London Gigs

London Gigs Diary: 12-18 November 2012

This Week                                 

The 20th London Jazz Festival kicked off on Friday. We were blown away by Jazz Voice: Celebrating a Century of Song, which saw an incredible array of vocalists take to the stage – from Boy George and Imelda May to Gwyneth Herbert and Patti Austin – and this week looks set to be no less spectacular. Highlights include Herbie Hancock, Bill Frisell, Jack DeJohnette and Esperanza Spalding

After the success of his Number 1 self-titled debut, Jake Bugg’s show on Wednesday has been upgraded from the Scala to the rather roomier Koko. Support comes from Tom O’Dell, a singer-songwriter who could prove to be the antidote to the swarm of Adele-alikes. Signed to Lily Allen’s record label, he’s got a big voice and an addictive debut single.

His story is like one from a film…so like one, in fact, that someone’s beaten us to it. Rodriguez was thrust into the limelight with the release of Searching For Sugar Man, a documentary which detailed his bizarre career. After releasing a couple of albums in the early 1970s, he remained relatively obscure in the US but unbeknown to him he was a superstar in South Africa. He was believed to have committed suicide, but fans tracked him down and, on the back of the film, his career has spiralled. He plays at the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday.

The best of the rest…

Monday 12 November

Bill Frisell, London Jazz Festival @ Queen Elizabeth Hall

Serafina Steer @ Sebright Arms

Gotye @ Hammersmith Apollo

Herbie Hancock, London Jazz Festival @ Royal Festival Hall

The Lumineers @ Koko

Pepe Deluxe @ Scala

Viv Albertine @ Rough Trade East (free)

Tuesday 13 November

Noisettes  @ KOKO

Jessie Ware @ Brixton Electric

Punch Brothers @ Islington Assembly Hall

Sidi Toure @ Momo

Wednesday 14 November

Ladyhawke @ Forum

Eugene McGuinness @ 100 Club

Adam Green and Binki Shapiro @ Bush Hall

Jake Bugg @ KOKO

Speech Debelle @ Village Underground

Thursday 15 November

Esperanza Spalding, London Jazz Festival @ Royal Festival Hall

Woodkid @ Queen Elizabeth Hall

Swans @ KOKO

Gabby Young @ Bush Hall

Friday 16 November

Jack DeJohnette Group, London Jazz Festival @ Queen Elizabeth Hall

Flying Lotus @ Troxy

Saturday 17 November

Rodriguez @ Royal Festival Hall

The Killers @ 02 Arena

Chickfactor 2012 – The Pastels, The Aislers Set and more @ Bush Hall

Sunday 18 November

Rufus Wainwright @ Hammersmith Apollo

Sea Of Bees @ Union Chapel

Just Announced 

The first acts have been announced for next year’s ATP festivals. TV on The Radio are set to take over the holiday camp on 10-12 May, and have announced Spank Rock, Saul Williams, CSS, Talibam! and Shabazz Palaces are among the bands they’ve handpicked. It’s Deerhunter’s turn on June 21-23, and the’ve chosen Atlas Sound, Dan Deacon, Laetitia Sadier, No Age and Black Lips.  

Former Girls frontman Christopher Owens has announced his first live shows. His debut album Lysandre was apparently inspired by the goings on during his former band’s first ever tour, back in summer 2008. He’ll play his only UK dates at St Giles Church on December 10 and 11. 

Theme Park have announced their biggest show to date. The Dalston trio have been nudging their way up to bigger venues throughout 2012 – they’re playing at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen next month, and will headline at Heaven on 14 March. Their new EP, Two Hours, due on November 26, includes covers of tracks by Jessie Ware, The National and Hot Chip. 

Folk’s rising star Benjamin Francis Leftwich tops off a mammoth 32-date UK tour…by announcing new dates for next year. His new EP’s out on November 19, and you can hear title track In the Open here. He’ll call into the Forum on 23 May. 

Bombay Bicycle Club will play at Koko on 22 December to raise money for charity Freedom from Torture. The band will be supported by Trophy Wife at the show to mark International Human Rights Day.

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