Be ready: tickets for all these great London live events go on sale tomorrow morning. As ever, check our just announced page for the rest of this week’s biggest and best London gig announcements.
Wembley Stadium, June 6
Every summer, London pop radio station Capital packs an eye-watering number of huge names into Wembley Stadium for their annual all-day megashow. This year’s headliners are One Direction, making their first UK appearance since the generation-rupturing departure of Zayn Malik (the hot one). The Summertime Ball usually sells out straight away, so be quick off the mark if you fancy sampling this taster menu of global pop talent.
O2 Academy Brixton, July 10
Venerated by musicians across the board for their virtuoso jazz/soul/hip hop grooves (and their prominence as the house band for US talk show host Jimmy Fallon), the Philadelphia rap crew led by drummer Questlove and rapper Black Thought are coming back to the UK to play new tracks from their darkly political 2014 album ‘…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin’. This is their first London headline show since 2011 and it’s a special late-night show, with funky sounds till 2am.
The O2, July 17
Curtis ‘Fiddy’ Jackson doesn’t seem like the sort of rapper who travels without a crew of some kind at all times. G-Unit, however, are essentially his official musicial entourage. Mr Cent and his unit (so to speak) haven’t performed in London since 2007, so they’re going big for this one and heading straight to The O2 for a huge headline slot as part of the Musicalize event in neighbouring venue Indigo. Expect to hear plenty of hard-hitting hip hop from start to finish, including tracks from the troupe’s recent ‘The Beast Is G-Unit’ EP.
O2 Academy Brixton, October 15
Hugely in-demand as a producer and remixer, quite apart from his groundbreaking work as one third of The XX, Jamie Smith drops tracks from his debut solo album. ‘In Colour’ draws on the producer’s long-time obsession with British rave culture, and should result in a superb and thoroughly bangin’ live show.
Alexandra Palace, October 17
Party-ready producer Diplo and his current Major Lazer cohorts Jillionaire and Walshy Fire bring their electro-dancehall and baile funk to the live arena. Massive drops, skull-shaking percussion, airhorns and sirens and some nifty blaxploitation visuals turn whatever venues Major Lazer hit into a sweaty dance den. Prepare to dagger hard.
Wembley Arena, November 21
Any ’90s alt rock band worth their salt can muster bone-crushing riffs and angst-dripping vocals, but Californian five-piece Deftones are also masters of complex and unexpectedly subtle songcraft and dreamy ambient interludes. They’re coming back to the UK for the first time in years, presenting a live show that’s probably best compared to Operation Rolling Thunder. New material should make an appearance too.
The Forum, November 25
Young Australian Barnett is one of the biggest songwriting talents around at the moment, crafting sharp, witty lyrics that tease out the hidden significances in everyday life. She and her powerful band pair those words with circling psych-rock melodies and touching, downbeat indie-pop, and play tonight from her excellent debut album ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’.
BRITISH SUMMER TIME MIDWEEK COMEDY
After Kylie packs up the last of her costumes in Hyde Park this summer, comedians are taking over the Great Oak Stage for four nights of open air stand-up. Headliners include Aussie shock-jock Jim Jefferies, grouchy American Rich Hall, Irish worrier Ed Byrne and bewildered ‘Father Ted’ star Ardal O’Hanlon, all with impressive supporting bills. Also on sale tomorrow is the Ealing Comedy Festival, which features Julian Clary, Milton Jones, Rob Delaney, Russell Kane and more playing a big top tent in Walpole Park.
For the second year running, Greenwich Peninsula’s The Jetty will play host to an immersive theatre experience that won’t break the bank. This year, nine shipping containers will be transformed into the ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ where the past and present collide to create a surreal world full of secrets.