Monday, 2 February 2009

What's on in London this week (Including FREE shows) w/c Feb 2nd

London Chills Out!

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.

Also due to a large amount of snow haven't dropped on the capital in the last 24hours (and there's apparently more to come) you'd be wise to check tonight and tomorrow nights gigs are actually still happening. If we can't get to them, there's a good chance the performers will have the same problem!

Monday February 2nd
Shockwaves album chartshow @ Koko's (Website says this is still going ahead despite the snow, check here for updates) Line up includes Lily Allen, Lady Ga Ga, The View and The Script, weather permitting
Crevecoeur + Erin Lang and The Foundlings + The Arthur Dust Brigade @ The Slaughtered Lamb (Cancelled due to snow -see the website for info)
The Irrepressibles + Orphans & Vandals ' Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
The Only Ones instore @ Rough Trade West (CANCELLED due to snow-see website for more up to date info)

Tuesday February 3rd
Lindsay West + John Mouse @ The Slaughtered Lamb
The Olympic Symphonium, Rod Thomas and Tim and Sam's Tim and the Sam Band with Tim and Sam @ The Big Chill House
Sam Kills Two Instore @ Rough Trade East 7pm (FREE-wristband collection 1 hour prior)

Wednesday February 4th
Mia @ The Blag Club, Notting Hill
evening starts at 8.30pm- 11.30pm £5 entrance plus you need to put your name on the guest list - either send an email to the club directly ( or contact Mia through her MySpace page(

Kelli Ali + Stanton Delaplane + Jack Cheshire @ The Slaughtered Lamb
Amanda Palmer & The Danger Ensemble @ The Electric Ballroom
Kami Thomson with guests Jon Allen and Charlene Soraia @ Bush Hall
Peter Broderick + Hush Arbors + The Trimdon Grange Explosion @ The Social
Stranger Son of WB @ Rough Trade East 7pm (FREE-wristband collection 1 hour prior)
Emit Bloch / Louise Golbey / Sibilla / Senadee @ Monkey Chews
Semaphore / Naomi Roper / Noughts and Crosses / Lucy Rose / Sasha Ilyukevic @ The Old Queens Head

Thursday February 5th
Mike Bones also Hush Arbors, Sleepy Doug Shaw @ The Luminaire
Frida Hyvonen + Joe Gideon And The Shark@ Bush Hall
Ane Brun @ Barfly
eARmusic feat. Monster Bobby / Meat Eye and Dillon / Jessica Grace / James Perryman @ The Star
Mr and Mrs / Rokhsan / Charlie Calleja / Jono Harrison @ Monkey Chews
Sean Redmond / Pintsize / Sean Casey / Robert Selby @ Slim Jims
IKTOMS Unplugged @ Liberties

Friday February 6th
Timeout On The Up featuring VV Brown + Alessi + The No Sorrows + Ronjoy Damn (Real Gold) @ The Camden Barfly (Tickets were free but only upon entering a ticket lottery, basically if you haven't already got one, then you probably won't be able to get into this one)
VORTEX TOUR EAST feat. Theo Bard + Fiona Bevan + Jonathan Geyevu @ Rough Trade East 12 noon (FREE)

Saturday February 7th
JAMES MCMURTRY & THE HEARTLESS BASTARDS featuring IAN MCLAGAN + Jon Dee Graham @ The Luminaire (Sold out)

Sunday February 8th
Shockwaves Nme Awards Show - The Gaslight Anthem @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Mike Bones @ Rough Trade East 4pm (FREE)

(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 snowy out there (well it was on Monday anyway), so much so that we built the snowman in the photo)

My brand spanking new speakers arrived on Friday (postie I take it all back) and although they're a little more bombastic than I'd have liked, they're still doing a nice job. Since Iron and Wine's Boy With A Coin seemed to break the last set, I decided to break the new ones in (so to speak) with the same song, this time there were no annoying electric shaver like buzzing noises -this set of speakers obviously likes Sam Beam's beard!

Click here to see Don Snowliani!

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