On sale this week: The Prodigy, Voices of Soul, Dave Chappelle, Doug Stanhope, Chance The Rapper and more.
Get setting those alarms, people – all these great gigs and shows go on sale tomorrow morning. And you don’t want to miss out on any of the fun when it rolls around, do you now? Don’t forget to check our just announced page for the rest of this week’s biggest and best London gig announcements.
Wembley Arena, Dec 4
The pointy-haired rave-punks give Londoners an early Christmas present by filling Wembley Arena with their unique blend of tractor-crash beats, pounding synths and deliberately abrasive guitar abuse. This big date is another opportunity for the Prodge to showcase tracks from their ‘violent’ (their words) latest album ‘The Day Is My Enemy’, but you can bet on mass bounce-alongs to ‘Out of Space’ and ‘Breathe’ too. Wembley Arena might not be quite in-line with the underground sweatboxes that this lot used to play all those years ago, but even so you should prepare for a fair bit of mayhem.
Wembley Arena, Nov 15
A concert featuring influential soul singers and artists from across the years. Rightfully taking the headline slot is Patti LaBelle – the original Lady Marmalade – with further golden tones via Soul II Soul and Jazzie B, The Whispers (they of much-sampled soul-funk classic ‘And the Beat Goes on’), The S.O.S Band and more.
Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Jul 9 and 9
It’s been nearly a decade since ‘Chappelle’s Show’ ended. So what’s Dave Chappelle been up to since the mid-2000s? Apart from hitting the gym hard, your guess is as good as ours. But after keeping a low profile for years, the US comedy superstar made a surprise return to stand-up in 2013 to headline the Oddball Festival tour across the States. And despite the odd rocky gig, he was on top form. Now the 41-year-old comic has announced his first ever full-length London shows. And we can’t wait.
O2 Academy Brixton, Oct 11
After selling out the Hammersmith Apollo, the hellraising US stand-up and star of ‘Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe’ adds another date at the suitably grimy Brixton Academy. Stanhope tackles hard-hitting topics with brutal honesty and drunken intelligence. The Arizona-based comic’s rambling, alcohol-fuelled social commentaries are utterly thrilling, and no two shows are ever quite the same.
O2 Academy Brixton, Mar 24 and 25 2016
The ever-popular dub reggae seven-piece from New Zealand play another big London show. Expect a fair few tracks from their well-received 2013 album ‘Blackbird’, including the undeniably enjoyable dubbed-out funk of the title track.
Electric Brixton, Jun 29
Young Chicago MC Chancelor Bennett shot to the front of the new rap pack a few years ago with his awesome second mixtape ‘Acid Rap’ – one of our favourite albums of 2013. His vibe is slick, hooky, soulful hip hop with slightly off-centre beats that drop in and out as and when Chance deems groovy.