January is a quiet month for the London music scene, but there are still plenty of great gigs and top artists passing through town. Here’s our January gig guide – book now or regret it later!
The exuberant Kentucky quintet crack out their bluesy boogie in celebration of their latest album, 'Melophobia'. It's a chaotic listen that draws on psychedelia, ’70s southern rock, glam and contemporary indie: just the thing for a rollicking live show.
Wayne Coyne's veteran psychedelic pop nutjobs make a welcome return to London, dropping tracks from their doomy 2013 album 'The Terror' and the rest of their 30-year career. Be prepared for unbridled joie de vivre and onstage antics, and bring someone to hug for 'Do You Realize?' (the official rock song of Oklahoma, fact fans).
Kenny Anderson, the last King (Creosote) of Scotland, returns with more of the delicate, forlorn but dryly witty folk for which he's become known. He has released a prodigious number of excellent albums and CDRs over the last few years, but he's at his best when he's got an audience to play to.
The wonderfully woozy and grizzled New York alt country combo get poetically folky in the headline slot. The Brothers' live show is always worth catching, adding playful electronica to a rootsy, backwoods sound and sometimes incorporating a few trad folk ballads alongside their own songs.
The mighty masters of morbid rock return for what will, apparently, be their last ever tour. Sabbath bear the responsibility for some of the most monstrous riffs ever created, and their latest album '13' served are a welcome reminder of just how important they've been to the development of rock, metal and grunge. Minus drummer Bill Ward, the current line-up is the same one that came together in Birmingham in 1968: Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler playing towering guitar lines at ear-splitting volumes, plus Ozzy Osbourne's crazed screams and zombie-like jerks. Raise the horns as one of rock's greatest groups bid a deafening farewell.
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 2016, to help you discover the best new music and book tickets to the hottest concerts before everyone else does.