Another Friday approaching means another opportunity to scoop up tickets for some truly great live music. Make sure you’re up bright and early-ish tomorrow morning to be in with a chance of securing entry to any of the shows below, and remember that you can head to our ‘Just announced‘ page for more top live music options.
The O2, Jul 18 2015
To anyone who just scoffed: when was the last time you sold 30 million albums or scooped four Grammys? So hush, cynics, and show some respect for The Divine Miss M, touring the UK for the first time in 35 years. This show from the big-haired and even bigger-voiced singer follows her new album ‘It’s the Girls!’, featuring covers of songs by female groups including The Ronettes and The Supremes. Fingers crossed she’ll perform the album highlight: a truly majestic cover of TLC’s ‘Waterfalls’. Bette, we’ll be the wind beneath your wings any time.
Roundhouse, May 24 2015
Twenty years after their last London show, Ride are back to shake the Roundhouse. Renowned as one of the defining bands of the ’90s shoegaze scene, they pair high volume, strong melodies and plenty of reverb with a classic-rockin’ approach that was always at odds with peers such as Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine. As a result their brilliant first two albums have become touchstones for a generation of young bands, plenty of whom will be vying for tickets to catch their long-awaited, oft-rumoured return to the stage as a prelude to their headline set at Field Day.
Alexandra Palace, Mar 13 2015
Is there anything Clean Bandit can’t do? The electronic pop troupe from Cambridge broke through spectacularly in January with ‘Rather Be’ – the most successful single of the year, and the first to stay at Number One for four weeks since 2011. It’s a prime example of their appealing, intelligent sound, which uses synths, violins, drum machines and a rotating cast of vocalists. Unusually for a group so fond of loops, they’re known for building their tracks on stage without pre-recording anything – so they’re a great live act to boot. It’s a good thing we aren’t the jealous types.
Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Feb 20 2015
Now this is big. Apart from a short set at Lovebox a couple of years ago, D’Angelo has not been seen on stage in London for a very very long time: this is only his second headline booking here in over a decade. After becoming the closest thing the ’90s had to Marvin Gaye – thanks to sumptuous and smooth baby-making anthems like ‘Brown Sugar’ and ‘Lady’ – he slowly and quietly succumbed to the classic banana skins of stardom (notably drugs and allegedly trying to solicit an undercover cop). A comeback partly inspired by the death of J Dilla and powered by a new devotion to guitar (that’s right, D’Angelo can shred now) has resulted in a new album, due at some point in the near future. He may not have the perfectly carved torso that he burnt into our retinas with his video for ‘Untitled (How Does It Feel)‘, but if he’s on good form, this’ll be a mighty gig from the fallen prince of R&B.
Wembley Stadium, Jun 19 and 20 2015
After releasing a classically bombastic new album – ‘Sonic Highways’ came accompanied by a TV series about the history of American music – Dave Grohl and his rock ’n’ roll stadium-fillers jet over to do what they do best. Wembley is the venue, and Iggy Pop and Royal Blood are the pleasingly eclectic support acts. Grohl and the boys should play a blinder: they hardly know how to do anything else.