It’s another week of big gig announcements, with new London shows booked by everyone from 22-year-old soul singer Sam Smith to a 134-year-old superduo: Paul Simon and Sting. Here are the big shows going on sale tomorrow morning – check our Just announced page for more.
Catapulted into the spotlight by some canny guest appearances – including Disclosure’s ‘Latch’ and Naughty Boy’s ‘La La La’ – young singer-songwriter Smith boasts a wonderfully smooth and delicate voice. Despite making his name with two dance-pop hits, his debut album ‘In the Lonely Hour’ is full of melancholy balladry, but that hasn’t done him any harm: Sad Sam has become a massive star on both sides of the Atlantic, and currently sells out pretty much any gig he deigns to announce. Tickets for these two new dates at Brixton Academy won’t last long.
The inventive and hugely popular Glaswegian trio headline. At this small one-off show they’ll be playing tracks from their most recent album ‘Opposites’, a double helping of their ferocious brand of grungey hard rock, alongside cuts from their long discography.
Having shot back into prominence thanks to a prominent guest spot on Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ last year, Nile Rodgers leads out his premier polysexual disco and R&B troupe. They’re still on excellent form as a live band, despite the loss of bassist Bernard Edwards years ago, and can be relied up to pump out non-stop hits including ‘Good Times’, ‘Le Freak’, ‘I Want Your Love’ and versions of some of the Bowie, Madonna and Sister Sledge hits Rodgers worked on in his Disco King heyday.
There’s really nothing common about the talent and dedication shown by Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr over the course of his 20-year-plus hip hop career. A double Grammy winner and part time-actor, he’s worked with Dilla, Kanye and Pharrell and released ten records of conscious, soulful rap. This show, a stop on his ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ tour, is an all-too-rare opportunity to catch him live in London.
Best known for playing at a volume so extreme it’s rumoured to have had punters spontaneously throwing up and emptying their bowels (hey, it was the ’80s), Michael Gira’s seminal New York noise terrorists march back into London. They’ve started performing new material almost immediately after the last record’s release – no promotional tours here – so some of the terrifying noises they make will be unfamiliar and unsettling even to hardcore fans. Prepare for a mental and physical onslaught of white-knuckle sound and fury.
It’s a performance partnership we never would have expected: a tantric new wave bass deity, together on stage with the non-Garfunkel half of one of history’s most famous pop duos. But yes, this is happening: Sting and Paul Simon are arriving in London as a pair, and they’re bringing bags of hits, a polished band and some wry banter. The tour, which includes each singer-songwriter covering songs by the other as well as duets and solo performances, has been very successful on Simon’s home turf in America, and should sell out quickly here too chez Sting. Book quickly if you want to witness this odd couple.