Well done, London: you made it through January. Time to reward yourself by planning ahead for some great gigs later this year, wouldn’t you say? Here are five big ones announced this week – check our weekly Just announced page for even more.
Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, November 12
When former Czars frontman Grant released his second solo album ‘Pale Green Ghosts’ in 2013, he revealed himself fully as one of the most brutally honest, self-aware and distinctive songwriting voices of his generation. Now he bares his soul, tackling heartbreak, addiction and HIV, on stage in London. Bring tissues.
The Forum, June 3
Having crushed the charts with his angsty soul-folk number ‘Take Me to Church’, Irish troubadour Andrew Hozier-Byrne has no trouble selling out gigs. This third night in London should be no exception, so if you want to see him bringing his delicate strum to Kentish Town, you’ll have to get on it quick.
O2 Academy Brixton, July 16
The playing-a-whole-album craze, which was kicked off by ATP’s ‘Don’t Look Back’ series a decade ago, has finally reached its nadir: nu-metal overlords Korn are revisiting their 1994 debut at a big London show. If you were one of the angsty teens who helped to send it platinum across the world, this is your chance for a serious nostalgia fest.
Clapham Common, July 4 and 5
The rock weekender returns to Clapham Common, with Noel Gallagher, Ryan Adams, The Hives and Echo And The Bunnymen announced so far for the Saturday bill.
Roundhouse, June 2
The ultra-influential US indie rock group are back in action for the twenty-tens. Known for their pitch-perfect songcraft, as well as their intense, shambolic, booze-fuelled live shows throughout the ’80s, these days The Replacements might have lost some of their unpredictability but they’ve held on to their sheer power.
Oh and this is FREEEEE (first come, first served)
Thurston Moore and Mica Levi
White Cube Gallery
PS. Don’t miss two free gigs at the White Cube gallery in Bermondsey this month. On February 8 and 15, as part of the current Christian Marclay exhibition, Thurston Moore (ex-Sonic Youth) and Mica Levi (known for her brilliant ‘Under the Skin’ soundtrack) will be playing new works that the artist has commissioned exploring ‘the sonorities of glass’. Should be great. Performances start at 3pm and it’s first come, first served, so get down early.