[Photo: Michael Garnett]
We know Thursday is the new Friday and all that, but you should probably get up early tomorrow. No, not for work – it’s just that if you hit ’snooze’ too many times you could end up missing out on tickets for some big, big events that were announced this week. Whether you’re after smooth jams by a moustachioed soul supremo or London’s biggest fireworks display, set your alarm now for this lot.
It’s not that likely you’d actually made plans for New Year’s Eve just yet, but we are here to warn you that if you think you might like said plans to involve watching London’s incredible fireworks display from the South Bank you’re going to have to commit right now. Last year 500,000 people showed up. This year, for the first time, the event will be ticketed, with only 100,000 spots up for grabs. Cough up tomorrow or resign yourself to watching them on the telly.
Did someone say ‘Hello’? The multi-million-selling ex-Commodore raids his hefty back catalogue, from ‘Easy’ to ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’. Nobody does genteel loverman soul better than this.
After touring two albums in as many years, it’s probably about time the Manics had a break. Instead they’re embarking on another big tour, this time performing their bleakly brilliant 1994 album ‘The Holy Bible’ all the way through as a twentieth anniversary salute.
After selling out two London dates already, the south London poet, rapper and playwright has announced another hometown show to follow her Mercury Prize-nominated new album ‘Everybody Down’. Her punchy flow is halfway between rap and straight-up spoken word, as she spins out absorbing tales of urban malaise, hope and ‘beigeness’ accompanied by a live band and a dance troupe.
Over here for the first time in a while without his Haunted Graffiti backing crew, LA’s prolific Mr Pink plays his alluring, bedroom-recorded avant/psych-pop with folk overtones.