Welcome to the first day of February and the start of gig season. Your dry January is over, let's rage. With so many huge clubs and shows on the horizon, here's a breakdown of the best this week. Don't miss out, and don't pay booking fees. Easy.
SG Lewis is a super star in the making. Releasing his debut EP Shivers through the ever-on-point tastemakers PMR, the electro-pop craftsman creates soothing sounds that will wrap around your ears like a sonic electric blanket. Having already received support from the likes of Zane Lowe and Annie Mac, and with a number of high profile remixes under his belt, the Reading-born producer looks set to be one of the breakout stars of 2016. Catch him before he's selling out stadiums. Get tickets.
MIKE SKINNER & MURKAGE: TONGA
"We like to keep Tonga as scuzzy as possible, while we're as baller as we can be" is how the iconic Mike Skinner describes his one year old club night, of which he runs with Murkage Dave from the Manchester based party collective, Murkage. With all the emphasis on "party bass music", it's no surprise that Tonga's parties are selling out and causing absolute bedlam. On February 5th, Skinner, Murkage Dave and the Murkage residents will headline The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington for what's sure to be an absolutely riot. This isn't one for the chin-strokers. Get tickets.
Vant's sharp and ballistic indie rock harks back to the classic days of The Hives and The Vines when riffs ruled over everything. Emerging back at the start of 2015, their razor sharp guitar lines found there way onto national radio, and following performances at Reading and Leeds, the hype is huge for 2016. With an album slated for release next summer, the wheels are well and truly in motion for Vant. Join them on their journey at The Lexington. Get tickets.
DICE favourite Lucy Rose is touring her material solo, and brings the show to one of Hampstead's hidden gems. On debut album Like I Used To Rose’s vocal softens and melts with tales that feel bare and personal, told in her perfectly unique style and performed over a range of haunting strings that just as quickly switch to accelerating percussion. With new album Our Eyes released over the summer and a massive Forum show last Novemeber be prepared for a spectacular show. Get tickets.
MAYA JANE COLES
The globe-trotting ANTS collective is coming to Manchester, and what's more? They're bringing an absolute blockbuster of a lineup along for the ride. Taking over the epic Albert Hall, the ever-evolving tastemakers welcome none other than Maya Jane Coles to spearhead proceedings alongside house music's very own poster boy, Steve Lawler. Ever since releasing on the likes of Mobilee, 20:20 Vision and Hypercolour, Maya Jane Coles has been set out on dominating the global festival circuit, whilst Lawler has blessed VIVA, Hot Creations and Leftroom with nothing but bangers. On the night, fellow ANTS stalwart Andrea Olivia and Saved Records' Nic Fanciulli will also be bringing the heat. House heads, this one is for you. Get tickets.
WHP have pulled out all the stops on this one. February 6th will see the legendary Manchester party collective welcome the one and only DJ EZ. Known to many as the most technically gifted DJ on the planet, his sets are simply mesmerizing; dipping from garage anthems to bass line bangers with unrivaled ease. Two minutes of watching this icon on YouTube and you're sold - the man possess superhuman powers. Don't miss your chance to catch a master at work. Get tickets.
Since releasing debut single Hungry Heart on Fat Possum, Q Magazine have called them "A mix of Spacemen 3-style noise and ominous Doom-rock riffs", while NME have been fans since day one. The London trio mix spacious swirling psyche guitars with a backbone rhythm section that's as solid as mountain. And in the mix of it all, there's a seething chaos and a promise that with this band, anything could and will happen. Renowned for their incendiary live show, YAK play this date at Gullivers armed with a barrage of indie anthems taken from their new EP No. Don't let yourself miss this gig. Get tickets.
JUST JACK 10TH BIRTHDAY
The legendary Just Jack party collective is turning ten years old this February, and what better way to celebrate than throwing an absolutely huge party at Motion. Anyone who's been to one of their infamous nights in the past will know the full on carnage you can expect, and what's more? You know they're gonna smack it out of the park with the lineup. Having hosted the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, DJ Koze, Levon Vincent and Delano Smith in the past, it's safe to say Just Jack pull no punches. Get tickets.
From Manhattan/Brooklyn, Sunflower Bean bring their flood of silk guitars, ardent rhythms, and lulling vocals to The Dome. The trio, comprised of Nick Kivlen, Jacob Farber, and Julia Cumming, who left the fashion runway to pick up a bass guitar, make careering indie psych with influences straight out the 70's, but also nodding to modern day resurgent heroes like Tame Impala. After impressing at number of shows back in 2015, and with debut album Human Ceremony around the corner, they play this date Bristol date in February. Don't miss it. Get tickets.
Described by Billboard as "A great new pop band blowing up the UK blogs," Fickle Friends are future indie heroes. In twelve months the quartet have worn into the hearts and typeface of music fans across Britain with their glossy, instant, and completely consuming perfect indie-pop songs. After smashing the release of their Velvet EP in May, and recently receiving love from Radio 1 for their standout track Say No More, Fickle Friends are coming to The Louisiana and you need to be there. Get tickets.