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. You can get tickets to all of these from NME Tickets
Friday 30 Aviary Club, Shrewsbury (7.30pm show for Under-18s, 11.30pm show for Over-18s)
Who: Rolex-wearing godfather of grime, who cancelled a Glastonbury show cos he “didn’t want to leave his comfort zone”. What a joker.
Why: He’ll almost certainly turn up to this one, plus he could debut new material following 2014’s ‘Snakes And Ladders’.
Friday 30 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham to Thursday 5 Stereo, Glasgow
Who: Extremely noisy Toronto lot, back with second album ‘II’.
Why: Fond of a circle pit or three, shows are big slabs of sweaty fun.
Who’s supporting: Heavy post-punk troupe Protomartyr and London boys Crows.
Saturday 31 Albert Hall, Manchester to Monday 2 Colston Hall, Bristol
Who: Revered harp-playing folk experimentalist.
Why: Newsom’s just released her first album in five years (this month’s ‘Divers’), and this’ll be the first time you could get to hear it live.
Saturday 31 LMUSU, Leeds to Thursday 5 O2 Forum, London
Who: Hip-swivelling duo comprised of QOTSA frontman Josh Homme and his fully ordained minister pal Jesse Hughes.
Why: There are few that party harder than EODM: their current album’s called ‘Zipper Down’, for God’s sake.
Who’s supporting:White Miles and Feverist.
Friday 30 All Saints Church, Hove to Wednesday 4 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Who:Boundary-pushing US indie types, who’ve released seven albums in 10 years.
Why:Frontman Bradford Cox is an eccentric entertainer. New album ‘Fading Frontier’ is their best to date.
Who’s supporting:Cox will open proceedings with solo project, Atlas Sound.
Saturday 31 Guildhall, Southampton
Who: Hard-rocking hard nuts who were second on the bill to Metallica at festivals this year.
Why: This is the band’s only warm-up show before their headline tour in November.
Friday 30 & Saturday 31 Roundhouse, London
Who: New York punk legend who brought the Dalai Lama out during her Glastonbury set this year for a little sing-along.
Why: Patti will be performing her seminal 1975 debut ‘Horses’ in full – regularly, and rightly, voted one of the greatest records of all time.
Friday 30 Warehouse Project, Manchester
Who: Hip-hop duo El-P and Killer Mike whose two albums – ‘Run The Jewels’ and ‘Run The Jewels II’ – are full of political ire but don’t forget how to party.
Why: They’re playing part of a massive night at the Warehouse Project, so Skepta, Toddla T and many more will all be about.
Friday 30 October, Monday 2 & Tuesday 3 November The O2 Arena, London
Who: Mega-famous Irish rockers with a penchant for showing up uninvited on iTunes.
Why: After three decades in the game, U2 know how to bring it live. Show up, listen to ‘Pride (In The Name Of Love)’, ‘Vertigo’, ‘With Or Without You’, go home happy.
Tuesday 3 Hippodrome, Kingston Upon Thames & Thursday 5 Rock City, Nottingham
Who: Recent NME cover stars and maybe the best live band in the country.
Why: They’ve announced a mammoth arena tour for next year so these intimate (by their standards) shows will be their smallest for a while.
Who’s supporting: Gritty London trio Real Lies.