BY ED GIBBS
Friday 21 September
Eddy De Pretto
The LGBTQ singer-songwriter cum actor is something of a wunderkind in his native France. At 25, he raps, rhymes and busts a move with attitude, although he insists he’s not a spokesperson of any kind. Son to a truck driver dad and arts-loving lab tech mum, Eddy De Pretto has been writing material since he was eight and been acting almost as long. Tonight will be quite the event, as he brings his show to London for one big night. Expect to hear cuts from his debut long-player Cure, plus a few surprises along the way.
Islington Assembly Hall
Upper Street, London N1 2UD
020 7527 8900
Sunday September 23
It’s that time of year again, when iconic cultural spaces across the capital throw open their doors for one day only. In addition to having a guided tour for free for your chosen venue, you also get to discover nooks and crannies usually hidden from public view. The Barbican is offering 45-minutes tours gratis, which will reveal little-known facts about this contemporary cultural centre, as well as showing areas never open to the public. It may have caused a bit of a stir when it was built, but it’s since become one of the city’s crowing achievements, playing host to all kinds of live music, dance, theatre and cinema. A fascinating and unique opportunity to learn more about where we live and work and play.
Barbican, Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
020 7638 4141
These fast-rising shoegazing stars unashamedly wear their 1990s influences on their sleeves and have already won over audiences across Europe, been played on BBC Radio One and released an EP. All within their first six months. Expect to hear shades of Nirvana, Mudhoney et al tonight, as they showcase their debut long-player (out this month) in the suitable surrounds of the Sebright Arms. Grunge, post-punk, indie-rock – call it what you will, Slow Crush are likely to hook you in like a fine wine. Support comes from Brighton’s I Feel Fine and fellow shoe-gazers Nightswimming.
31-35 Coate Street, London E2 9AG
020 7729 0937
Tuesday September 25
Amyl and the Sniffers
The Aussie punk wave continues, with this Melbourne-bred outfit roaring into town off the back of strong buzz and some fine shows. Eagle-eyes may have seen them previously at the Lexington in neighbouring North London, after their breakout turn at the Great Escape – but we’d venture Moth Club is where they truly will shine. Front woman Amy Taylor has the swagger that matters, and she’s ably backed up by her three fellow Sniffers, who collectively have put out a rather good debut EP, Giddy Up. Expect to hear more of that and then some when they hit the stage. This ought to be quite a night.
Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, London E9 6NU
020 8985 7963
Wednesday September 26
Celebrating their 10th anniversary, this much-loved ska/reggae/dub outfit hit Birthdays for a special charity show. Tickets are only a tenner, and it’s for a very good cause – Nordoff-Robbins music therapy. This crew have played with everyone from Reel Big Fish to The Slackers to Bedouin Soundclash, amongst others, and have toured extensively across Europe and the US, releasing three albums in the process. Clash Music famously hailed them as “the torchbearers for modern British reggae” and who are we to argue? Check out the fine wares of Marcia, Joshua, Jonathan and Jamie via YouTube et al. They’re due on stage at 8pm. Don’t be late.
33-35 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BJ
020 7923 1680