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The best gigs in London February 2024
Jamie Inglis

The best gigs and concerts in February

Get stuck into the best gigs London has to offer this month

Georgia Evans
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Georgia Evans
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Well done, you have officially made it through January. You can sack off watery alcohol-free IPAs and hit the dancefloor, guilt-free and nimble as a result of that short-lived gym membership you cancelled on January 25. February isn’t just a month of gushing Valentine's Day cards, days getting ever-so-slightly longer and The Leap Year, it’s a month that is absolutely rammed with live music. It’s actually a little overwhelming. Luckily for you, we’ve put everything worth knowing about right here. From blistering hyperpop to guilty-pleasure indie and good old-fashioned thrash metal, there’s something for all tastes this February. Indulge yourself, you deserve it.

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For the jazz-fusion enthusiasts

Tara Lily

Someone set to shape London’s music scene in the next few years, Tara Lily is an exciting new name incorporating elements of her South Asian heritage into blissful jazz melodies. The Peckham-born, British-Bengali artist commands attention with songs like ‘Double Time’, where haunting vocals collide with Indian classical drones and piano flourishes. 

Fox And Firkin, SE13 6JZ. Thur Jan 1, 7pm. From £8.

Masego
Photograph: Sam Erickson

Masego

A popular act at last year’s Cross the Tracks, Masego is back in London and taking over The Great Hall of Alexandra Palace. The musician, singer and saxophonist released the stunning album ‘Studying Abroad: Extended Stay’ in 2022, earning a Grammy nom for ‘Best Progressive R&B Album’. You can expect to hear this alongside freshly crafted beats, made right there on stage, at one of his notoriously interactive performances. 

Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY. Tue Feb 20, 6.30pm. From £46

For uber-cool underground clubbers

Brutalismus 3000
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Brutalismus 3000

A name that adopted Berliners will be well aware of, Brutalismus 3000 is an electronic duo combining early gabber and hardstyle into punk-inspired club music. Producer Theo is behind the beat-making, while vocalist Vicky adds a distinct blend of Slovak, English and German verses. Having performed at raves around the world, the group’s show at Roundhouse is sure to be a momentous occasion. So if you’re a regular Boiler Room viewer, you simply have to be there for the bragging rights.

Roundhouse, NW1 8EH. Fri Feb 9, 7pm. From £27.

LSDXOXO

LSDXOXO is a Philadelphia native who cut his teeth in the underground clubs of New York. An essential figure at the cult GHE20G0TH1K night, his energetic sets blend elements of Baltimore club, ghetto house, electro and techno, with a crafty layer of pop for good measure. Of course, you can expect to hear a few of his own dancefloor-shattering tracks like ‘Sick Bitch’ when he plays at Phonox in early Feb.

Phonox, SW9 7AY. Sat Feb 10, 10pm. From £5.

For the TikTok hitfinders

Slowdive
Photograph: Ingrid Pop

Slowdive

The sudden, Gen-Z friendly internet fame of Slowdive is peculiar. The shoegaze five-piece disbanded in 1995 due in part to a lack of commercial success, yet somehow, 30-plus years later, their line, ‘It matters where you are’ is being used across the internet-sphere. Hear classics like  ‘When The Sun Hits’ and ‘Alison’ alongside ‘Kisses’, from the new album out earlier last year. 

Eventim Apollo, W6 9QH. Sat Feb 17, 7pm. From £41.75

PinkPantheress
Photograph: Aidan Zamiri

PinkPantheress

PinkPantheress is the epitome of a TikTok success story. Having started as an anonymous voice dropping 30-second song clips, the singer’s rise to fame in the last few years has led to her collaborating with Ice Spice and Central Cee, scoring award noms and now this massive Ally Pally show. Not bad for a bedroom artist. Hear her signature blend of garage, pop and DnB live this Feb at her largest headline show to date.

Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY. Fri Feb 23, 6.30pm. From £37.85.

For indie sleazers

The 1975
Photograph: Samuel Bradley

The 1975

It’s your chance to see Matty Healy and his band IRL ‘Still... At Their Very Best’. Or at least, together on stage for the last time (not forever though, maybe). Last year The 1975 announced an indefinite hiatus, so if you’re a fan you’ll want to snap up whatever free seats and resale tickets you can get your hands on. This particular tour was created in support of their 2022 album ‘Being Funny in a Foreign Language’, and is a follow-up to the ‘At Their Very Best’ world tour, featuring expanded production and potentially even raw meat-chomping from the frontman. 

The O2, SE10 0DX. Feb 12-20, 6.30pm. From £56.

Real Estate 

Indie rock outfit Real Estate is back with a sixth studio album, ‘Daniel’ on February 23. To coincide with this new release, Martin Courtney and Alex Bleeker will be doing an instore at Rough Trade East, bringing to life the band’s warm and reliable sound in a stripped-back set. Recorded over nine days with Grammy-winning producer Daniel Tashian in Nashville, the record channels elements of 90s soft rock radio and a dash of R.E.M., going back to the classic ‘Real Estate sound’ as they celebrate 15 years in the biz.

