Jungle – O2 Brixton Academy
The start of the month sees one of last year’s breakout bands Jungle play their biggest headlining show yet at the Brixton Academy. Jungle hit mainstream success on their back of their modern soul sound and the hit single Busy Earnin’, which proved to be a summer anthem throughout festival season! A gig that is sure to impress and could maybe even see the band go on to play even bigger venues!
Date: Wednesday 3rd
The Bohicas – Oslo
One of the year’s hottest new bands, play in the small settings of Hackney’s Oslo for what’s sure to be a fast-paced indie rock show thats not to be missed. 2015 has seen the Essex band making a lot of noise and receiving air time from the likes of BBC Radio 6 Music and XFM. They’re going to be big so catch them now in such a small venue whilst you can!
Date: Thursday 4th
Death Cab for Cutie – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Another of 2015’s many returns has been that of alternative rock band Death Cab for Cutie, who this month are playing 3 nights at the (relatively small) Shepherd’s Bush Empire! The steady rise of Death Cab for Cutie, since their inception in the late 90s, has seen them develop a hardcore fan base, especially after they achieved mainstream success off the back of albums Plans and Narrow Stairs. Latest album Kintsugi (a type of Japanese art) sees Ben Gibbard and the band take a more glossy indie pop sound, something that is sure to translate well into their live performances alongside their early big hitters. Sure to be one of the best and most chilled gigs happening this month!
Date: Monday 8th – Wednesday 10th
The Family Rain – Bush Hall
One of the least well known acts on the list are Bath indie rockers The Family Rain. Who, following the success of last year’s Under the Volcano, are playing a tiny show at Bush Hall which is certain to be a hit. Having seen them at Dingwalls last year (a gig that saw a huge stage invasion during final song Trust Me… I’m a Genius) and Reading Festival the year before I can assure that they’re a good live guitar act. If you’ve got a spare 10 quid be sure to check them out!
Date: Thursday 11th
The Strokes – Hyde Park
Rumoured to be the last ever Strokes gig, their Hyde Park show is possibly their biggest in the UK yet! With no album since 2013 and no live UK appearance since 2011 this is sure to be a hit laden setlist, so expect all the big ones. And if the live return of The Strokes wasn’t enough, they are joined on the bill by Grammy winner Beck, breakthrough synth-poppers Future Islands and some of the brightest breakthrough bands of the moment including; Yak, Hinds, the Wytches and Genghar. The huge sing-alongs to tracks like Last Nite, Reptillia and Someday are sure to be massive so stick on your skinny jeans and leather jacket and head down to Hyde Park to bask in the early 00s nostalgia of the band that kicked off the modern indie movement!
Date: Thursday 18th
Foo Fighters – Wembley Stadium
One of the biggest Stadium shows of the year, not just the month, is Foo Fighters’ weekend residency at London’s Wembley Stadium! Dave Grohl and Co. have fine tuned their songs to perfectly fit the biggest live arenas the world has to offer, whether it’s mass sing-alongs to anthems like Best of You or My Hero or huge rabble raisers such as The Pretender, Everlong and All My Life. Their unique selling point however, has to be frontman Dave Grohl’s ability to hold the attention of a huge stadium in the palm of his hand, a true performer! A must-see show, and thats before I mention that support is from the legendary Iggy Pop and the new hope for modern rock music, Royal Blood!
Date: Friday 19th – Saturday 20th
Blur – Hyde Park
Another returning giant of the British music scene is Blur, returning strong following critically and commercially acclaimed album The Magic Whip, showing them to be a powerful presence and popular act on the live circuit. With only the Isle of Wight festival headline slot in place, this is a great opportunity to see Britpop veterans Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon perform some of the biggest hits of the 90s (Country House, Song 2, Girls and Boys and Parklife to name a few…) as well as many of their new innovations to legions of adoring fans. A band that’s constantly evolving Blur are truly as good live as they are in the studio and tickets are still available!!!
Date: Saturday 20th
Fidlar – Heaven
Unfortunately this event is already sold out, but if you’ve managed to somehow get a ticket, I’m very jealous! Following the huge success of their debut, self-titled album, skate rock band Fidlar are returning to British shores and with new material! Possibly one of the best offerings from across the atlantic in recent years, Fidlar are a fearsome, mosh-pit inducing live act and have the music to go with it. A no-nonsense band that speak what’s on their young adolescent minds (mainly getting high, chasing girls and partying…), Fidlar are going to be big and now’s the time to catch them in the smaller venues!
Date: Tuesday 23rd
The Mecca of all festivals, June is when the Glastonbury Festival kicks off sporting the music world’s finest bands and best up and coming talent. Headlined by the likes of veteran rockers The Who, outspoken ‘genius’ Kanye West and one of the biggest bands in the planet, Foo Fighters. But Glastonbury is always more than just music, with hundreds of other events and clubbing experiences all going on over an exhilarating weekend. If you were lucky enough to bag a ticket this is the weekend that you have been waiting for for a very long time, if not you’ll have to settle watching it on TV wishing you were there like me!
Date: Wednesday 24th – Sunday 28th
Mini Mansions – Oslo
This experimental rock trio, consisting of Queens of the Stone Age bassist Michael Shuman, and two friends Zach Dawes and Tyler Parkford, released one of 2015’s most critically acclaimed albums so far and are making a low key appearance at the tiny Oslo. With help from Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) and Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), Mini Mansions have an arsenal of psychedelic pop bangers that they are ready to unleash in the live arena. Unfortunately it is also sold out, but if you are lucky enough to have a ticket. it’s a great opportunity to see one of 2015’s hottest bands!
Date: Tuesday 30th June