Scrabbling for a last-minute Valentine’s Day present for that special music fan in your life? These five great gigs all go on sale on Friday morning (Feb 14). We think there’s something here for everyone – but if none of them do it for you, you can find the rest of the week’s biggest and best London gig announcements here. Get ready to punch in those card numbers, because these ones will sell out fast…
1. DAMON ALBARN
The multitalented Blur and Gorillaz man, Africa Express instigator and all-round melancholy musical geezer goes solo, performing songs from the first Damon Albarn album ‘Everyday Robots’. Tickets for these tiny warm-up shows before he goes on a festival-headlining tour in the summer will be as precious as Damo’s gold tooth, so get in there.
The greatest pop songwriter and arranger of all-time? Many would argue, but The Burtmeister – now in his mid-eighties – can certainly dip into an awesome grab-bag of romantic mini-operas. He wrote the music for ‘Magic Moments’, ‘Baby It’s You’, ‘Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa’, ‘Blue on Blue’, ‘Close to You’, ‘Walk On By’ and ‘I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself’… and that’s just his output from a few years in the 1960s. Bacharach is bolstered by a full orchestra at these London dates. Don’t miss out.
3. DE LA SOUL
Back in the ’90s, these Long Island Daisy Age hip hop veterans were a huge part of rap music’s crossover to the pop-and-rock-crowd. The trio behind ‘3 Feet High and Rising’ have only been playing sporadic live shows recently, so this is a welcome opportunity for a catch-up.
Wayne Coyne’s veteran psychedelic pop nutjobs make a welcome return to London, dropping tracks from their doomy 2013 album ‘The Terror’ and the rest of their 30-year career. Be prepared for unbridled joie de vivre and onstage antics, and bring someone to hug for ‘Do You Realize?’ (the official rock song of Oklahoma, fact fans).
Extracts from video game soundtracks get the full orchestral treatment, with spectacular visual accompaniment, as part of this international concert series. The ensemble perform themes from a huge range of games, ranging from ‘Super Mario Brothers’ and ‘Tetris’ to ‘World of Warcraft’ and ‘Halo’.
Check out the rest of this week’s big gig announcements – including The Big Reunion, Salif Keita, Chet Faker, Robert Cray and Swans – right here.