Top ten London gigs in July
Check out the cream of the capital's gigs taking place this summer
Representing LA's Odd Future collective, Syd The Kid and Matt Martians play blissful, beautifully wispy neo-soul as The Internet.
Anton Newcombe and his ever-changing indie crew return with their pleasingly skewed blasts of 'Nuggets'-style garage rock and hypnotic, psych-strafed shoegaze drone.
The Take That reunion-crasher hits the stage with a full arsenal of stadium-swelling hits: ‘Angels’, ‘Millennium’, ‘Let Me Entertain You’, ‘She’s the One’, ‘Strong’… He’s also on a swing thing (again) in the wake of his recent 'Swings Both Ways' album. Despite parenthood and sobriety, Robbie’s still a divisive figure – but if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that he’s still much, much more fun than Gary Barlow.
The most successful duo in US singles chart history, Hall and Oates are the soft-rockin’ blue-eyed soul geniuses behind easygoing drive time rock hits such as ‘I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)’ and ‘Maneater’. Even though Hall owns a house in London, the duo haven’t played together in the capital for years. Book now and let these genuine pop legends make your dreams come true for one night only.
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.
Young Chicago MC Chancelor Bennett shot to the front of the new rap pack last year with his awesome second mixtape 'Acid Rap' – one of our favourite albums of 2013. His vibe is slick, hooky, soulful hip hop with slightly off-centre beats that drop in and out as and when Chance deems groovy.
Extraordinary Congo-based headliners, who live in the grounds of Kinshasa Zoo, bring their strangely affecting blend of lackadaisical Cuban balladry and baggy James Brown-stye Afro-funk to town. With its four core members performing seated in customised tricycles, their youthful funkified backing band includes ex-street urchin Roger Landu on his own one-string tin can guitar.
The lynchpin of LA's Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All skate-rap collective plays a solo show. Tyler Okonma is still only 22, but he's already made three albums of dark hip hop that veer between irreverent and downright terrifying. He's back in the UK to promote his latest record, 'Wolf' – which he's described as 'weird hippie music for people to get high to'.
The greatest pop songwriter and arranger of all-time? Many would argue, but The Burtmeister – now in his mid-eighties – can certainly dip into an awesome grab-bag of romantic mini-operas. He wrote the music for 'Magic Moments', 'Baby It's You', 'Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa', 'Blue on Blue', 'Close to You', 'Walk On By' and 'I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself'… and that's just his output from a few years in the 1960s. Bacharach is bolstered by a full orchestra at these London dates. Don't miss out.
Delicate Oklahoman singer-songwriter Crain performs an acoustic solo set, performing songs from her brilliant, intimate new album (and UK debut) 'Kid Face'.
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