Rough Trade East, E1 6QL. Tue Feb 6, 7pm. From £17.06.

 

For the pop princesses 

Empress Of
Photograph: Kaio Cesar

Empress Of

Empress Of is a Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, musician and producer creating ethereal club-ready pop songs. In 2020, she released the dance-inflected third album ‘I’m Your Empress Of’ to critical acclaim, and in the years since has founded a label, recorded an infectious feature on Jam City’s ‘Jam City Presents EFM’ and dropped the single ‘Kiss Me,’ with Rina Sawayama. Expect to hear her syrupy vocals on full display as she teases what she’s got planned for 2024 at this show. 

Jazz Cafe, NW1 7PG. Tue Feb 13, 7pm. From £15.

Kim Petras

Still got ‘Unholy’ on repeat? Or maybe you’re a die-hard Sophie-produced Kim Petras fan? Either way, you’ve got the chance to catch the German pop star as she takes over the Apollo this February. Part of the ‘Feed the Beast’ tour, this show comes split into five different acts with elaborate sets, costume changes and vocal somersaults from the Grammy award-winning singer.

Eventim Apollo, W6 9QH. Mon Feb 19, 7pm. From £40.50.

Zara Larsson
Photograph: Jack Bridgland

Zara Larsson 

Zara Larsson has come leaps and bounds since her debut album 'So Good' in 2017, which stands as one of the most-streamed debuts on Spotify by a female artist. Her journey began on Sweden's version of 'BGT,' (maybe there’s still hope for Jai McDowall?),  but nowadays, she’s best known for sultry pop anthems that soundtrack girly nights out in the club. Be honest, how many times have you yelled along to ‘Lush Life’ in your local Pryzm? 

Roundhouse, NW1 8EH. Wed Feb 21, 7pm. From £35.

Poppy

If you like your pop with an alt twist, then Poppy should be on your radar. In fact, her particular brand of distorted nu-metal pop earned her a Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 2021 for single 'Blood Money’. It’s a far cry from the arty dance-pop sound she started with (anyone else remember the ‘I’m Poppy’ video?). It’s sure to be equal parts weird and fun. 

KOKO, NW1 7JE. Tue Feb, 8pm. From £30

Slayyyter

Los Angeles-based singer Slayyyter is back in London and bringing her brand of brilliantly trashy pop to the O2 Kentish Forum. Her catchy tracks have been likened to Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, but with a PC Music edge. Anyone who grew up in the era of MySpace will immediately identify with her uber-cool Y2K aesthetic visuals, so make sure to bring a crappy digital camera along for those all-important above-head crowd selfies.

O2 Forum Kentish Town, NW5 1JY. Sat Feb 17, 7pm. From £30.20.

For the reggaeton groovers

Ms Nina
Photograph: Courtesy of the promoter

Ms Nina

Ms Nina is a key figure in the world of Neoperreo, a subgenre of reggaeton most popular in Los Angeles, and is at the forefront of a new movement in the scene. Dubbed the queen of feminist reggaeton, she uses her music and DJ sets to empower the oppressed; songs centred around women’s sexual narratives, while the anthemic ‘LAS REINAS’ is co-written by genderfluid artist King Jedet. You just know this event at The Garage will be a fun, liberating, and deliciously sweaty night out. 

The Garage, N5 1RD. Wed Feb 21, 7pm. From £22

For R&B chillers

George Riley
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

George Riley

George Riley is one to watch. The native Londoner makes dreamy R&B that drifts through soul, forward-thinking electronics and ambient sounds. Her distinctive vocals popped up on Anz’s modern club-pop classic ‘You Could Be’, but really it’s her ability to subvert genres that defines Riley’s solo EP ‘Un/limited Love’. Last year she went on tour with Kelela, supported Greentea Peng at Somerset House and featured on SBTRKT’s ‘LFO’, so you can expect big things in 2024. 

Institute of Contemporary Arts, SW1Y 5AH. Thur Feb 29, 7pm. From £16.50.

Noname

American rapper, poet and producer Noname is bringing her Sundial tour to London. Her second album of the same name featured guest appearances by Eryn Allen Kane, Jay Electronica, Common and Billy Woods, cementing her firmly as one of hip-hop's most unique voices. Her neo-soul-inflected sound comes paired with politically-charged lyricism like the powerful ‘hold me down’ which features the line, ‘We is Wakanda, we Queen Rwanda / First Black president and he the one who bombed us’. 

Eventim Apollo, W6 9QH. Tue Feb 6, 7pm. From £35

L'Rain
Photograph: Courtesy of the promoter

L’Rain

No one sounds like L’Rain. Her self-titled debut popped up in all of 2017’s end-of-year lists, with the follow-up ‘Fatigue’ receiving equal critical praise. The experimental American multi-instrumentalist, composer and curator is currently touring 2023’s stunning ‘I Killed Your Dog’. The album transcends genre with flickering synths, bubbling drums and the occasional indie guitar riff,. This is sure to be an exceptional show. 

