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Best Gigs in East London


Saturday 6 October

Stick in the Wheel

The East London five-piece bring their folk-soaked sensibilities to the Garage as part of their new UK tour. They’re on the road in support of their sophomore long-player Follow Them True, which drew squeals of delight from the music press upon its release in January. Frontwoman Nicola Kearey loves traditional English music for its weirdness and because, she says, it is “dark and surprising”. Aided and abetted by guitarist and producer Ian Carter, plus Ellie Wilson on fiddle, Fran Foote on harmonies and Simon Foote on percussion, the band promises to bring a whole different feel to the weekend.
The Garage
20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 1RD
020 7619 6720 / 0844 847 1678

G Love

A special solo acoustic set from Special Sauce frontman Garrett Dutton that’s appropriately dubbed “The Streetside Blues”. Known for their laidback bluesy sound that encompasses R&B and hip-hop, Dutton’s Philadelphia trio have had their share of ups and downs over the years, splitting then reforming on more than one occasion. Whether this show is part of another hiatus for the band or not, a solo turn from Dutton makes for a lively night out, and is likely to sell out quicker than you can say Philadelphonic. You never know, there could even be the prospect of a special guest or two.
Islington Assembly Hall
Upper Street, London N1 2UD
020 7527 8900


Sunday 7 October


Their debut EP Welcome to the Dream was written, recorded and mixed in their front room – and judging by their publicity, they don’t mind comparisons to Florence and the Machine, Clean Bandit and Fleetwood Mac. Between them, Nikita, Gray and Kye pitch “dual gender harmonies”, “infectious rhythms”, “pulsing” bass and “party-starting” trumpets to strong effect. Their live show is likely to be just as committed and energetic, with a contemporary feel to some time-honoured sentiments working nicely in front of a hometown crowd. Support comes from singer-songwriter Kx and newcomer Emma Danelon, who releases her fresh cut Questions this week. Doors at 7pm. Curfew at 11pm. hoxtonsquarebar.com/listings
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
2-4 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
020 7613 0709

The Stone Roses: Made of Stone

Relive the reformation of Manchester’s much-loved indie giants, as viewed through the lens of Shane Meadows’ entertaining and warm-hearted doc. Relations hadn’t exactly been cordial between key band members, but the passing of time had evidently changed all that. So, in 2011, Ian Brown and co announced the much dreamt-about reunion to end all reunions. They’ve been gloriously gigging ever since, in stadium-sized venues – but it’s here, in a ‘secret’ intimate local haunt, that you really feel close to the magic and the joy this music brings. Meadows, an unashamed fan himself, knows how to handle such emotions and lets the camera capture everything. The result is a superb document that shows why this event meant so much to so many.
Moth Club
Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, London E9 6NU.
020 8985 7963



Monday 8 October

Rico Nasty

Maria-Cecillia Simone Kelly – or Rico Nasty, as she is professionally known – has been an active force since her teens, creating mixtapes in high school that continued long after she was expelled for smoking pot. One of her singles, Poppin’, racked up four million views on YouTube and featured in the HBO show Insecure. Then, Rolling Stone voted her 5th mixtape one of the best rap albums of last year. Still only 21, this Brooklyn native is also a young mum to son Brandon, who she paid tribute to on last year’s Tales of Tacobella. Her sixth mixtape, Nasty, came out earlier this year. Expect to hear that and plenty more at Birthdays tonight.
33-35 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BJ  
020 7923 1680 


Wednesday 10 October


It’s fair to say that Lorenzo Urciullo, aka Colapsece, has become a bit of a legend in his native Italy, thanks to a trio of increasingly diverse pop albums that defy categorisation. His latest, last year’s Infidel, connected with audiences up and down the country, and he’ll be no doubt hoping that this visit to Birthdays (the day after a similar show in Manchester) will create a buzz here in Blighty. Italy has, of course, been contending with its own extreme swing in politics, so don’t be shocked if that gets a look-in as well. One thing’s for sure: Urciullo’s shows are far from dull. facebook.com/events
33-35 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BJ  
020 7923 1680 


Cracking the Top 5 of Spotify’s most viral tracks with debut single Panic Like Tom – and being named BBC Radio 1’s Introducing artist of the week – is a pretty impressive start for this four-piece from Birmingham. Their ‘tropical’ indie sound has shades of Vampire Weekend and Two Door Cinema Club with familiar crowd-pleasing nods to The Maccabees and 1975. Check out their official presence online to get acquainted and see why they’re getting the nation in aflutter. They’ll be tearing up the stage after 8pm.
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
2-4 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
020 7613 0709


Matlock mania, alert! With latest single Fight Me out now, the Derbyshire trio’s headlining tour rolls into London for one big night, fit to bursting with poptastic melody and funk. Little wonder that their homecoming show in Sheffield is long-since sold out. Beth, Rory and Sam’s vibe has drawn comparisons with Two Door Cinema Club, Foals and Chic, but there’s plenty more going on with this trio than meets the eye. A clutch of special guests are due to be confirmed closer to show time. Best of all, entry is free.
The Old Blue Last
38 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3ES. 
020 7739 7033 

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