London Gigs

London Gigs Diary: 13 – 19 June 2011

Annual fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support, the Brick Lane Takeover is back this Saturday and rebranded. Now Macmillan’s The Big Mix, it’s expanded its remit to include not just music showcases, but also attractions from the comedy, cabaret, fashion and art worlds, and has stretched its reach into nine venues in and around Shoreditch.

Acts to catch include James Yuill, CocknBullKid (pictured) and Treetop Flyers who’ll be playing at Rich Mix. Meanwhile Cargo hosts a night of hip hop influenced culture with Le Scratch curating a night of live art, hip hop karaoke and MCs to include Mikill Payne & XO Man.

Other venues taken over include The Light Bar for DJ sets, Concrete for comedy, The Brickhouse for cabaret and a silent disco on the roof terrace at The Queen Of Hoxton.

Tickets for the all day event will cost £25 on the day, or £20 in advance. More details here.

Gigs Of The Week: 13 – 19 June 2011

Tom Vek – Heaven, London – 16 June

Many words have been spoken about the fact that Vek has taken five years to get from album 1, We Have Sound, to album 2, Leisure Seizure. However, on the back of typically glitchy and twitchy returning single, A Chore, people’s chatter has turned to whether he’s met the expectations that such a lengthy gap seem to have given rise to. A rare tour around the UK takes him to Heaven in London, as well as gigs in Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and Brighton this week.

More details here.

The Horrors – York Hall, London – 17 June

Not content with his Spektor-opera side project Cat’s Eyes garnering praise in all quarters, Faris Badwan’s year also features the release of Skying, the third album from his day job band, The Horrors. They’ve just announced a full UK tour for November which will feature a date at the Roundhouse. But this week, they’ll be previewing the new material with dates in Glasgow, Manchester and this rarely-used Bethnal Green venue, York Hall.

More details here.

Also Recommended:

Alicia Keys – Royal Albert Hall, London – 13 June

LMFAO + Far East Movement + Frankmusic + Natalia Kills – Islington Academy, London – 13 June

Marcus Foster – Barfly, London – 13, 14 June

James Blake – Koko, London – 14 June

SBTRKT – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London – 14 June

Angie Stone – Jazz Cafe, London – 14, 15, 16 June

The Pierces + Alice Gold + Delta Maid – Bush Hall, London – 15, 16 June

Zun Zun Egui – Dalston Roof Park, London – 16 June

Wolf Gang + Kyla La Grange – XOYO, London – 17 June

Wu Lyf – Village Underground, London – 17 June

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic – Forum, London – 18 June

Ryan Adams – Barbican, London – 19 June

Just Announced:

YACHT – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London – 26 July

Jona Becholt’s band will be back in town for this date in celebration of the release of their second album, Shangri-La on DFA Records. Opening track Utopia is due for release on 11 July. They’ll also be playing at Manchester’s Ruby Lounge on 25 July.

More details here.

Arctic Monkeys – O2, London – 29 October

With their fourth album, Suck It And See, safely out, Alex Turner and the other monkeys have announced a typically large-scale tour of arenas for October and November. With one date at the O2 on 29 October, they’ll also be playing Nottingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Liverpool.

More details here.

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