Set your alarm, London: tomorrow morning it’s time to get booking for another week’s worth of hot music tickets. Here are the ones we’re particularly excited about…
The Pope of Mope returns, trailing a new album (‘World Peace Is None of Your Business’) and a dark cloud. Moz’s iconic miserablism won’t have been relieved by a tough patch that’s reportedly seen him dropped by his record label, but we’ve got our fingers crossed that he’ll be on form for this London date. His workmanlike backing band will be helping him run through new songs alongside select cuts from a hefty and often captivating back catalogue, and there’ll be an adoring crowd packed to the rafters at this O2 show, the only UK date on his European tour.
Having conquered the world and its radio airwaves with his big beat antics (and by making Christopher Walken dance maniacally in one of his videos), ol’ Norman Cook has quite a track record. Considering the fact he also doesn’t play out much any more, this high-production Christmas party with guest appearances from DJ Fresh and Slam Dunk’d will be a very hot ticket indeed.
The chirpy singer-songwriter who surprised everyone by bagging two BRIT Awards in 2013 now headlines two nights at Brixton. Devon-born Howard will be serving up acoustic treats from his new album ‘I Forget Where We Were’, with much emoting along the way.
Spooky times in Hammersmith as pop-loving radio station Kiss FM crams a load of contemporary chart-raiders into the Apollo. Beat-mashing MC/vocalist Example tops the bill, with hitmakers such as Clean Bandit and Gorgon City already announced, and more still to come.
Fourteen years into their career, Goldfrapp haven’t stopped pushing envelopes. Their sixth album ‘Tales of Us’ is another accomplished blend of glam-funk synthpop, turbo-charged electro, sexed-up nu-disco and epic, operatic balladry. It should sound great here bolstered here by the London Contemporary Orchestra, with eccentric outfits and lavish staging adding a visual side.
Ultra-soulful contemporary electro/R&B, courtesy of actor-turned-smooth operator Jacob Anderson (best known as Grey Worm from ‘Game of Thrones’). Kendrick Lamar requested him as main support recently, and with good reason: this is some classy homegrown urban jammin’, as if Frank Ocean had been born and raised in Bristol.