Cristobal and the Sea sweeten up London

Cristobal and the Sea are launching their debut album, ‘Sugar Now’, with a headline London show at Birthdays on 2 October 2015.

With a name inspired by the ongoing dispute over explorer Cristobal Columbus’ nationality, the four-piece band comprises members from across Europe: Spaniard Alejandro ‘Ale’ Romero (bass, vocals), Portugal’s João Seixas (guitar, vocals), Leïla Seguin (flute, vocals) from Corsica/France and UK-native Joshua Oldershaw (drums). Together, they’ve created a sound as diverse as their personal backgrounds, fusing bossa-nova, Afro-pop, and Western folk and rock.

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David Gilmour: The nights of wonder

David Gilmour | Royal Albert Hall | 23 September 2015

Growing old isn’t easy. Even if you’re a global music icon. Do you dye your hair, get the brand back together, and play 40-year-old hits to sold-out stadiums around the world? Or record Christmas carols and Sinatra cover versions, stuff your shows with growled new songs, and reimagine beyond recognition the one bonafide classic you do play?

Sensibly, for his first solo London show in almost a decade, David Gilmour chooses neither extreme. Sure, he plays seven tracks from an album released less than a week ago. But they fit almost seamlessly into a carefully curated setlist that lovingly embraces the songs that helped sell 250 million albums. And although the legacy of the band he’s retired looms large from the vintage clips projected on the familiar circular screen to the retro laser spectacle of ‘Comfortably Numb’ this is by no means a Pink Floyd revival.

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Caspian bring ‘Dust and Disquiet’ to London’s Dome

Caspian have released their latest album, ahead of a UK tour that kicks off in London at The Dome on 2 November 2015.

‘Dust and Disquiet’, the atmospheric rock band’s fourth full-length album, comes three years after ‘Waking Season’ and again transcends genres.

‘Run Dry’ is a stark, acoustic ballad that showcase the vocals of guitarist Calvin Joss, ‘Ríoseco’ takes a country detour and ‘Aeternum Vale’ explores the classical realm, while tracks like ‘Sad Heart of Mine’ and ‘Arcs of Command’ find the Massachusetts six-piece creating more of their signature textured soundscapes.

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Lemonheads go indigo at The O2

The Lemonheads are returning to London for the first time in three years with a show at indigo at The O2.

The gig, on 8 October 2015, ends a weeklong UK run that kicks off in Birmingham a week earlier and follows a solo European tour by the band’s frontman, Evan Dando, earlier this year.

Dando, who formed the band with two school friends in 1986, will be joined at these shows by guitarist Chris Brokaw, bass player Jen Turner, and drummer Todd Philips.

Tickets to The Lemonheads’ indigo at The O2 show are available here.

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Brandon Flowers popping up in London

Brandon Flowers is returning to London on 16 November 2015 for a show at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

The intimate one-off gig comes just months after The Killers’ singer sold out two shows at Brixton Academy in May and marks the end of the tour promoting his second solo album, ‘The Desired Effect’.

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Tindersticks turning Barbican into ‘Waiting Room’

Tindersticks are returning with a new album and tour in 2016.

‘The Waiting Room’, the group’s 10th studio offering, is due for release on 22 January 2016 and will be accompanied by a series of live cine-concert events including one at The Barbican in London.

Tickets for the 26 April 2016 Barbican show go on sale on 25 September 2015.

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King King thundering to Wembley Arena

King King have been announced as the support band for Thunder’s February 2016 UK arena tour, which includes a London stop.

The British blues rock band will be joining their hard rock countrymen at Wembley Arena on 20 February 2016, just a few months after they hit the capital on their own headlining tour.

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