Sunday, 25 January 2009

What's on in London this week (Including FREE shows) w/c Jan 26th

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 26th January
Lucky Dragons + Crystal Antlers @ The Luminaire
Darren Hayman @ Rough Trade East Instore In-store, 7.00pm (FREE)

Tuesday 27th January
Gregor Samsa + The Sleeping Years + Evi Vine + Club AC30 DJs
Crystal Antlers with Delta Spirit, Banjo or Freakout @ Borderline
Frank Turner @ Fopp Records, Covent Garden, 6pm (FREE)

Wednesday 28th January
Lonely Dear @ St Giles Church
Fiona Bevan, Kite Season, Ed Sheeran, Jack Day @ Monkey Chews
Circlesquare @ Rough Trade East In-store, 7.00pm (FREE)
Frank Turner @ Banquet Records, Kingston, 6pm (FREE) (SOLD OUT)

Thursday 29th January
Sky Larkin + Pulled Apart By Horses + Special Guests @ The ICA
The Streets @ O2 Brixton Academy
Anneka Williams, Ben Parker & Kate Aumonier, Daniel Fazzina @ The Star
The Rifles @ Rough Trade East In-store, 7.00pm (FREE)
Frank Turner @ Banquet Records, Kingston, 6pm (FREE)
IKTOMS Unplugged - Mark Ridout, Morninoonanight, Sean Redmond, David Barnes, The Cedar @ Liberties, Camden

Friday 30th January
David Thomas Broughton, Sam Amidon & Doveman @ Bush Hall
Buzzcocks @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
The Rifles @ Banquet Records, Kingston 6pm (FREE)

Saturday 31st January
Seasick Steve @ Hammersmith Apollo
Rota @ Notting Hill Arts Club

(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 still pretty wet and mighty cold out there, the other day even my TV remote control was too cold to hold!)

Mumford & Sons have announced a show at the ICA with Alessi's Ark as support on March 4th plus a free in store at Banquet Records in Kingston London. Check out their MySpace page for details.

Over the past week, I've been enjoying more Island life while the other half has been freezing in sub zero temperatures in Quebec. Back to London tomorrow, during the journey I hope to finish reading John Peel's biography Margrave of the Marshes and before you panic, I'll be taking the train not driving. Strangely enough, (well it was to me anyway) the very beaches I've been walking along all week skimming stones and taking photos are the exact same beaches (according to the book) John Peel spent most of childhood holidays visiting and some of his young adult life working near, now what are the chances of that happening?!

Whatever you're doing, I hope you have a great week.


PS Here's proof that Boots used to sell vinyl records, I found this bag in my folks garage:

An old Boots bag from the
time when Boots sold vinyl

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