Whether you’re up North or down South, there’s a wealth of exciting tours and one-off shows going on throughout the country this week. Here’s 10 of the best, and all the need to know info for before you head down.
Mumford & Sons: Roundhouse, London (September 27)
WHO: Occasional banjo wielders who traded folk for stadium rock on their mammoth third album ‘Wilder Mind’.
WHY: They headlined the Reading and Leeds Festivals this summer and will embark on an arena tour later this year, so seeing them somewhere this small as part of the Apple Music Festival is a rare treat.
Pharrell Williams:Roundhouse, London (September 26)
WHO: Neptunes and N*E*R*D member, producer at large and ‘Happy’ hitmaker.
WHY: Pharrell’s got a ton of hits up his sleeve, from ‘Frontin’’ to ‘Lapdance’. He doesn’t just stick to his own tunes either, deploying covers of songs he’s worked on, such as Gwen Stefani’s ‘Hollaback Girl’ and Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’.
Sleaford Mods: Northumbria University, Newcastle (September 25); Irish Centre, Leeds (28); The Institute, Birmingham (29); Uni SU, Cardiff (October 1)
WHO: Belligerent, political, outspoken Nottingham duo who have been compared to The Streets and The Fall.
WHY: Their lyrics are full of oblique social observations and frontman Jason Williamson is brilliantly confrontational.
Peace: The Empire, Middlesbrough (September 25); QMU, Glasgow (26)
WHO: Brum indie quartet with their tongues in their cheeks and their hearts on their sleeves.
WHY: Their sets are carnivals of fun, from the Bowie-esque ‘Gen Strange’ to the funk odyssey of ‘World Pleasure’, featuring Sam Koisser’s slinky bass solo.
Disclosure: Roundhouse, London (September 25)
WHO: Guy and Howard Lawrence, the Surrey brothers ruling UK dance who’ve worked with Sam Smith, Mary J Blige and loads more.
WHY: Appearing as part of the Apple Music Festival on their last British date before they tour North America, expect to see a few of the artists who collaborated on new album ‘Caracal’ join them onstage.
Rae Morris: University Union, Leeds (October 1)
WHO: Blackpool singer-songwriter who makes new-age pop. She’s been compared to Coldplay, Laura Marling and Ellie Goulding, and has performed as part of Bombay Bicycle Club’s band.
WHY: There’s loads of drama in her performances, emphasised by her emotional, rich vocals, and her stark, noir-ish melodies.
The Wombats: The Institute, Birmingham (September 25); UEA, Norwich (27); Rock City, Nottingham (28); Guildhall, Southampton (30)
WHO: Liverpool trio who have evolved into a shimmering electro-rock beast.
WHY: A Wombats live show is all about big hooks, bigger choruses and jubilant fans jumping all over singer Matthew ‘Murph’ Murphy.
Rat Boy: The Cookie, Leicester (September 25); Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff (27); The Boileroom, Guildford (28);Dingwalls, London (29)
WHO: Essex indie rapper and riffer Jordan Cardy (and his band) who causes chaos wherever he goes.
WHY: If you like stage invasions, get practising your best barrier-vaulting jumps in time for dole queue anthem ‘Sign On’.
The Strypes: The Ritz, Manchester (September 26); QMU, Glasgow (27); The Plug, Sheffield (28); Waterfront, Norwich (30); Motion, Bristol (October 1)
WHY: The Irish teenagers have been bigged up by huge names like Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher and Dave Grohl in the past, but their technical ability is starting to put the elder statesmen to shame.
Bullet For My Valentine:
Monday 28 Ulster Hall, Belfast
WHO: Bridgend metalcore band who recently released their fifth album, ‘Venom’.
WHY: They’ve supported everyone from Metallica to Guns N’ Roses, so have seen the dos and don’ts of putting on a top show first hand. If face-melting riffs are your thing, then they’ve got those in abundance too.