Top ten London gigs in June
Check out the hottest gigs and festivals taking place in London this summer
If you're into reverb-drenched, droning guitars and heavy motorik drive, you can't do much better than this. Circuitously weaving entrancing psych-rock spells and throbbing, fuzzed-up ragas to perform tracks from their latest album 'Back to Land', the headlining San Francisco quartet will go down a storm with aficionados of My Bloody Valentine, Spacemen 3, Suicide and Can – and of course Moon Duo, the side-project of Wooden Shjips guitarist Ripley Johnson.
The leftfield festival returns for another year – and it's a one-dayer no longer: Field Day 2014 will take up a whole weekend in June. Fortunately, double the days means double the talent. US alt rock titans Pixies headline on Sunday, with an incredible psychedelic rock support bill: The Horrors, Temples, Pond and Drenge. A host of great Saturday acts includes bleep-pop master Joe Mount and his Metronomy project, plus more great indie bands, electronic forward-thinkers, African and Middle Eastern stars, and leftfield pop singers and MCs than you can shake a stick at.
The world-conquering Montreal indie rockers have added a dose of disco and an even bigger dollop of weird to the large-scale, layered and thrillingly uplifting orchestral pop of their early albums, and they'll be showing it off this summer with what should be another dramatic, euphoric live spectacle.
From Disney Channel star to *NSync, from 'Justified' to 'Suit and Tie', JT is an irrepressible performer who was responsible for some of the most impressive R&B – and dance moves – of the noughties. Even if parts of his new album 'The 20:20 Experience' were a tad bloated, Trousersnake has enough huge, falsettoed pop hits to keep an audience grooving all night. And despite his frequent hilarious appearances on Jimmy Fallon's show in the US, don't count on any foolishness from Justin this summer.
The Kansas City guitar hero returns, with a brand new band: leading post-Brecker saxophonist Chris Potter and an ace rhythm section of rising star bassist Ben Williams and brilliant drummer Antonio Sanchez. Let's hope his excellent cohorts here inspire some less snooze-some outpourings from Metheny: his studio projects have gone off the boil of late, but he's still one of the greatest jazz guitarists of all time and is often at his most vital in concert.
Like Sam Smith and John Newman, 19-year-old Brit School alumna Ella Eyre has been catapulted from a guest spot with one of the stars of 2013 (in Eyre's case, Rudimental) to the British urban pop big league. Since then she's sung with Naughty Boy and Wiz Khalifa, Tinie Tempah for 'Demonstration', and Professor Green; picked up a BBC Sound of 2014 nomination; and recorded her distinctive throaty, biting vocals for a debut EP. Catch her in a small venue now – it won't last long.
The laid back, daisy age-style hip hop crew reunite for a headline tour this summer. They only broke up in 2007, so we hadn't really even noticed they were gone, but it's very nice to have them back nonetheless. We look forward to seeing them blast hit 'Eye Know', 'Magic Number' and 'Me, Myself & I' in Brixton this June.
Both a wondrous jazz guitarist – formerly axeman to Miles Davis amongst others – and a jazz fusion and disco icon in his own right, Benson loads up on smooth classics like 'Never Give Up On a Good Thing' and 'Give Me the Night'.
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