Another week, another crop of ace London gigs and festivals. Out of everything that isn’t sold out, here’s our top ten. Click on the red headers to read more.
10. The Telescopes
Blast away those referendum blues with a visceral wall of noise from the ex-Creation Records fuzz-rockers. New Cross Inn. Sat Jul 2.
A headline set by the godfather of English folk guitar, who’s been an outstanding interpreter of traditional songs since 1960. Cafe Oto. Sat Jul 2.
The remaining members of the Chicago soul crew pay tribute to their founder Maurice White, who died earlier this year. The O2. Fri Jul 1.
7. Ed Motta
Like a Brazilian Barry White, Latin America’s prime exponent of slick yacht rock and groovy jazz-funk brings some Rio sunshine to Islington. Union Chapel. Mon Jul 4.
6. The Ring
Never mind Glyndebourne: watch Wagner’s epic opera cycle for free with a picnic, live streamed in the Clore Ballroom. Royal Festival Hall. Tue Jun 28-Sun Jul 3.
Neoclassical composer Nils Frahm curates a weekend of fascinating music and film for the Barbican. Barbican Centre and LSO St Luke’s. Fri Jul 1-Sun Jul 3.
Six years after a ‘UK Farewell Tour’, the Motown diva returns to sing the classics in her astonishingly unchanged voice. Royal Albert Hall. Sat Jul 2.
A band of jazz and world music heavyweights ‘re-envision’ John Coltrane’s spiritual jazz masterpiece ‘A Love Supreme’. Union Chapel. Fri Jul 1.
The multi-million-selling ex-Commodore raids his hefty back catalogue, playing more hits than you’ve had pulled-pork rolls. The O2. Sat Jul 2-Jul 6.
The best gig this week: British Summer Time
Hyde Park’s summer series kicks off on Friday with Massive Attack, Patti Smith, Shura and Warpaint, before Florence + The Machine are joined by Kendrick Lamar, Todd Terje and Cat Power on Saturday. Big park, big crowd, big acts. Be there. Hyde Park. Fri Jul 1-Sat Jul 2.
…and here are loads more gigs this week. Don’t say we’re not good to you.
NB. All events were available to book at time of writing.Share the story