London Gigs

London Gigs Diary: 18 – 24 April 2011



The Glastonbury line-up was fleshed out last week just ahead of the remaining tickets being snapped up. In some strange scheduling, Morrissey will be warming the Pyramid Stage crowd up ahead of U2 and Pendulum will be rocking up as Beyoncé‘s support. As ever some of the best acts have been scheduled for the West Holts Stage, which will host old timers like Jimmy Cliff and Duane Eddy, alongside Big Boi, Janelle Monae and Kool And The Gang. Meanwhile Hertfordshire’s The Big Chill festival announced its Kanye coup, by signing Mr West up for what is so far his only festival appearance in the UK this summer.

Gigs Of The Week: 18 – 24 April 2011

Nerina Pallot – Bloomsbury Theatre, London – 20 April

Jersey girl Nerina Pallot might not have quite reached the heights that her songwriting deserves, but four albums in she’s not short of inspiration or drive. Since The Graduate came out in in 2009, she’s been writing for others, including a certain Kylie Minogue, she’s acquired a dog and given birth to her first son Wolfgang, who lends his name to her new album, Year Of The Wolf. New single, the infectious Bernard Butler-produced Put Your Hands Up shows that she’s still handy with a pop hook. A natural raconteur, she shines in the live setting. Support comes from Bright Light Bright Light.

More details here.

Adele – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London – 21 April

When this run of dates was announced, few could have known how Adele’s (pictured) year was going to turn out. But here she is, newly anointed national treasure since releasing her all-conquering 21 album, crying at the BRIT Awards and cackling on Alan Carr’s sofa. One of the rare artists not cropping up on this summer’s festival schedule, these dates will be one of the few opportunities to see her sing this year. She’s playing the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 21 April.

More details here.

Modeselektor – Secret Location, London – 24 April

With Moderat, their collaborative work with Apparat, a certified success that took them through the last couple of years, Modeselektor are now back as themselves. A powerhouse in electronic music, their glitchy sounds top this bill put together by promoters Black Atlantic, as Modeselektion makes its London debut. Other acts on this limited information all nighter (somewhere in London) include dubstep pioneer Mala and German DJ Siriusmo.

More details here.

Also Recommended:

Ryoji Ikeda – Barbican Hall, London – 18 April

The Dears – Borderline, London – 18, 19 April

Asobi Seksu – XOYO, London – 19 April

GZA – Relentless Garage, London – 19 April

2:54 + Echo Lake – Lexington, London – 20 April

Lone Pigeon +The Pictish Trail – Bush Hall, London – 20 April

Battles – ICA, London – 20 April

Liam Finn – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London – 21 April

Friska Viljor – Bush Hall, London – 21 April

Strummerville Spring Sessions featuring Frank Turner – Hearn Street Car Park, London – 21 April

R Kelly – Hammersmith Apollo, London – 22 April

Kitsuné Maison vs Ponystep – Heaven, London – 24 April

Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500 – XOYO, London – 24 April

Just Announced:

Stag And Dagger – Various Venues in Shoreditch, London – 19 May

Shoreditch’s main multi-venue gigathon is back, this time bringing in XOYO and Village Underground to its already heaving supply of hosting bars. An evening that always leaves you dizzied by the insane choice, the Stag And Dagger offers a platform for a huge number of bands swirling near the radar. Familiar names this year include Wire, New Young Pony Club and James Yuill. Emerging talent includes Big Deal, Echo Lake and Cocknbullkid.

More details here.

Katy B

Rinse FM’s poster girl Katy B has emerged in the wake of her collaborations with Magnetic Man and The Count & Sinden, before finally breaking through on her own with debut album On A Mission. Mixing her underground influences in with a fairly straightforward pop manifesto has turned out well as it stormed to number 2 in the charts. She’ll be playing an impressive 16 dates starting in Ipswich on 8 October, and including a night at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 24 October.

More details here.



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