Marina & The Diamonds
Friday 20 Corn Exchange, Cambridge to Wednesday 25 O2 ABC, Glasgow
Who: Welsh-Greek singer-songwriter who has supported Katy Perry on tour.
Why: Third record ‘Froot’ celebrates being happy as well as addressing political issues, so expect these shows to be both uplifting and thought-provoking. Plus Marina’s reliably fabulous…
Krept & Konan
Friday 20 O2 Institute 2, Birmingham to Thursday 26 O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
Who: London hip-hop duo Casyo ‘Krept’ Johnson and Karl ‘Konan’ Wilson, who won Best Hip-Hop Act at the 2015 MOBO awards.
Why: These are their biggest shows to date and this is probably your last chance to get close enough to see the whites of their Reeboks.
Monday 23 O2 Academy, Leeds, Thursday 26 Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent
Who: Titans of the North fronted by quote machine Liam Fray, who’ve come a long way since debut album ‘St Jude’.
Why: Earlier this year, the quartet conquered Manchester’s Heaton Park. These dates are considerably smaller so expect the buildings themselves to bounce.
Thursday 26 SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Who: Redhill brothers who helped launch the deep house revival.
Why: Surrounded by synths, computers, live percussion and effects boards, Guy and Howard Lawrence might not look like much, but they know how to work a crowd. The hits are amped up to new levels, while a retina-dazzling light show bends sweaty crowds to their will.
Friday 20 O2 Institute, Birmingham, Saturday 21 Albert Hall, Manchester
Who: Electro trio who’ve worked with Skrillex and also contributed a song to the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.
Why: Their stage set-up is nothing short of a wonder, with no expense spared on production.
Who’s supporting: Drum’n’bass DJ and producer Culture Shock.
Albert Hammond Jr
Friday 20 O2 Academy 2, Leicester to Thursday 26 The Old Market, Brighton
Who: Guitarist for New York City indie heroes The Strokes and solo star in his own right.
Why: With The Strokes not exactly gigging their asses off, Albert’s keeping the garage-rock flame alight.
Who’s supporting: Woozy psych twins Tempesst.
Sunday 22 AECC, Aberdeen to Thursday 26 Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
Who: Essex rave veterans and twisted firestarters Liam Howlett, Keith Flint and Maxim.
Why: Their gigs are like flashbacks to early ’90s raves and their imposing back catalogue guarantees a night of monstrously big beats.
Who’s supporting: Hip-hop heavyweights Public Enemy.
Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 O2 Forum, London
Who: Witty Aussie singer-songwriter who won hearts with ‘Avant Gardener’, her dry retelling of a panic attack.
Why: Live, her generally louche songs gather rage and fury until she sounds like a cuddly dervish.
Who’s supporting: Melbourne alt-pop duo Big Scary.