We bring you the best gigs, clubs and festivals on DICE. But we know that sometimes you get busy - there are Christmas parties to attend, hangovers to be endured, and maybe a bit of work in between. So to help you out, here's the highlights from your city this week in one handy blog post.
Rampaging drum machines, high-intensity vocals, air-tight snares and melody driven sythns, it's all something that twenty-nine year old Ross Birchard has very much mastered. Known to many as Hudson Mohawke, or one incredibly successful half of TNGHT, the Glaswegian makes anthemic club music that smacks you in the face. After producing for everyone from Kanye West to Big Sean, Hudson Mohawke's latest Lantern LP is a manically thrilling, club indulgent stroke of genius that catapults the Scot onto a whole new level. On December 10th, Hudson Mohawke takes to the epically perfect setting of The Roundhouse in Camden to showcase his blockbuster soundscape to the masses of London. Book now.
'Inspector Norse' is one of the greatest electronic records of our time, and its creator - Todd Terje, is one of the scene's most influential producers, no question. Rolling Stone branded Terje one of the "25 DJ's that rule the world", and for those who've seen him live, you'll know why. His punchy energetic mix of disco, uplifting house and baile funk is enough to take you on a sweat-drenched journey of any club till the very early hours. On December 13th, Terje spearheads the incredible KOKO. [Book now](
Mumford & Sons
Fresh from a huge headline set at this summer’s Reading and Leeds Festivals, the Gentlemen of the Road are back where they belong announcing two massive dates at London’s O2 Arena. Releasing debut album Sigh No More in 2009, tracks like The Cave and Little Lion Man became global hits propelling the band to a stratospheric stage with their triumphant crescendos, soaring sentiment, and trademark banjo. 2012’s follow up Babel only cemented the quartet’s status as new folk heroes with a subsequent Glastonbury headline, while this year’s Wilder Mind expanded their sound into a stadium filling force. Book now.
The Fat White Family
Fat White Family 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, and this Christmas, they're putting on an absolutely huge party that you need to be at. With a whole host of their mates and favourite indie heroes joining them, this bonanza at Bussey Building is set to be absolutely carnage. Put your best Christmas jumper on, and get ready to mosh. Book now.
The three members of Shopping, Billy Easter, Andrew Milk, and Rachel Aggs have been prominent members of the UK’s DIY scene for the past five years, playing in bands from Trash Kit to Wet Dog and running MÏLK records. Together they pour a wealth of knowledge, influence and experience to create tracks that loop, wind and blend touchstones across decades. Mixing dub with indie, punk with lo-fi art-rock and a modern dissonance, their creations are enigmatically engaging and joyously playful. They released second record Why Choose this autumn, picking up praise from the likes of BBC 6Music and Stereogum. Playing this antics/Now Wave December Spezial at Night & Day Cafe, make this gig your Christmas Shopping. Book now.
Steve Bug, Matthew Dear & Giles Smith
As electronic music pioneers go, you don't get much more esteemed than Steve Bug. Founder of the pioneering Poker Flat imprint, Bug has also peppered the likes Ovum, Cocoon and M_nus with his heavy-hitting blend of masterfully produced electronica and no nonsense techno. On December 11th, he joins Ghostly co-founder and all-round dance music visionary, Matthew Dear, at Hidden in Manchester - and you need to be there. Having remixed everyone from The xx to The Chemical Brothers and released the likes of Seth Troxler, Matrixxman and even his own acid-infused alias, Audion, through Ghostly's sister label Spectral Sound, it's safe to say Dear is one of the game's most revered figures. As a DJ he carries that multifaceted persona with him, slamming festivals worldwide with stomping techno, four to the floor house and forgotten Detroit masterpieces, all gelled together with an unrivaled ease. Not only that, Secretsundaze stalwart and one half of Two Armadillos, Giles Smith, will be bringing his eclectic mix of all things electronica. This is quite the lineup, don't miss three masters of their craft. Book now.
The Twilight Sad
With songs that weigh heavy with despondent lyrics and bass thick tones, Twilight Sad are as emotive as their name suggests. But there’s something enticingly addictive about their darker moments. Releasing new album Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave last year, the band took to the road cutting stages into pieces with their thick post-punk melodies and soundscapes of bleak beauty. Returning to the studio to record new offering Òran Mór Session full of intimate and stripped back revelations, it’s the perfect gift from the Scottish trio and a reason for them to get back to where they belong, performing direct to your heartsigh. Book now.
It seems quite fitting that Netsky named himself after a computer virus, given the infectiously addictive and hard-hitting drum and bass he's given the scene over the past seven years. The man's signature liquid funk has built a global reputation and live, Netsky is a monster. On December 9th, he brings that formidable live show to Bristol's Trinity Centre. This is one is for the bass-heads, get stuck in. Book now.
Ever since his stunning acoustic cover of The Knife's Heartbeats first caught our ears, it's been impossible to forget the sound of José González's stunning vocal. Other singer-songwriters have come and gone, but no one has left a mark as deep as the Swedish swoon-inducer. The power of his voice and his gentle finger-picked guitar playing have often been known to stun audiences into silence, and with the release of new album Vestiges And Claws, the solo artist has crafted yet another classic LP. Heading to Bristol's Motion equipped with his ever-expanding back catalogue of intricately layered folk, José González will blow you away. You need to be at this gig. Book now.
On December 12th, An Evening With welcome one of electronic music's most influential characters, Skream, to Motion in Bristol. Whether it be pioneering dubstep, championing new talent to the masses or going back to back with Disclosure, the Croydon born producer just keeps adding strings to his bow. Expect a no-nonsense party atmosphere on the night and that acid influenced, jacking house music that Skream has become synonymous with of late. With this running from 10PM - 5AM, you can expect a hectic affair. Book now.