This weeks edition of our Gig Pic Guide, on who is worth discovering and seeing live this week.
Everyone knows Imagine Dragons – whether that’s from repeatedly hearing and singing along to Radioactive, or whether you were sat in front of a screen getting way too emotional to It’s Time after Gossip Girl used their song in the finale of the programme. The Las Vegas born rock band have had a steady career since back in 2008, and have even managed to rack up a few prestigious awards including two AMA’s, a Grammy and five Billboard awards. Impressive, hey? The four piece have made their way over to the UK in the past week to take on a hefty arena tour, with their London dates already complete. But fear not! You can buy tickets from here to see them at other venues across the UK.
They’ve been knocking around since 2009, after making their break into the music industry the real and hard way. Lawson, named after the surgeon who performed a life threatening brain operation on lead singer Andy Brown, have had a successful career to date with at least five of their heartfelt pop tunes making it into the top ten of the charts. After a lengthy break Andy admitted he’d sadly fall ill again much to the inquisitive questions from fans, they’re back with a new album in the pipeline and a UK tour currently on the cards. They visit Manchester and London towards the end of this week, and tickets are available from here.
He was once a member of the Wirral-based band The Coral, who were famed for their British ska-pop and Merseybeat style. But after suffering from severe panic attacks before he was due to perform live with the band, he made a swift exit from their live shows. A solo career soon took shape for Ryder-Jones, and the singer-songwriter is now on his third solo studio album, with recognition for his hushed tones and rock vibes. He’s now back on the road touring his new album West Kirby Country Primary and is playing across the North West this weekend including Liverpool and Manchester. You can buy tickets from here.
Glasgow duo Tuff Love, made up by Julie and Suse, have been championed by pretty much everyone in the music industry ever since starting out a few years back. Tuff Love are adored by the likes of Lauren Laverne and Huw Stephens, and have the one and only Paolo Nutini as a fan. Their latest EP is Dregs, and it has not disappointed with their cheery guitar pop songs and mesmerising lyrics. The pair are now on tour with their drummer Iain Stewart, visiting cities including York, Brighton and Leeds. Grab your tickets from here.
Hidden Charms: the four piece from London, who make you wonder if you’re listening to a band from the 60’s – yet with a brilliant modern twist. The quartet have a soulful edge to their records, and you can really feel the depth of the rhythm and blues. What was once two separate musical projects has seen them join forces and they haven’t looked back since. And good on them! Their tour commences on Monday night, starting off in Manchester and ending in Leicester on the 28th. You can buy tickets from here.