Including Ghostpoet, Animal Collective and Haim...
Ghostpoet 2013

Animal Collective @ Melkweg, Amsterdam, Monday 27th May

Madcap experimental neo-psych rockers Animal Collective descend on Amsterdam, taking over popular local venue Melkweg to unleash the ferocious intoxicating chaos of 2012's album ‘Centipede HZ’ on the Dutch capital. The band’s live line-up will include Josh 'Deakin' Dibb - one of the band's founding members, who returned after a sabbatical that saw him miss the recording of the album widely considered to be AC's magnum opus, 2009’s ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’. Expect a night of mind-bending, genre-defying eclecticism from a band who modelled the central concept of their last album on imitating the sounds of an alien civilisation beaming its music to Earth.

Words: Benji Taylor


Haim @ Heaven, London, Tuesday 28th May  

In the last 12 months Haim have topped the BBC’s Sound of 2013, toured with Florence + The Machine, and proved to be talented multi-instrumentalists, performing a harmonious blend of Californian folk-meets-’90s R&B as a tightly-knit unit. So, it will come as no surprise to learn that this gig at London’s Heaven sold out within minutes. For those of you who managed to get tickets, expect to hear tracks from their eagerly awaited debut album, alongside the infectious singles ‘Forever’, ‘Falling’ and ‘Don’t Save Me’.  

Words: Puja Maniar


The 1975 @ Heaven, London, Wednesday 29th May  

They may only have EPs to their name for now (albeit four of them) but The 1975 are already establishing themselves as one of those achingly cool bands that everybody wants to be associated with. They even took their name from the back page of an old Beat Generation poetry book - say no more. No wonder, then, that this London gig has been sold out for ages. Expect some classic pop tinged with a seductive cocktail of new wave synth, arty rock and beats you can’t help but dance to. This should be a pulse-raising show and expectations are high.

Words: Jess Denham


iamamiwhoami @ Electric Brixton, London, Thursday 30th May

This Thursday, the Electric Brixton plays host to one of the most unpredictable, creative and mysterious artists currently working the experimental electro scene. Drawing together performance art, film, installation and music to create a multi-media spectacle, Jonna Lee, AKA iamamiwhoami, tramples gleefully over the boundaries of sonic art and is guaranteed to blow collective minds. After two years posting intriguing snapshots of her fantastical imagination on YouTube and building a devoted fan base, Lee’s first full length album, ‘kin’, was released a year ago. Seeing this translated to live performance is guaranteed to be nothing short of total sensory overload.

Words: Theresa Heath


Ed Harcourt @ Cadogen Hall, London, Thursday 30th May  

Ed Harcourt is the best kind of showman. His recently released ‘Back Into The Woods’ album is heart-breakingly beautiful, recorded in just six hours and full of the kind of spontaneous outpouring of emotion that makes you just want to sit and stare, teary eyed. Now you can stare at Harcourt’s face while he’s playing them to you. Harcourt’s known for his antics, whether it’s singing among the crowd using nothing but an extendable vintage mic, or turning a serene setting into an East End boozer for a bit of a hoedown. Old songs from his 12-year back catalogue are sure to be included and, if we’re lucky, we’ll get a taste of his brilliantly weird ‘Wizard’s Bounce’ April Fool release. We can all sing along to that one!

Words: Gemma Hampson


Ghostpoet @ Village Underground, London, Thursday 30th May 

Ghostpoet has turned his wondrous laptop creations into a live band, and is currently on a tour of the UK promoting new album ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’. The follow up to the Mercury Prize-nominated ‘Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam’ was released earlier this month, and Ghostpoet's beat-driven tales of love will draw you in deeper than ever. The video for new single ‘Meltdown’ is worth a look, too...

Words: James Young

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