Welcome to our weekly round-up of shows happening in the grand concert halls, dimly lit basements, airy cafe’s and grimy sweatboxes across the UK and Ireland. All acts featured come with the Best Fit ‘Seal Of Approval’ so you can be assured that your hard earned cash will be well spent. It’s early days but the year already seems to be hitting it’s stride and so to tempt your wallets this week we’ve gathered dates from the likes of Daughter, Kendrick Lamar and Solange.
Hejira @ The Shacklewell Arms, London 11/01
Consisting of Sam Beste, Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne, Alex Reeve and Alexis Nunez the Joni Mitchell album referencing Hejira hail from London and promise twisted psychedelic sensibilities punctuated by orchestral precision. Matthew Herbert has been busy co-producing their debut album which is due out very shortly.
Woodpecker Wooliams @ Kings Place, London 12/01
Brighton’s Gemma Williams released her album The Bird School of Being Human via Robot Elephant records last year and caused quite a stir, circumnavigating the traditional pit falls of singer-song writer-dom to produce something surprisingly fresh and at times rather bizarre. Now she is back for a live show with Meursault and Sons of Noel & Adrian.
Daughter @ Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich 14/01
If You Leave, Daughter’s debut full length, is due out on 18 March via 4AD and we could not be more excited. It is beautiful.
Ghostface Killah @ The Garage, London 15/01
The Wu Tang Clan man steps out on his own once more for what will undoubtedly be a hectic, high octane show at The Garage.
Kendrick Lamar @ O2 ABC, Glasgow 16/01
Crafting ambitious narratives with faultless precision Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut Good Kid, M.A.A.D City was definitely one of last year’s best so we’d have to be fools to miss the chance to catch it all up close and personal.
Solange @ XOYO, London 17/01
Slick pop music with a heart of funk we can’t wait to see whether Solange brings her dance moves to the live stage.
Flamingods @ The Green Door Store, Brighton 17/01
Weird pop purveyors Flamingods are heading out on tour to celebrate the release of their debut album Sun, due out via Art Is Hard records on 21 January and we couldn’t recommend them highly enough. Absorbing a myriad of influences, you’ll never be bored.