These are the gigs you need to go to this week – January 19


From Seventies psychedelia to cutting-edge indie pop, these are the gigs you need to go to this week.


Wednesday January 21

Alex Burey – St Pancras Old Church, NW1

South London’s Alex Burey is set to bring his five-piece band across the river on Wednesday. Having revealed his debut single “Unspoken” towards the end of 2014, which was, frankly, brilliant, the young artist will release his debut EP next month, written, self-produced and recorded within his own home studio. Citing a wide range of influences from Seventies psychedelic soul to rock to jazz fusion, as well as garnering plenty of King Krule comparisons. Just three weeks in, 2015 seems to be shaping up nicely for the artist.

£7.50. Nearest Tube: King’s Cross.

Furs – The Waiting Room, N16

London-based psychedelic pop trio Furs and The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington have come to an arrangement that features the band playing a residency of four shows throughout the month, all of which will offer free entry if you RSVP. If Furs’ reputation as stellar live performers wasn’t enough, the band will also be bringing rising outfit Leave The Planet with them this week, for the third of their four shows. So be sure to catch the band live as part of this residency before it’s too late.

Free. Nearest Tube: Dalston Kingsland Overground.

Shannon Saunders – The Borderline, W1D

Having risen to fame following a string of videos uploaded to the 20-year-old singer’s YouTube channel, Saunders is set to release her anticipated debut album later this year, which is already predestined to become a huge success. So don’t miss out on this chance to catch the singer’s live performance while she’s still nearly the next big thing.

£8.50. Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road

Thursday January 22

Bunki – Powerlunches, E8

Having made a name for himself on London’s electronic scene, releasing a single in collaboration Goldsmiths University record label venture NX Records, Bunki will be holding a party at Dalston’s Powerlunches this week in celebration of the release of his brand new debut self-titled EP. Expect sparse synths and minimalist, bassline-driven gems. And you don’t even have to pay t get in. But don’t forget your wallet – cassettes of the EP will be available to buy on the night.

Free. Nearest Tube: Dalston Junction Overground.

Saturday January 24

Alt-J – The O2 Arena, SE10

Following the release of the band’s widely acclaimed 2012 debut, , Leeds’ Alt-J released the follow-up at the tail end of last year. And now, with two albums worth of material onside, the band will play their biggest headline show to date, taking place this weekend at London’s 20,000 capacity O2 Arena.

From £20. Nearest Tube: North Greenwich.

British Sea Power’s Sea Of Brass – Barbican Centre, EC2Y

Rough Trade Records has hosted some incredible bands over the years, including The Smiths, The Strokes, and The Libertines. However, holding the longest contract with the label thus far, British Sea Power are set to return to London with something a little different this weekend. They’re teaming up with Peter Wraight and Redbridge Brass Band for a performance that will see a host of BSP records reworked as a collaborative effort. You might even spot a celebrity too – Radiohead and David Bowie count themselves as fans.

From £15. Nearest Tube: Barbican

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Jonathan Hatchman

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