BEST GIGS ON DICE 14.03.16

Each week we shove the best music in your city in front of your face in a series of glowing sentences. WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME READ ABOUT SOMETHING I'M SUPPOSED TO LISTEN TO? And we make an Apple Music playlist too. Whichever way suits you, we'll still be saving you time, and with No Booking Fees, money too. Only another surprise Kendrick album could top that.

LONDON

FLUME

Maximalist master Flume literally took over the world back in 2012, weaving ferocious stabs and instantly addictive hooks into his rule-breaking electronica that paved the way for a whole host of Australian dance acts. It culminated with the dance music prince scoring a number one in his home country for his simply jaw dropping debut self-titled album, but he didn't stop there. After selling out massive shows across the globe and having had huge success with remixes for the likes of Disclosure, Lorde and more, he announced his return in 2016, and you can catch him at Camden's Roundhouse in March. Buy tickets.

SAVAGES

A crushing blow of nihilistic delivery, antagonising stage presence, and violently passionate performance, a Savages live show is one you'll leave a different person, soaked with sweat and set with a new belief in the power of four vehement musicians. Releasing their debut album Silence Yourself in 2013, it picked up critical acclaim and devoted fans in an instant with its seething and striking vocals, harrowing guitar lines, deep driving bass, and a rhythm section that defies the laws of physics. Announcing new album Adore Life, due early next year, and bringing their must see live show to Camden's Roundhouse for this incendiary night, missing this gig is just not an option. Buy tickets.

HANA

Evocative and emotional, HANA creates a dreamy haze of R&B tinged pop with her bubblegum-sweet vocal and ice-cold production. Despite having two tracks on her soundcloud, she's already received support from the likes of i-D and Noisey, and has two huge superfans in Lana Del Rey and Lorde. HANA is in town for what will be a special night. Buy tickets.

SCUBA & NINA KRAVIZ

From January 9th, XOYO's illustrious residency series continues with 12 Weeks Of Techno, spearheaded by none other than Scuba. Taking over East London's leading club every Saturday night until March 26th, the Hotflush Recordings boss has recruited the likes of Nina Kraviz, Alan Fitzpatrick, Jimmy Edgar, Matthew Dear, Kenny Larkin, Ryan Elliott, Len Faki, Mind Against and more for twelve weeks of no nonsense, full-throttle techno. For the penultimate event, Scuba's set to joined by none other than techno titan Nina Kraviz. Constantly spearheading lineups at festivals across the global, the Russian tastemaker never fails to deliver pumping and eclectic cuts from her genre-spanning record collection. Buy tickets.

KANO

From "P's & Q's" to "Forefather" to "Spaceship", Kano's back catalogue is armed with some of grime's most definitive records. Home Sweet Home's "Nite Nite" and "Typical Me" shot the East Ham MC to the top of the game, and since then, he's collaborated with everyone from Wiley to Gorillaz, dropped three monster albums and racked up BRIT nominations. On March 19th, he graces Troxy with his presence for a one-off you can't afford to be missing out. Buy tickets.

MANCHESTER

GIGGS

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 March 17th, he'll take over South in Manchester for Hype Mango's launch party, and you need to be there. Not only that, Splurgeboys x Paper Aero Plane and Pottymouth round off a no nonsense lineup. Buy tickets.

ARTWORK

After absolutely smashing his residency at The Nest in London this summer, the legendary Artwork has really cemented himself as one of the UK's most loved selectors, as if he wasn't already. An integral centre piece of UK party scene, the Rinse FM regular can work a crowd like no other, drawing for banger after banger, dropping house gems and techno monsters you never knew existed. On March 18th, he headlines Hidden for Transmission Funk's party with Flow Motion. Cynic Music's Felix Dickinson and DJ Steaw pack a seriously heavy-weight lineup. Family vibes all round. Buy tickets.

DIIV

Since releasing their critically acclaimed debut LP Oshin, DIIV have had a tough few years, with band members departing, run-ins with police and more. Their new record tackles addiction and depression head on, with Zachary Cole at his most evocative, emotive best. NME said "this is just a band in a room, and the noise they make is thrilling" while Pitchfork scored it 8.1. It's a storming return to form for the Brooklyn indie rockers who will stop by Gorilla in March. Buy tickets.

BRISTOL

DARKSTAR

Known for their enchanting, emotive and engaging live shows, James Young and Aiden Whalley are quickly establishing themselves as pioneering figures within the electronic music sphere. Warped pulsating beats, warm vocal hooks and bubbling melodies is what inevitably caught the ears of Kode9 and his infamous Hyperdub label, before Darkstar branched into the illustrious Warp Records with their beautiful News From Nowhere LP, gaining justifiable comparisons to James Blake and Radiohead in the process. Last year, they released the critically-acclaimed Foam Island, which tackled issues of living under the Conservative government in the north. Now, they take their mind-bending live show to Start The Bus. Buy tickets.

JOANNA GRUESOME

Returning with the sticky sweet and gut punching Peanut Butter last year, Cardiff's Joanna Gruesome followed up their Welsh Music Prize winning debut with a second album that was just as addictive. Thrashing guitars and walls of drums refuse to relent against the warmest of melodies and soft dual vocals. On the gritty side of twee, Joanna Gruesome are one of those rare bands in pop that actually stand for something. With cutting lyrics and an impactful determination, live they're a force of nature. Following the departure of singer Alanna, they've expanded to a sextet delivering their bubble gum punk with twice the bratty abrasion. With nods to The Vaselines, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, and Nirvana you can count your life on this band. Catch them at Bristol Exchange. Buy tickets.

CHASE & STATUS

Yet again, Motion have delivered. On March 18th, they welcome the anthemic sounds of Chase & Status to lead the line. With a monstrous back catalogue that boasts the likes of Alive, End Credits, Brand New Machine and International, the high-octane duo have left a heavy mark on UK's bass music scene. Don't miss them takeover Bristol's finest in March alongside the hotly-tipped Bonkaz, Dimension, Yungen, 1991 and more. Bass heads - this is for you. Buy tickets.

CARDIFF

THE STRANGLERS

For over four decades The Stranglers have maintained a glowing career, continuously delivering genre defying, immediate, world conquering hits. From new wave to post-punk to art rock, their sound developed into something as enigmatic as it is idiosyncratic, creating tracks with the much sampled swagger of Peaches, the 80s noir pop of Always The Sun, and the enduring elegance of Golden Brown. With seventeen studio albums to their name, most recently 2012’s Giants complete with provocative artwork, there’s plenty to fill the stage of The Great Hall in Cardiff this March. A show for all generations, get a ticket and get involved. Buy tickets.