This weekend’s must-see gigs: starring Spoon, Popcaan, The Black Madonna and The Maccabees

Listed by area, here are the shows to go to this weekend (June 30-July 2)

It’s been a hard week for everyone: Glastonbury-goers are still feeling like crap after leaving behind the best festival in the world, while those who couldn’t make it are still trudging through the social media mire of envy-inducing Glasto-spam. It’s about time we pick ourselves out of the post-Glasto slump and get straight back into some great gigs.

Thankfully, there’s loads on this weekend (June 30-July 2) to lift your spirits, all the way from Spoon and The Maccabees to The Black Madonna and Popcaan. See below for our list of the best stuff on this weekend, ordered by region, with ticket links – and, for festivals, a little bit of lineup info. Here’s what to do this weekend.


Spoon's Britt Daniels

Spoon’s Britt Daniels. Credit: Getty

Gig of the weekend: Spoon
Fri 30 O2 Forum

Austin, Texas’ Spoon recently put out their ninth album, ‘Hot Thoughts’; this followed some excellent Bowie and Prince tribute covers about which frontman Britt Daniels told NME he felt “in touch with their spirit”. You can see for yourself how those spirits move through this seasoned pro at the band’s O2 Forum show.
Tickets: £28.60

Art of Dark
Sat 1 Oval Space
Tickets: £16.90

The Black Madonna
Sun 2 XOYO
Tickets: £9

Black Magic Disco
(Tom Trago, The Mole, Dane)
Fri 30 Village Underground
Tickets: £11.30

British Summer Time Festival Hyde Park 
Sat 1 Green Day, Rancid, The Hives, Beach Slang
Sun 2 Justin Bieber, Tove Lo, Dagny, Mabel, Anne-Marie
Tickets: £65-£72.50

Fri 30 Sebright Arms, London
Tickets: FREE

Community Festival
(Catfish and the Bottlemen, Slaves, Fickle Friends, RedFaces)
Sat 1 Finsbury Park
Tickets: £35

The Maccabees
Fri 30 & Sat 1 Alexandra Palace
Tickets: £38.50

Mind Against
Sat 1 Fabric
Tickets: £23.60

Sat 1 The Garage
Tickets: £6.25

Sat 1 Eventim Apollo
Tickets: £42.25

Rhythm Section meets Infusions
(Session Victim, Kay Suzuki, Lakuti, Wax’o Paradiso, Esa)
Fri 30 Corsica Studios
Tickets: £16.90

Richard Ashcroft
Sat 1 O2 Academy Brixton
Tickets: £51.88

Status Quo
Sat 1 Royal Albert Hall
Tickets: £68.80

Travis Scott
Sun 2 O2 Academy Brixton
Tickets: £53.10

The Wombats
Fri 30 O2 Academy Brixton
Tickets: £31.15



Popcaan Credit: Getty Images for Red Bull

Gig of the weekend: Popcaan
Sun 2 O2 Ritz, Manchester

Gorillaz collaborator Popcaan will be bringing his dancehall chops to Manchester this weekend, as part of a UK-wide tour.
Tickets: £33.50

808 State
Sat 1 Albert Hall, Manchester
Tickets: £17.50

Elfin Bow
Fri 30 Write Blend, Liverpool
Tickets: £11

Holly Herndon
Fri 30 Gorilla, Manchester
Tickets: £18

Sun 2 Pavilion Theatre, Manchester
Tickets: £12

Jeff Lynne’s ELO
Sat 1 KCOM Stadium, Hull
Tickets: £104.75

Kamasi Washington
Sat 1 O2 Academy & Underground, Leeds
Tickets: £27.50

Made in Leeds Festival
Sat 1 Thwaite Mills, Leeds
Tickets: £35.80

Richard Ashcroft
Fri 30 Castlefield Bowl, Manchester
Tickets: £51.45

The Vryll Society
Fri 30 The Magnet, Liverpool
Sat 1 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Tickets: £5-£12


Gig of the weekend: The Jacksons
Sun 2 O2 Academy, Glasgow

The Jacksons are hitting up Glasgow this weekend with some of their legendary pop. Can you feel it?
Tickets: £42.50

Axwell & Ingrosso
Fri 30 Ormeau Park, Belfast
Tickets: £27.99

Fleetmac Wood presents Rumours Rave
Sat 1 Art School, Glasgow
Tickets: £11.30

Rachel Sermanni
Sat 1 Arts Centre, Paisley
Tickets: £11.21

The Sugarhill Gang
Fri 30 Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
Tickets: £19.25

T.L.F. Rewind 1990-1999 Pt.2
(Tommy Fraser, Kev Green, Nate, Geniko)
Fri 30 The Tunnels, Aberdeen
Tickets: £7

Yorkston Thorne Khan
Sun 2 Arts Centre, Paisley
Tickets: £12


Beach Slang

Beach Slang tearing it up Credit: Getty Images

Gig of the weekend: Beach Slang
Fri 30 Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton

A day before they support Green Day at BST Festival in Hyde Park, Philly lot Beach Slang will be hunkering down for a night of rock in Brighton.
Tickets: £7

Desperate Journalist
Sat 1 Purple Turtle, Reading
Tickets: FREE

Femrock Fest 2017
Sat 1 The Green Door Store, Brighton
Tickets: £8.80-11

The Little Festival
(Jarmo, Dan Gayle, Alex Smith, Osmi, More TBA)
Sat 1 The Arch, Brighton
Tickets: £11.30

Pier Jam
(Gorgon City, Amine Edge, Redlight) 
Sat 1 Pier, Hastings
Tickets: £16.90


Justin Bieber Credit: Getty Images

Gig of the weekend: Justin Bieber
Fri 30 Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Canadian pop phenomenon Justin Bieber is bringing the huge production of his Purpose World Tour to Wales, including a literal trampolining segment, and the water-soaked ‘Sorry’.
Tickets: £95.25

Cirque du Soul: El Dorado Festival
(Groove Armada, Zak Abel, SG Lewis, Bondax, Shy FX, AJ Tracey)
Fri 30-Mon 3 Eastnor Castle, Ledbury
Tickets: £132

Sat 1 Motion, Bristol
Tickets: £25.10

Sun 2 Colston Hall, Bristol
Tickets: £19.35

(Craig Charles, The Darkness, Goldie Lookin’ Chain, loads of BBQ food)
Sat 1-Sun 2 Amphitheatre & Waterfront Square, Bristol
Tickets: £50 weekend

Hollow Mask
Fri 30 The Old England, Bristol
Tickets: FREE

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