London Gig Guide: May 1st-7th

Cover Image: Radiohead rumours? Or perhaps more political discontent?

London is a metropolis of culture, its music scene is entirely relevant and constantly growing. Our weekly gig guide aims to bring a list of featured events happening across town over the coming week (01/05). Additionally, weekly rotating cover images will aim to present a unique side to London subculture. 

01/05: Peter Doherty (Brixton Jamm)

Peter Doherty is an inspirations. His cacophony of works spanning between The Libertines, Babyshambes and solo projects are second to none. Songs such as “Delivery,” “Don’t Look Back Into The Sun” and “Up The Bracket” provide soundtrack to an entire generation.

Monday sees the rock and roll icon head to Brixton Jamm, a relatively small yet entirely unique venue in the culturally growing London town of Brixton. Jamm gigs are famed for raucousness and pure passion on behalf of Doherty. With two back to back shows that evening and special guests planned, expect it to be a whirlwind of a night.

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01/05: Sundowners (Lexington)

We caught up with the Sundowners before their Jack Rocks 7 gig at London’s Sebright Arms and boy are they onto something special! With new album ‘Cut The Master’ being released just last week, this gig brings the first chance to check out numerous new tunes in the live arena.

Put on by the wonderful This Feeling, they also team up with James Skelly’s ‘Skeleton Key Records.’ The Coral star has already developed mass reputation for bringing Cabbage, Blossoms and many more into the world and it is clear that this years ‘Skeleton Key Tour’ is one not to be missed!

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02/05: Stomzy (Brixton Academy)

Brixton is a hustling culture of music, Stormzy is arguably the biggest name in UK grime. Expect Tuesday’s gig to be a celebration of everything good in modern culture today! With his debut album “Gang Signs and Prayers” already reaching number 1 in the charts this year, Stormzy is clearly growing in both fame and reputation as every day goes by.

“Shut Up” and “Big For Your Boots” are standout songs from debut album and surely will set the sky alight on Tuesday (and the following two days). Brixton Academy is famed for its gigantic curved arena like sound and impressive atmosphere. As a venue which housed much rap, rock and electronic genres throughout the years, it is now time for grime to shine on the hallowed Brixton Academy stage.

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04/05: Lighthouse (Fiddler’s Elbow)

There’s nothing better than a midweek Camden pub gig. This week sees ‘End Of The Trail’ records put on a roster of huge upcoming talents. Featuring Toffees, Never The Saint and Desert Clouds, it is already a mix of genres and great talents. However, our picks for the evening are the wonderful Lighthouse.

They recently released double A side single “Brown Bottle Flu / Loaded,” recorded upon Lightship 95 in East London by Rory Attwell (The Vaccines/Peace.) It is a strong example of their sound, a firm assertion that Lighthouse are a name to be reckoned with!

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06/05: Ratboy, Spring King (Roundhouse)

Almost like an indie double header, Essex’s Ratboy and Spring King play arguably the biggest date of their careers. The Essex based ‘indie hearthrob’ has slowly been making waves across the country since his breakthrough single release “Sign On.”

Hijacked somewhat by major record companies and toned down to some extent, it is still clear that Ratboy aims to bring a sense of political revolution and relevance to his sound. “Revolution” and “Fake ID” both do well to capture lacking content of youth across the country. His sound is fun and catchy, alongside Spring King’s heavy indie-rock potential, this is one not to be missed!

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