It’s the month the summer music festival calendar gets serious, but there are still plenty of great gigs happening in London this June, including a clutch of huge shows at Wembley Stadium. Leave your wellies in the back of your cupboard and check out some of the best live music right here in the city, or check out our list of the best music festivals in June.
The Camden Crawl is long gone (RIP) but there’s still a festival where you can catch loads of bands turning it up to 11 across north London’s sticky-floored rock ’n’ roll wonderland. Camden Rocks is a newish hard rock and metal festival which brings more than 200 bands (a mix of big names and underground talent) to 25 venues around NW1. This year’s line-up includes The Damned, Orange Goblin and Ruts DC.
The Danish singer-songwriter supports her second album, 'Aventine', with a set of haunting, intricately harmonised, piano-led songs. As well as the stripped-back sound of just Obel and her piano, there's also a sly, folkish twang to some songs and a hint of Joanna Newsom's exploratory melodies in others.
Freaky psychedelic rock wig-outs by the seven-piece band from Melbourne. With two drummers and three guitarists on stage, you know you’re in for something big and bombastic, and their five-album discography contains plenty of heady goodness. Tame Impala and Pond fans shouldn’t miss this.
You don't need to be a soft rock aficianado to adore Phil Collins' ability to crack out a winning tune. Big Philly will kick off British Summer Time 2017 by firing through his canon of hits including 'Another Day In Paradise', 'Easy Lover', 'Against All Odds', 'A Groovy Kind of Love'. Just imagine the groundswell of emotion as 'In The Air Tonight' plays out across Hyde Park. Take a lighter.
Music festivals in June
The Blues Kitchen Brixton
This Brixton branch - on Acre Lane - is one of three Blues Kitchens in London. The others are in Camden and Shoreditch. Each follows the same theme - food of a southern American bent served to a soundtrack of live music. And while the music of the moniker does play more than a small part on the music programme, it's not all about the blues. Expect, too, swing, soul, bluegrass, Motown and themed nights - including a popular Halloween gig. There's usually something on every night of the week. The food menu takes in classic Deep South dishes, with New Orleans gumbo, catfish jambalaya, Texan brisket, St Louis pork rib and a creole bean burger. Canadian lobster, burger specials and jerk chicken salads also feature.
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