Top ten London gigs in September
Check out the cream of the capital's gigs taking place this autumn
Yes indeed: that's Kate Bush, performing live. Echoing Bowie's sudden unretirement last year, the woman who brought you 'Wuthering Heights', 'Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)', 'Cloudbusting', 'Hounds of Love', 'Experiment IV' and more surreally classic songs will be playing her first live shows in 35 years in London this autumn.
Merrill Garbus, aka Tune-Yards, says that she doesn’t ‘want to sound pretty’. Which is good, because although she sounds a lot of things – clatteringly noisy, riotously childlike, effortlessly rhythmic – pretty certainly isn’t one of them. She uses her voice as an instrument, somersaulting from yodels to nursery rhyme tones to deliver a refreshingly politicised message. Her London fanbase is far larger than the venues she’s booking, so move fast if you want to catch her.
One of the latest acts to sign with prestigious British label 4AD, Sohn is a hotly tipped singer, songwriter and producer whose debut album 'Tremors' plays with the human voice and melancholy landscapes of ambient electronica. The next James Blake or Deptford Goth? Almost certainly.
Building on their history of wicked outdoor danceathons around town, expert party-starters Found bring a host of big electronic music names to Finsbury Park for their biggest event yet. Ceremony takes over the park for one day with a solid line-up that includes some veterans (Detroit legends Inner City performing live, their main man Kevin Saunderson playing a solo set, UK garage duo DJ Luck and MC Neat) as well as rising and established stars from the worlds of house, techno, grime, disco and funk.
Hyped and rising ghetto-electro rapper Iggy Azalea brings her risqué rhymes to London this month, backed by dirty beats and pop hooks. Her debut album 'The New Classic' and a series of high-energy hit singles have won her plenty of support over here, so this relatively small date should be jam-packed.
The word on the street is that Birmingham (or B-Town, for those in the know) is home to a musical renaissance not seen since the days of Led Zep and Black Sabbath – that's right, today's bands eclipse even the grebo scene of the '90s. Jaws, following in the footsteps of fellow Brummies Peace and Swim Deep, do a fine line in shimmery, ’90s-influenced pop, although they're notably more shoegazing than their peers.
The former Fugee and acclaimed singer-songwriter makes her first live London appearance in over two years. Her comeback album – which will be her first since her classic 1998 record 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' – was delayed last year after Hill was sentenced to prison for tax evasion, but now she's out and back on tour. Expect new tracks, a few old classics, and a typically erratic performance: she may regularly turn up on stage hours late, but when she's on form you'll know it.
Recently tipped by none other than David Cameron, the Söderberg sisters return to London to ply their charming, lushly harmonised, narrative alt folk, with a set that'll likely lean on their new album 'Stay Gold'. Keep an eye out in the audience for Dave and Sam.
When otherworldly Chicago singer Olsen isn't playing with Emmett Kelly's experimental folk-rock band The Cairo Gang, she's a bewitching folk songwriter in her own right. Her heartstring-tugging vibrato and sheer simplicity make her well worth a listen. Pick up her smouldering new album 'Burn Your Fire for No Witness' and catch her playing songs from it this autumn.
Ms Minogue returns in all her ever-smiling, costume-changing, high-gloss pop glory, drawing on a hefty back catalogue that runs the gamut from the genuinely great ('Can't Get You Out of My Head') to the frankly rather grisly ('The Locomotion'), but chiefly promoting her poptastic new record 'Kiss Me Once'. This is not exactly the most intimate and sexy of venues in which to see her, but for an uberstar like Kylie, it's the enormodome or nothing – and wherever she plays, she knows how to raise the temperature.
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