Blood Red Shoes

This alternative rock duo’s third album In Time To Voices has seen them adopt a more epic, ambitious sounds to earlier, grungy,
punky efforts. They’ve got a headline show at Shepherd’s Bush booked for the autumn, so catch them at this small venue while you can. 

Heaven | Thurs, May 3 | 7.30pm | £12 
Under The Arches, WC2N 6NG
Tube | Embankment 

Egg 9th
birthday party

Ibiza mainstay Minka Kruse, Kraftwerk-influenced Kaiserdisco, top-20 hit-maker
D Ramirez, and Holland’s Edwin Oosterwal are just some of the names confirmed for this north London club’s ninth birthday, with a host of faces from the venue’s history and clubland on hand to make sure the party doesn’t relent. 

Egg | Sat, May 5 | 10pm-12pm | £10
200 York Way, N7 9AX
Tube | King’s Cross 

The Cribs

When The Cribs swept out of west Yorkshire at the turn of the millennium, they were quickly daubed with ‘the next Libertines’ tag, a moniker that was only half accurate then and is as good as irrelevant now. Over the past decade, they’ve become one of the UK’s most underated bands. With their fourth album, In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull, out May 7, they’re about to send this label packing, too.  

The Troxy | Tues, May 8 | 7pm | £20
490 Commercial Road, E1 0HX
Tube | Limehouse 

Little Boots

She shot to the top of the 80s-influenced electro-pop pile back in 2009 with her debut album Hands. Apart from a US-only EP, though, she’s done naff all since. However, she’s back now, new record in the pipeline, and probably hoping it’ll be a case of “as you were”. Ladyhawke might want to have words, though. 

XOYO | Fri, may 4. | 7.30pm | £12.50  
32-37 Cowper Street, EC2A 4AP
Tube | Liverpool Street 

Spectrum Warehouse Party

Chase And Status are gearing up for a very special DJ set with MC Rage. Sub Focus are in town too, along with KillSonic, Major Look, Disclosure – hot off the back of a SBTRKT support slot – and Spectrum fave Redlight, to name but a few, lined up for this massive bank holiday weekend warehouse bash.

Sat, May 5 | 10pm-6am | £20   
Great Suffolk Street Warehouse 
SE1 0NR  
Tube | Borough 
Spectrum Warehouse Party

Read The Crowd bank holiday Sunday

David Minns, Lee Rich and guests bring a spring time vibe to the no doubt rainy bank holiday weekend, with south London sound system Read The Crowd ensuring the party vibes are on full throttle. With a ‘you decide’ policy to music, too, you can make sure you fave tunes are going to get played all night long. 

Hed Kandi bar | Sun, May 6 | 7pm-2am | £3   
SW4 7UR 
Tube | Clapham South 

Professor Green

Winning a rap competition set this London MC on his way, before which he was signed up to Mike Skinner’s label for a while. Sampling INXS to chart success followed, and the man also known as Stephen will be taking last year’s At Your Inconvenience out on the road here, and at a festival near you over the summer.

O2 Academy Brixton | sat, may 5 | 7pm | £20  
211 Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
Tube | Brixton 

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