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.
This page will be updated as more events are confirmed.
Counter-cultural icons for a whole nation, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil were two of the major figures in the Tropicalismo movement that swept Brazilian cultura in the late ’60s. On the 1968 album ‘Tropicália’, Veloso and Gil, along with artists such as Os Mutantes and Tom Zé, took eclectic influences (psychedelic rock, funk, samba-jazz, pop, avant-garde music and left-wing politics) and turned them into something entirely new.Read more
Duh! Duh-nuh-nuh! Duh-nuh-nuh! AC/DC are back for more big, dumb riffs, just the way we like them – except for the sad retirement of Malcolm Young and the uncertainty over whether Phil Rudd is still on drums after being charged with attempting to procure a murder. Nevertheless, they’re one of the few unreconstructed rock bands truly deserving of the description ‘classic’, so if you enjoy your guitars big, thick and meaty then don’t miss out as the ageing boys come thundering into town to promote their new record ‘Rock or Bust’.Read more
The founding fathers of fuzz-pop return to the London stage to play a special show as part of Mogwai’s twentieth anniversary series at the Roundhouse. Grumpily black-clad and led as ever by the taciturn Reid brothers, the Mary Chain will be going back to their roots for a full performance of their 1985 debut album ‘Psychocandy’, as they did for two London shows late last year.Read more
Whoa, this is a big one: two towering giants of jazz taking to the stage together as a duo. This pair of piano gurus – Corea a master of rhythmic and melodic interplay, Hancock an iconic writer of jazz standards who’s embraced new technology throughout his career – have well over a century of musical experience between them, but they’ve only played together a handful of times in their hugely influential careers. Anyone with even a passing interest in jazz music shouldn’t miss this ultra-rare opportunity to catch not just one but two all-time masters at work.Read more
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