This week’s big London gig announcements include a pair of mega-gigs at Wembley Stadium, a US talk show host and a German band whose instrumental set-up includes metal pipes. Here are the gigs worth hammering ‘refresh’ for tomorrow morning – and as always, check our full ‘just announced’ list for lots more.
The long-running London pop radio station packs an eye-watering number of huge names into Wembley Stadium for their annual all-day megashow. This year the massive line-up includes Pharrell Williams, David Guetta, Ellie Goulding, Miley Cyrus, Calvin Harris, Enrique Iglesias and loads more.
On July 11, the Detroit rap legend will become the first MC ever to headline Wembley Stadium. It’s a crowning achievement in what’s been an astonishing career, from the sadistic hi-jinks of ‘The Slim Shady LP’ to the multi-platinum success of ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ and ‘The Eminem Show’, to that bit in the late noughties where he got all angsty and lame before bouncing back last year with ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2‘. Sure, he’s had his dodgy patches, but Em’s still one of the most talented and mercurial MCs around and this (admittedly pricey) megashow should be one hell of a spectacle.
The impossibly posh military officer-turned-singer-songwriter brings his acoustic guitar and self-consciously ‘sensitive’ lyrics (that mention of blow jobs on his second album rarely gets mentioned) to a London stage. Despite being widely slagged-off (including a dishonourable induction into the Cockney rhyming slang dictionary), he’s still phenomenally popular on paper, and you’ll hear him back on Radio 2 with new songs from his latest album ‘Moon Landing‘ – particularly the first single ‘Bonfire Hearts’, which his press team accidentally emailed to around three quarters of the British population.
The amazing Annie Clark arrives in London to perform her alluringly nuanced songcraft. Her material ranges from Disney soundtrack-worthy ballads to beautiful, complex, Robert Fripp-esque guitar abuse – all delivered with a hefty load of tightly wound emotion.
After selling out the Brixton Academy last week, the ex-Fugee has announced a second night at the venue. Snap up a ticket quick before this one sells out too.
Weepier than a warehouse full of tear gas, solo performer Tom Krell leads the current vogue for giving ’80s and ’90s R&B an industrial and futuristic edge from behind his How To Dress Well alias. He layers epic, FX-laden swathes of vocals over grubby digi-beats that range from eerie pieces of sonic texture to beats that sounds like they’ve been remixed by Sigur Ros.
‘Collapsing new buildings’ is the name of this legendary Berlin noise act, and they’ve got the music to go with it. Their early albums, made in a hollow concrete flyover, used construction and demolition equipment and metalwork to create thrillingly abrasive sheets of twisted sound. In the 30 years since, Neubauten have not so much mellowed as learned that restraint and subtlety can be just as devastating as drilling through the floor – as they famously did at the ICA in 1984.
This hugely popular US talkshow host makes her UK debut, playing a one-off show at the suitably fancy Palladium. Handler – the host of the E! network’s ‘Chelsea Lately’ – hit the headlines earlier this year when she appeared on Piers Morgan’s CNN show, took him on and won(!) – it’s safe to say he got totally slammed. London, can you handle ’er?