Looking for something to brighten up your week? How about the prospect of attending lots of great gigs and concerts over the coming months. All you have to do is get booking first thing tomorrow morning, when tickets for all the top shows mentioned below go on sale. And remember, there’s lots more live music to be found on our just announced page.
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Feb 23
When Jason Orange threw in the towel last year, the multiplatinum man band was reduced to a three-piece. But staff shortages won’t stop Gary Barlow (OBE), Howard Donald and Mark Owen from tugging at the heartstrings of a few lucky fans at this intimate gig in aid of the War Child charity. See, they’re nice boys after all!
O2 Academy Brixton, Nov 6
Ignore the silly name: this tipped Welsh indie rock foursome are actually pretty good, packing big riffs, fuzzy bass and emotive vocals into a sound that makes them come across like a cleaner Biffy Clyro. They’re getting bigger and bigger
Kew Gardens, Jul 7
Hackney’s sassy, retro soul chanteuse, who’s an out-and-proud fan of insane outfits, theatrics and doo-wop harmonies, plays an open-air gig as part of the genteel Kew The Music festival at Kew Gardens. She’ll no doubt be performing cuts from her latest LP ‘A Perfect Contradiction’. Can the show possibly be as bonkers as the album sleeve? Quite probably.
Electric Brixton, Apr 8
The denim-loving indie superstars slam The Jesus And Mary Chain into The Beach Boys, with some Libertines-style chaos around the edges. They’re back to play new music ahead of their third full-length release, due at some point in the not-too-distant.
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Apr 13
The booty ambassador and rapidly rising pop starlet brings her sugary but soulful take on pop out to play for a live outing. Remember, she’s all about the bass, no treble. Got it?
Electric Ballroom, May 7
Endearingly scuffed, potently poignant tales of love, lager and long, dark nights of the soul from this Mercury-nominated Manchester trio, who are beginning to enjoy some of the success they’ve long deserved. Frontman Johnny Bramwell has a voice of heart-crushing tenderness as well as a nice line in wry onstage banter, and over their last couple of albums the band have demonstrated a fuller, more complex and rounder sound that should strike a chord with fans of Richard Hawley.