Another week, another fine flurry of live music and comedy announcements to cast an eye over. There’s been a huge amount of good stuff announced this week, so take your pick and get booking those tickets tomorrow morning. And don’t forget to check out our ‘Just announced’ list for more great shows.
The Roxy Music main man turned pop balladeer straps himself into his lounge suit and brings his distinctive croon to bear on a clutch of classics. In his current set list, Roxy tracks including ‘Do the Strand’ and ‘Editions of You’ rub shoulders with covers of standards by Bob Dylan and Jimmy Reed, instrumental retro-jazz material from his his last album ‘The Jazz Age’, and more familiar soft pop fare from his upcoming ‘Avonmore’ LP. So: an eclectic mix from a natural entertainer. Tickets are pricey, but what else would you expect from a man with teeth that sparkly white?
To pick up one Mercury Prize nomination is impressive; to pick up two suggests that you’ve quietly become an eminent force in British music. Anna Calvi’s second album ‘One Breath’ has made this year’s shortlist, and she’s celebrating her double-whammy with a special show at the gorgeous St John-at-Hackney church. Always a riveting performer, Calvi will be joined by the Heritage Orchestra’s strings, a female choir and ‘past, present and future’ collaborators, to revisit her two albums and debut some new material.
Like Sam Smith and John Newman, 20-year-old Brit School alumna Ella Eyre has been catapulted from a guest spot with one of the stars of 2013 (in Eyre’s case, Rudimental’s ‘Home’ album) to the British urban pop big league. Since then she’s sung with Naughty Boy and Wiz Khalifa, Tinie Tempah for ‘Demonstration’, and Professor Green; picked up a BBC Sound of 2014 nomination; and recorded her distinctive throaty, biting vocals for a debut EP. Catch her now before she’s playing megadomes.
Sarah Joyce, renamed in honour of children’s author Rumer Godden, is another in the run of retro-soul chanteuses – albeit turning more to the ’70s rather than the ’60s for her inspiration. Her elegant and emotionally complex songcraft nods to Bacharach, Carole King and Karen Carpenter, and she returns here ahead of a third album that could (like her last two) climb rapidly up the charts.
Mike Scott and his majestic folk-rock collective return, banging out frothy hits such as ‘The Whole of the Moon’ and ‘Fisherman’s Blues’ along with new material from their forthcoming album ‘Modern Blues’, recorded in Nashville.
Ozzy Osbourne’s former axeman Zakk Wylde brings his heavy metal/southern blues troupe over from LA.
Impassioned, rootsy pop-rockers Needtobreathe sing from their new album ‘Rivers in the Wasteland’. Their folksy credentials are impeccable: the core of the band is a pair of brothers named Bear and Bo, who were raised in a town called Possum Kingdom.
West Country boys Reef are celebrating 20 years in the game (not counting a seven-year break until 2010), so they’re cracking out their blues-rock gubbins for a full UK tour. Even though they haven’t released an album in more than a decade, they used to be very big news – they supported The Rolling Stones, for goodness’ sake – and there should be a suitably raucous reception to their wedding reception super-hit ‘Place Your Hands’.
The trendier half of the Mighty Boosh is nearly ready to head out on the road for his first ever solo tour. Well, we say ‘solo’, he’s bringing his brother Mike (aka Naboo) and regular collaborator Tom Meeten along for the trip. Fielding’s already close to selling out two London dates, but a third – at Brixton Academy on December 9 – has just been announced.
After selling out one gig, Paul Foot has added an extra extravaganza for connoisseurs of imperial comedy. No one quite does fey whimsy quite like Foot. He’s quickly becoming a national comedy treasure, and you now have another chance to catch his latest batshit crazy hour ‘Hovercraft Symphony in Gammon # Major’ at the Bloomsbury Theatre.
This Scottish comic stand-up continues his journey to comedy superstardom with a huge new UK tour following the release of his autobiography, ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin Bridges’. The 27-year-old’s rise to household name status has been incredibly fast. One year he was playing a 50-seat room at the Edinburgh Fringe, the next he was performing in front of 10,000 people in his home town. Now you can catch Bridges at the Hammersmith Apollo as part of his ‘A Whole Differrent Story…’ tour. But you’ll have to wait till September 2015.
One day, 25 hours of comedy. Yep, one ticket gives you access to this Sunday afternoon comedy marathon featuring a ton of comics performing their 2014 Edinburgh Fringe shows. The huge line-up includes this year’s Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winner John Kearns, Panel Prize winners Funz and Gamez, passionately political comic Bridget Christie (pictured above), gravel-voiced thrill-machine Nick Helm, Porky the Poet (aka Phill Jupitus) and literally dozens more.