Gigs Of The Week
It’s a busy week for Björk, who’s set to play two huge shows to coincide with the launch of an exhibition at Somerset House. Björk: Digital brings together a collection of her digital work, including the recent virtual reality videos, interactive apps and archive music videos which resulted from collaborations with some of the finest visual artists and programmers in the world. The live dates – at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 21 September and Hammersmith Apollo on Saturday 24 September – are her first London shows since the release of Vulincura. These gigs are set to be spectacular, but if you can’t bag a ticket, the exhibition runs until 23 October.
Poet, spoken word artist, playwright, author, musician… is there nothing Kate Tempest doesn’t excel in? This week the 30-year-old Londoner returns to her SE4 roots for a homecoming show to debut her upcoming new album, the wonderfully titled and entirely spectacular Let Them Eat Chaos, due out in October, the follow up to 2014’s Mercury-nominated Everybody Down. We can’t wait for this show, at Brockley’s Rivoli Ballroom, on Tuesday 20 September.
Announcement Of The Week
Last week the indiepop world mourned the imminent demise of one of its biggest stars, as Allo Darlin’ confirmed what some had predicted for some time. As the band themselves put it: “We now live in two different countries, and these days have enough children to at least field a five-a-side football team. Many years ago we took the decision that our friendship was more important to us than our ”career ”as a band. This meant that we didn’t tour relentlessly and didn’t let the music business get in the way of what brought us together in the first place: the joy of music and the thrill of playing with people you were lucky enough to call your friends.” They won’t just fade out though: they’re set to go out with a bang, with a farewell show at the Scala on 11 December.