Monday, 19 January 2009

What's On In London This Week (w/c Jan 19th)

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 January 19th

Special instore @ Rough Trade East featuring Franz Ferdinand @ 9pm (250 capacity)

Apparently at 3:15pm today There were still a couple of wrist bands left so if you fancy going to this intimate concert wrap up warm, jump on you Segway Personal Transporter (why not?) and get yourself down to the shop (see photo at bottom of this post for instructions.)

Natasha Alice + Karima Francis + Lail Arad @ The Camden Bar Fly

Tuesday January 20th
Franz Ferdinand @ Heaven - Villiers Street (SOLD OUT)

Wednesday January 21st
ANAIS MITCHELL + The Bowmans @ The Luminaire

Thursday January 22nd
I can't believe there's nothing worth going to on Thursday! If you're playing or know of a gig happening on Thursday, why not leave a comment.

UPDATE: How could I forget about eARmusic @ The Star!!

Friday January 23rd
HJALTALIN @ The Luminaire

Saturday January 24th
New Kids On The Block @ The O2
I couldn't resist adding in this one. They're ruff! Wooooooo o o, hangin tuff!

(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 -this warning will be updated as soon as Spring arrives, hurry up Spring, this Winter business is turning me into a hermit! )

Just in case you didn't know, the London Astoria closed for good last week and the high street chain HMV is partnering with the MAMA group (who also own Barfly) to take over 11 music venues across the country. These include Hammersmith Apollo, Forum, Garage, Jazz Café, and Borderline.

The Apollo will now be known as HMV Apollo, while The Forum becomes HMV Forum.

An interesting move by HMV and one that I think could possibly work to keep them in the music business. I was in my local HMV this morning and realised that 7/8ths of the shop is now taken up by DVDs, Blu Rays, Console Games and ipod paraphernalia. I had to stomp right to the back of the shop to find the tiny music section, that's quite a change to how things were even just a few months back when HMV still seemed like a music store rather than a Blockbusters. HMV are one of the few remaining High-street entertainment retailers left in the UK. I guess they're hoping buying into live music venues will save them from going the same way as Zavvi (from whom they've just bought 14 stores in a deal thought to be worth £2 million) and Tower Records. Lets see.

oh btw this is how you use a segway:

funny pictures
more animals,


Anonymous said...

oh hai, i can haz segway?

chalky said... rides in on segway...

oh hai, I can has ticket?

Anonymous said...

Hahaha, I lol'd. Lolcats is like my kryptonite. I can't help but lol. In fact, anything cat related is my weak spot.

Chalky I haven't seen you in relatively ages! Hopefully we'll have a mutual gig in the next few weeks. Hope you're well.

chalky said...

Have you seen Kitten wars?

Kitten Wars

Sometimes I just I can't stop voting!

It has been a while and I promise to surface soon! :-)

Anonymous said...

Haha Kitten Wars is dangerously addictive.

Did you like Women when we saw them at Pure Groove? I have a +1 for their Madame Jo Jo's show next month if you want to come? I owe you a gig for that M&S one! If not, I maybe will have a +1 for Frida Hyvonen if you like her, but I'm not completely sure yet.

And I got a pass for the Jeff Lewis/Owl Parliament thing! :D yay

chalky said...

That's great that you got a ticket for Owl Parliament, go anika!

Thanks for the ticket offers, what date is the Women concert on? I might be prepared to give them another go! :-)

Anonymous said...

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