BY ED GIBBS
Friday November 2
Holy Moly and the Crackers
Newcastle’s finest descends on The Garage for one funky night of alt-rock full of swagger and Jack White-esque vibes. Front woman Ruth Patterson has been through the wars, learning to sing after crippling arthritis dashed dreams of being a violinist. Classical music’s loss is our gain, as you’ll see when they hit the stage on Friday night. Check out their wares online, including Cold Comfort Lane, to get acquainted. They’re quite the thing.
20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 1RD
020 7619 6720 / 0844 847 1678
Quite the double-header this: local dark lords Wren hit the stage tonight at Birthdays, with alt-rock newcomers Modern Rituals in support. Cue a big dose of deadpan growls, heavy bass and grunge-fuelled guitars for the expected throng of believers. For a room that’s often geared more towards electronica, this show may also prove something of a litmus test. Usually, fans have to head to the Garage for this sort of stuff. Not tonight. Get in early and grab yourself a spot.
33-35 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BJ
020 7923 1680
Saturday 3 November – Sunday 4 November
Ever wondered what The Strokes have been up to? Wonder no more, at least for their frontman Julian Casablancas, with the former pin-up returning to our shores with his latest incarnation, the punk band The Voidz. They’re expecting a big turnout, hence the two-night residency at Village Underground, so best book early to avoid disappointment. Check out Pyramid of Bones (and other delights) online to get up to speed and judge for yourself. New York City Cops, it ain’t.
54 Holywell Lane, London EC2A 3PQ.
020 7422 7505
Monday November 5
In 2018, it seemed like every man and his dog was planning to visit Portugal to get a whiff of the good life. This unconventional electronic trio from Porto adds to the zeitgeisty vibe of the place, bringing their synth grooves to Stokie’s Waiting Room for one night only. They’ve been hard at it since 2013, and have already turned heads with their tropical rhythms and industrial vocoders, so prepare to be impressed and swayed by Portuguese flavours. It’s enough to make you want to be in Europe. Oh, hang on.
The Waiting Room
175 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0LH.
020 7241 5511
Wednesday November 7
Get up close and personal with the grime giant and philanthropist, who launches his black British writing initiative #Merky Books Live live on stage at the Barbican. In addition to fielding questions, the 6’ 5” star will no doubt spin a few rhymes or two, particularly if the audience demands it – so don’t be shy! It’s certain to be a special night, made all the more poignant in light of the man’s vocal support for the victims of the Grenfell tower disaster. Ticket purchases include a copy of Stormzy’s new autobiography, Rise Up.
Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS.
020 7638 4141