Spontaneity is all very well, but if you want to see the best stuff in London then sometimes you need to book ahead. Here are this week’s most mouthwatering tickets: four great gigs and one tasty-looking theatre season. You owe yourself something to look forward to.
Roundhouse, March 20
Freak out! Here’s another first chance in a while to catch Nile Rodgers and his polysexual disco troupe live in London. Having shot back into prominence thanks to his guest spot on Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’, Rodgers and the current version of Chic have been on excellent form as a live band for the last few years, 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. And for the first time in 23 years, they’ll also have some fresh material to play: a new album is due later this year. Très chic.
Victoria Park, July 19
A new one-day festival in east London, with headliners Ben Howard and Bombay Bicycle Club plus arts, culture and (inevitably) street food. There’ll be more great stuff announced soon for this one, so book now before everyone hears about it.
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, October 29
Sardonic singer-songwriter Josh Tillman performs as Father John Misty, supporting his superb new LP ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ (a Time Out Album of the Week). His warm, Laurel Canyon-ish folk is classic enough, but he’s got a knack for macabre, surreally hilarious lyrics that sets him apart from the strumming hordes. Example: ‘I want to take you in the kitchen, / Lift up your wedding dress someone was probably murdered in.’
Electrowerkz, April 1
After picking up some serious success in 2013 with their debut album ‘Where The Heaven Are We’, young Brummies Swim Deep disappeared into the studio to work on the follow-up. And, unlike their B-Town peers Peace, they seem to have made a real effort to evolve for album two: instead of shimmering indie rock, the taster track ‘To My Brother’ sets acid house synths and crashing guitar lines alongside a Jagwar Ma/Primal Scream-indebted vocal hook. Get a sneak preview of the new LP at this cosy London show.
NEW NATIONAL THEATRE AND YOUNG VIC SEASONS
Tickets to catch ‘12 Years a Slave’ star Chiwetel Ejiofor in ‘Everyman’ went on sale today at 8.30am, along with tickets to the rest of Rufus Norris’s exciting first season as boss of the NT. So if you weren’t up with the larks this morning, then get online now. And don’t miss the chance to see the superb Rory Kinnear in the Young Vic’s new production of Franz Kafka’s ‘The Trial’. Tickets for that, and for the rest of the theatre’s tantalising new line-up are up for grabs tomorrow.
Check out the rest of this week’s big live music announcements here.