We’d be lying if we said we haven’t missed dancing in a crowded room, listening to our favourite musicians, paying over the odds for a pint of bad lager and the questionable hygiene of music venue loos. But that’s always been the beauty of a gig in London. Thankfully, the wait is over and venues are finally allowed to reopen, albeit at a reduced capacity and with seated performances.
If you too have missed being sweaty in a room full of strangers, singing to your heart’s content, we’ve rounded up the best eight gigs going on in London this month. From Tom Odell’s heart wrenching piano ballads to the best Bowie tribute, here’s what to book this month.
British heartthrob and all-round piano maestro, Tom Odell returns to the performing world with three intimate dates at The Jazz Cafe.
As well as playing his much adored hits, Odell will be performing from his new album, monsters v.1, a series of songs dedicated to his troubles and personal dealings with mental health back in 2018-2019. His fourth album is set to be released June 25th, catch Odell performing in a small, private setting.
When: Sunday 20th – Tuesday 22nd June
Already a big name amongst the indie music publication crew, including Clash, NME and DIY, WOOZE is a British/Korean duo who are best described as genre-bending.
Performing on stage at MOTH Club on Saturday 26th June, expect WOOZE to play their tunes that are rooted in memory loss, detachment and internal crisis.
When: Saturday 26th June
Quickly rising up the ladder to stardom, London artist Duchess is one to catch while she’s still performing in intimate venues across the capital. Having recently gained support from Radio 1, 1Xtra, Spotify, YouTube Music and Apple Music, Duchess is set to perform her biggest show to date at The Jazz Cafe later this month.
Duchess will be performing alongside co-headliner and fellow rising star, Tayo Sound, the musical solo project of Nigerian-Scottish singer-songwriter Tayo Oyekan.
When: Wednesday 23rd June
Black Country, New Road is the latest rock band that everyone’s talking about. Having released their debut album earlier this year, the seven-piece band has been interviewed by every music journalist and publication in the country, as well as making their way onto multiple playlists.
Known for putting on electrifying shows with huge sounds, Black Country, New Road’s Islington Assembly Hall performance is one to catch. Right now, it’s a waitlist only but make sure your name is added as there are bound to be a few last minute tickets you’ll want to snap up at the earliest chance.
When: Sunday 27th – Tuesday 29th June
We love going to gigs but sometimes the tube journey home is a little too much to handle. Which is why we’re loving the introduction of the matinee shoe for more gigs too! And up on that list is British folk singer Jay McAllister’s, aka Beans On Toast, Clapham Grand performances.
While his evening shows are now sold out, you can still nab tickets for his matinee show on Saturday 19th June and sing along to his folk songs from his two new albums, plus a few that haven’t been released yet.
When: Saturday 19th June
Another date to add to your diary this month is Grimm Grimm’s performance at Islington Assembly Hall on Sunday 13th June.
The solo project of London-based Koichi Yamanoha, Grimm Grimm has recently released a new album, titled Ginormous. One for lovers of dream pop, it’s bursting with lively synths and sad melodies.
When: Sunday 13th June
The legend lives on… Catch Absolute Bowie, the UK’s best Bowie tribute act, as they perform an electrifying performance at 100 Club.
Celebrate the life, music and legendary hits of David Bowie through untouchable, theatrical hits performed by Absolute Bowie. Expect the music of Starman to be blasted through, alongside next level costume changes.
When: Saturday 19th June
Heading to London’s MOTH Club for a socially distanced performance is John Bramwell, the British singer-songwriter known for being the lead frontman in the former ‘I Am Knoot’.
Expect fascinating stories interwoven through word, wit and songwriting. It’s the type of performance you won’t want to miss.
When: Monday 14th June