There’s a plethora of gigs and tours going down this coming week across the UK, and it really has been hard to whittle it down. But here it is – this weeks Gig Pic Guide on who we think is worth checking out. And you never know, you might find a new favourite!
They’ve had a whirlwind of a career since starting back in 2011 – one that has gained them international success and awards branding them ‘the most promising new talent’. The Scottish synthpop trio, made up by Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty and Iain Cook – have captured the interest of thousands of fans with their disarmingly ethereal vocals and catchy electronic beats. Yet their stage presence comes across as more unconventional in comparison to their records, with Mayberry appearing as a more self-effacing and temperate figure during performances. The band are now onto their second studio album ‘Every Open Eye’, which was released back in September. To celebrate the release of their album, they’re currently getting under way on a UK tour, which started on Monday night in Brighton. Grab tickets whilst you can from here.
To make it simple – you’re either a fan of Everything Everything, or you just haven’t heard of them yet. It’s almost impossible to define who they are as a band, with influences of rock, R&B, electronica with a few psychedelic vibes chucked in. But that’s why they work so well – their distinct sound and unique lyrics are what sets them aside from every other band, not to mention their carefully colour coordinated jackets. Amazing. They’re finishing off their UK tour this weekend, ending in both London and Manchester. You can get the final remaining tickets from here.
He’s laid down his powerful vocals on some of the biggest songs of the decade, including collaborations with dance music legends Calvin Harris and Rudimental. And John Newman has showed no sign of stopping any time soon, after releasing his second studio album called Revolve just over a month ago with stellar reviews. Gone are any signs of soppy ballads, making way for his retro-pop styled records drenched in the sound of guitar. His UK tour is unfortunately coming to an end, but you can catch him a couple of more times, as he plays his concluding shows in London and Manchester. You can purchase tickets from here.
He’s supported Lana Del Rey extensively at a number of her gigs across the US and Europe, and it isn’t difficult to see why. Jury, who reigns from Iowa over in America, has a voice beyond his 21 years – his records just exude a gentleness that stands out from most artists around right now. His old soul and powerful lyrics have combined together to produce records such as Christian Eyes, Home and Great American Novel; all of which were influenced by some of the greatest American singer-songwriters, including Bob Dylan and Gram Parsons. He’s now doing a small tour across several UK venues including Nottingham, Bristol and Manchester – and you can buy tickets from here.
Irish duo Lar Kaye and Conor Adams are no strangers to the Indie band scene, after both having successful careers in bands such as Adebisi Shank and The Cast Of Cheers. Both were known for their feverish and energetic pace, but they’ve now evolved a new sound – the one that subsequently became ALL TVVINS. Now, there are definite hints of synthpop within their tracks, alongside a little bit of melody of groove – all which goes perfectly with Adam’s dark vocals. The twosome are now gracing the UK on a full tour, including cities such as Brighton and Glasgow. Tickets can be bought from here.