London Gigs

London Gigs Diary: 25 July – 31 July 2011

The stunning Old Royal Naval College, the centrepiece of Maritime Greenwich, plays host to the Greenwich Summer Sessions this week. The sequence of events are aimed at the Hampton Court/Kenwood House crowd with regular middle-aged survivors Status Quo and Squeeze among the headliners.

Tuesday however offers up Neil Hannon (pictured) appearing in solo, but as The Divine Comedy with Swedish cover version expert, José Gonzalez offering support through the power of his ambient guitar-plucked melodies.

Mark Ronson, mourning the loss of close friend, working and sparring partner, Amy Winehouse, will be playing Wednesday’s set, while The Pogues and The Buzzcocks offer an intriguing double bill of throwback rebellion on Friday.

Squeeze’s Chris Difford returns for another set on Sunday, with Songs In The Key Of London. When he curated a similar gig at Barbican Hall in March 2010, it leant itself to songs including Waterloo Sunset and The Pogue’s A Rainy Day In Soho. This time around, we’re assured guest spots from the likes of Gary Kemp, Ali Campbell, Clare Teal, Nerina Pallot and a beatboxing Shlomo.

More details here.

Gig Of The Fortnight: 25 July – 31 July 2011

Apparat + Ghosting Season – Scala, London – 25 July

Berlin electronic maestro Sascha Ring returns to his Apparat guise after a bit of time collaborating with Modeselektor as Moderat. Now he’s in town and touring as part of a four-piece band for the first time. Apparat will release a new album, The Devil’s Walk, on Mute Records later in the year. Support comes from Ghosting Season whose mix of epic drone and jagged pop beats has impressed at earlier live shows.

More details here.

Also Recommended:

Wolf Gang – Barfly, London – 25 July

Patricia Vonne – Borderline, London – 26 July

YACHT – Hoxton Squre Bar & Kitchen – 26 July

Nathaniel Rateliff + Abigail Washburn – Cargo, London – 27 July

Steve Mason + Dennis Bovell – Shacklewell Arms, London – 27 July

Francis Neve – Bull & Gate, London – 27 July

Cashier No 9 – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen – 27 July

House Of Pain – Scala, London – 28 July

Pretty Lights + My Panda Shall Fly – CAMP Basement, London – 29 July

Barb Jungr – Vortex, London – 30 July

Just Announced:

Veronica Falls – Dalston Roof Park, London – 17 August

Promoters The Allotment continue with their inspired series of “See Hear gigs”, on a decorated rooftop in Dalston where the artist gets to choose a film for everyone to watch once the music’s ended. This time, new recruits to Bella Union Records, Veronica Falls, will be playing material from their forthcoming debut album, a record fizzing with spiky lo-fi retro pop tunes and boy/girl vocals. And then. Then. As if that’s not enough, once they’re done, we all get to watch Whatever Happened To Baby Jane, because that twisted Bette Davis/Joan Crawford psychological drama is what they’ve decided we should all watch from the comfort of a blanket, under the dark skies. Perfect.

More details here.

Laura Marling – Westminster Central Hall, London – 26 October 

The Westminster Central Hall, previously host to visits by the Suffragettes in 1914, and Mahatma Gandhi in 1932, now welcomes incumbent BRIT Award winner Laura Marling as she sets about promoting her third album, A Creature I Don’t Know. It’s part of a lengthy series of October gigs, most of which will take place in cathedrals around the country on a tour that also includes stops at big churches in Winchester, York, Sheffield, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.

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