Music lovers of London: it’s payday, so treat yourself! We quite fancy these big gigs, all announced this week and going on sale tomorrow morning. Don’t forget to set your alarm…
Leicester’s enormously popular, swaggering good-time rockers show everyone what they’re made of. Essentially that’s baggy revivalism with a fixation on the Mondays, Primal Scream and Oasis, but with more epic, experimental, psych-rock flavourings and (just occasionally) some interesting electronic excursions. Massive chant-along choruses, sweaty jumping about and spilt beer should be the order of the day at this intimate War Child benefit gig – and, despite the naysayers, everyone present will have a reet good time.
R&B crooner John Legend tackles the genre with classy, old-school charm, gently escorting listeners from candlelit dinners to steamy dance floors and, finally, to silk-adorned bedrooms. A church choir leader, pianist, songwriter and arranger, Legend worked behind the scenes with the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Nas, Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys and even Michael Jackson, and now he’s a star in his own right.
The Australian pop-rockers are back at last, playing a trio of tiny shows to preview their forthcoming new album. Their hugely radio-friendly style of ringing, anthemic choir-boy pop in a decidedly U2/Coldplay vein won the world over when they burst out of Melbourne in 2008, then moved into ’80s-style synth pop on album two. These London gigs should give a few lucky fans an early inkling where they’re headed next.
One of the best among the recent crop of soulful singer-songwriters specialising in electronic production, south Londoner Kwabena Adjepong brings his powerful voice and pulsating synths to Koko for his biggest headline show in the capital so far.
Originally acclaimed for their beguiling and genre-busting blending of the sharpest drum ‘n’ bass/post-techno and soulfully warm, almost folkish vocals, Andy Barlow and Louise Rhodes have been on an indefinite hiatus and haven’t released any new Lamb material since 2003’s ‘Between Darkness and Wonder’. But they’re still performing their back catalogue with gusto, and rumour has it there’s finally some new music in the pipeline too: tonight could be your chance to hear it first.
Check out the rest of this week’s big live music announcements.