After a quiet January, February is when the London music scene really gets going again. Here are ten of our top gigs this spring, from pop and indie to electronica and soul.
The best London gigs in February
The divisive Bright Eyes main man steps out solo, with a set that'll lean heavily on his new album 'Upside-Down Mountain'. He cloaks clever lyrics in sweet wooziness and stripped-back, piano warmth, but can also kick it with gritty, kick-ass rock and occasional acoustic interludes.
The world’s foremost filthy neo-Brechtian-post-punk-falsetto-squeezebox-gypsy-cabaret-three-piece band rock up for a showcase that’s sure to offer thrills, chills and more than a little grotesquerie. They’re funny, scary, occasionally pornographic and generally fucked-up. What more could you reasonably ask for?
These Canadian singing/songwriting twins got their initial exposure by signing to Neil Young's Vapour Records label. Ol' Neil must have been impressed by their spikily melodic post-grunge pop, which reveals them as fans of The Breeders and Veruca Salt. They play tonight from their seventh album 'Heartthrob', released in January.
The Mercury-nominated quintet continue to deliver a white-hot blast of pugnacious punk-funk cum free jazz with respectful nods to Ornette Coleman and John Zorn, via a twin horn attack, snarling Fender Rhodes and a rampant rhythm section. Tonight they launch their skronking, bass-heavy new LP 'Bring Your Own', their most hook-laden album to date.
More London gigs in 2017
When it comes to live music in London, it’s wise to plan ahead. The most popular London gigs sell out months in advance. Here’s our round-up of the best London live shows in 2017, to help you discover the best new music and book tickets to the hottest concerts before everyone else does.