We’re slowly creeping into Christmas now, but that definitely doesn’t mean the music stops! There’s plenty going on around the UK over the upcoming days, so check out this weeks Gig Pic Guide below, to see what gigs and tours you can pop along to – and treat yourself! Who says you can’t buy Christmas presents for yourself?!
Irish quartet Kodaline have been knocking around for over ten years now, with a considerable amount of success under their belt – not forgetting two top five albums. They’ve been very much likened to the greats such as Coldplay and Snow Patrol, but that hasn’t deterred the Dublin rockers from accumulating a dedicated fan base. After an impressive run of some of the UK and Europe’s biggest festivals; such as T in the Park, Isle of Wight festival and Pukkel Pop, they’re now embarking on a tour across the UK and Ireland to close 2015. And it almost goes without saying that they’ll blare out some of their biggest hits, such as High Hopes, All I Want and Love Like This. With support from up-and-coming artists The Beach, ALL TVVINS and Seafret, it’s guaranteed to be a great night.
CRAIG CHARLES’ FUNK AND SOUL
He may be known best for his career in Television – notably in Red Dwarf and in Corrie, but that hasn’t stopped him dabbling in music here and there. The BBC 6 Music DJ has had his own radio show since all the way back in 2003, which is one of the longest serving shows with higher rates than ever – and in recent years his DJ stints have really taken off. He’s played some pretty good gigs over the past years, including local festivals Parklife and Tramlines in Sheffield. He’s now travelling across the UK to play shows across December, including his residency at Band On The Wall in Manchester. If you fancy seeing some extra awkward Dad dancing and grooving, or just fancy having a listen to his funky remixes – you can buy tickets from here.
Chances are, you might not have heard of this chap before he won the Mercury Prize. British-French Benjamin Clementine describes himself as a poet, songwriter and pianist – with the ability to write albums that have seen him not just scoop the prestigious award, but to also be previously nominated too. His winning album At Least For Now, is described as a one man show with his piano; featuring beguiling melodies with bits of classical, soul, opera and street folk all combined together to produce what could simply be described as a beautiful record. He’s certainly one to look out for in the upcoming year, but for now he plays one more show in London before moving onto a tour across Europe. You can buy tickets from here.
They were on the bill of Communion’s ‘New Faces’ tour last year, along with Kimberly Anne, Fyfe and Amber Run, which is ran by the music label to showcase up-and-coming artists and bands. It’s been just over a year since the series of gigs, and they’re still relatively unknown on the music scene. But don’t let that taint your thoughts on their stunning music – they truly are hidden gems in the world of Indie music. The Oxford four piece have more recently released a second EP ‘I Want You The Same’ which followed on from their earlier EP’s ‘Running Thin’ and ‘Fall’. They’re playing a one-off show in London, and you can buy tickets from here.