BEST GIGS ON DICE 15.02.16

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LONDON

FRANCES

Since receiving immediate support from Annie Mac for her breathtaking debut EP Grow, Frances has gone on to sweep up nominations for both the Brits Critics' Choice and BBC Sound of 2016 Poll. Her latest track Borrowed Time allows Frances' trademark silky vocals to glide into an explosive, glittery chorus with production provided by Disclosure's Howard Lawrence. Having already played sold out dates across the UK, she announces this date at Union Chapel in February. Get tickets.

SCUBA & MIND AGAINST

After already hosting the likes of Trevino, Ultramajic's Jimmy Edgar and the iconic Kenny Larkin, Scuba's XOYO residency series continues to rampage through East London. 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 and more for twelve weeks of no nonsense, full-throttle techno. Joining the one and only Scuba for this dark dance music feast will be explorative Italian duo Mind Against. Renowned for mysterious and simply spellbinding cuts of 124BPM magic, they'll be taking over XOYO's basement for this huge night. With Minimal Wave founder and techno tastemaker Veronicka Vasicka joining them, this event is set to be absolutely enormous. Don't miss it. Get tickets.

LOYLE CARNER

Loyle Carner keeps you hanging off every word. The hotly-tipped London lyricist is stupidly sought after right now. Masterful word play, soul-fueled beats and infectious hooks make for a lethal combination that make Loyler Carner unforgettable. The likes of "Cantona", "Florence" and "Mufasa" have caught the ears of everyone from Annie Mac to The Guardian. Catch this young master, he's about to explode. Get tickets.

JACK GARRATT

2016 is set to be a huge year for BRITs Critics’ Choice winner Jack Garratt, the British artist-producer and multi-instrumentalist, who will release his debut album ‘Phase’ on 19th February through Island Records. His headline tour in April includes a night at London’s Brixton Academy, and his genre-defying blend of electronica and soul has won endorsements from the likes of Zane Lowe and Annie Mac, through to Sia and Rick Rubin, making him one of the most essential new acts of the past 12 months. You can grab tickets to catch the enigmatic star at Heaven now. It's all part of BRITs Week, a series of special one-off gigs and events taking place in London in celebration of the BRIT Awards. Get tickets.

WHITNEY

A union between Smith Western's Max Kakacek and Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Julien Esrich, the pair join forces with five friends for new sun soaked project Whitney. Leaving behind the crushing guitars and mosh pits, they've adopted a sound that sits in between country and folk, that takes on swirling chorus lines and add's sugar-sweet vocals. With a debut album readied for 2016, Whitney are a band you need to catch. Get tickets.

MANCHESTER

MYSTERY JETS

It's been three years since Mystery Jets last struck our hearts with their fourth album Radlands, and near a decade since debut record Making Dens ripped onto the scene with a chant of Zoo Time and a band that featured their dad. From the youthful exuberance of You Can't Fool Me Dennis through their classic pop moments of Two Doors Down, to the swirling romance of Flakes, the mature beauty of Serotonin, or the pure drive of Someone Purer, they're a band that have grown through their own back catalogue. Releasing new album Curve of the Earth in January, they're set to add to their stunning back catalogue of indie anthems. Don't miss this gig at Manchester Gorilla. Get tickets.

KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD

What began as a side-project, a party band bordering on self-confessed joke, has quickly turned into one of the most audacious, thrilling, and exciting live acts around. Releasing new record Paper Mâché Dream Balloon in November, the Melbourne septet added to their skewered psychedelic sensibilities. Fun and futuristic, it's a curveball record, set to be loved by fans and critics alike. But it's live that they really take hold. With two drummers and their very own harmonica player, it's just as much spectacle as it is show, kind of like an outlandish Goat, or Taking Heads with a keg. Don't miss this gig at Gorilla. Get tickets.

SECTION BOYZ

One listen to their anthemic Lock Arf, and you know Section Boyz pack a menacing punch. Dark musings from the street, blended together with quick wit and heavy-hitting production makes the South London MC's a force to be reckoned with going into 2016. Collaborations with the likes of Ghost and Stormzy have only escalated the appeal of the young threesome, and on February 26th, you've got the chance to catch them live. Get tickets.

BRISTOL

ANGEL HAZE

After returning to the game with the enormous Impossible in July, it's safe to say Detroit's Angel Haze has owned the latter half of 2015. Clattering beats, menacing flow and a piston-like hook declared Haze as a forced to be reckoned, and she's showing no signs of letting up. An enigmatic character, the Dirty Gold rapper delivers a pedal-to-the-metal live show that you simply have to witness. With the release of her storming new mixtape Back To The Woods, Haze is in the form of her life. Live, she'll blow you away. Get tickets.

TOKYO WORLD 2016 LAUNCH PARTY

Every year, the incredible Tokyo World festival takes over Bristol, welcoming the very best from the world's of hip-hop and bass music. And 2016 will be no different. To kick things off, their throwing a monstrous launch party on February 20th at Motion, and they've recruited serious firepower to get things underway. Onyx, Stanton Warriors, LTJ Bukem, A Guy Called Gerald, Romare, The Heatwave, Icicle and many more will take over Bristol's finest for a night you simply cannot miss. Get tickets.

WE'RE NO HEROES

Cardiff's We're No Heroes have the fun, funky riffs that we've come to love from Peace and Swim Deep but take them to new tropical levels. Tracks like Voodoo and Stay Weird have already been picked up by the likes of Radio 1, no doubt due to the youthful vocals, catchy hooks and simply addictive guitar lines. Been tipped by many to smash 2016, they head to Bristol's Start The Bus. Get tickets.