These are the gigs you need to go to this week – January 12th



From jazz legends to dubstep producers, r ‘n’ b heroes and the chance to see a household name while you dine, these are the gigs you need to know about this week.

Monday 12 January

Paolo Nutini – The O2 Arena, SE10

Originally scheduled to take place back in October then postponed due to health problems, GQ Man of the Year Paolo Nutini will bring his soulful blend of alternative, folk and pop to the O2 tonight. Releasing his third album, Caustic Love, last year, his third album since 2005’s highly regarded debut These Streets, the Paisley-born artist has managed to become a household name. With just one London show scheduled, if the reviews of last week’s Glasgow show are anything to go by, it’d be a real shame to miss the singer’s triumphant return to London.

£40. Nearest Tube: North Greenwich

Wednesday 14 January

Laura Groves – The Lexington, N1

Yorkshire-born artist Laura Groves has been making waves since the release of her debut solo EP Thinking About Thinking, following previous recordings as Blue Roses. Now a soloist, Groves has relocated to London and her alluring pop songs have been taking the alternative music scene by storm over the past few months. Having become renowned for her striking live performances, why not check out the singer’s set at The Lexington on Wednesday evening? Support comes from Jagaara and Alma Este.

£6. Nearest Tube: Angel

Wednesday 14 January 

Eliza Doolittle – Quaglino’s, SW1Y

Following a relatively quiet year for the London-based pop artist, Eliza Doolittle is set to return with a new album within the next 12 months, and before she does, Quaglino’s restaurant is set to host an exclusive showcase that will feature a live set from the artist. With a handful of big hit singles to her name, as well as having featured on Disclosure’s “You & Me” in 2013, having become one of the year’s summer anthems, now’s your chance to catch Eliza in the intimate setting before she headlines some of the Capital’s more sizable venues.

£20. . Nearest Tube: Green Park

Wednesday 14-17 January

Booker T. Jones – Ronnie Scott’s, W1D
What do you get when you cross a legendary central London Jazz club with one of the most influential soul musicians of all time? A four-night Booker T Jones residency at Ronnie Scott’s. Currently celebrating the 50-year anniversary of his huge 1960s hit “Green Onions” with The MG’s, having become one of the pioneers of Memphis. Also, Jones is set to use this tour to promote his tenth studio album Sound The Alarm. Released last year, it marks the artist’s monumental return to STAX records and also features his son Ted Jones, playing guitar. Expect these four shows to be nothing short of spectacular.

£50 – 70. Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road

Friday 16 January 

Jazzie B OBE – CLF Art Café/Bussey Building, SE15
Set to round off the working week, one of South London’s trendiest venues – Peckham’s CLF Art Café/The Bussey Building will host a three-hour house party set from the almighty Jazzie B OBE, the man behind Soul II Soul, one of the most iconic R&B and dance acts to have come out of England in the past 30 years. Expect funk, soul, disco, hip-hop, r’n’b, reggae and more, spinning all of the way into Saturday morning.

£10. Nearest Tube: Peckham Rye Overground

Saturday 17 January

Skream – XOYO, EC2A 

One of the country’s most prominent DJs, having become an early pioneer of dubstep alongside his Magnetic Man cohorts Benga and Artwork, Skream is the latest to partake in XOYO’s 12-week Saturday residency, following Simian Mobile Disco’s three-month stint. And although he cut his teeth on dubstep production having begun his musical journey at the tender age of 15, Skream’s latest offerings have expanded into the territories of house, disco and techno, so expect a spectacle sub-genre exploration from the second installment of the artist’s residency. Limited advance tickets are still available, but more will be available on the door from 9.00pm until the venue hits capacity.

£20. Nearest Tube: Old Street

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Jonathan Hatchman

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