Not at Glastonbury? Us neither. But we’re consoling ourselves with the fact that while 177,000 people are shivering in their tents down in Somerset, non-Glasto-goers are going to get first dibs on tickets for some pretty special upcoming music and comedy gigs. Check our weekly page of announcements for the full scoop, and make especially sure you don’t miss these big ones…
We saw this doe-eyed R&B singer mesmerise a packed-out ICA last night, and now she’s announced another gig that’s sure to sell out just as fast. Whether it’s her creeping, sensual songs, the subtly discomfiting visuals accompanying them, or her languid, undulating onstage moves, one thing is certain: it’s very difficult to break the trance. With her debut album ‘LP1’ due this summer, she performs only her third London headline show at Heaven this July. If she can bring to the stage even a fraction of the transporting effect demonstrated on her records, the audience will be in for quite a trip.
Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker return to help thousands in their mid-twenties relive their pop-punk adolescence. Favourites such as ‘All the Small Things’, ‘What’s My Age Again?’ and ‘The Rock Show’ should all feature heavily at their two Reading Festival warm-up shows.
Cast your mind back to last April, just before Daft Punk went supernova with ‘Get Lucky’, and you might remember a soulful house-pop banger called ‘Need U (100%)’ topping the charts. That was the debut single by Adam Dyment – aka Duke Dumont – and he’s just followed it up with a second consecutive Number One hit, ‘I Got U’. If he keeps up that pace he’ll be packing out big venues within months, so catch him at his first ever live show for eternal bragging rights.
Led Zeppelin may be in the midst of a snazzy, full-catalogue reissue campaign, but don’t get your hopes up for another reunion: Robert Plant’s far too busy with his new band. Although they absorb West African and Bristol trip-hop influences along the way, the Sensational Space Shifters are rooted in blues and are almost as heavy as the Zep in their prime. They’re also fond of cracking out plenty of Zep classics: past set lists have included ‘Whole Lotta Love’, ‘Black Dog’, ‘Rock and Roll’ and more.
You know what they say about Lenny Kravitz’s career: it ain’t over ’til it’s over. To the haters, he’s a ’90s relic, a mega-sized tub of pastiched cobblers in shockingly bad clothing. But there are also plenty of people who look on ol’ Len as the living embodiment of freaked-out and loved-up sex ‘n’ roll, hence the announcement of this huge Wembley date over two decades after ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way?’.
He hasn’t quite sold out the Hammersmith Apollo yet, but the pioneer of docu-comedy has already announced extra London dates for his latest tour. In the new show Gorman continues his love affair with Powerpoint and teams up with a projector screen for a bunch of smart visual gags. He just can’t stay away from a bit of multimedia madness. And why should he? Gorman’s at his funniest when messing around with technology.