Monday, 1 December 2008

What's On In London This Week (Including Free Shows) and a Catch Up Note

Here are a few of the gigs going on in London this week that caught my eye. This is by no means a definitive list of ALL gigs happening so please leave a comment if you think I've missed any worth knowing about.

Monday 1st December

Glasvegas @ Shepherds Bush Empire
Wolf Parade @ Electric Ballroom
Abe Vigoda 7pm instore @ Rough Trade East (FREE)
Department of Eagles 6:30pm instore @ Rough Trade West (FREE)

Tuesday 2nd December
Liam Finn @ Scala
Beach House + JANA HUNTER @ Cargo
Xfm Winter Wonderland Ft. Kaiser Chiefs + Iglu & Hartly + Ida Maria + Ladyhawke + White Lies @ Brixton Academy
Deerhoof @ ULU
Tim and Sam’s Tim and the Sam Band @ Pure Groove, 2nd December 2008 - 1.30pm (FREE)

Wednesday 3rd December
Portico Quartet + Jono McCleery And The Dans @ The ICA
Department Of Eagles + Hush Arbors + Mr David Viner @ Borderline

Thursday 4th December
Pendulum @ Brixton Academy
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip + Wintersleep @ Venue 2
Meat Puppets perform 'Meat Puppets II' @ ULU
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart @ Pure Groove, 4th December 2008 - 1.30pm (FREE)

Friday 5th December
Pendulum @ Brixton Academy
Flashguns Instore @ Pure Groove, 5th December 2008 - 6pm (FREE)

Saturday 6th December
Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra @ Ronnie Scott's

Sunday 7th December
Bon Iver
@ Apollo Victoria

(In case any concerts have changed dates/ changed venues/ been cancelled or I've made a typo, you'd be wise to check out the venue websites before heading out the door because it's mighty cold out there and I wouldn't want you to freeze.)

Catch Up Note

Me and mine spent a lovely weekend in Dublin catching up with my brother and his wife. I owe a lot of my musical knowledge to my brother who always made music a huge part of our lives growing up. For a little while we lived in the middle of nowhere (there were only a few other kids in my year at school), so music became a friend, a link with the outside world, we lived by it and through it. This is one of the reasons I now write a music blog.

Now that I live in London I have more access to live music than I know what to do with. The only problem is choosing which concert to go to and finding the time to cram them all in (and of course the money to buy the tickets which is why free instore shows are great!) I know I am fortunate to be in this position which is why I like to share my concert experiences and fuzzy photographs with you on this blog in the hope that I can make you feel like you were standing in the front row next to me.

Have a good week.


Anonymous said...

Nice list :)

There's so much going on on Tuesday! There's also Soy Un Caballo @ the Slaughtered Lamb, Vivian Girls @ Brixton Windmill and Ish Marquez @ the Betsey Trotwood. All of them are really cheap, I wish they were spread out through the week so I coul go to them, but for me Beach House > all. Women are also playing on Wednesday in Brixton. Slow Club and Jay Jay Pistolet are at Union Chapel tonight, I almost would have gone to that.

It's a shame of Montreal didn't announce a London date :(

chalky said...

Thanks for pointing those gigs out Anika, Tuesday does seem a bit hyper! :-) I'm off to see Liam Finn @ Scala. Have fun @ Beach House - look forward to reading your review.

P.S. I noticed your name on the Scala blog the other day ;-)

P.P.S. I can't work out why of Montreal are missing London out - I still think they'll announce something soon...

Citizen Meh said...

Glad you had a good time in Dublin! :-) Another good gig on Saturday is The Ruling Class w/ The Outside Royalty at the London Metro Club, the latter band particularly well worth seeing.

chalky said...

Thanks for the tip off Citizen Meh!

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