London Gigs

London Gigs Diary: 27 June – 10 July 2011

Pulp photo London’s outdoor spaces face colonisation by music events in the next fortnight. For one thing, Wireless With Barclaycard returns to Hyde Park this weekend. As usual, the organisers have tried to find something for everyone with more diverse than ever headliners of The Black Eyed Peas, The Chemical Brothers and Pulp (pictured). Acts not to miss include StooShe on Friday, Glastonbury-conqueror Janelle Monae on Saturday and a vintage line-up of on-trend indie sorts on Sunday including TV On The Radio, The Horrors, Metronomy and Foals. More details here.

American alt-indie outsiders Eels kick off the Somerset House Summer Series on 7 July. Always a summer highlight in its intimate and beautiful surrounding, the organisers again tend to find an interesting mix of acts to put on. Other early appearances in the series will include shows by those harmonising boys you could take home to meet your mum, Stornoway, and Californian soulman Aloe Blacc. More details here.

For those who want something a little less mainstream, 1234 Festival is back in Shoreditch Park on 9 July.  Vice Records’ signings Black Lips and The Raveonettes head the line-up alongside post-punk temptress Lydia Lunch. With Rainbow Arabia, Becoming Real and The History Of Apple Pie also listed, and entrance to a variety of late night after-parties included, it should be up there as one of the better Shoreditch one-dayers this summer. More details here

Gigs Of The Fortnight: 27 June – 10 July 2011


iTunes FestivalRoundhouse, London – 1-31 July

Of course it’s hardly advisable to depend on the British weather for your live music needs. The iTunes festival begins its month-long residency at the Roundhouse on 1 July with a typically starry array of acts promoting their work to those with a lucky winning touch as all tickets are given away for free. Early highlights will include Paul Simon, Manic Street Preachers, Arctic Monkeys and Adele (if her doctor says she can).

More details here.

Arcade Fire + Mumford And Sons + Beirut + The Vaccines + Owen Pallett – Hyde Park, London – 30 June

With Hyde Park continuing to attract the biggest commercial names in music, having Arcade Fire headline a day event there pulls their achievements into sharp focus, because despite their awards and critical adoration, a lot of people still don’t seem to know what they do. It’ll be interesting to see whether their fans take to Mumford And Sons (and vice versa) who will appear immediately before them, but when you add Beirut and Owen Pallett into the equation, this is an extraordinary roster for a day of fine rabble-rousing.

More details here.

Flaming Lips + Dinosaur Jr + Deerhoof – Alexandra Palace, London – 1 July

We’ve come a long way since the days when a band could get away with just recreating one album live and passing it off as a gig. Suede upped the ante with their three night/three album residency at Brixton Academy last month, but now ATP Concerts have put together this one night/three album session at the sprawling Alexandra Palace. Main draw is The Flaming Lips who will play their 1999 album The Soft Bulletin, an album full of addictive, sideways melodies like Race For The Prize, What Is The Light? and ending with Buggin’. But before that comes Californians Deerhoof playing their 2004 concept album Milk Man and Dinosaur Jr playing 1988’s Bug.

More details here.

Hidden Cameras + Chilly Gonzales + Woodpigeon + Devon Sproule – Barbican, London – 2 July

So it turns out that 1 July is Canada Day. Who knew? Probably a lot of people as it happens, because 1 July is Canada Day every year. And the always extraordinary Blaze Festival, which centres itself around the Barbican Centre (although also uses other venues including Hackney Empire) is getting involved with this celebration, titled “Canadian Blast: A Celebration Of Contemporary Canadian Sound & Vision”. And while we all know by now that Canada is full to the brim with amazing music, selecting the songwriting shtick of Hidden Cameras, the influential multi-talents of Chilly Gonzales and the orchestral romanticism of Woodpigeon gives us all a lot to celebrate.

More details here.

Also Recommended:

Paul Simon – Hammersmith Apollo, London – 29 June (rescheduled from 28 June)

Tasseomancy – Dalston Roof Gardens, London – 29 June

Vetiver – XOYO, London – 29 June

Cyndi Lauper – Hammersmith Apollo, London – 30 June

Oumou Sangare – Barbican, London – 30 June

Lou ReedHammersmith Apollo, London – 4 July

Weekend + Givers – Madame Jojo’s, London – 5 July

Tennis – Cargo, London – 6 July

Taraf De Haïdouks + Kocani Orkestar – Hackney Empire, London – 6 July

Gross Magic + Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen – 6 July

Memory Tapes + Star Slinger – XOYO, London – 6 July

Ed Sheeran – Scala, London – 6, 7 July

Death Cab For Cutie – Brixton Academy, London – 7 July

AustraCargo, London – 7 July

Hugh Masakela + Miriam Makeba – Hackney Empire, London – 10 July

Just Announced:

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

John Grant & Midlake – Royal Festival Hall, London – 7 September

EMA – Cargo, London – 14 September

Todd RundgrenJazz Café, London – 3 October

The Subways – Koko, London – 4 October

Planningtorock – Scala, London – 11 October

Bardo Pond + Bo Ningen + Agathe Max – XOYO, London – 20 October

Foster The People – Shepherds Bush Empire, London – 25 November

Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa – Barbican, London – 29 November

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