TNT 30th birthday party with Ash Grunwald

TNT is 30 years old and to celebrate this momentous milestone we’re throwing one hell of a party, with blues and roots troubadour Ash Grunwald headlining. 

Mr Grunwald started out in the early Noughties and broke into the mainstream with his sophomore album I Don’t Believe in 2004. He’s won a number of ARIAs, too. Of late, however, he’s been up to something different, teaming up with The Living End’s rhythm section of Andy Strachan and Scott Owen – who just happen to be bessie mates of Grunwald’s – and recording an album together, Gargantua. 

It has a barnstorming cover of Gnarls Barkley’s global smash Crazy and a punk-ified influence courtesy of the new bass and percussion section. Grunwald arrives over here invigorated by these new musical cues. Joining him for this birthday bash to end them all will be Matthew P and Polly Money, who wowed the crowds at Glastonbury the other week.

London-based Kiwis Melic will be kicking off the show, and are set to give fans some sneak-peek snippets from their forthcoming debut album, An Hour To Anywhere. Also on the night will be a shedload of top travel prizes including a five-day Topdeck trip for two to Oktoberfest and Busabout flexi-trips – but you have to be there to be in with a shout of winning!

Koko, NW1 7JESat, jul 28 | Doors at 5pm |  £15 |  
Tube | Mornington Crescent 


Gig: Wireless

The biggest pop party of the summer comes to London, with superstars Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake (above) – who will be performing together on the Sunday – Snoop Dogg and Calvin Harris, and loads more of the world’s biggest pop acts taking to the newly unveiled Queen Elizabeth Park (formerly the Olympic Park). 

July 12-14. 12pm  £64.50
Queen Elizabeth Park Stratford, E20 2ST 
Station |Stratford


Gig: Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Karen O’s sporting a brand spanking new bleached blonde barnet, they have a new album out in the shape of the exceedingly ace Mosquito, and they’re playing this ultra-special show at the (for them) tiny 800-capacity venue as a Latitude festival warm-up. If you’re not there, you’re not a YYYs fan. Simple as. 

Mon, July 15. 7pm  £25
Islington Academy 
16 Parkfield St, N1 0PS 
Tube | Angel 


Gig: Emily Barker and the red clay halo

The lovely Mrs Barker and her Red Clay Halo band play this album launch show in support of her personal, poetical and utterly luscious latest LP, Dear River. She’s back on the road this October playing her biggest headline show to date at the Empire, so catch her in this intimate venue while you can.

Thu, July 11.  7pm  FREE 
Rough Trade East Dray Walk,
91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL  
Tube | Aldgate East 

Club: Trance sanctuary summer party

The sun’s out – well, we hope it is – so get out there and enjoy the daytime clubbing. Jordan Suckley (Goodgreef/Spinnin Records), Bjoorn Akes (FSOE) and Artento Divini (High Contrast Recordings) are tasked with getting the party started early. There’s also a BBQ and discounted drinks offers. 

Sat, July 13. 3.30pm-11.30pm  £7+  
Egg 200 York Way, N7 9AX 
Tube | King’s Cross


Club: Need2soul presents – Peven Everett

Multi-instrumentalist and musical magician Peven Everett brings his live show to town this weekend. Support comes from house legend Lil Louis, Floating Points (making his Need2Soul debut), with warm up from DJ and broadcaster Moxie. A top night of house classics from up-and-coming talent and legendary names. 

Sat July 13. 8pm-4am  £15+  
Oval Space 29-32 The Oval, E2 9DT 
Station | Cambridge Heath


Club: Headphone Holiday

Eighties acid-house-birthed Ashley Beedle and DJ duo Yam Who?, with support from Nic Tasker, are next up at the Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop headphone daytime dance parties. So grab a drink, don some headgear and get out there groovin’ in the sun to the silent disco and house tunes. 

Sat July 13. 2pm-7pm, free  
Queen of Hoxton 1-5 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3JX 
Tube | Liverpool Street 

Festival watch: Way Out West

This cosy little fest in Sweden mixes big name, global stars such as Neil Young (above) and Crazy Horse, Alicia Keys and Beach House, with low-key boutique fest intimacy – it’s a winning formula. The beautiful surrounds of Slottsskogen park in the centre of Sweden’s second-largest city, Gothenburg, make it green and picturesque, while Stay Out West keeps the party going with gigs and club nights across the city.

Slottsskogen, Gothenburg, Sweden.
August 8-10. £180+ 


Photos: Getty; Chris Carr; Nik Harrison