There’s a whole lot of live music going down in London this April. Scroll through the very best gigs this month in our handy list, or book ahead for the best gigs in May and June.
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.
Sam Fender It’s sadly rare that a Brits Critics Choice winner tackles uncomfortable and important subjects, but Sam Fender does just that. His debut EP ‘Dead Boys’ found him singing about male suicide and the woes of masculinity, all set to soaring indie anthemics that sound ready to lift the roof off any festival tent this summer. Sam Fender plays Electric Brixton on Feb 28. Ella Mai For some artists, success takes years to find them. That’s true of Ella Mai, who finally got her moment last year when irresistible single ‘Boo’d Up’ made it impossible to ignore her any longer. Her debut album, released last October, confirmed she’s more than a one-hit wonder: packing classic, soulful R&B and fully justifying her co-signs from the likes of Bruno Mars and Kehlani. Ella Mai plays O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Thu Jan 10. Kojey Radical Born-and-bred Londoner Kojey Radical isn’t just a rapper – he’s a poet, visual artist and much more. That refusal to be limited to just one discipline comes through in his music, too, which boasts elements of grime, hip hop, R&B and beyond, while his subject matter draws precisely from all areas of life and politics. Kojey Radical has music due imminently, apparently! Oooh. King Princess There’s something so joyful about King Princess (aka Mikaela Straus), even when she’s writing sad songs. You can feel creative excitement shining through everything she does, whether that’s the incredibly romantic but tongue-in-cheek ‘Pussy Is God’ o
Heartbreak is hell, but it's inspired a helluva lot of great pop music – just ask Fleetwood Mac. Our list of the greatest heartbreak songs has been chosen by the DJs from U Suck, an ace Dalston club night devoted to break-up bangers and empowering, screw-you-anyway-mate anthems. From Robyn to Solange, and Taylor Swift to Gloria Gaynor, these tunes will remind you that however bad you're feeling right now, somebody else has probably had it worse. Oh, and if you still need some feels, check out our list of the 50 best sad songs, too.
Soul music is all about punch-you-in-the-gut emotion, which is why it never really goes out of fashion. From Stax and Motown to Northern Soul and neo-soul, it's a timeless genre that's gripped us for decades. In compiling our list of the greatest ever soul songs, we’ve sought the advice of Soul City – the weekly night at Camden's Jazz Café. DJs from their impressive opening line-up have shared their selections, so look out for top-notch recommendations from Norman Jay MBE, The Invisible, DJ Yoda, Throwing Shade and more. Happy listening, soul mates!
Life is tough, and tiring, and kind of expensive... especially if you live in London. Sometimes it's hard not to wish you had your own personal cheerleader to give you a pep talk whenever your branches are beginning to droop. That's not possible, sadly, but you can always rely on music to give you a quick (and cheap) mood boost. So to help you find your motivational mojo, we’ve picked 30 of the most inspirational songs out there. With these bops on your playlist, there will be no stopping you from now on. RECOMMENDED: The best '90s songs
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