The world of music and gigs is starting to get just a little bit quiet, now that we’re coming up to the middle of December and towards Christmas – but there are still some top notch gigs to be seen this week across the UK. Here is this weeks Gig Pic guide, on who we think is worth checking out over the next seven days – and who knows, you may even find a new favourite in time for next years tours!
Hailing from Bedford, Don Broco are an alternative rock band comprised of four members: Rob Diamani, Simon Delaney, Matt Donnelly and Tom Doyle. They may be unheard of for some, but ever since forming nearly ten years ago they have gathered huge crowds wherever the four-piece have performed, especially after supporting American pop punkers Four Years Strong back at the beginning of 2012. But there must come a time where artists are to evolve and mature into a new sound of music, and this was definitely the case for Don Broco. Their first album Priorities was catchy and punchy, with relatable lyrics and heavy guitar riffs. Yet their second studio release Automatic varies massively – the tunes are still there, but it seems the quartet have taken on the trend of shiny pop; following in the footsteps of the likes of The 1975 with more upbeat and funky melodies. They’re currently touring their new album, finishing off in Manchester, Birmingham and London. You can buy remaining tickets from here.
It’s a pretty big feat and honour for any band or artist to make it big in their hometown, and that may come as a slight understatement when it happens to be The Courteeners in question. In the past year, the classic Indie band sold out Heaton Park in Manchester, and this month have put on a whopping seven shows at the Manchester Apollo. Surely that has to be some kind of record?! Some may say it has been a long time coming – as the band have steadily worked their way up since all the way back in 2006, gathering a loyal fan base that have remained with Liam Fray and his band mates throughout. Best known for their hits Not Nineteen Forvever, Are You In Love With A Notion et al, the quartet have expressed their excitement in having a large residency at the Apollo, as it is giving them chance to vary their set list from night to night. So expect to hear some old classics and possibly some new tunes on the horizon, and if you aren’t going already you can buy remaining Manchester tickets and other tour dates from here.
LIANNE LA HAVAS
Lianne La Havas, once a backing singer for Paloma Faith, has had a whirlwind of a career so far. The 26 year old is now onto her second studio album, named Blood, which hints at her Greek and Jamaican heritages. Sometimes it is hard to pigeon-hole and compare artists, especially certain artists such as Lianne who can ace such a wide variety of genres. The singer-songwriter and guitarist from London, since starting out has had the ability to mix up heaps of different styles of music to produce such gorgeous sounding songs. Armed with her trusty guitar and the occasional keyboard, both of her albums have had a huge range of sounds that vary from folk to pop. She’s also teamed up with the likes of Willy Mason and Alt-J – her talents are never ending! To see these talents, you can buy tickets from here to see her on her UK tour, which ends in under a weeks time.
Duo El Vy, made up of members Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf, are no strangers to the world of music. El Vy has become a side project for the two musicians, as Berninger takes break from his respective band The National, who shot to fame over in their homeland of the US with album ‘Alligator.’ Berninger has stated that the new venture of El Vy is in no way a replacement for The National, but states that there is a huge difference between the two bands. It seems it has been a long time coming for this project to surface, as they both revealed the writing process has been going on for five years. Finally, they have released their studio album ‘Return To The Moon’, and features songs such as ‘Paula Is Alive’ and ‘Sleeping Light’, which have gone down relatively well with past and present fans. They have recently finished several sold-out shows over in America, and are now taking on Europe. They finish in Dublin soon – but fear not! There are still several dates left and you can find tickets here.
There are hundreds of bands making their way round the Manchester music scene at the moment, with the revival of psychedelic pop and old-style indie; so it’s always a pleasure to see those few bands that manage to build up their crowds and grow as musicians. The Tapestry, who hail from Manchester, are made up of: Liam on vocals, Katy on bass, Zara on drums and Dyna on guitars. They happen to be one of these rare bands that manage to get your foot stomping and dancing around to their funky melodies and post-clash guitar riffs, showcasing that forgotten feeling of post-punk pop. They’ve supported the likes of the Courteeners, The Strypes and Pete Doherty, and are doing their final headline show of 2015 this Saturday at the Islington Mill over in Salford. Tickets are on sale at £6 and you can grab them here – it’s definitely a show not to be missed out on.