London Gigs

London Gigs Diary: 20-26 January 2014

Mogwai bring new album Rave Tapes to the Royal Festival Hall on Friday and Saturday. We’re expecting big things, having awarded the LP four and a half stars; Clinic support on the Saturday show, with Koreless performing on Friday.

When we first saw BBC Sound Of 2014 longlistee George Ezra (pictured), he was the first support act in a line-up at the Borderline. This week he’s headlining at the Lexington, where you can see for yourself why his voice left such an impression on us, and check out our 14 for ’14 piece on him in the meantime.

After a turn on a certain celebrity dancing show, indie girl turned pop glamour puss Sophie Ellis-Bextor is returning to her natural habitat, playing in the plush surroundings of west London’s Bush Hall on Tuesday. If you’ve not snapped up a ticket, worry not – she’s due to play a couple of nights at the even grander Union Chapel in April.

Monday 20 January

Fun Lovin’ Criminals – KOKO
Joanna Gruesome – Old Blue Last
Steve Gunn Band – Café OTO

Tuesday 21 January

Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Bush Hall
Dry The River – Oslo
Younghusband – Shacklewell Arms
Augustines – Lexington
Claire – Madam JoJo’s

Wednesday 22 January

George Ezra – Lexington
Alessi’s Ark – Ivy House
Traams – Sebright Arms
Warpaint – Electrowerkz

Thursday 23 January

Deer Tick – Garage
I Break Horses – Village Underground
Son Lux + Halls – Lexington
Girl Band – Old Blue Last
Peggy Sue – Rough Trade East
Chrome Hoof – Oslo

Friday 24 January

Max Richter – Barbican
Mogwai – Royal Festival Hall
Elliphant + Molly Beanland – Lexington
Adam Green – Dingwalls

Saturday 25 January

Mogwai – Royal Festival Hall
Ela Orleans – Cafe OTO
XFM X-Posure all dayer – Barfly

Sunday 26 January

James Vincent McMorrow – Barbican
Raleigh – Brixton Windmill

Just announced

The Wave Pictures have kicked off 2014 with a new single, Missoula – listen to it here – and have announced a UK tour, which stops off at Islington Assembly Hall on 18 April.

Hospitality‘s second album, Trouble, is set for release via Fire Records later this month. They’ll be following it up with their first European tour in the spring, including a stop off at the Sebright Arms on 26 May.

Neneh Cherry has also announced European dates, with a free instore gig at Rough Trade East on 25 February, followed by Concrete on 26 February.

Katy B‘s March tour – which includes a night at KOKO on 26th – has sold out. But fear not – she’ll be back in the autumn, with a show at Camden’s Roundhouse on 23 October in support of upcoming excellent pop collection Little Red, which is out through Columbia on 10 February.

Nordic night Ja Ja Ja returns to the Lexington on 13 February. It follows the success of the club’s first festival, which saw its programmers take over the Roundhouse for two days in November. February’s bill includes Norweigan Americana band Antler, Danish singer-songwriter Schultz and Forever and Icelandic electro trio Vök.

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