The Lemon Twigs We’ve all heard of The Lemon Twigs by now, right? They’ve been the band on everyone’s lips since last summer, and the hype only got louder upon the release of debut LP ‘Do Hollywood’ last October. At tonight’s sold out show, KOKO buzzes with anticipation; pre-show conversations largely consists of brags about seeing them before they got so big, or musing over the young band’s anachronistic influences, a blend of Big Star’s jangly pop and David Bowie’s glam.


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Wiley Tonight’s headliner Wiley had a share of the spotlight back in the noughties, with a few crossover hits- most memorably ‘Wearing My Rolex’- but tonight he forgoes older songs to focus his new album, ‘Godfather’. It makes sense; this new era of mainstream grime is not filtered for pop radio as it was in the mid-00s, but is more intense, more direct and more, well, grime.


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City and Colour It’s possible that the Troxy is the London venue most suited to a City and Colour show: it’s a grand, beautiful theatre, with perfect views from practically everywhere and a romantic, art deco colour scheme that is as calming and soft as Dallas Green’s voice.


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Modern Baseball It might be freezing outside Electric Ballroom on this cold February night, but the temperature is rising inside in anticipation for Modern Baseball. It’s hard to tell whether this audience, full of new-school emos and pop punk fans, have removed their uniform plaid shirts and tied them around their waists in order to cool down, or just for aesthetic purposes. Either way, it’s been a while since the band played on a UK stage, and their fans are understandably excited.


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Halsey Halsey shows up late, and fashionably: she slips onto the stage in a white, faux-fur jacket, embodying her debut album cover. Opening with ‘Gasoline’, she asks Brixton, “Are you insane like me? Been in pain like me?” and the crowd sing along with enough conviction to answer her question.


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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Scala was sweaty even before King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard came onstage. In typical London fashion, everybody was complaining about the tube strike and the fact it is far too hot in the capital. Thankfully, the sold-out room shut up as soon as King Gizzard jumped onstage, a snug fit for the seven-piece.


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Incubus Perhaps it’s the summer heat outside, or maybe the fact that Incubus were due onstage half an hour ago, but Hammersmith Apollo is bubbling with excitement. It has been a number of years since the Californian band were at the height of their popularity, but tonight their return is more than welcome. It’s been three years since they performed in London, and the crowd, full of hardcore fans and nostalgic 20-somethings, are more than up for it.


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Courtney Barnett Courtney Barnett has come a long way over the last 18 months. The sudden worldwide success of double EP ‘A Sea Of Split Peas’ left her touring the same old setlist, despite having her debut album largely finished by the summer of last year. But now ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’ is finally here, and she is ready to unleash a newfound energy on her audience.


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Rhodes By half 8, the Village Underground is already packed, and Rhodes isn’t due on for another hour. It’s no surprise: his debut album hasn’t even dropped yet, but bloggers and music fans have been hyping him ever since he released his first EP in 2013. This is his biggest headline show to date, but large venues are nothing new to him: he spend much of last year touring with none other than Sam Smith.


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Gerard Way It has been two months since London last saw Gerard Way perform live. Tonight in Brixton, he’s playing not only to the adoring fans who filled his Koko show back in November, but also to a couple thousand extras- largely ex-My Chemical Romance obsessives wondering what all the fuss is about. And what is all the fuss about? His debut record ‘Hesitant Alien’ was a commercial and critical success, and his Bowie influenced alt-pop sound has found the hearts of a new generation of fans.


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The Wytches "This is our biggest gig ever", announced The Wytches’ frontman Kristian Bell mid-set during tonight’s show. Indeed, Scala is packed to the brim; between the new-goth teens down the front to the pint-drinking, middle-aged men at the back, there is very little room to breathe.


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The Vaselines The Vaselines were only a band for two years. They broke up within a week of releasing their 1989 debut ‘Dum Dum’. Nonetheless, their cult status was cemented in the early 90s when Nirvana covered a number of their songs, and the Glasgow pair are now in their sixth year as a reformed band. While the indie-pop jangle of ‘Dum Dum’ can be heard in many current acts, including the likes of Courtney Barnett and Big Deal, the band’s recent albums, 2010’s ‘Sex With an X’ and this year’s ‘V for Vaselines’ prove that they are the true pioneers of the genre- and tonight at the Garage, new songs are just as heralded as the old favourites.


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George Ezra George Ezra is currently at the height of his career. He has just spent two weeks at number one in the albums chart, following from two hit singles, ‘Budapest’ and ‘Blame It On Me’. Now he finds himself playing to a max-capacity crowd at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, some twelve hours after his February tour went on sale and promptly sold out. This is a man on top of the world.


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Taylor Swift Taylor Swift’s sold out ‘Red’ tour has finally landed in the UK- and tonight, at her fourth and penultimate show at London’s O2 Arena, she rewards her fans’ patience with an exuberant, inspiring performance.


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