With so much going on in the pre-Christmas party season gig crush, it’s easy to miss a killer night out, even if it’s happening right on your doorstep. So every week we’ll be saving you the disappointment by listing the best gigs and clubs in one handy article. And with no booking fees, we’ll save you a bit of cash too. You’re welcome.
Jamie Woon is back with a bang. Four years after 'Mirrorwriting', the enigmatic Londoner has finally blessed us with 'Sharpness', a majestically silky, D'Angelo inspired masterpiece. And boy has it lit the blue touch paper. Now, on the brink of his eagerly anticipated second album, PMR's young king is bringing his formidable live show to the sexy Scala in Kings Cross, and you need to be there. Book now.
Your Mum's House have pulled out all the stops on this one. November 14th will see the legendary London 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. Book now.
"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 November 14th, Skinner, Murkage Dave and the Murkage residents will headline The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington for what's sure to be an absolutely riot of a first birthday. This isn't one for the chin-strokers, get ready to get loose. Book now.
Producer, vocalist, and all round darling of the bloggoshpere TĀLĀ has been somewhat of a R&B revelation over the last few years. Emerging with an Eastern influenced sound, the songstress has already gained a loyal fanbase across the globe. With the elegance of FKA Twigs and MIA's attitude, the singer songwriter provides a fresh take on futuristic pop music. After being snapped up by Colombia, and with an album in the pipeline for 2016, TĀLĀ's time is coming. Don't miss this special show at the ICA. Book now.
With thumping production and vocal hooks that rip in to repetition, New York’s MS MR are back, and new single Painted marks this as a return to pay attention to. Taking cues from 90s dance with a ringing piano line that pulses under huge pop melodies, they've taken a turn for the dance floor with nods to everyone from Scissor Sisters to Florence and The Machine. If their recent secret London headline in Dalston was anything to go by, the duo have big plans for new record How Does It Feel, and even bigger choruses. Book now.
With haunting falsetto vocals, delicately built songs that ebb and flow through lush layers of instrumentation, and lines that make you shiver like someone’s stepped on your grave, Manchester’s Money could make for a dreamy prospect live. But forget personal reflection, these shows are as electric and captivating as any pumped up punk gig, with lead singer Jamie Lee throwing himself from stage and into the faces of the crowd with cheek and charm in abundance. It’s been two years since the release of their debut album, the beautiful The Shadow Of Heaven on the ever excellent Bella Union label. Be there to welcome them back to the world of the living at The White Hotel this November. Book now.
The ever-reliable High Hoops tastemakers are bringing Strength Music boss DJ Qu to Manchester. His recent release on Secretsundaze scored rave reviews - punchy melodies, orchestral strings, stabby synths and hard hitting drums. And that's exactly what Ramon Quezada has mastered over the past decade. On November 13th, the techno stalwart spearheads Hidden in Manchester alongside ClekClekBoom's French Fries, Bristol's NTS resident Shanti Celeste, Chicago's Amir Alexandrer, Means&3rd and Kerrie. Book now.
With the psych-pop prog of Ariel Pink or early Unknown Mortal Orchestra, former Late Of The Pier front man Sam Eastgate has been reborn as LA Priest. The Guardian called him a genius, while NME gave his debut album, the gloriously imaginative Inji, a massive nine out of ten. With slick bass, pulsating samples and a yearning delivery as sexy as it is playful, Eastgate has been whipping crowds around the UK all summer with his scintillating live performance and silky suits. Book now.
For the past few years, Novel Sound head-honcho Levon Vincent has been circling the techno-sphere with an air of dominance from his incredible productions. Pile-driving kicks, masterful hi-hats and godly melodies, the man has it all. However, his recent self-titled LP shot him into a new world with Pitchfork stamping it with an 8.3 and everyone from Four Tet and Nina Kraviz rinsing it's produce. November 14th will see the techno heavy-weight headline Hidden in Manchester, and we couldn't think of a more incredible space to witness this master. Book now.
New Jersey’s Titus Andronicus return after three years with a brand new album and this date at The Deaf Institute that’s destined to end in a sweaty mess. With fourth album The Most Lamentable Tragedy due this July, first track Dimed Out is as raw an affair as ever with driving guitar line, striving delivery, and the sort of refrain you’ll chant with fist punching air. A band that always connect live, singer Patrick Stickles stage presence is as aggressive as it is addictive. Book now.
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. Playing this November date at Bristol's Motion, and with the promise of new material from Vile, it’s not a show to miss. Book now.
On November 14th, Shapes will join forces with the boundary-pushing Bristol label Hypercolour to showcase an array of house music’s elite at Motion. Pampa & Studio Barnhus stalwart Axel Boman is all killer, no filler. Ever since his gloriously produced Family Vacation LP back in 2013, the Swede has blessed the scene with game-changing releases such as 1979, Black Magic Boman and Fantastic Piano to name just a few. In November, he’ll head up Motion alongside the infectious sounds of Breach as well as Ninja Tune’s Luke Vibert and Hypercolour’s very own Cedric Maison. Book now.
The project of Veronica Falls’ James Hoare and Jack Cooper of Mazes, Ultimate Painting released their debut self-titled record last year to a roar of critical and fan praise. With languid guitars, laissez-faire vocals, and a wistful charm, Ultimate Painting are one of those bands you fall into. But once you’re in, there’s no getting out; their melodies and spirit as addictive as they are infectious. Following a couple of sold out visits to the UK earlier this year, and the release of their second LP Green Lanes, this one is sure to be one of the hottest tickets in town. Book now.
On November 14th, Motion welcome one of house music’s most illustrious record labels, Defected, to showcase the very best from their hard-hitting roster. Having released the likes of Guti, Masters At Work and Hercules & Love Affair over the course of 2015, it’s safe to say the London based imprint has had quite the year. The punchy, dance-floor prepped sounds of Oliver Dollar will lead the line whilst Food Music’s Shadow Child and Dirtybird’s Riva Starr pack out a no nonsense supporting cast. Book now.
When it comes to electronic music, The Orb are right up there with Kraftwerk and Brian Eno as some of the most instrumental figures behind the genre and its varied sub categories. Fusing elements of house with more traditional electronica, the London duo create sonic waves for 7am listens when the sun is rising and your energy levels are waning. With their catchy vocal loops and dream like soundscapes, seeing these ambient house pioneers is a must. Don't miss out when they take to the stage at Thekla. Book now.