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 annual Worldwide Awards, organised by superb selector Gilles Peterson, act as a showcase for some of the very freshest talents from the worlds of funk, hip hop, jazz, dub, house, electronica and more. Performances this year come from young London rapper Little Simz, LA freak-jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington and some other mighty talents. It’s a pricey one, admittedly, but if you're willing to splash out a little for the ticket you're in for a real treat.Read more
Creating a splendid collision of fuzzed up chords and sun-blasted vocals, Cheatahs include members from three Dalston slacker-pop bands (Male Bonding, Weird Dreams and Sunbirds) and four countries (the UK, the US, Germany and Canada). Their single ‘The Swan’ was one of 2012’s best rock tracks, but mystifyingly they’re still playing small gigs that cost well under a tenner. Catch them while that lasts.Read more
Battersea’s finest are back, bashing out their radio-friendly indie rock full of angular riffs, south London accents and infectious, anthemic tunes. Their new album ‘Marks to Prove It’ was their biggest yet, topping the charts and giving them plenty of big new songs to add to the setlist at these two big Brixton shows. Read our Maccabees interview.Read more
The London post-punk quartet show off their thrillingly dark clatter, which recalls The Slits and Siouxsie And The Banshees as well as noisier bands like Dead Kennedys and Sonic Youth. Following their furious and essential debut album ‘Silence Yourself’ they’ve made a new LP, ‘Adore Life’, and here’s an album launch show for the real early birds – doors open at 8am.Read more
You know that awkward period where an ‘X Factor’ runner-up thinks she’s actually going to be given a shot at stardom, just before Syco pull all the money and just leave her standing there dumbly trying to remember how to write a CV again? Well, fortunately it’s looking increasingly like that won’t be the case for Scouse soulstress Rebecca Ferguson. Her Stax-meets-Minnie Riperton styles are rather a breath of fresh air among the talent show clichés, and here she’s performing her new album – a track-by-track cover version of Billie Holliday’s classic album ‘Lady Sings the Blues’ – alongside other soulful numbers.Read more
Catch up with Pete ’n’ Carl (’n’ Gary ’n’ John), who’ve extended their reunion with a new album: ’Anthems for Doomed Youth’, their first record in 11 years. You’ll hear plenty of it at this arena show alongside all the rough-and-ready Libs classics. They’re are as erratic as they ever were on stage, but they’ve got a deep repertoire of great songs that haven’t faded despite age, addiction and animosity. Read our Libertines interview.Read more