These are the gigs you need to go to this week


From Jessie Ware and the Charlatans to Ghostpoet and Wiley, this is our guide to the country’s best live music.

Monday 26 January

Alvvays – Bodega, Nottingham
The Canadian indie-pop outfit have been making waves here in the UK leading up to the release of their anticipated eponymous debut album, which they’re currently touring around Europe. Both the London and Manchester dates have sold out, but Nottingham’s intimate venue, Bodega, still has some tickets left. Get them while you can.


Tuesday 27 January

The Charlatans – Ace Hotel Shoreditch, London
In association with Sister Ray records’ new store in Shoreditch’s Ace Hotel, the legendary outfit will play an exclusive in-store performance on Tuesday evening. Tying in with the release of the band’s twelfth studio album Modern Nature (out today), the ticket price also includes a free vinyl copy of the album, which the band will be signing from 6.00pm in store. Advance tickets have sold-out, but a limited amount of copies will be available to buy from the store on Tuesday.


Wednesday 28 January

Menace Beach – The Louisiana, Bristol

Hot off the heels of last week’s debut album release, one of the year’s most exciting new bands are set to bring their national tour to The Louisiana in Bristol this week. Expect some exquisite psych-tinged alternative stylistics from the Leeds-based band in the wake of Ratworld’s awaited release.


Thursday 29 January

Ghostpoet – Gulliver’s, Manchester

Obaro Ejimiwe has been making waves over the past few years, earring tremendous success for his blend of street poetry and UK hip-hop. Set to head out on a full tour later in the year in support of his new album (due in March), he has a small handful of dates scheduled to take place this week as a warm up for his UK tour in April.


Thursday 29 January and Friday 30 January

Jessie Ware – O2 Academy Brixton, London

Boasting one of the finest album releases of 2014, Jessie Ware will be coming home to Brixton this week. Having become one of the UK’s most highly regarded pop acts of the past few years, this is one not to miss.


Friday 30 January

Wiley – The Institute, Birmingham

The godfather of Grime will be heading north to Birmingham this weekend. Expect a raucous display of UK hip-hop classics from the artist’s expansive back-catalogue, as well as a handful of newer tracks taken from Wiley’s latest and final album, Snakes & Ladders.


The Yardbrids – The 100 Club, London

The group counts Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page among their alumni, and while the aforementioned artists aren’t still band members, the current line up does still feature original members Jim McCarty and Anthony Topham. This will be the act’s final live appearance with the current line up.


Saturday 31 January

Sulk – Oslo, London

Following years of tweaking and perfecting their final album, Graceless, Sulk’s proved themselves of one of the circuit’s tightest live bands with their nostalgic swirly guitar lines, subtle psychedelia and stadium-sized choruses, the band’s first live show of 2015 is an essential addition to London’s live music calendar.


Sunday February 1

Honeyblood – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh

Taking place as part of Independent Venue Week, a new initiative that showcases a selection of 85 music venues across the UK hosting some of the nation’s most exciting acts, Honeyblood will return to the site of their second ever show, after which they were signed to Fat Cat Records. And this time around, the Glaswegian duo are armed with a debut album’s worth of “crunch pop” to completely blow away the intimate crowd.


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Jonathan Hatchman

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