As the city heats up, the gig calendar stays very cool indeed. Thanks to a whole range of music festivals in London and world-class acts stopping over between sets at different UK music festivals, Londoners can catch plenty of brilliant live music right on their doorsteps. Here are the best gigs in London this July.
Freaky psychedelic rock wig-outs by the seven-piece band from Melbourne. With two drummers and three guitarists on stage, you know you’re in for something big and bombastic, and their five-album discography contains plenty of heady goodness. Tame Impala and Pond fans shouldn’t miss this.Read more
The gorgeous eighteenth-century courtyard of Somerset House hosts another of its annual summer gig series. With neoclassical beauty on all four sides it takes a special music line-up to live up to the setting, but luckily the Summer Series has got just that. Click through for the full line-up.Read more
Last year the singer made a comeback, partly inspired by the death of J Dilla and powered by a new devotion to guitar (that’s right, D’Angelo can shred now). The result was a stunning, surprise-released new album named ‘Black Messiah’ and a series of scintillating live shows. D’Angelo may no longer have the perfectly carved torso that he burnt into our retinas with his video for ‘Untitled (How Does It Feel)’, but this intimate Camden show should be a mighty show of force from the newly risen lord of R&B.Read more
See a master at work as minimal music originator Terry Riley arrives at the Barbican to perform a new piece written on site. After a week in the Barbican Art Gallery working on the project with a group of London musicians, Riley and his ensemble emerge tonight to perform the work as part of the venue’s ‘Station to Station’ series.Read more