London Gigs

London Gigs Diary: 24 February – 3 March 2014

We published two five star reviews last week; one by the ever dependable St Vincent, the other by Neneh Cherry, who’s playing at Rough Trade East on Tuesdy and Concrete on Wednesday. “It’s rare that you get an album by an established artist that genuinely shocks and irrevocably repositions them. Blank Project is one of those albums. This is a hugely significant return,” we reckoned.

We’ve got high hopes for Chloe Howl. Writing about her in our ’14 for 14′ series, we said: “She’s funny and barbed, sarcastic yet sweet, and equipped with songs which fizz with modernity and buzz with wit.” Find out what you make of her at Dingwalls on Thursday. Luke Sital-Singh, who’s playing at St Stephen’s Church on Wednesday, also featured in our ’14 for 14′, having impressed us 18 months ago when we caught him supporting Marika Hackman. With glimmers of Bon Iver and Damien Rice, he’s a must for fans of singer/songwriters.

And Thursday sees the return of Little Dragon, whose new album is imminent. They play at Village Underground.

Monday 24 February

Sam Smith – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
The Orwells – 100 Club
Brody Dalle – Hoxton Square Bar + Kitchen
Beth Nielsen Chapman – Barbican

Tuesday 25 February

Yundi – Royal Festival Hall
Neneh Cherry – Rough Trade East
Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
PINS – Old Blue Last
Say Lou Lou – XOYO

Wednesday 26 February

Midlake – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Crystal Antlers – Shacklewell Arms
Luke Sital-Singh – St Stephen’s Church
Helm – Cafe OTO
Laura Groves – Windmill
Neneh Cherry – Concrete

Thursday 27 February

Little Dragon – Village Underground
Chloe Howl – Dingwalls
Gabby Young Trio – Horniman Museum
Islands – Birthdays
Van Susans – Borderline
Tyrannosaurus Dead – Buffalo Bar
Balthazar – Hoxton Square Bar + Kitchen

Friday 28 February

Beyoncé – O2 Arena
Patten – Rough Trade East
La Shark – Peckham Liberal Club

Saturday 1 March

Beyoncé – O2 Arena
John Harle – Barbican
Marcel Dettmann – Fabric
Momus – Cafe OTO
Albert Lee – Cadogan Hall

Sunday 2 March

Beyoncé – O2 Arena
Michael Henderson and Norman Connors featuring Carleen Anderson – Royal Festival Hall

Just Announced 

The good folks behind The Secret Garden Party are set to host one of the festival’s headliners, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, at the Jazz Cafe on 12 May. Two bands of tickets are available; a standing ticket, or a seating ticket which includes a menu of soul food.

Just ahead of the release of her debut album – and a US tour supporting Miley Cyrus – Sky Ferreira is set to play a stand alone show in London, at Oslo, on 15 March.

Indiepoppers Camera Obscura are hitting the road again this spring, with a tour which will include the Forum on 29 May.

Natalie Merchant has been added to the line-up for the Barbican’s Explorations: The Sound of Nonesuch Records festival. Merchant is set to play two shows, on 10 and 11 May,  shortly after the release of her new, self-titled album.

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