has been a highlight of our 2016; her album Crab Day was a bonkers gem of a record, full of twists, turns and intricacies that’ve kept us returning to it all year, and her live show has proved just an enticing. Catch her at Islington Assembly Hall on Wednesday 14 December
For something equally as eccentric, if a little louder, you could do worse that snapping up a ticket to see Japanese avant-garde metalists Boris who perform their 2005 album Pink at the Electric Ballroom on Tuesday 13 December.
Announcement Of The Week
The BBC Symphony Orchestra is set to delve into the world of Philip Glass for a series of shows to mark the composer’s 80th birthday. The Total Immersion day will take place on 28 January at the Barbican, and will include talks, a film screening and performances from his extensive repertoire. Performers will include conductor Marin Alsop, pianist sisters Katia and Marielle Labeque. Part of the Barbican’s season-long series Reich, Glass, Adams: The Sounds that Changed America, the weekend celebration of Philip Glass will also include the Royal Ballet’s performance of a new production of Glass’s dance opera, Les Enfants Terribles.