These are the gigs you need to go to this week


From main-room house heroes to time-served indie legends, these are the gigs you need to see this week.

Monday 15 – Wednesday 17 December

Manic Street Preachers – Roundhouse, NW1

Nowadays, too many bands are crawling out of the proverbial woodwork and relentlessly touring their classic albums to tie in with big anniversaries. However, after a slew of recent reviews, it seems as though this is far from the case regarding Manic Street Preachers, currently touring their 1994 album The Holy Bible. Instead, it seems like the Welsh rock outfit’s stepped back in time for an energetic revival of the classic LP, while remembering to throw a selection of fan-favourites into the mix for good measure.

£35. Nearest Tube: Chalk Farm

Tuesday 16 December

Ellie Goulding & Friends – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, W12

Not only does the showcase boast an incredible lineup of current artists for just £25, all proceeds will go towards local homeless charity, Streets Of London. Bastille, Kwabs, Kodaline, Band Of Skulls and Tom Odell are also playing acoustic sets to help raise funds.

£25. Nearest Tube: Shepherd’s Bush

Thursday 18 – Friday 19 December

Alesso – O2 Academy Brixton, SW9

Swedish superstar DJ and producer Alesso has been making quite a name for himself lately. Having made history by becoming the first musician to premiere a music video via social network Snapchat, he’s also jumped on the production buttons for Swedish House Mafia and released a handful of floor-filling singles with Calvin Harris, Hurts and Tove Lo. This week’s Brixton Academy show was in such high demand that Friday’s date sold out in an hour.

£27.50. Nearest Tube: Brixton

Friday 19 December

Skepta – Fabric, EC1M

It seems that London’s appetite for grime remains healthy. London’s Fabric boasts a strong lineup topped by Skepta and his brother JME. Skepta’s preparing to release his fourth solo album in 2015 after making waves with his comeback single “That’s Not Me” released in June. Get a preview here.Tickets for the event will be available on the door prior to the performance.

£20. Nearest Tube: Barbican

Saturday 20 December

Simian Mobile Disco – XOYO, EC2A
Taking part of East London’s XOYO’s series of residencies across nine-months, Simian Mobile Disco are set to play the last of 12 consecutive Saturday nights at the venue. Having released their fourth studio album Whorl back in September, now’s the time to catch the premiere house duo in an intimate environment. Advance tickets have sold out but there’ll be plenty more on the door from 9PM.

£13.50. Nearest Tube: Old Street

Sunday 21 December

The Cure – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, W6

With a 37-year back-catalogue onside, the band will play the first of three Christmas shows at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, on Sunday night. Expect an extensive set that features a selection of hits, fan-favourites and even a few surprises.

£50. Nearest Tube: Hammersmith

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