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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, November 24
Now promoting their second album, these Manc pop-rockers have become teen sensations, despite the credibility-busting fact that lead singer Matt Healy is the son of Denise Welch from ‘Loose Women’ and Tim Healy off of ‘Auf Wiedersehen, Pet’. Dismiss this foursome at your peril.
A secret Brixton location, July 30-August 1
Lewisham boy Kojo Kankam has just turned 18 but he’s already been signed by XL, rapped with Kanye and Jamie XX, and been dubbed the future of grime. This prodigy’s skills are something to witness, so don’t miss out on his three-day Brixton run.
O2 Academy Brixton, October 28
Led by cherubic actor-singer Olly Alexander, this trendy-looking three-piece make soulful, bouncy choons that draw heavily on ’90s house music. Increasingly massive gigs are an indication that they’ll soon be orbiting the pop stratosphere alongside Disclosure and Clean Bandit.
Union Chapel, November 23
The blokey Barking bard is back to play more of his modern ballads, which still tackle the political and the personal with plenty of insight. His return to the spectacular yet intimate Union Chapel will sell out in a flash.
The O2, March 26 2016
Warm up your falsetto: Norway’s leading ’80s pop trio are rolling in to London for their first show here in five years. Despite ‘breaking up’ in 2011, Morten Harket and the other two are about to release a new album called ‘Cast in Steel’, so you’ll hear a few newbies alongside air-punching, larynx-shredding hits like ‘Take On Me’ and ‘The Sun Only Shines on TV’.
Lyric Theatre, Oct 19
The prog-rock god and the man who ‘invented World Music’ plays a one off show. It’s an ‘evening with’ situation, with Brian Pern (spoiler alert: actually Simon Day playing a character loosely based on Peter Gabriel) in conversation with ‘documentary maker’ Rhys Thomas, who made the BBC series. Pern will even be performing some of his greatest hits (plenty from the Thotch archives) live on stage, with special guests to be announced.
O2 Academy Brixton, September 24
Indie-folk king Zach Condon reactivates his Beirut project, which sets his beautifully deep voice in songs inspired by a love of European folk music and filtered through a fertile American imagination. He’s signed to legendary London label 4AD for ‘No No No’, the first Beirut album in four years, of which you’ll hear plenty at this big Brixton show.
ExCel Centre, Nov 13-15
Whovians rejoice: your chance to spend a whole weekend thinking solely about The Doctor is imminent. This three-day festival is the official celebration of all things ‘Doctor Who’, with appearances from the cast and writers (notably Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat), sets, costumes, a cosplay showcase and plenty more.