London Gigs

London Gigs Diary: 10-16 February 2014

The last two O2 Arena dates of 23-year-old country superstar Taylor Swift‘s mammoth Red Tour fire up on Monday and Tuesday.

Penguin Cafe take over the Union Chapel for three nights this week. Arthur Jeffes’ reimagining of the band originally established by his father in the 1970s are set to release their second album on 17 Febuary. They’ll be playing tracks from The Red Book, as well as their debut, A Matter of Life, on Friday-Sunday.

We loved Parquet Courts‘ debut, Light Up Gold, calling them “anti stylised and ultra DIY”. See for yourself at the Electric Ballroom on Sunday.

Likewise, we were won over by Phoenix‘s last album, Bankrupt. When it was released in April last year we awarded it four-and-a-half stars, saying it was “full of off-kilter, strange pop songs” and well worth the four year wait. The Parisians continue their mini-residency at the Brixton Academy on Wednesday.

And that’s all without mentioning the activities of a certain purple gentleman

Monday 10 February

Fanfarlo – Rough Trade East
Temples – Rough Trade East
Taylor Swift – O2 Arena

Tuesday 11 February

Moderat – KOKO
Charlie Jones – Vortex
Taylor Swift – O2 Arena
Vance Joy – Scala
Fanfarlo – Village Underground
Basia Bulat – Lexington
The Family Rain – Garage
Cheatahs – Rough Trade East
Future Islands – Hoxton Square Bar + Kitchen

Wednesday 12 February

Poliça – Troxy
iLiKETRAiNS + Her Name Is Calla – Jazz Cafe
Pawws – Lexington
Cheatahs – Birthdays
Courtney Barnett – Sebright Arms
Phoenix – Brixton Academy
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Rad Stewart – New Cross Inn

Thursday 13 February

Cooly G – Birthdays
Darren Hayman – Vortex
Antlanter + Schultz & Forever + Vök – Lexington
Cloud Control – Heaven
Young Fathers – Electrowerkz
Laura Cantrell – Kings Place
Lily and Madeleine – St Pancras Old Church
Kaiser Chiefs – Scala
The Strypes – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Rudimental + Bipolar Sunshine – Brixton Academy

Friday 14 February

Foals – Alexandra Palace
Darren Hayman – Vortex
Post War Glamour Girls – Hoxton Square Bar + Kitchen
Rudimental + Bipolar Sunshine – Brixton Academy

Saturday 15 Feburary

Penguin Cafe – Union Chapel
Rudimental + Bipolar Sunshine – Brixton Academy
Foals – Alexandra Palace
Courtney Barnett – Rough Trade East

Sunday 16 February

Parquet Courts – Electric Ballroom
Evans The Death – Lock Tavern

Just announced

Ben Folds will be joined by the Heritage Orchestra for a date at the Barbican on 6 July. It’ll be the European Premiere of his new piano concerto, except with some of the hits thrown in there too.

After last year’s brilliant Electric Lady, Janelle Monáe is set to return to the live stage with a show at the Brixton Academy on 9 May.

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