We’ve drafted in Russ Tannen, Head of Music at DICE, to select his top ten picks for the next 7 days. Be they mind-expanding, breathtaking or absolutely essential, these are the shows you’ll be talking about for months to come.
Gigs of the Week
The best gigs, club nights and festivals across the UK with no booking fees, all in one place, every week.
American mathcore slammers Converge have spent over two decades crafting a viscous blend of hardcore punk and metal in their own, single minded way. For this special Blood Moon show at Electric Brixton, they’ll be performing the more eclectic and ambitious works taken from their stunning and diverse back catalogue. Playing alongside a whole host of guest musicians, they’ll be taking their sound into new realms. Make sure you’re their to witness it in another dimension. Prepare to be blown away.
Peckham alt-pop trio Beaty Heart released their debut LP back in 2014 and received rave reviews across the board. Full of tropical infused beats and glitchy soundscapes, Loud And Quiet said that the three some’s first full length “shimmered with youth and exuberance”. Now returning with new track Flora, it’s a cut of slinky Hawaii-indie that takes their sound to newer, more-refined levels. With a new album pencilled in for this summer, now’s the time to catch them at Electrowerkz.
The Big Moon
Starting off as wide-eyed Londoner’s channelling indie’s finest, The Big Moon spent the latter parts of 2015 establishing themselves as possibly the UK’s most exciting new band. Mixing tight harmonies, exuberant energy and ingenious guitar interplay, the foursome make fuzzy cuts of alt-rock that’s adored by DIY, Clash, and all the other usual suspects. They’ve announced this date at London’s 100 Club in April.
Kero Kero Bonito
In this world of endless emojis and PC Music, Kero Kero Bonito provide the link between the club and the internet with bouncy pop bangers made for any dancefloor. From London, the trio burst onto the scene with a handful of colourful cuts that are as much J-pop as they are Mario Kart, and tracks like Picture This and Sick Beat were splashed across the blogs of the indiesphere. Now returning with the ultra pop Lipslap, it’s a slice of springy electro that wouldn’t sound out of place in a 90’s arcade. Wrap your lips around it and grab a ticket for this show at The Courtyard in April.
Over the course of eighteen months we’ve seen Jack Garratt rise through the ranks of Shoreditch’s small stages through Shepherd’s Bush’s three tiered expanse, to find a home this April at Brixton Academy. It’s a look that’s nothing short of huge. Selling out London East, West and centre, his tracks are an explosive and vibrant flood of skittering hooks and daring production. Last single Weathered was a heart-striking slice of sentimental romance paired with overwhelming crescendos. Live he delivers, switching between instruments with a frenetic energy, bringing his perfect pop to life with an infallible passion. With support across the board and around the world from Beats 1 to BBC Radio 1, anticipation for his debut album is tantalising.
Teaming up with Red Bull Studios for a forth year, renowned party selector and underground tastemaker Monki returns with a fresh batch of friends, bringing her infectious, fun-time vibes to Manchester, Bristol, Sheffield and London in confetti fuelled tour. The tour celebrates the forth ‘Monki & Friends’ EP recorded at Red Bull Studios, set for release in April.
Search for Vaults online and you’ll find many a blog post enthusing over the likes of Cry No More or Overcome, two tracks of expansive and lush pop with instantly addictive sentiment and choruses akin to London Grammar dousing themselves in Bjork’s back catalogue. The London trio released their Vultures EP at the back end of 2014 and have since followed it up with the stunning Cry No More and Premonitions, two double pack EPs filled with swooning synths and their trademark groove. After selling out pretty much every show they’ve ever played, they announce this gig at The Deaf Institute in April.
Whether it be hammering a basement party with a 140BPM sprint of everything from Future to Skepta or making thousands of punters lose their mind at the sound of Redlight’s new UKG banger at a Croatian festival, Oneman has got it all. Cited by many as one of the UK’s greatest DJ’s, Oneman dips his toe in every avenue with masterful ease. Unrivaled at reading a crowd, you can expect a riotous showcase as the Londoner headlines Hidden for MVSON’s third birthday.
Shadow Child is known for his strike rate. With consistently infectious releases on Toolroom, Defected and Black Butter in the past twelve months, the man is also known as one of the UK’s most celebrated and in-form selectors. That, matched with the man’s unquestionable ability to write a banger makes May 1st a night you and the troops just cannot miss. Not only that, but Shadow Child will be joined by the raw 808 rhythms and razor tight vocal cuts of Friend Within.
There’s something effortless about Teleman. Whether it’s their looming basslines completing a delicate rhythm section, singer Tommy’s silky vocal waves, or the intricate crisp and coy guitar lines, we don’t care. Tracks like Cristina and 23 Floors Up speak for themselves. Debut album Breakfast was released earlier back in 2014 and produced by Bernard Butler, and it’s everything you wanted and needed from an indie record. Now returning in 2016, Teleman look set to unleash their new sounds on to the world.
Sharing debut single Ladybird back in 2015, Beach Baby gave us a taste of their perfectly toned and honed guitars, which Noisey called “wide-eyed and gorgeous”. Since releasing it on Chess Club Records and selling out their debut London date, they’ve continued to put out jangly cuts of post-punk that are spun with stinging indie riffs and sugar sweet harmonies. Fresh off the back of releasing the storming Sleeperhead, they’ve announced that they’re heading out on their first headline tour. Drop by Clwb lfor Bach and let them bring the devastation.