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On sale tomorrow morning: Flying Lotus, Nick Cave, The War On Drugs, Usher, Jake Bugg and more

Posted at 4:15 pm, October 2, 2014 in Music & Nightlife

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It’s been a big week for live music announcements, so make sure you’re up and ready to click for tickets bright and early tomorrow morning. Check out our ‘Just announced’ list for more great shows.

FLYING LOTUS – April 17 2015

Californian hip hop/jazz/avant-R&B wizard FlyLo – alias Steven Ellison – has a record of staging mind-blowing live shows, accompanying his lopsided beats with hypnotic visuals. He returns to London with a new album (‘You’re Dead’) to bolster his set, which should also feature plenty of trippy tracks from his acclaimed records ‘Cosmogramma’ and ‘Until the Quiet Comes’. After selling out a November date at the Roundhouse, FlyLo has announced an April 2015 date at the O2 Brixton Academy, so get in there quick for tickets.

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JASON MRAZ – Feb 8 2015

The popular US singer-songwriter (who’s mercifully abandoned the straw trilby that was threatening to become his trademark) returns to the UK in aid of a new album called ‘Yes!’. The show is billed as ‘An Evening with Jason Mraz’, which means relaxed strumming and possibly a bit of chat in the intimate setting of the old Hammersmith Apollo. Cosy.

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 NICK CAVE – May 3 2015

 After a successful turn as a documentary star in ‘20,000 Days on Earth’ and a career-high record with The Bad Seeds, ‘Push the Sky Away’, Mr Nicholas Edward Cave cracks his fingers and embarks on a piano-led solo tour. Backed by various Seeds (Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, Thomas Wydler and Barry Adamson), the murky master will be leaning towards the more Leonard Cohen-ish end of his discography, singing gently mournful favourites such as ‘Into My Arms’ and ‘The Ship Song’ with minimal backing. It should be spine-tingling.

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Yep, that Queen: the classic rock act with the iconic, irreplaceable, long-dead frontman. Freddie Mercury’s continued absence from this world hasn’t stopped Brian May and Roger Taylor from reuniting Wayne Campbell’s favourite car karaoke band. Paul Rodgers has played the part of Mercury in the past; and now, for the second major tour, ‘American Idol’ runner-up Adam Lambert steps in to belt out ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’. Eccentric outfits and outlandish shenanigans accompany the Californian, but – thank god – he doesn’t treat the job like ‘Stars in their Eyes’.

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THE WAR ON DRUGS – Feb 24 2015

The cosmic, sprawling, euphoric rock outfit from Philly provide a glimpse into an alternate universe in which the young Bob Dylan fronted a shoegaze band. Hear tracks from their superb new album ‘Lost in the Dream’. 

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USHER – March 26 2015

R&B smoothie Usher Raymond IV brings his loverman soul-pop bedshow back to town for a big old headline show. Gird your loins for plenty of libidinous tracks from his seven albums to date and the upcoming ‘UR’, including the typically lusty lead single ‘Good Kisser’ (‘She’s such a good kisser / Got lipstick on my leg’. Ahem).

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FIRST AID KIT – Jan 27 2015

Recently tipped by none other than David Cameron, the Söderberg sisters return to London to ply their charming, lushly harmonised, narrative alt folk and country, with a set that’ll likely lean on their new album ‘Stay Gold’. Keep an eye out in the audience for Dave and Sam.

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DAVID GRAY – Oct 22 2014

The enormous success of his ‘White Ladder’ album in 1998 meant that throaty, head-wobbling singer-songwriter Gray was the man to blame for the early-noughties ‘new acoustic movement’. That’s all water under the bridge now, though – 16 years on from ‘Babylon’, he’s here performing from his hefty back catalogue and his new album, ‘Mutineers’. This new date from Gray is a headline performance as part of mini-acoustic festival Little Noise Sessions, hosted by charity Mencap at the Union Chapel

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JAKE BUGG – Oct 21 and 23 2014

Retro-but-refreshing young singer-songwriter Bugg burst from his hometown of Nottingham to the top of the charts in 2012. His brand of indie country-folk mixes a Dylan-esque rasp with Miles Kane’s brand of mordant Mod-rock, plus a dollop of Americana on his latest album ‘Shangri La‘. Bugg’s new date is also a headline show as part of mini-acoustic festival Little Noise Sessions.

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 Also on sale tomorrow morning: Rodriguez, Funeral For A Friend, Hudson Taylor, J Mascis.

Already on sale this week: James Bay, Arcane Roots, Denai Moore, The Ting Tings, Underworld.

Check out the rest of this week’s big live music announcements here.

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