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. Jimmy Webb
The songwriter of ‘Wichita Lineman’ sing-talks his way through some of his much-loved songs. Cadogan Hall. Sloane Square. Sun Sep 11.
Matt Ward drops musical partner Zooey Deschanel to concentrate on recent solo music created specifically for rainy weather. Koko. Mornington Crescent. Tue Sep 6.
Kenny Anderson is a man addicted to songwriting. Fresh from his latest - possibly fiftieth - release ‘Astronaut Meets Appleman’. Hoxton Hall. Old St. Wed Sep 7.
A supergroup bringing together ancient African spirituals, English folk songs and trip hop. Battersea Arts Centre. Clapham Common. Wed Sep 7.
6. Nadine Shah
Brooding, intense melodies and mournful lyrics from South Shields’ finest (sorry Cheryl). Backed by a full band. The Water Rats. King’s Cross. Thu Sep 8.
5. Roy Harper
Celebrated folk musician celebrates his seventy-fifth birthday in style with a string and brass accompaniment. Southbank Centre. Waterloo. Mon Sep 12.
French pop synthster presents breezy tunes from debut ‘Milk Bath’, partly written while studying psychoanalysis. ICA. Charing Cross. Thu Sep 8.
Hugely influential hip hop producer & MC steps into his back catalogue to pull out gems from 30 years in the game. Jazz Cafe. Camden Town. Sat Sep 10.
2. Billy Joel
One of the best-selling artists ever to roam the earth despite not releasing any new music ages. Go for the classics. Wembley Stadium. Wembley Park. Sat Sep 10.
Best gig this week: Yussef Kamaal
With Yussef Dayes on drums, Henry Wu on keys and Kamaal Williams on pretty much everything else, this three-piece create fierce-yet-dreamy funk jazz. Catch them just before they release much-anticipated debut album ‘Black Focus’. Jazz Cafe. Camden Town. Fri Sep 9.
... 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.