Monday, 15 December 2008

What's On In London This Week (Including Free Shows)

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 15th December
The Wombats Free Instore @ Pure Groove 6pm
James + Athlete @ Brixton Academy
Tracy Chapman + Joseph Arthur @ Hammersmith Apollo

Tuesday 16th December
Emmy The Great, Eugene McGuiness & Friends Free Instore @ Pure Groove 6pm
Manu Chao @ The Forum
James + Athlete @ Brixton Academy
Laura Marling + Mumford And Sons + Johnny Flynn + Jay Jay Pistolet + Peggy Sue + Derek Meins @ Cargo
Tindersticks @ Union Chapel
Tracy Chapman + Joseph Arthur @ Hammersmith Apollo

Wednesday 17th December
Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip Free Instore @ Pure Groove 6pm
Herman Dune @ Scala
Manu Chao @ The Forum
Biffy Clyro + Frightened Rabbit @ Brixton Academy
Julia Biel + Nick Mulvey @ Cafe Koha
The Hold Steady + The Mark Inside @ The Roundhouse

Thursday 18th December
Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly Free Instore @ Pure Groove 6pm
The Pogues + DJ Scratchy + Urban Voodoo Machine @ Brixton Academy

Friday 19th December
Stereolab @ Koko
The Pogues + DJ Scratchy + Urban Voodoo Machine @ Brixton Academy
Mumford & Sons Free Instore @ Pure Groove Records 6pm
PORTOBELLO WINTER FEST: Gazz + The Thirst + Bridgette Amofah + U-Cef + Crystal Fighters @ The Bridge

Saturday 20th December
The Pogues + DJ Scratchy + Urban Voodoo Machine @ Brixton Academy
Madness + Stereo MC's @ O2 Arena
Matt Wates Sextet @ Club 606

(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.)

Christmas is almost upon us and as the list above proves there are still plenty of bands out there strapping on their guitars in the name of entertainment.

If your Christmas shopping has left you penny less, Pure Groove has a fantastic lineup of free instore shows this week including Emmy The Great, Eugene McGuiness, Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip and Mumford & Sons. All of these shows are going to be VERY popular so I'd suggest getting there with a good amount of time to spare since the Pure Groove Record Store is pretty small.

If my cold disappears in time, I'll be going to see Laura Marling and Co. at Cargo tomorrow evening which should be good just hope they start at a reasonable time.

Whatever you're doing, hope you have a great week!

Be well,


'Me Gusta Tu'- Manu Chao


jeany. said...

Hey Chalky I hope you got to see the laura marling show. I saw the fie fie fo fum tour in new york and it was quite amazing.

How was the wombats gig?

You must tell me how it was. I really want to see them in england one day.


chalky said...

Hey Jeany,

The Laura Marling show was really good, keep an eye out for a review later.

Unfortunately, I couldn't make it to Mondays instore in the end but I spotted this very dark video from the show:

chalky said...


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