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Gig: Primal Scream

Bobby Gillespie and co surged back this year with new album, More Light, their 10th and one of their finest in a kaleidoscopic career. They celebrate more than 25 years of rocking out with this ultra intimate show at The Hospital Club.

The Scream started out in the late Eighties after Gillespie finished up with fellow Scot rockers The Jesus And Mary Chain. Since then, they’ve gone from alt-rock beginnings, through the ecstasy-fuelled Screamadelica and onto the Rolling Stones-esque follow-up Give Out But Don’t Give Up.

They then reinvented themselves as full-on electro-terrorists with a trio of fuzzed out, boundary-pushing records of full-on racket and a bristling take-no-prisoners attitude. Vanishing Point introduced a new, electro-beat based sound, XTRMNTR saw the band pushing themselves to new extremes and the ensuing Evil Heat strapped harmonies and a Kate Moss vocal cameo to the aggressive wall of noise. 

Since 2006, though, they have been mostly back to rocking out with six strings, Riot City Blues single Country Girl seeing the band back in the charts with the sort of catchy tune Jagger could shake his wigglesome hips to. 

They’ve never been easily pigeonholed, have always bucked the trend, and ducked expectations. Sometimes it has worked, other occasions less so (the Accelerator single was a bold but unlistenable screech of feedback). 

This Mercury Prize-staged show is for competition winners only, so head on over to to be in with a chance of winning. Or hit up eBay!

The Hospital Club, WC2H 9HQ
Thursday, April 25 | Doors at 7pm |  Free  
Tube | Covent Garden

Gig: Seasick Steve

After stunning the world on Jools Holland’s Hootenanny in 2006, Seasick Steve has ruled over here. True, his drifter persona’s a tad outdated – he owns his own studio and hasn’t ridden the railroad in some time – but the tunes proper rock, especially on his latest, Hubcap Music, and live, he is a powerhouse!

Wednesday, May 1. 7pm £24.50 
Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH 
Tube | Chalk Farm 


Club: 15 years of subdub

Born in a Yorkshire warehouse, SubDub has become a respected bass music brand. They’re celebrating 15 years of their all-inclusive music policy that takes in an eclectic mix of reggae, dub, jungle and bass. The line-up here includes Iration Steppas Sound System, Channel One, Michael Prophet, Alpha Steppa and more. 

Friday, April 26. 11pm-6am £8+ 
Cable, 33 Bermondsey St, London Bridge, SE1 2EG 
Tube | London Bridge 

Club: Ritual

This new night brought clubbing to a part of London poorly served in this capacity, and after two sold-out parties, it’s back for a third night of house and electro indulgence at this sub-Stamford Bridge venue. This time out there’s X-Press 2, Prins Thomas, Hot Since 82, Lumi, Balou & JDP and more on the line-up.

Saturday, April 27. 9pm-3am £15  
Under The Bridge 
Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, SW6 1HS 
Tube | Fulham Broadway

Gig: Chvrches 

The Glaswegian trio have a couple of singles to their name – Lies and The Mother We Share – and a debut in the pipeline. Emo-electro with added heart, reminiscent of a poppier Garbage, they play this east London venue ahead of a summer of festival action. We guarantee they’re going to be absolutely bloody massive! Trust.

Monday, April 29. 7pm £12
Village Underground 
54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ 
Tube | Old Street 

Club: Connected

Simon Dunmore (above), Adam Shelton, Lee Brinx, East End Dubs and many more head up one of the biggest line-ups yet at this famed house party at Cable. An atmospheric venue with three rooms, a load of lasers, not to mention some of the top names in house – it’s a full-on super-bash not to be missed.

Saturday, April 27. 10pm-6am £15+
Cable, 33 Bermondsey St,
London Bridge, SE1 2EG 
Tube | London Bridge


Gig: Frank Turner

The folk-punk rocker returned this year with his fifth album, Tape Deck Heart, a more personal record after its predecessor England Keep My Bones, which saw him play Wembley and the Olympics Opening Ceremony. A class act live, the 31-year-old from Hampshire is fast developing into a British national treasure. 

Thursday, April 25. 7.30pm £22.50
The Forum 9-17 Highgate Road, NW5 1JY 
Tube | Kentish Town

Festival watch: Monegros Desert Fest

Underworld (live), Public Enemy celebrating their 25th anniversary, Vitalic with his Rave Age VTLZR show – this desert-set dance music fest, the biggest rave in Spain, has some of the absolute biggest names and acts out there right now.

With 40,000 people and 20 hours of tunes taking in electro, techno, hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass, dubstep and more, it promises ‘a life experience’, and believe us, that is exactly what you’ll get.

Fraga, Spain. £60+. July 20. 


Photos: Getty


London sound: Music gigs and club shows on this week, including Primal Scream, Chvches and Frank Turner
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