We look forward to the best live acts of the new year.
With the end of the year comes end of year lists. The best albums, tracks, collabs, scandals and surprises of 2015. But what about the next 12 months? With all these retrospectives and round-ups, what do we have to look forward to next year? To answer that question we’ve drafted in Russ Tannen, Head of Music at DICE to select his top ten picks for 2016. Be they mind-expanding, breathtaking or absolutely essential, these are the shows you’ll still be talking about in the next decade.
Adele is the biggest artist in the world right now. She smashed every record on YouTube with comeback single Hello, her third album 25 racked up record breaking sales into the millions in just one week, and has been bought by one in 80 Brits. What’s more than that, this’ll be the first time she’ll have performed on tour in over four years. With a voice that is simply flawless, an unchallenged talent for writing lyrics that echo with any listener, and songs that will last in your heart for an eternity, Adele is an exceptional artist who’s still just at the start of her long and illustrious career.
It’s a staple in any self-respecting music fans calendar, and this year Field Day turns double digits. Celebrating their tenth birthday at the height of summer in Victoria Park, the London tastemakers return with a weekend that is nothing short of essential. On Saturday, they’ve recruited some of the biggest names in dance, electronica and more for one enormous party. With the likes of grime legend Skepta, sonic craftsman Four Tet, and experimental wizards Deerhunter all on the bill, you can bet that this is going to be huge. Returning with a brand new album in 2016, your headliner for Sunday is a British musician, pioneer, and hugely acclaimed artist PJ Harvey. Add to that a lineup that includes the exceptional John Grant, guitar legend Thurston Moore with his band, and the lush expanse of Beach House, and Field Day are making sure that their 10th birthday is going to be the biggest and best year yet.
Psych pop slammers Tame Impala are in their own league right now. Fresh off the back of releasing the stunning Currents, the Australian five some can count themselves as firm members of rocks elite. Building on their origins of spiraling guitar lines and whirring vocals, the quintet have created another masterpiece packed to the rafters with sun-kissed alternative anthems that were made to be heard live.
Florence And The Machine & Kendrick Lamar
One of the UK’s most formidable voices, Florence Welch has been wowing audiences around the world for almost a decade. Announcing this huge show at British Summer Time and fresh off the back of a year of successes that saw her step in to headline Glastonbury and release the critically acclaimed How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, this is Florence’s moment. Co-headlining the stage at Hyde Park is hip-hop’s reigning king, Kendrick Lamar. This year’s To Pimp A Butterfly LP propelled the West Coast beast to astronomical heights, picking up two Grammys in the process. Live, his infallible delivery and emphatic energy is simply unrivalled. And if that wasn’t enough, joining them on the line up you’ve got Mercury nominated Jamie xx and crucial tastemaker Blood Orange. This is one massive event for the biggest pop fan to the most informed music lover.
Over the last few years, SOPHIE has pretty much caused a pop music revolution. Skipping between never heard before genre’s, the producer has made a name for himself by creating, glitchy, warped, and simply space age off-kilter pop music that has paved the way for a whole new collective of artists. After collaborating with the likes of Charli XCX, Diplo and Madonna he plays this huge date at Village Underground. You can’t miss it.