January is slowly becoming a distant memory, which means we’re officially done with the first month of 2016 and its blues. February is looking to be quite the exciting month in terms of gigs and music, with many tours starting across the UK. So look no further than this weeks Gig Pic guide, where we have hand picked a selection of the best gigs happening up and down the UK this week.
Aussie rockers Tame Impala, who hail respectively from Perth on the west coast, have been keeping the genre of psychedelic pop-rock alive since way back when in 2007. Perhaps best known for their dreamy hits The Less I Know The Better and Let It Happen off their latest record Currents, the five-piece have gone onto win 5 ARIA Awards solely from their latest release, along with several other prestigious winnings. The band – who are made up of lead Kevin Parker, Dom Simper, Jay Watson, Cam Avery and Julien Barbagallo, are now on the road touring, bringing their 60’s progressive rock over to the UK, continuing down South to London this weekend. Don’t miss out on the chance to see spectacular live music at its best – buy your tickets from here whilst you can.
ALL TIME LOW
If there are ever any bands that take you back to your younger emo days, it definitely has to be All Time Low or Good Charlotte. You look back at your teen years with fondness, remembering the times you stomped around your room singing to Dear Maria, Count Me In, or shouting along to The Anthem. Well now is your chance to relive your youth, as All Time Low and Good Charlotte are teaming up to go on tour together. Baltimore lads All Time Low are no strangers to sharing the stage, after co-headlining with good friends You Me At Six back last year in March. This tour celebrates their latest album, Future Hearts, so expect to hear lots of the newer pop-punk hits along with a few of the old-school classics. The continue their tour, heading to Birmingham this Saturday and ending in Dublin next Tuesday. You can buy your tickets from here.
Simbi Ajikawo, better known as her stage name Little Simz, has made quite the impression on the revived world of rap and hip-hop throughout the UK. What started as acting for the 22 year old – a childhood of CBBC which eventually led to the MC stepping up to a role on E4’s Youngers – has paved the way for her return to the ever evolving music industry. A mixtape of hers was debuted on Jay-Z’s Life and Times website, which subsequently led to several MOBO nominations and a lot of labels vying for the then 19 year old’s attention. Fast forward to now – Little Simz is on more “Big in 2016” lists than you can shake a stick at, guaranteeing her an exciting career over the next couple of months. After all, you wouldn’t be put on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for no reason, would you? You can still catch her tour in Glasgow, and later on as she ends in her hometown of Islington. Buy your tickets from here.
THE LOTTERY WINNERS
Fancy a bit of Morrisey influenced indie-pop, with a bit of romance on the side? Then look no further than The Lottery Winners – a four piece indie band that hail from somewhere between Leigh and Salford, (from what we understand, anyway) right in the heart of the North-West. You may not have heard of them just yet, but their dedicated seven years together as a band shows just how much they have worked for their success, having played extensively live. They’ve worked their way around the annual festival circuit, playing Kendal Calling, OS Fest and Hard Rock Calling. The quartet have even gone on to fill support slots with The Chartalans, The Futureheads and even Jamie Cullum… A pretty big feat for any band in their career so far by any means! Whilst working on new material, the band are currently touring too. They played Band On The Wall in Manchester last night, before heading down to Stoke tonight to play a show. You can buy your tickets from here – grab them before they go.