Ren Harvieau 

The oh-so civilized surrounds of west London’s Bush Hall are the perfect place for catching this hot, and hottly tipped, singer-songwriter who’s snagged excitable five-star mutterings about her debut album, Through the Night, due out on  April 23. See her now then tell everyone how you were there first.  

Bush Hall
Thurs, Apr 5. 7.30pm £8 
310 Uxbridge Road, W12 7LJ
Shepherd’s Bush 


Shake It – Third Birthday 

Dinky joins Layo and Bushwacka with Elek-Fun and Jos Vogel for this birthday bash in honour of the Shake It crew. If the prospect of caning it on a school night normally brings out the teacher’s pet in you, remember it’s the bank holiday weekend so the wisest, nay, only option is four days of hedonism. 

Oval Space Thurs, Apr 5. 9am-5am £15  
29-32 The Oval, E2 9DY   
Cambridge Heath  


The Promised Land

 The first of a three-part old-school showcase – the second and third are on the next bank holiday Sundays in May and June – has a stellar line-up of house legends, including Marshall Jefferson, Shades of Rhythm and Colin Dale. It kicks off at 2pm with a BBQ, before the house, jungle and hardcore takes it back to the Eighties.

Sun, Apr 8. 2pm-6am £18 
200 York Way, N7 9AP
Tube | King’s Cross 

Deer Tick

This ace US outfit specialise in bar-room-ready rock ‘n’ roll, or rather they do on latest album Divine Inspiration, which represents a full-throttle move away from the more alt-folk-leanings of before. It’s a raucous affair, recorded as live as possible, and made for unleashing on nights just like this.

The Garage N5 1RD 
Tube | Highbury & Islington 

Norman Jay – Up on the Roof

The Brixton Clubhouse gets none other than living legend – and member of the British Empire – Norman Jay in for this night on the terrace. The summer’s almost here, so celebrate and get in the mood with this kaleidoscopic fusion of soul, funk, disco, house, hip hop and just about anything and everything in between. 

Brixton Clubhouse
467-469 Brixton Road, SW9 8HH
Tube | Brixton

The Futureheads

Once they were the next big, bright young things, then they were the ones who only had that one song, and that was a Kate Bush cover. They’re back now, though, with Rant, a new album of a capella tunes to prove how wrong we’ve all been. The lush Union Chapel’s a fitting venue in which to preach their message. 

Union Chapel
Wed, Apr 4. 7pm £16.50   
Compton Terrace, N1 2UN
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