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Grimes is back. 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. We just know that if you’re not in the room at Brixton Academy this March, you’re missing out. Get tickets.
FAT WHITE FAMILY
A lot has been said about a lack of authenticity in rock n roll but with Fat White Family it's simply not an issue. They live to play, and their live shows are legendary. Their on stage antics (stripping off, rubbing butter on themselves) could sound gimmicky if they weren't so deadly serious. Letting debut album Champagne Holocaust loose on the world in 2014, they picked up fans in NME, BBC 6 Music, VICE, The Guardian… the list goes on and on. There's a global appetite for the Fat White's nihilistic, reverb drenched, guttural delivery and smirking self knowledge. Releasing new album Songs For Our Mothers in January, Fat White Family are set to prove to the world that they are the greatest rock n roll band alive. Don't miss this incendiary live show at The Coronet. Get tickets.
New international event series - Outlier - curated and headlined by Bonobo has assembled a genre-defying programme of music from some of the industries most innovative talents: Maya Jane Coles who will play as both herself and her darker alias, Nocturnal Sunshine. Continuing the theme of bass-leaning pseudonyms, Paul Woolford will also make an appearance as Special Request. Joining the already stellar lineup is a man who needs little introduction: head-honcho of Worldwide and Bronswood Recordings, Gilles Peterson. After a game-changing year in 2015, George FitzGerald will also join ranks, with experimental producer Lapalux and Erased Tapes duo Kiasmos adding to the event's live music offering. You will also be able to enjoy Alex Smoke, who has his next album 'Love Over Will' set to drop on R&S on January 22nd, as well as Lone and enigmatic producer Romare. Other guests include Throwing Snow, Trevino, Glenn Astro and Hodge, with more still to be added to the landmark launch party. Get tickets.
Last we heard from Kurt Vile he was in studio, working on his sixth album, a follow up to 2013’s stunning Wakin On A Pretty Daze and his It’s A Big World Out There (And I Am Scared) EP. The singer-songwriter has steadily won a growing fan base over the last seven years with his blissed out, reflective, and heartwarming indie rock. Live, he’s charming and magnetic, and playing with his band The Violaters they release an encapsulating wave of thick, careening guitars. After selling out a show at the Electric Ballroom in a matter of minutes, Vile will be bringing his band to Camden for a special gig at the Roundhouse. This is a match made in heaven, and you have to be there. Get tickets.
CONVERGENCE PRESENTS: PIECES OF A MAN - THE GIL SCOTT-HERON PROJECT
Convergence Presents: Pieces of a Man - The Gil Scott-Heron Project; featuring guest vocalists Anna Calvi, Nadine Shah, Kwabs, Jamie Woon, Andreya Triana, Floating Points, Loyle Carner, Gwilym Gold & Joan As Police Woman. The Gil Scott-Heron Project is a celebration of the life and legacy of the legendary American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author. With music direction from The Invisible's Dave Okumu, this night will see a whole host of emerging and recognised artists such as Jamie Woon, Kwabs, Loyle Carner, Gwilym Gold and more recast Scott-Heron's music in performances that span soul, funk and hip hop. Don't miss out on the story of a true legend. Taking over various venues across London in March, Convergence brings together visual arts and music pioneers that deploy technology in diverse and innovative ways. Get tickets.
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. Get tickets.
Cosmosis Festival bring some of the finest alternative and psychedelic rock and roll bands from across the world to Manchester's Victoria Warehouse. Returning in March for another year, they'll be playing host to the likes of Sleaford Mods, PINS, Ringo Deathstar and Deafheaven. With tickets sitting at £67.50, you'd be stupid to miss out on such a huge lineup. Get this festival snapped up. Get tickets.
RED BULL CULTURE CLASH
Red Bull Culture Clash is back and the heaviest of hitters will grace Old Granada Studios for a night of unparalleled bass and clash throw downs, with just one crowned champion. This year’s lineup boasts an all Manchester special, with A Guy Called Gerald presenting Basstronic, reggae experts Dub Smugglers, grime collective LEVELZ and Made In Manchester’s hard-hitting MC collective all going head to head for the throne. Let the battle commence. Get tickets.
This March, Bodynod take to Bristol's leading club, Motion, to welcome grime's elite. Armed with a bank of underground hits such as Monsta Man, Look What The Cat Dragged In, Who's Dat and Don't Go There, Giggs has left one hell of a mark on the grime scene. On the night he'll be joined by the long-standing grime veteran Logan Sama. A true master of the craft, Sama is a real champion of the scene, and a menacing DJ. With more to be added, you know this is gonna be huge. Don't miss out. Get tickets.
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. This is your chance to catch a master at work. Get tickets.
RED LIGHT & MELE
This March, Marble Factory present a whole host of bass music's elite from the UK underground as they welcome Lobster Boy Records. As home to the likes of Redlight, Mella Dee and Melé, the imprint has championed nothing but straight up club bangers. On March 12th, the whole team will take over Bristol's finest, showcasing the exact reason the label has gone onto hit the heights it's hit over the past eighteen months. Don't miss out. Get tickets.