When a band hits a mainstream audience successfully with their debut, it’s usually straight off to the O2 Academies and arenas. Like The Vaccines, for example. However, this week, Peace will be playing a four-night residency at intimate Dalston venue Birthdays to showcase their new top-20 album ‘In Love’. All nights to catch the Birmingham lads have now officially sold out, with varying support coming from Superfood, O Children, Wolf Alice and an as-of-yet-unannounced special guest. We don’t know if this will be an ongoing occurrence, so try to catch them like this while you can.
Words by Jamie Carson
Savages’ moody, indie rock sound has provoked plenty of comparisons with Joy Division, whilst their angsty vocals echo something equally unsettling from the dark side of the '80s. The London-based band's appearance at one of Sheffield's hottest alternative venues should whet fans’ appetites for the release of their eagerly anticipated debut album, 'Silence Yourself', due on 6th May. These girls are the musical equivalent to a shot of tequila: strong, with a sting, but very welcome.
Words by Phoebe Seymour
It’s a sure sign summer is on its way and festival season is upon us when legendary bluesman Seasick Steve lands on our shores. He kicks off his tour at London’s Roundhouse to promote his new album ‘Hubcap Music’, released on Fiction Records.
From train-hopping hobo to music royalty, this is one man with a tale (or two) to tell. With a gravelly voice, an ensemble of homemade instruments (including his famed one-string diddley bow) and often accompanied by surprise guests, the night promises to be a riot of foot-stomping blues.
Words by Vanessa Higgins
This Saturday, EDM’s universal rulers are set to bring their ever-chaotic show to London’s Roundhouse. Suited and booted, Diplo, Walshy Fire and Jillionaire will present attendees with a mix of dancehall, reggae, jungle and drum’n’bass, with a few classics thrown in. Who knows, there might even be an appearance from the Major himself. Although he’s probably too busy fighting General Rubbish in a bid to ‘Free The Universe’.
Words by Amanda Arber
Dalston's favourite musical flail returns over the bank holiday. A generally dazzling bill features the likes of Skream, T.E.E.D., Shut Up & Dance, Andrew Weatherall and Chrome Hoof.
Clash is also hosting a basement of bass with Dark Sky, Hackman, Hannah Holland and our own Mr Mafro, so expect low-level hertz that'll reverberate for days as you unwind your behind like only you can on a bank holiday.
Words by Matthew Bennett
The coasts of America descend on Camden next weekend as 17-year-old Florida producer XXYYXX and San Fran's Blackbird Blackbird hit Camden KOKO for seven hours of woozy electronic fun across two rooms. XXYYXX shot to fame by racking up eight million views on his Beyoncé-sampling maiden release, 'About You', and this will only be his second-ever UK show.
Hosted by The Playground, the amount of acts here verges on a micro-festival, and some of the earlier highlights include live sets from Mt. Wolf, Niva and the colourfully anonymous Slow Magic.
Words by Joe Zadeh