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
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
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
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
Tube | Clapham South
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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