On sale this week: Somerset House Summer Series, Ben Folds, Squarepusher, Jackie Mason, Bill Bailey and more
Another week almost over, another load of great gigs and comedy shows to look forward to over the coming months. Get booking tickets when they go sale tomorrow morning to make sure you secure yours, and because we’re nice we’ve even flagged up a show that’s already on sale – just so you don’t miss out – from bearded music and comedy masher-upper Bill Bailey. Don’t say we’re not good to you.
Somerset House, Jun 9-19
There’s no secret to the success of Somerset House’s annual gig series. Londoners love the venue for offering all the open-air excitement of a festival stage right in the centre of the capital, whilst artists enjoy playing to a captivated audience in a grand eighteenth-century courtyard by the Thames. The line-up for 2015 is another great one, featuring the likes of George Ezra, Angus and Julia Stone, Jessie J, Belle and Sebastian, Kwabs, James Bay and many more.
Royal Opera House, Aug 12
More thumpingly fine and melodically sussed collegiate pop from the former head of Ben Folds Five. He’s performing new songs, plus a few old hits, with classical crossover New York sextet y Music, who Folds has also recorded his new album with.
Adelphi Theatre, Jun 1-3
We interviewed this 83-year-old US comedy giant back in 2012, as he was preparing for his ‘last ever’ UK shows. Well, he’s back! Three years later the self-styled ‘Ultimate Jew’ and masterful joke-teller is playing three nights in the West End. See him live while you can – this really could be your last chance.
Troxy, October 24
Essex electro king Tom Jenkinson delivers more bassomatic, showcasing a sound that veers between jazzy workouts and ravey energy flashes. After a recent, new live show premiered at the Barbican, Jenkinson has just announced another huge show. This time it’s at the Troxy and we’re promised Squarepusher’s biggest ever live performance, linking in with upcoming new album ‘Damogen Furies’. As ever, it should be an audiovisual spectacular.
Vaudeville Theatre, Dec 14-Jan 10
What better way to get into the festive spirit than with the musical deconstructions and whimsical flights of fancy of Bill Bailey? After he plays two homecoming gigs at the Hammersmith Apollo, the 50-year-old comic is settling in for a more intimate Christmas run in the West End.