Now we are out of the winter months, musicians come out of their recording studios and show us what they’ve been up to. May is great month to go out and see your favourite artist before they disappear into the abyss of the Festival season.
ED SHEERAN @ THE O2, 1st – 3rd MAY
Love him or hate him, Ed Sheeran has taken over the world with his number one album Divide. It’s gone double platinum – or something ridiculous like that. His performance at the O2 will be an impressive one-man show. Who knows how he’s going to pull off ‘Shape of You’ on his own. Anyhow, it will be a spectacle whichever way it goes.
STORMZY @ BRIXTON ACADEMY, 2nd – 4th May
Bring your hard hats for this one. This will be a swaggering, slick and spirited show with swirling mosh pits and a lot of energy. Stormzy has just been at Coachella and by the sounds of it Americans really like grime, so catch him while you can.
ISLAND @ HEAVEN, 3rd May
I discovered ISLAND through SOFAR London.
At first, I automatically put them in the category of ‘indie band’. Now, I’ve decided that I was too quick to cast a fair judgement. After all, the label ‘indie’ seems to constricting for a band that sound a bit like the pop-rock band, Half Moon Run and a bit like experimental band, Grizzly Bear. The well crafted ‘Stargazer’ is a euphoric bombast of emotion and will surely be the star of the show at Heaven.
CHERRY GLAZERR @ THE GARAGE, 24th MAY
Hailing from L.A, Cherry Glazerr are a rock-pop quartet, who offer fierce lyrics and catchy jams. They remind me of Moldy Peaches on a sugar rush. The song ‘Told You I’d Be with the Guys’ has a raging feminist message and the nostalgic ‘Teenage Girl’ makes you smile with recognition. Their album Apocalipstick was released in January to rave reviews. I’ll be excited to see if their talent can be translated into live performances.
COSMO PYKE @ THE BUSSEY BUILDING, 24th May
“Spacey, beautiful and lazy” is how Cosmo Pyke describes his lo-fi, jazz-infused sound. ‘Social Sites’ certainly lumbers along like a dazzling dream and ‘Chronic Sunshine’ deliriously unfurls into a reverb-overload of trebly guitars and ska-rhythms, whilst Cosmo’s soulful voice trickles through the beats. Expect the Bussey gig to be an effortless, balmy stupor of a show. I know that I won’t want it to end.
MAC DEMARCO @ BRIXTON ACADEMY, 30th May – 31st May
There a good gigs and then there are Mac DeMarco gigs. He’s wonderful. And his stage-presence is so good that 2 hours fly by. But beware. It is a rather eccentric affair. I saw him last summer at KOKO and was really surprised by the mosh-pits that were appearing while Mac and his band played emotionally devastating ballads like ‘Another One’. It was all very surreal. Hopefully, Brixton will be no different. Don’t go if you want a relaxing gig with a nice cup of warm beer. Do go if you want to see the man, the myth, the legend goofily perform with his dead-pan band of merry men. I can’t wait.