Events marked with ** I was invited along to for free, but rest assured all words & opinions are my own 🙂
John Nicholas @ Paper Dress Vintage
You may remember I first came across John Nicholas at a Sofar Sounds gig earlier this year. I enjoyed his set so much that I followed him on Instagram and entered a little competition he was running to win tickets to his next London date. Guess who only went and won it! This set was very different with just John taking to the stage alone, as his drummer was ill. This made for a very intimate show in the attic gig space at Paper Dress Vintage.
Betrayal @ Harold Pinter Theatre
Tom Hiddleston. Live on stage. Need I say anymore? Okay, I’ll give you some more. It’s a play based around the relationship of 3 people. The story plays backwards which is different, but it definitely works, and the performances from Hiddles, Charlie Cox and Zawe Ashton were flawless. It finished on the 8th June, and this is why I need to up my blogging game!
UB40 Feat. Ali Campbell & Astro @ The O2*
This was such a fun night! Ali & Astro from UB40 played all the classics, and everyone was so happy, chilled, dancing to every song. Gentleman’s Dub Club were the perfect support act, getting the crowd pumped. I’ll definitely be seeing them again!
Papooz @ Oslo Hackney
I was first introduced to Papooz late last year when my friend had a spare free ticket to their show at Scala. I instantly fell in love. They’re just so cool & retro, with the dreamiest voices & guitar riffs. Their new album, You & I, is a delight to the earholes too!
Dean Lewis @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
This was a lovely show! I wasn’t familiar with Dean Lewis until my friend Sam mentioned he had a spare ticket for this gig, so I gave him a listen and fell in love, instantly. Hailing from Australia, he seems to have captured the hearts of the thousand or so crowd there to see him in London. His song Waves was the big hit of the evening, as well as his Oasis cover.
Little Death Club @Underbelly Festival**
I’m a big fan of the Underbelly Festival which takes over London’s Southbank with it’s giant purple tent (which I’m pretty sure I remember being shaped like a cow one year!). I’ve seen some great cabaret shows here, and Little Death Club has definitely been added to the list! We had an absolute ball singing along with a drag queen, laughing at a drunk mime, and gasping in awe at a fire-breathing bearded lady. Bernie and her family of freaks will make you feel so very welcome (some might say a little too welcome) as they entertain you with tongue-in-cheek songs, blazing fire, and amazing acrobatics. At just 60 minutes, I only wish the show was longer!
Brion Starr @ Brixton Windmill
I was originally invited along to catch Brion Starr for free, but there was a mix-up with the guestlist and we ended up having to pay. It was £3 each, but I had such a great night, that I’m not even mad. Brion was so mesmerising to watch, with the looks of David Bowie, but the voice of Bryan Ferry. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for his next venture into London!
Gigs marked with a * are those which I got passes for through Jukely. You can get £10 off your first month by using my special code: JUKECE1
Did you manage to make it to any of these gigs? Or maybe you saw someone else. I’d love to hear in the comments below!