entertainment music

Best Gigs in East London

BY ED GIBBS

Tuesday 26 March

Jessica Pratt

Comparisons to Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez abound, but there’s a whole lot more to this San Franciscan ‘freak folk’ favourite than mere nods to the 1960s counter-culture. Armed with a new album, the suitably titled Quiet Signs, the quietly powerful singer-songwriter will no doubt hold EartH in rapture as she shares a collection of material from a unique decade in music. Doors 7pm. Tickets £15.40.
EartH
11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington, London N16 8BH.
020 7422 7505
earthackney.co.uk

 

Wednesday 27 March

Polo

The Leeds trio buck the Yorkshire city’s innate knack for energetic, down-and-dirty punky grooves with their own ethereal sounds that reach out far and wide. Fusing RnB and pop with lush, sweeping landscapes, Polo offer something fresh and infectious. Their debut EP Alice got them noticed in 2017 and they haven’t looked back since. Check out new single Death of Me to hear where they’re at in 2019. Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £6.
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
2-4 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU.
020 7613 0709
hoxtonsquarebar.com

 

Thursday 28 March

Mur-Man

The post-punk London four-piece hit the Last with their assured swagger in tow. Check out singles Trearddur Bay and Christian Boys to get acquainted with their self-confessed ballsy attitude, where they sing about everything from love and guilt to fetishism and sex. Support for tonight’s Live Nation-sponsored show comes from Mancunian wonder kids Corella and Portsmouth shoe-gazers Flowvers. Doors at 8pm. Entry is free.
The Old Blue Last
38 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3ES. 
020 7739 7033 
theoldbluelast.com

 

Friday 29 March

Sk Shlomo

The beatbox extraordinaire returns for a unique night of performance. He’s a Guinness World Record holder for his talents, having grown up in a mixed lineage of Jewish-Iraqi-German descent. Classically trained, he learned the drums from aged eight, using his vocals to help with practice before switching disciplines altogether in his teens. He was so passionate about his musical calling, he quit university (Leeds again) in the early Noughties to perform full time. Now in his mid-thirties, he’s lost none of his vocal dexterity.
Oslo
1a Amhurst Road, London E8 1LL.
020 3553 4831 
oslohackney.com

 

Saturday 30 March

Golan

The dance-electronica three-piece hail from Bucharest in Romania, where their name translates to ‘troublemakers’. The reality, though, is quite different, as their atmospheric music-scapes prove in spades. The three of them – Alex, Mihai and Ernesto – couldn’t be more diverse, yet their differences coalesce nicely into one eclectic and satisfying whole. Find out why tonight. Doors at 7pm. Tickets £20-30.
The Garage
20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 1RD.
020 7619 6720 / 0844 847 1678
thegarage.london

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