Charity gig: Teenage Cancer Trust
Charity gigs can often find their good cause let down by a sub-par line-up.
Not so the Teenage Cancer Trust shows, which have continued to successfully marry top music acts with grassroots fundraising and impact. And this year’s line-up is unquestionably one of their finest.
With Brit rock legend Noel Gallagher curating, you know you aren’t going to get some flash-in-the-pan ‘act’ off the telly.
No, he’s gone and put together a line-up that is broad, carrying both contemporary cool and established acts.
There’s even a comedy fundraising night on March 20 with Russell Brand, Noel Fielding and a host of special guests.
First up for the seven-night series is US indie-rocker Ryan Adams, with Beth Orton as support. Scot rockers-cum-electro noisemakers Primal Scream headline the second music night (Mar 21) with Manchester’s Echo and The Bunnymen, then it’s the ‘new Scream’ Kasabian on Mar 22 supported by Dark Horses, and a Britpop Wars get-together the following evening (Mar 23) as Oasis’ Noel Gallagher and Blur’s Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon share the stage.
Rizzle Kicks and Labrinth represent for the kids on Mar 24, while the modfather Paul Weller signs the whole thing off in style with up-and-comers Palma Violets on Mar 25.
All in all, this is a week-long orgy of hilarious comedy and world-class music in an iconic venue for a charity supporting young people fighting cancer – it’s a no- brainer, so get booking those tickets now.
Royal Albert Hall, SW7 2AP
Mar 19-25 | Doors at 6.45pm | £25
Tube | South Kensington
Gig: The Jezabels
The Sydney gothic-indie rockers (frontwoman Hayley Mary, above) play this low-key London show.
Their latest LP, Prisoner, was out last year to unanimous critical praise and this is likely the last time you’ll see them here before they hunker down to write and record its follow-up.
They’re legends in the making – get out and support!
Mar 22. 7.30pm, £12
The Barfly 49 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AN
Tube | Chalk Farm
Club: Pacha Presents
Two of the brightest stars from label WOLF Music, Mat Neale and Stu Clark, will be spinning the finest house, disco and soul tunes this evening.
Colin Chiddle, from Art of Dark, Bobby Pleasure and Threez A Crowd will be lining up behind as well, to make sure you’re grooving all night long.
Mar 22. 10pm-6am £10+
Pacha Terminus Place,
Victoria, SW1V 1JR
Tube | London Bridge
Club: Night Moves – We Are One
Jane Fitz and Jade Seatle found themselves with a problem a year ago – they couldn’t find anyone playing the deep house and techno they wanted to hear.
So they threw their own party, with themselves as residents, and a year on this quarterly is still going. German DJ XDM is the birthday bash’s guest.
Mar 23. 9pm-6am £7+
A secret London location TBC
Gig: Drill – London Festival
Post-punk band Wire organise their own festival, this five-night line-up of bands at north London’s The Lexington.
Charlie Boyer, Comanechi, Gazelle Twin, Toy and Wire themselves on the final night will take to the stage to thrash out the tunes in what will be a highly eclectic collection of indie sounds.
Mar 21-25. 7pm £7+
96-98 Pentonville Road, N1 9JB
Tube | Angel
Club: Soundcrash – DJ woody + more
Two-time world turntable champion DJ Woody (above), DJ BobaFett and his impeccable music knowledge, and Jon Kennedy are the stars at this old school night of hip-hop, soul, breaks and beats.
They’ll be dipping into both the biggest tunes and the most obscure crate-digging oddities. Time to show your moves.
Mar 22. 9pm-2am £5+
Concrete 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
Tube | Shadwell
Eels frontman E, as he’s known, has made a career out of astonishingly personal, uncategorisable records (pop, blues, indie, electronica … you name it, he’s dabbled in it), and he hits town in support of latest long player Wonderful, Glorious, his 10th album which was released earlier this year.
Mar 21. 7.30pm £30
211 Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
Tube | Brixton
Festival watch: The Great Escape
This week-long fest sees more than 350 up-and-coming bands – and the odd legend – play 30 Brighton bars and clubs in a UK riposte to the US’s South By Southwest.
Aussie acts include Snakadaktal, Deep Sea Arcade, Hungry Kids of Hungary and Jagwar Ma, plus there’ll be Dinosaur Pile-Up, Stevie Neale, Swim Deep, Tom Odell (above) and more, and even folky Billy Bragg.
Brighton, May 16-18.
£45+ weekend ticket
Station | Brighton