This week we’re flashing back to ’80s Manchester and getting excited about autumn shows by two of the biggest acts the rainy city has ever produced. We’ve also got a J-pop superstar, a ‘Jealous’ guy and a massive exhibition dedicated to one of London’s greatest bands: The Rolling Stones. Set your alarm for Friday morning for your best chance at nabbing some tickets to these big gigs – and if they don’t float your boat, there’s plenty more on our weekly Just announced page.
Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, September 20 and 21
The Hammersmith gyratory will be an even more maudlin place than usual for two nights this autumn, when Moz comes to town to croon Smiths classics and solo material.
O2 Academy Brixton, November 16
In Peter Hook’s absence, New Order have recorded a new album. Don’t worry, though: alongside any new material at this London gig you’ll hear some stone-cold ’80s classics: ‘Blue Monday’, ‘Temptation’, ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’ and the rest.
Roundhouse, October 11
A singer, model and viral sensation from Tokyo, Kiriko Takemura has totalled millions of YouTube hits with her eccentric videos and infectious J-pop melodies. You might never have heard of her, but this London date will sell out fast.
The Forum, September 8
Franz Ferdinand have joined forces with Sparks for a joint record and tour as FFS. Their operatic six-man live show is quite a sight, and they throw in a few classics from each band’s discography alongside the collaborative material.
O2 Academy Islington, July 17
Now he’s ditched his siblings and struck out on his own, Nick has ditched the tween-friendly Disney pop of the Jonas Brothers in favour of a more adult R&B sound. ‘It’s my right to be hellish,’ declares li’l Nick on his big single ‘Jealous’. Sounds like he’s not rocking that purity ring any more.
London Palladium, December 6
Elastic-voiced quirk-pop star Marina Diamandis returns with a fresh set of songs from her new album ‘Froot’. After a Hackney showcase earlier in 2015, this big Palladium show suggests she’s aiming for breakthrough success à la Florence.
Saatchi Gallery, April 5–September 4 2016
Following the success of ‘David Bowie Is’, the exhibition about Mick Jagger’s old mucker Dave, the Stones are proudly flaunting all the moss they’ve gathered over the last 50 years with this major expo at the Saatchi Gallery. The band have dug over five thousand personal bits and bobs out of their mansion attics: photographs, films, posters, stage costumes, guitars, diaries and letters, and more Stones artefacts. Even the biggest lithophiles should be able to get some satisfaction here.
St James's Church Piccadilly, Oct 31
For the first time ever, Marc Wootton brings his spoof psychic character creation Shirley Ghostman to the stage to talk to the dead… live. Ghostman was the star of BBC Three’s well-received but short-lived series ‘High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman’ back in 2005. It only lasted one season. But now Ghostman’s back, and he’s dying to meet you.
Find more of this week’s new gig announcements over on our Just announced page.