London Gigs

London Gigs Diary: 15-21 April 2013

Over the last year Dexys have been wowing crowds with one-off shows, playing their brilliant 2012 album, One Day I’m Going To Soar, and this week they take up a week-long residency at the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre.

If Damian Rice-style acoustic singer-songwriters are your thing, check out Luke Sital-Singh, who’s playing at quirky Dalston basement bar Servant Jazz Quarters on Wednesday.

The brilliantly raucous Dingus Khan will be cramming onto the stage at the Borderline on Thursday. Their debut album Support Mistley Swans, was released by Fierce Panda at the end of last year, and if their Halloween show is anything to go by, this gig should be something special.

We loved Night Beds’ debut, Country Sleep. Flitting between rustic, rolling, tracks that appeal to fans of Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes, and more upbeat, guitar-centred songs that recall Alex Chilton, it’s a real grower that showcases Winston Yellen’s warm, fuzzy vocals. After a tiny show to handful of people at the Slaughtered Lamb and a few support slots, this is his biggest headline show to date in London.

Monday 15 April

Night Beds – Borderline
Skunk Anansie – Cadogan Hall
Dubstar – Lexington

Tuesday 16 April

Dexys – Duke of York’s Theatre

Wednesday 17 April

Portico Quartet – Koko
Beth Orton – Royal Festival Hall
Albert Hammond – Bush Hall
British Sea Power – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Luke Sital-Singh – Servant Jazz Quarters

Thursday 18 April

Dingus Khan – Borderline
Fun – Hammersmith Apollo
Slow Club – Barfly
Ghostface Killah – 100 Club
Findlay – Electrowerkz
Alison Moyet – Bush Hall

Friday 19 April

Pyyramids – KOKO
David McAlmont – Streatham Hideaway
Martin Carthy – Charlton House

Saturday 20 April

Echo and The Bunnymen – Brixton Academy
Grandmaster Flash – Jazz Café
Groove Armada – Village Underground

Sunday 21 April

Pete Doherty – Brixton Jamm
Clorinde + Tom Rogerson – Café OTO

Just announced

Wu-Tang Clan are set to reunite to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). They’ll play at Brixton Academy on 26 July.

Montreal electro duo Blue Hawaii have announced their first UK dates, including Club Motherfucker at the Garage on 10 May and Birthdays on 21 May.

Lissie has unveiled a new single, Shameless, out at the end of June. She’ll be playing a Dingwalls on 7 May.

Depeche Mode have added some extra dates to their world tour. Following sold out shows at the 02 Arena in May, they’ll be back on 19 November.

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