As London’s music scene charges forward into spring, there’s no let-up in the number of big gigs taking place across the city. Here’s our overview of the must-see live music in London this March.
The best London gigs in March
Ex-members of LA’s Odd Future collective, Syd The Kid and Matt Martians play blissful, beautifully wispy neo-soul as The Internet. Listen to their superb debut album ‘Ego Death’ – the very best album of 2015 in our book – and then buy a ticket to see them live in London, quick.Read more
The sonically delightful electropop singer from Canada returns to the UK for her first headline shows here in three years, dropping tracks from her great new album ‘Art Angels’ – the follow-up to her self-produced 2012 smash ‘Visions’.
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The founding fathers of fuzz-pop return to the London stage. Grumpily black-clad and led as ever by the taciturn Reid brothers, the Mary Chain went back to their roots in 2014 and 2015 for an extensive tour performing their 1985 debut album ‘Psychocandy’. When the band first played those songs live in London, their set lasted 20 minutes and famously sparked a riot at North London Polytechnic. Their shows are a tad longer and less violent these days, but hopefully the volume will be set as high as ever.
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Bradlee and his New York-based group cover anything from 'Get Lucky' to the 'Game of Thrones' theme in various styles including jazz, swing, doo-wop, klezmer and ’60s pop. Millions have seen the act on YouTube, and plenty of people will be shelling out for the live experience tonight.Read more
Pop megastar, balladeer supreme and outspoken London icon Adele Adkins is back on stage, having smashed all kinds of records again with her latest album ‘25’. We gave it a two-star review (‘a bit dull’), but we’re more than prepared to admit that Adele’s massive lungs, spine-tinglingly soulful voice and innate stage presence make her an incredible live draw – which is why these dates at The O2 have sold out quicker than you can say ‘Rolling in the Deep’.Read more
An Italian pianist, composer and film collaborator, Einaudi draws from experimental jazz, avant-garde classical and world music. Since 2009, he has been incorporating synthesized electronic sounds into his compositions alongside his fluid piano parts. He also looks quite a lot like Larry David.Read more
The London post-punk quartet show off their thrillingly dark clatter, which recalls The Slits and Siouxsie And The Banshees as well as noisier bands like Dead Kennedys and Sonic Youth. Following their furious and essential debut album ‘Silence Yourself’ they’ve made a new LP, ‘Adore Life’, of which you’ll hear plenty at this headline date.
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Emma-Lee Moss was a key member of the west London acoustic scene that launched the careers of Noah And The Whale and Johnny Flynn, and has released two albums of brilliantly brittle alt folk that suggest a youth spent listening to The Moldy Peaches, Diane Cluck and Arab Strap. Her new record ‘Second Love’ is inspired by tech and relationships, but it’ll be way more meaningful and emotionally loaded than your last Tinder date.Read more
The awesome foursome from north London pump out lashings of reverb-heavy indie-grunge-pop, which has earned them critical acclaim, a Mercury Prize nomination and adoring fans up and down the country. These homecoming shows should be a fitting showcase for their superb debut album ‘My Love Is Cool’.Read more
This hotly tipped, Glaswegian synthpop trio became one of British music's biggest recent success stories in 2013 when they exploded onto the scene with their album 'The Bones of What You Believe'. Since then they've toured the world and soundtracked the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, and now they're back in London for another heart-stirring live gig.
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More London gigs in 2016
When it comes to live music in London, it’s wise to plan ahead. The most popular London gigs sell out months in advance. Here’s our round-up of the best London live shows in 2016, to help you discover the best new music and book tickets to the hottest concerts before everyone else does.Read more