These are the gigs you need to go to this week


From pop to experimental hip-hop, these are the gigs you need to see this week.

Tuesday 9 December

Foxes – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, W12

Southampton-born Louisa Rose Allen will bring her experimental synthpop to Shepherd’s Bush Empire this week. Following the release of her critically acclaimed debut album, Glorious, Foxes has risen at a rapidly increasing rate, having become one of the most highly lauded pop starlets to have emerged from the UK in recent years. Why not head along to the artist’s London show to see what all of the fuss is about?

£14. Nearest Tube: Shepherd’s Bush.

Wednesday 10 December

Young Fathers – XOYO, EC2A

Rounding off a victorious 2014 after winning this year’s Mercury Prize, Young Fathers are hitting Shoreditch having just unveiled their new single “Soon Come Soon”. If you’re north of the border, you can also catch their homecoming New Year’s Eve show in Edinburgh.

£12.50. Nearest Tube: Old Street.

Wednesday 10 December

Hawk House – ICA London, SW1

The second instalment of Annie Mac’s series of curated events at London’s ICA, which features acts that the DJ’s personally championed, will be held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts on Wednesday. Sydney’s George Maple and Rosie Lowe are supporting.

£12.50. Nearest Tube: Charing Cross.

Thursday 11 December

Professor Green – Roundhouse, NW1

2010 saw Hackney born rapper Professor Green explode into the mainstream with his debut single “I Need You Tonight”, featuring a sample of INXS’ hit of the same name, and over the past four years the Grime music sensation has released three albums, toured the word and sold millions of records along the way. Having returned back in September with his third album Growing Up In Public, Green’s set to play a show at Camden’s Roundhouse on Thursday. This is a rare chance to catch him in a semi-intimate setting.

£20. Nearest Tube: Chalk Farm.

Friday 12 December

Lily Allen – O2 Academy Brixton, SW9
Our Woman of the Year 2009 returned to the mainstream with her third album Sheezus this summer, which she’s finally touring. Expect a set list filled with provocative pop and some revamped classics from Allen’s hit-filled back-catalogue.

£35. Nearest Tube: Brixton.

Saturday 13 December

Bombay Bicycle Club – Earl’s Court, SW5

Following the release of their hugely successful fourth album So Long, See You Tomorrow, Crouch End’s Bombay Bicycle Club are set to play a career defining show at London’s Earl’s Court on Saturday evening. And as if the band’s triumphant rise to headlining and filling a venue with the vastness of Earls Court wasn’t enough to make this event a special addition to London’s live calendar, the show will also mark the final live music event ever to take place within the venue. An impressive curtain-call for the live music institution, having previously hosted some incredible showcase across the years, making Saturday’s show an absolute must-see.

£32.45. Nearest Tube: Earl’s Court.

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