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.
Catfish And The Bottlemen, Wednesday 28 The Great Hall, Exeter & Thursday 29 University SU, Cardiff
Who: Van McCann and his band of merry men: one of British indie’s great new hopes.
Why: Their shows are reminiscent of early Arctic Monkeys’ gigs – full of energy, adoration and excitement. ‘Kathleen’, ‘Pacifier’ and ‘Rango’ are indie bangers.
Radkey, Monday 26 The Green Door Store, Brighton to Thursday 29 Leadmill, Sheffield
Who: Hard-rocking Missouri brothers Dee, Isaiah and Solomon Radke.
Why: Recent debut LP ‘Dark Black Makeup’ delivered scorching riffs aplenty on
the likes of ‘Evil Doer’ and ‘Hunger Pain’. Expect them to be ramped up to 11 when played live.
Father John Misty, Friday 23 QUBSU, Belfast to Thursday 29 O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
Who: Melodramatic raconteur and former Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman.
Why: Misty is part sardonic showman, part suave romancer.
Who’s supporting: Singer-songwriter Anna B Savage.
!!!, Friday 23 & Saturday 24 Oslo, London
Who: Sacramento-born stalwarts of dance-punk who were doing the unpronounceable band name thing while Ho99o9 were still a glint in the milkman’s eye.
Why: Six albums in and the sextet are showing no signs of mellowing, with the house-influenced ‘Sick Ass Moon’ and current album ‘As If’ confirming their party credentials.
Katy B, Friday 23 Motion, Bristol
Who: Flame-haired south London dance queen who broke through with 2011’s ‘On A Mission’, and has collaborated with the likes of Mark Ronson and Magnetic Man.
Why: Katy’s voice is the real draw here, veering from the slick pop of ‘Lights On’ to the emotional hooks of ‘Crying For No Reason’.
MØ, Wednesday 28 XOYO, London
Who: Danish maker of stylish electronic pop. Think Grimes, but sleeker and marginally less freaky. Once covered the Spice Girls.
Why: Debut ‘No Mythologies To Follow’ came out last year, so new songs are likely. Watch out for the juicy chorus on 2013 single ‘Pilgrim’ too.
Songhoy Blues, Friday 23 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds to Tuesday 27 The Fleece, Bristol
Who: Jimi Hendrix-influenced Malian group who were the focus of recent documentary They Will Have To Kill Us First.
Why: Their live shows are full of wild guitar solos, tightknit percussion and hints of R&B, Krautrock and more.
Ekkah, Saturday 24 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Who: Buzzy, Nile Rodgers-worshipping Birmingham duo Rebecca Wilson and Rebekah Pennington, who put the ‘disco’ in indie disco.
Why: From dance routines to saxophone solos, the pair’s sparkly, sultry pop is never boring, while ‘Last Chance To Dance’ is an ultimately sassy floor-filler.
Cat Power, Tuesday 27 Albert Hall, Manchester to Thursday 29 St-John-At-Hackney Church, London
Who: Longstanding Atlanta singer-songwriter Chan Marshall.
Why: The 43-year-old has spoken previously about having crippling stage fright, which lends her live shows an intimate, affecting vibe.
Hooton Tennis Club, Friday 23 Think Tank, Newcastle to Thursday 29 Hoxton Bar & Grill, London
Who: Wirral Heavenly signings.
Why: ‘Powerful Pierre’ and ‘Up In The Air’ are full of scratchy melodies.
Who’s supporting: Madrid punk gang The Parrots.