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.
West London venue Under the Bridge, located beneath Stamford Bridge football stadium, is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a series of high profile gigs featuring some of the biggest names in music. Jack Garratt’s been selling out shows around the capital for the last two years. And as his crowds grew, so did the critical acclaim. Garratt picked up the BRITs Critics Choice Award and BBC Sound Of top spot early this year. Releasing debut album Phase in February, it’s an explosive and vibrant flood of skittering hooks and daring production, melded into impactful and at times introspective bursts. Switching between instruments with a frenetic energy, on stage he brings his perfect pop to life with an infallible passion. Hugely endearing and impressively talented, don’t miss your chance to catch him up close and personal at one of London’s most exciting small venues. All proceeds from this event with go to the Musicians Without Borders charity.
Mike Skinner & Murkage: Tonga
“We like to keep Tonga as scuzzy as possible, while we’re as baller as we can be” is how the iconic Mike Skinner describes his one year old club night, of which he runs with Murkage Dave from the Manchester based party collective, Murkage. With all the emphasis on “party bass music”, it’s no surprise that Tonga’s parties are selling out and causing absolute bedlam. On April 23rd, Skinner, Murkage Dave and the Murkage residents will headline The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington for what’s sure to be an absolutely riot of a night. This isn’t one for the chin-strokers, get ready to get loose.
Lust For Youth
Starting his Lust For Youth project in Gothenburg surrounded by his friends starting hardcore bands, Hannes Norrvide took a darker path. Blending abrasive electronics into harsh and pulsing soundscapes complete with distorted vocals and a seething resentment, his music feels like an even more reticent Cold Cave. Releasing new record Compassion in March, it’s said to restate beauty in a time of crisis and clickbait culture. Catch his progressive noise in the pit of MOTH Club this April.
Sweden’s Dungen have been making pioneering psychedelica since what feels like the beginning of time. Sprawling in nature, refined in sound, their guitar lines are anthemic and soaring, yet at times delicate and also touching. It’s music that’s made to be listened to completely alone, with the volume turned up to full. They released new album Allas Sak in 2015, and consistently grace the world with epic live shows. Expect to feel it through every sense when they play Oslo in April.
This April, Ministry of Sound welcome one of house music’s most iconic figures to play all night long. DJ Harvey is a pioneer. As a champion of the early US house and disco sound in his early years, the London born mastermind has gone onto pave the way for a new generation of electronic music’s elite. When he lands at Ministry of Sound on April 23rd, expect a mesmerising showcase from the game’s finest.
This April, Manchester tastemakers Flow Motion welcome two of techno’s most highly touted up and comers to South. Born out of the Numbers family in Glasgow, Spencer and more recently Denis Sulta have been gracing the house and techno scene with straight-up bangers. It’s Only Real and A.A.L.A.S. catapulted Sulta into the limelight whilst Spencer’s exceptional reputation as a tastemaker just grows stronger and stronger.
Kimaya Dawson is one of those legendary artists who has so many strings to her bow. Initially making music as part of the infamous Moldy Peaches, she’s gone on to release 7 solo records, and has frequently collaborated with Aesop Rock under the title The Uncluded. Now after a few years out of the spotlight, the Grammy-award winning songwriter brings her twee folk-punk to the live stage once more, playing this show at Night and Day Cafe.
Montreal is well known for its rich, evolving, creative music scene, and it’s where the members of Ought’s like minds met in 2011 to spark ideas and eventually create one of 2014’s breakout records. Returning this year with More Than Any Other Day’s follow up Sun Coming Down, it added a refreshing burst of sun to their angular and abrasive riot of post-punk art. Live they apply the same dissonance and sonic destruction with songs spiraling into seductive fever. Ought are a band that will take you into another dimension. Don’t miss this Islington Mill gig.
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
Maya Jane Coles
The globe-trotting ANTS collective is coming to Bristol, and what’s more? You can guarantee they’re bringing an absolute blockbuster of a lineup along for the ride. Having housed everyone from Sven Vath to Maya Jane Coles, the house-driven colony never fails to deliver, whether it’s at Snowbombing, festivals in Buenos Aires or The Warehouse Project in Manchester. House heads, this one’s for you
A man in high demand, Ady Suleimann has already earned respect from the likes of Leon Bridges, Lianne La Havas and Laura Mvula. Since penning a record deal with Sony, the Nottingham-born crooner has released a handful of classic-sounding soul pop tracks, and has since collaborated with US rappers Chance the Rapper and Joey Bada$$. With a silky smooth vocal delivery and nonchalant charm, he plays this show at Thekla.
After saying farewell back in 2011, Britpop icons The Bluetones will be dusting off their guitars for the first time in four years. With a back catalogue full of snarling riffs and accent tinged vocals, the quartet craft choruses that will make you scream from the bottom of your lungs. Playing their stellar selection of singalong indie anthems, the London four piece will be dipping into six albums worth of hits for this unmissable gig at Tramshed. Back where they belong, performing in sweaty jam-packed venues across the UK, this could be the last time that you catch the London lads, so take a trip down memory lane.