Every week at DICE we’re bringing you the best gigs, clubs, and festivals. But let’s face it - it’s the last full week before Christmas, every night is an office party, festive drinks, or nightmare last minute shopping trip trying to find your mum something in the crush of John Lewis because you missed your Amazon window. So here’s some live music to look forward to in the new year, once your cheese hangover has subsided.
Adele is the biggest artist in the world right now. ICYMI - She smashed every record on YouTube with comeback single Hello, her third album 25 racked up record breaking sales into the millions in just one week, and has been bought by one in 80 Brits. Announcing these extra shows due to demand, it’s the first time she’ll have performed on tour in over four years. With a voice that is simply flawless, an unchallenged talent for writing lyrics that echo with any listener, and songs that will last in your heart for an eternity, Adele is an exceptional artist who’s still just at the start of what we know will be a long career. Join the Waiting List for your last chance to make the gigs of the decade.
It's a staple in any self-respecting music fans calendar, and this year Field Day turns double digits. Celebrating their tenth birthday at the height of summer in Victoria Park, the London tastemakers return with a weekend that is nothing short of essential. On Saturday, they've recruited some of the biggest names in dance, electronica and more for one enormous party. With the likes of grime legend Skepta, sonic craftsman Four Tet, and experimental wizards Deerhunter all on the bill, you can bet that this is going to be huge. Returning with a brand new album in 2016, your headliner for Sunday is a British musician, pioneer, and hugely acclaimed artist that’s won awards, stolen hearts, and carved herself an expansive legacy. PJ Harvey is an absolute must see. Add to that a lineup that includes the exceptional John Grant, guitar legend Thurston Moore with his band, and the lush expanse of Beach House, and Field Day are making sure that their 10th birthday is going to be the biggest and best year yet. Book now.
Psych pop slammers Tame Impala are in their own league right now. Fresh off the back of releasing the stunning Currents, the Australian five some can count themselves as firm members of rocks elite. Building on their origins of spiraling guitar lines and whirring vocals, the quintet have created another masterpiece packed to the rafters with sun-kissed alternative anthems that were made to be heard live. The Tame Impala show is coming to Ally Pally and you can't miss it. Book now.
Florence And The Machine & Kendrick Lamar
One of the UK’s most formidable voices, Florence Welch has been wowing audiences around the world for almost a decade. Announcing this huge show at British Summer Time and fresh off the back of a year of successes that saw her step in to headline Glastonbury, and release the critically acclaimed How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, this is Florence’s moment. Co-headlining the stage at Hyde Park is hip-hop's reigning king, Kendrick Lamar. This year’s To Pimp A Butterfly LP propelled the West Coast beast to astronomical heights, picking up two Grammys in the process. Live, his infallible delivery and emphatic energy is simply unrivalled. And if that wasn’t enough, joining them on the line up you’ve got Mercury nominated Jamie xx and crucial tastemaker Blood Orange. This is one massive ticket for the biggest pop fan to the most informed music lover. Book now.
Over the last few years, SOPHIE has pretty much caused a pop music revolution. Skipping between never heard before genre's, the producer has made a name for himself by creating, glitchy, warped, and simply space age off-kilter pop music that has paved the way for a whole new collective of artists. After collaborating with the likes of Charli XCX, Diplo and Madonna, and having released his debut album PRODUCT this autumn, he plays this huge date at Village Underground. You can't miss it. Book now.
With 2012’s Visions, Grimes shot to fame and critical acclaim. With playful and imaginative production, hooks that come at you from every angle, lyrics bursting with imagery, and an undeniable but intelligent pop sensibility, tracks like Genesis and Oblivion were soon occupying every playlist under the sun. Add to that her stunning creative prolificity, her strong and independent voice online, and always incredible visuals, and Grimes is pop star perfected. Returning earlier this year with the banging Realiti, anticipation for this album is nearing desperation. Live, we have no idea where she’ll take the show. With Grimes, anything is possible. Book now.
Touring the UK this spring after a huge 2015, Mercury nominated Wolf Alice have become one of the nation's most important new bands. Releasing debut album My Love Is Cool in June, they stunned music fas with crush after crush of addictive, driving indie that aimed for your chest and echoed across your lips. Tracks like You're A Germ and Your Loves Whore were all consuming rushes of guitar that burst with ideas and ingenuity. Playing this date at Manchester's Academy 1, it's your chance to catch a band in their prime, and with so much promise in their repertoire, we get a feeling that this is still only the start. Book now.
Motor City Drum Ensemble
Where ever he plays, Motor City Drum Ensemble leaves the dance floor sweat-drenched, smiling and singing along. With a Top 20 Resident Advisor DJ spot under his belt and countless Boiler Room sessions that have left viewers and punters amazed by his ability, it's safe to say Motor City Drum Ensemble is one DJ you simply have to see live. Not only that but his MCDE label has championed the work of Harvey Sutherland, Latecomer and the great Laurent Garnier. What's more? February 27th see's Motor City Drum Ensemble bless Gorilla with an unmissable set. This is gonna be incredible. Book now.
Jamie Woon couldn't be hotter property right now. After dropping the majestically brilliant Sharpness, announcing his highly anticipated Making Time LP and selling out London's Scala in a matter of minutes, it's safe to say PMR's poster boy is in a league of his own. With the hype at an all time high and a bank of new masterpieces on the way, it seems only right that Jamie Woon should announce this huge show at Bierkeller in Bristol. Book now.
Wales Goes Pop has just announced the first wave of acts for its 2016 lineup, and it's huge. Heading up the festival are Los Campesinos! Having formed at Cardiff University ten years ago, they’ve spent the time since specialising in failed romances, late night losses, heart swells and heart aches. Maturing from breakout hit You! Me! Dancing to the destructive likes of The Sea Is a Good Place To Think Of The Future or the pure pop perfection of Avocado, Baby, their back catalogue has surely sound-tracked a thousand break ups. This will be a very special hometown set of sorts commemorating a decade since their first demos were posted to Myspace from a Cardiff bedroom. Book now.
The Front Bottoms
They’re called The Front Bottoms, that’s reason enough to go. Book now.