This week we have upcoming festivals Field Day and Dot to Dot featured for you, plus shows and tours from Ólafur Arnalds, Deerhoof, Jesca Hoop, Fucked Up & Titus Andronicus, Gravenhurst and comedian Hal Cruttenden. There's also a series of shows from Actress, Tim Hecker, Nils Frahm and William Basinski.
Listen to them all in our latest playlist.
Less than a week to go! After having its best year yet in 2012, everyone's favourite one day festival returns this coming weekend. Taking place in Victoria Park, hopefully we'll have some early summer sun again. The line-up is brilliant - Animal Collective, Bat For Lashes, Solange, Django Django, Do Make Say Think, Everything Everything, Tim Burgess, Kurt Vile, Palma Violets, Solange, Savages, Wild Nothing and many more.
London Victoria Park on Saturday 25th May tickets/info
Ólafur Arnalds has built up a huge international following for his genre-crossing compositions, which blend classical, pop and ambient electronica influences to create a unique music. He is also well known for his work on scores for film and television, where he mixes strings and piano with modern electronic sounds. Did you enjoy Broadchurch? Of course you did - and you'll have been listening to Ólafur's work during that. One of the greatest musical talents touring today, don't miss your opportunity to see Arnalds live.
From their humble beginnings as an obscure San Francisco noise act, Deerhoof have become one of indie music's most influential bands with their ecstatic and unruly take on pop. Satomi Matsuzaki plays bass and sings, Greg Saunier plays drums, John Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez play guitars. But what is Deerhoof really? Pitchfork went so far as to label Deerhoof as "the best band in the world". The New York Times described them as "one of the most original rock bands to have come along in the last decade". With 11 albums under their belt, the band won't be short of material to call upon at these shows.
Dot to Dot 2013
Taking place across multiple venues in Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham, Dot to Dot returns bigger and better for 2013. Headlined by Dry the River, Tom Odell, Lucy Rose and Benjamin Francis Leftwich, the line-up is a collection of the best indie music around. Also on a packed bill are Chapel Club, Beans on Toast, Wave Machines, To Kill a King and many, many more. With only a few days left till the event you can pick up the last few tickets here!
A sensual, esoteric singer-songwriter whose odd, sparse songs nod to influences like Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, and Vashti Bunyan, Jesca Hoop got her big break thanks to her gig as a nanny for Tom Waits' offspring in the early 2000s. Waits took a liking to Hoop's off-beat indie pop songs - songs that linked her with Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom - and thanks to him her demo found its way to US radio DJ Nic Harcourt, who started giving 'Seed of Wonder' airplay. The song went on to become popular with Harcourt's listeners; so much so that record companies started paying court to Hoop and she signed with 3 Entertainment soon after. Her debut full-length on that label, 'Kismet', was released in 2007 and her latest record 'The House That Jack Built' came out last year.
St John Sessions
Amazing experimental acts playing in a gorgeous church...
St John Sessions are a series of concerts aimed at presenting some of the finest musicians and sonic visionaries in contemporary music within the beautiful setting of St John at Hackney church. Featuring some amazing musicians, the first event is headlined by William Basinski with support from Fennesz. Over the course of the next three events headliners include Tim Hecker, Actress and Nils Frahm.
WILLIAM BASINSKI, FENNESZ & HELM | ST JOHN SESSIONS at London St John at Hackney Church on Thursday 27th June tickets/info
NILS FRAHM | St John Sessions at London St John at Hackney Church on Thursday 11th July tickets/info
ACTRESS with SPECIAL GUEST | St John Sessions at London St John at Hackney Church on Thursday 29th August tickets/info
TIM HECKER | ST JOHN SESSIONS at London St John at Hackney Church on Thursday 19th September tickets/info
Fucked Up & Titus Andronicus
Two of punk's most progressive bands co-headline a run of upcoming shows. Fucked Up push boundaries - forming ostensibly as a punk band, they swiftly took on hardcore twisting it into their own cacophony of unexpected instrumentation, psychedelic leanings, and songs stretched to perverse lengths. Combining this with the legendary live reputation of frontman Abraham and their lyrics that reflect situationist philosophy means even in their loudest moments there is a deep intelligence to their music. Titus Andronicus released their latest album 'Local Business' in October - the tracks still bear many of the characteristics of their classic songs, with rhythms to beat out on your steering wheel, triumphant classic rock guitars, and lead singer Stickles showing off his underrated sense of tunefulness. Don't miss out on what are sure to be some epic shows.
Gravenhurst is the work of songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Nick Talbot. After three critically acclaimed records for Warp between 2003 and 2007, Talbot released latest album 'The Ghost In Daylight' just over a year ago. His most sonically diverse work yet, with starkly acoustic songs resting alongside densely layered pieces constructed from mellotrons, optigans and antique synthesizers, the record is something quite special. Always a sell out, there's a handful of tickets left for this upcoming London show.
London Heath Street Baptist Church on Friday 24th May tickets/info
Perrier Award Nominee and Live At the Apollo star Hal Cruttenden is one of the top comedians working in the UK today, as well as being a highly accomplished writer and actor. Recent television appearances include Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, The Royal Variety Performance and The Rob Brydon Show. This year he was nominated for Best Club Act at the prestigious Chortle Awards, and in 2012 his stand up show 'Tough Luvvie' was a complete sell-out at the Edinburgh Festival and transferred to the Soho Theatre London for a short run. Catch one of stand-up's greatest talents at these dates.
London The Luxe on Tuesday 4th June tickets/info
London Underbelly Southbank on Thursday 6th June tickets/info
Coventry Careys on Wednesday 3rd July tickets/info
London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub on Saturday 6th July tickets/info
Oxford The Glee Club on Thursday 3rd October tickets/info
Nottingham The Glee Club on Thursday 10th October tickets/info
Holsworthy Old Market Inn on Friday 11th October tickets/info
Birmingham The Glee Club on Thursday 24th October tickets/info
Aldershot West End Centre on Saturday 25th January tickets/info
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