London Gigs

London Gigs Diary: 17-23 February 2014

Following Love This Giant, her collaborative album with David Byrne, St Vincent releases her astonishing self-titled new album next week. Expect choice cuts from it when Annie Clark headlines the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Thursday, with support from Glass Animals.

The Royal Albert Hall’s smaller spaces are coming into their own of late, evidenced this week with two special gigs in the Elgar Room. Sometime Auteurs lynchpin and musicOMH favourite Luke Haines plays on Monday, while Ani DiFranco protege Anaïs Mitchell is in the same place on Tuesday.

Jon Hopkins, whose excellent recent album Immunity was Mercury nominated, plays his biggest London date so far when he headlines the Forum on Saturday, with able support from Luke Abbott, and post-classical doyen Lubomyr Melnyk takes to the tiny Vortex stage the night before.

Monday 17 February

Luke Haines – Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall
Prince – Ronnie Scott’s
Swim Deep – KOKO
Duke Special – Bush Hall
Halls – Shacklewell Arms
Le Youth – Madame Jojo’s
Planningtorock – Rough Trade East
Jenny Wilson – Lexington
Ghost Beach – Birthdays

Tuesday 18 February

Anaïs Mitchell – Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall
Warpaint – KOKO
Dinosaur Pile Up – Scala
Let’s Wrestle – Rough Trade East
Lewis Watson – Brooklyn Bowl
Samantha Crain – Slaughtered Lamb
Planningtorock – Hoxton Square Bar + Kitchen

Wednesday 19 February

Mariam The Believer – Electrowerkz
Emmy The Great – Jazz Cafe
Suzanne Vega – Royal Albert Hall
Real Estate – Bush Hall
Yuck – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Speedy Oritz – Lexington
Highasakite – Birthdays
Arctic Monkeys – 02 Arena
Blood Orange – Village Underground

Thursday 20 February

St Vincent – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
MONEY + PINS – Heaven
Of Montreal – Oval Space
Gipsy Kings – Royal Albert Hall
Drenge + TRAAMS – Scala
Au Revoir Simone – Garage
Ghost Beach – Tooting Tram & Social
Thumpers – Lexington
Supreme Cuts – Old Blue Last
Little Comets – Electric Ballroom

Friday 21 February

Lubomyr Melnyk – Vortex
Daniel Avery – Fabric
The Pooh Sticks – Lexington
Jake Bugg – Royal Albert Hall
Haiku Salut – Kings Place
Joakim – XOYO
A1 – Hammersmith Apollo

Saturday 22 February

Jon Hopkins + Luke Abbott – Forum
Schlomo – Roundhouse
Eats Everything – XOYO
Chris T-T and The Hoodrats – Union Chapel

Sunday 23 February

Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra – KOKO
Radkey – Sebright Arms

Just announced

Long before Miley Cyrus pinched the title, Emmylou Harris released one of the most beautiful records of her career. She’ll be revisiting the Grammy winning Wrecking Ball at the Barbican on 25 and 26 May.

The Barbican will also be hosting online music store Bleep’s 10th birthday party, with a specially commissioned “multi-sensory experience” from Fuck Buttons and Mount Kimbie, on 25 April.

The Flaming Lips return to the capital on 28 May, with a show at Brixton Academy, to coincide with the release of their 13th studio album, The Terror.

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