London Gig Guide: January 2018

London is a metropolis of culture, its music scene is entirely relevant and constantly growing. Our monthly gig guide aims to bring a list of featured events happening across town over the coming 4 weeks or so. Additionally, rotating cover images will aim to present a unique side to London subculture. (This month: Oval Space.)

10/01 – Madonnatron – Shacklewell Arms

Relentless tourers and holders of one of the greatest debut albums of 2017, Madonnatron really are one of London’s finest bands. Described as ‘psychedelic witch prog,’ it is far too easy to get immersed in their deep routed, atmospheric sound.

Songs such as “Sangue Neuf” and “Headless Children” create this with ease, a mesmerising trance of sound. Mix this with the more conventionally upbeat “Tron” and it is clear that they are at the forefront of South London’s gang of immensely talented musicians.


11/01 – Shame – Rough Trade East

Rough Trade East is arguably the greatest setting in the world for an in-store gig, a true pioneer of record stores worldwide. Shame are one of South London’s greatest post-punk exports at the minute, politically relevant through insanely catchy DIY based tracks.

Celebrating the release of their debut album ‘Songs Of Praise,’ expect tracks such as “One Rizla” and the menacing “Concrete.” They are in many ways one of the most intriguing live bands around, you’d be a fool to miss this one!


13/01 – This Feeling Big in 2018 – Nambucca

No January would be complete without This Feeling’s iconic ‘Ones To Watch’ gigs, this year entitled ‘Big In 2018.’ Night one in London sees a roster of bands tipped to do HUGE things in 2018. Anteros and Judas top the bill though keep your eyes out for Calva Louise, the London pop/grunge trio who are at the centre of local attention.

Avalanche Party lead a group of bands who we see as the true definition of the ‘Northern Powerhouse.’ Their sound is atmospheric – with Sheafs also taking part its clear that the venue will be in for a frenzy of circle pits and sing alongs!

Check out our full preview of the night here:


16/01 – Spector – Omeara

Announced alongside recent single “Untitled In D,” Spector’s Omeara show will be nothing short of a sweaty, intense frenzy. Fred Macpherson’s uber obvious vocal chords are nothing short of spectacular in their latest single and with a new EP on the way now is the best time to catch the London based band.

2015’s ‘Moth Boys’ was a classic, it’ll be interesting to see whether their all important third album can compete with its predecessors and elevate them to the larger stages.


30/01 – The Wholls – Camden Assembly

2017 was a brilliant year for The Wholls, who’s self titled debut album gained much critical acclaim alongside their festival and touring commitments. As part of the Jack Rocks 7 concept, they played large festivals across the country including TNSMT and Isle Of White Festival’s. January sees them return to London as part of Spotlight 2018.

Tracks such as “X21” and “Take Jimi” are incredible in the live setting. With Duke Of Wolves and more special guests making up the line up, it is sure to be a famous London return for the Bedford based band.


31/01 – Cosmo Pyke – The Garage (Rearranged)

Multi-instrumentalist Cosmo Pyke has gone from strength to strength in 2017, from signing to a major label to touring relentlessly. His growing fan base and monumental online listening means that 2018 is set to be a true breakthrough for the Peckham based artist.

‘Just Cosmo’ EP was undoubtedly a musical highlight, tracks such as “Chronic Sunshine” and “Wish You Were Gone” are already well on their way to becoming classics.


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