Monday, 29 June 2009

What's on in London this week (including FREE shows) w/c June 29th 2009

Here is my hand picked list of gigs happening in London this week. Please leave a comment if you think I've missed any worth knowing about.

Monday 29th June
Regina Spektor + Jonathan Jeremiah + Reggie Watts + Blue Roses + Scott Mcfanon @ Hyde Park
Nouvelle Vague instore @ Pure Groove, 7:30pm (FREE)
Does it Offend You, Yeah @ Bush Hall
Lets Wrestle instore @ Rough Trade East, 7pm (FREE)

Tuesday 30th June
M. Ward + Lavender Diamond + Iain Archer @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Bon Iver + Alela Diane + It Hugs Back + Beth Jeans Houghton + Villagers @Serpentine Session
Django Django instore @ Pure Groove, 6.30pm (FREE)

Wednesday 1st July
Deerhoof + Rumspringa + Anabel's Poppy Day @ Scala
Chief instore @ Pure Groove, 1.15pm (FREE)
She Keeps Bees @ The Britannia
Crosby, Stills & Nash @ Royal Albert Hall

Thursday 2nd July
Blur + Foals + Crystal Castles + Friendly Fires + Hypnotic Brass Ensemble + Golden Silvers @ Hyde Park (London)
Chief + She Keeps Bees @ The Luminaire

Friday 3rd July
Svarte Greiner + The Sight Below + Simon Scott + Xela @ The Luminaire
Blur + Vampire Weekend + Amadou And Mariam + Florence & The Machine + Deerhoof @ Hyde Park (London)

Saturday 4th July
Daylight Music ft. Alex Monk + Roshi feat.Pars Radio + Isnaj Du @ Union Chapel (FREE ENTRY midday -2pm)
O2 Wireless Festival @ Hyde Park
Plaid @ KOKO
ROTA ft. Picturebooks in Winter + The Rifle Volunteer + Monster Bobby @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Doors 4pm, FREE ENTRY)

Sunday 5th July
O2 Wireless Festival @ Hyde Park

(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)

It's a busy and hot week in the capital, the grass in Hyde Park is starting to look very similar to the baselines at Wimbledon, brown and worn out. I really enjoyed the Hard Rock Calling Festival there last Saturday the only downside being the extortionate price for food and drinks. The amount of money those food vans make is ridiculous. I worked a couple of days in one many years ago before I went to university when I was desperate for holiday money and can remember serving Big Ron from Eastenders a large bag of chips, I gave him extra because he was Big Ron.

I have a huge amount of sympathy for the nice people who work in those vans, probably on the minimum wage, the bosses are not often nice people and if you think this weather is hot, you don't know hot till you've stood in one of those hell holes for 10 hours - honestly sticking your head in the fridge is the only relief, you find yourself fantasizing about hugging ice burgs etc. To anyone doing that job - you have my sympathies.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, ever wondered how goths deal with the summer heat? I've just seen a website that has all the answers, it's called gothsinhotweather SEE HERE.

Whether you're a Goth or Fast Food van worker or neither, I hope you have a good week and find lots of ways to keep cool.


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