Top ten London gigs in June

Check out the hottest gigs and festivals taking place in London this summer



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Wooden Shjips

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.

  1. Electric Ballroom 184 Camden High St, NW1 8QP
  2. Tue Jun 3
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Sharon Van Etten

The Brooklyn singer-songwriter showcases her subtle, elegant, tender and true songcraft. Due to follow up her successful third album 'Tramp' with a fourth called 'Are We There?' this year, Van Etten is on fine form and her gig venues are getting bigger accordingly.

  1. Koko 1a Camden High St, NW1 7JE
  2. Thu Jun 5
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Field Day

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.

  1. Victoria Park Victoria Park Rd, E3 5SN
  2. Sun Jun 8
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Arcade Fire

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.

  1. Earls Court Hammersmith Rd, W14 8UX
  2. Sat Jun 7
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Justin Timberlake

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.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Tue Jun 10
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Pat Metheny Unity Group

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.

  1. Hammersmith Apollo 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Wed Jun 11
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Ella Eyre

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.

  1. Electric Brixton Brixton Hill, SW2 1RJ
  2. Thu Jun 12
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Jurassic 5

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.

  1. O2 Academy Brixton 211 Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL
  2. Sat Jun 21
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George Benson

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'.

  1. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  2. Wed Jun 25
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