Barbican, EC2Y 9BH. Wed Feb 21, 7.30pm. From £20

For the metalheads

Pest Control
Photograph: Live Nation

Pest Control

Blending elements of hardcore punk and thrash metal, Pest Control are a Leeds-based five-piece set to destroy the The Black Heart’s dancefloor this February. The lacerating, no-frills vocals of Leah Massey-Hay and abrasive guitar riffs will have you punching holes in the nearest wall. Get familiar with ‘Enjoy the Show’ and try not to inflict any structural damage when you catch them in Camden. 

The Black Heart, NW1 0AP. Sun Feb 25, 6.30pm. From £16.50.

Suffocation

This ultra-influential American extreme metal band formed in 1988, and despite many years of touring, they’re not losing any momentum when it comes to live shows. The group is recognised as the progenitors of brutal death metal, a particularly heavy and technical subgenre, while Frank Mullen’s ‘death growl’ vocals inspired a whole generation of guttural copycats. They’ll be performing their ninth full-length album, ‘Hymns from the Apocrypha’, the first release with new vocalist Ricky Myers, facing a lotta history to live up to. We’re sure they can hack it. 

O2 Academy Islington, N1 0PS. Fri Feb 23, 5pm. From £29.25.  

For the London cowgirls

Jordan Davis

If you spend your days getting deep into Spotify’s ‘Hot Country’ playlist, this is the gig for you. Louisiana native Jordan Davis is one of country music’s biggest stars. Having recently moved to Nashville, the singer-songwriter is channelling the history of his surroundings into making proper country bops, such as those on his second studio album Bluebird Days. Catch him at Eventim Apollo as he returns to London for the highly-anticipated ‘Damn Good Time’ tour.

Eventim Apollo, W6 9QH. Tue Feb 13, 7pm. From £40.75. 

For moshpit addicts 

Fiddlehead
Photograph: Pooneh Ghana

Fiddlehead

Hardcore supergroup Fiddlehead was formed by Pat Flynn and Shawn Costa from Have Heart, Alex Henery of Basement, Alex Dow from Big Contest and Nick Hinch of Stand Off and Nuclear Age. Basically, it’s an essential gig for anyone going to Outbreak this year. It promises to be a brilliantly loud display of masterful guitar work and hardcore punk lyrics, and make sure to get there early to catch exciting upstarts MSPAINT supporting. 

The Garage, N5 1RD. Sat Feb 24, 7pm. From £22.

Citizen

Blending elements of emo, shoegaze, rock and indie, US-based band Citizen are considered a fundamental part of emo's fourth wave. Hailed by 'Pitchfork' as a band, 'their fans can grow up with rather than out of', their new album 'Calling The Dogs' came out last October and immediately drew comparisons to New Order, Bloc Party and The Strokes. This is your chance to catch them pre-Outbreak festival and ahead of a US tour with Taking Back Sunday.

Electric Ballroom, NW1 8QP. Thur Feb 8, 7pm. From £25.

Jeff Rosenstock

Here’s one for the punk kids that never grew up. Jeff Rosenstock might be best recognised by his party punk anthems in the now-disbanded Bomb the Music Industry!, but underneath all the tie-dye and bong-ripping has always been a meticulous musician carefully crafting chaotic albums that reflects a world going to shit around him. This show ties into the release of Rosenstock’s appropriately titled, anarchic record, ‘HELLMODE’, which is a brilliantly wild pile-up of thoughts and feelings in the DIY style of punk legends like Black Flag or Minor Threat. 

Electric Ballroom, NW1 8QP. Thu Feb 15, 7pm. From £19.80.

Les Savy Fav
Photograph: Nick Helderman

Les Savy Fav

Known for their epic stage presence (look up frontman Tim Harrington’s outfits, we’ll wait here), Les Savy Fav are a NYC-based group incorporating elements of art punk and post-hardcore into their unique brand of punk rock. While earlier tracks err into noise rock territory, their later releases take inspiration from the likes of Enon and Bloc Party. In fact, the mutual respect runs so deep that Kele Okereke once penned a tribute to the group in The Observer. Isn’t that sweet?

Electric Ballroom, NW1 8QP. Fri Feb 23, 6pm. From £27.50.

Pain of Truth

Long Island hardcore outfit Pain Of Truth smashed into the scene with intense shows, hard-hitting lyrics and the bloody great debut EP ‘NO BLAME… JUST FACTS’. A staple in the East Coast scene, the five-piece is set to play New Cross Inn before they tour the rest of the country with Malevolence. The band’s debut album ‘Not Through Blood’ is an absolute rollercoaster of noise, so you just know they’ll blow your head off live.

New Cross Inn, SE14 6AS. Thu Feb 1, 6pm. From £19.80.

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