Plenty of people escape from London in August to hit music festivals around the UK. Follow them at your peril: there are plenty of great gigs in London this summer, and you might just catch some of those festival headliners a lot closer to home. Here’s the best live music this month.
This page will be updated as more events are confirmed.
Camera Obscura, Fat White Family, The Antlers, Toy, Jens Lekman, The Antlers, Andy Stott, Merchandise, Shamir, Hinds, Girl Band, Oscar, Jones + more.For the third consecutive year, Visions brings Hackney some musical fun this summer. The promoters have earned their reputation for booking great underground artists and this year is no different. There’s also a range of non-musical activity: markets, exhibitions, street food stalls and the like. Plus Visions has completely sold out for the last two years, so you’d be wise to book now.Read more
Women were one of Canada’s favourite indie bands until they broke up in 2010 (violently, in the middle of a gig, while wearing Halloween costumes). When the band’s ex-guitarist died suddenly in 2012, two of his old bandmates were spurred to start a new project (‘It was like, “Shit, we’re going to die… Let’s do something before it ends.”’) Viet Cong was born out of the Black Sabbath tribute band they were playing in at the time, and the new line-up soon started playing dark, driving, fiercely noisy post-punk. Their brilliant racket (and song titles like ‘Death’) make them worthy successors to the best of the dark British ’80s: Bauhaus, Joy Divsion, Echo And The Bunnymen and the rest. And what do four weirdos based in Calgary – Canada’s ‘cowboy city’ – name their band after? The Vietnamese guerrillas who terrorised American troops in the ’60s, obviously.Read more