London Gigs

London Gigs Diary: 19-25 November 2012

This Week                                                     

There’s some impressive line-ups out and about this week, and they don’t get much more impressive than the one scheduled for Thursday night at the Garage. Tom Vek, Breton and Coves are all set to play as part of Fred Perry’s 60th anniversary celebrations. And best of all, tickets are just £5.

Mencap’s annual fundraiser, The Little Noise Sessions, gets underway at St John’s Church in Hackney this week. Gary Barlow, Richard Hawley, Olly Murs, The Maccabees, Noah And The Whale and Amy Macdonald are the headliners and there are some high profile support acts too. 

Bobby Womack plays the first of two dates at London’s Forum on Sunday. Expect songs from The Bravest Man In The Universe, his first record in two decades, and appearances from collaborator Damon Albarn

First Aid Kit round off a busy year with a date at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Tuesday. The Swedish folk duo’s second album, The Lion’s Roar, melted our hearts, and this is their biggest UK show to date. 

The best of the rest… 

Monday 19 November

Gong – Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Sea of Bees – Union Chapel 

Tuesday 20 November

Saint Saviour – Lexington


Passion Pit – Forum

First Aid Kit – Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Wednesday 21 November

Tom Vek // Breton//Coves – Garage

CHVRCHES – Electrowerkz

Aluna George – Hoxton Bar and Kitchen

Kwes – Sebright Arms

Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo – Union Chapel

Beak> – Lexington

Neil Halstead – Windmill 

Thursday 22 November

The Magnetic North – Purcell Room

Gallon Drunk – Macbeth

Lucy Rose – Electric Brixton

Fanfarlo – Union Chapel

The Lovely Eggs – Barfly

Chad Valley – Elecrtowerkz

Friday 23 November

The Wedding Present – Koko 

Saturday 24 November

Shearwater – Garage

Crystal Castles – Brixton Academy

Orchestra Elastique – Café Oto

Sunday 25 November

Bobby Womack – Forum 

Just announced 

Stars Of The Lid will play their first London show for four years on 10 December. They’ll be joined by a nine-piece string section orchestra and projectionist at St John’s Church in Hackney. 

Tickets for Patrick Wolf’s spring tour go on sale on Wednesday. He recently celebrated 10 years in music with an acoustic album, Sundark and Riverlight – a collection of reworkings of his back catalogue. He’ll call into Queen Elizabeth Hall on 6 April, but if you can’t wait that long, he’ll perform a free instore show at Rough Trade East on 5 December. 

Caitlin Rose has announced details of the follow-up to 2010’s beautiful Own Side Now. The Stand In is set for release on 25 February, and she’ll play at Dingwalls on 27 February. 

After a highly charged show at Electric Ballroom earlier this month, Death Grips return to London on 2 May, when they’ll play down the road at the Forum.

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