It’s the first of May, you’ve (hopefully) just been paid – how about investing in gig tickets? There have been loads of great shows announced this week (check our full ‘Just announced’ list for more) but here are the biggies, all going on sale tomorrow morning…
The former Fugee and acclaimed singer-songwriter makes her first London live appearance in over two years. Her comeback album – which will be her first since her classic 1998 record ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ – was delayed last year after Hill was sentenced to prison for tax evasion, but now she’s out and back on tour. Expect new tracks, a few old classics, and a typically erratic performance: she may regularly turn up on stage hours late, but when she’s on form you’ll know it.
Last week we found out that Carl Barât and Pete Doherty’s indie roughnecks will be reuniting for a huge Hyde Park show. Since breaking up in 2004, the band have reformed only once (for two festival shows in 2010). Are they only in it for the money? Will it be a total disaster? Who knows? What’s certain is that you’ll get to slam along to ‘Time for Heroes’ and ‘Don’t Look Back Into the Sun’ for what could be the last time. Don’t miss our exclusive interview with Carl Bârat about the reunion either.
Cryptic London duo Jungle came from nowhere at the end of last year to become one of 2014’s hype sensations. They’ve released a series of steamy, grooving, disco-edged neo-soul tracks – with instantly viral videos featuring a six-year-old breakdancer, two members of the High Rollaz freestyle rollerskating team and a huge dance crew – and they’ve already sold out two London gigs this year. All of which is pretty impressive, since we still don’t even know their full names. See if you can penetrate the mystery when Jungle start working up the crowd at their biggest hometown show to date.
If you’re a true Gen-Xer there’s a fair chance that you spent at least a week or so listening obsessively to ‘Nothing’s Shocking’, the debut album by Jane’s Addiction. Now you can relive the experience (albeit without the fun of parental disapproval) as Perry Farrell and his alt rock crew roll up to Brixton to play the album in full.
James Lavelle’s awesome-looking series at the Southbank next month just announced its latest wave of artists. These include the legendary DJ Shadow spinning back-to-back with Lavelle, a show by pint-sized electro wizard Tom Vek, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner leading an exclusive performance of his cool ’41 Strings’ piece for guitars and a string section. Tickets to the new shows go on sale tomorrow morning, and you can also win a special golden ticket that’ll get you into every show in the series: click here to enter our competition.