Mark K’s May Gig Guide!

Mark Kelly knows his current alternative music (if you don’t believe us check all the reviews he’s written for us!) but we thought you might want a look ahead as well as a recommend for next time. So he’s put together his ultimate guide to the gigs he wants to see in May – as if money and the inherent problems of bilocation, trilocation et al were no object! And, in case you’re caught between, he’s annotated ten as his Top Picks of the month! CPP - Mark K
You can also find many of these and more music and other greatness for the months ahead on our LONDON EVENTS page.

 

Date
Artist 
Comments
Venue
01/05/2015
And So I Watch You From Afar
Imaginative math rock from Belfast
Islington Assembly Hall
MKM - ASIWYFA
Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent (Zombies acoustic)
The voice and keyboards from The Zombies. Acoustic treatments of classic Zombies tracks. *** MK’s TOP 10! ***
Islington Union Chapel
MKM - Zombies
Villagers
Interpreters of Conor O’ Brien’s brilliant songwriting.
London Barbican
MKM - Villagers
02/05/2015
Mike Watt & the Missingmen
Mike Watt from The Minutemen, and The Stooges’ live bass player in recent years
Brixton Windmill
MKM - Mike Watt
07/05/2015
UFO
Classic British heavy rock
Kentish Town Forum
Twin Atlantic
Scottish rock
Brixton Academy
MKM - Twin Atlantic
08/05/2015
Magma
French progressive jazz rock.
London Cadogan Hall
Super Furry Animals
Welsh psychedelia. Groovily insane.  *** MK’s TOP 10! *** (Both nights)
Brixton Academy
MKM - Super Furry Animals
09/05/2015
Super Furry Animals
11/05/2015
Belle and Sebastian
The ultimate fey indie band promoting their latest album: Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance *** MK’s TOP 10! *** (Both nights)
Westminster Central Hall
MKM - Belle and Sebastian
12/05/2015
Belle and Sebastian
15/05/2015
Electric Wizard
Doom metal from Dorset *** MK’s TOP 10! ***
Chalk Farm Roundhouse
MKM - Electric Wizard
16/05/2015
Al Stewart
Classic British 1960s / 1970s singer/songwriter
Royal Albert Hall
MKM - Al Stewart
17/05/2015
Lulu
1960s pop poppet, still going strong
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
MKM - Lulu
Fawn Spots (3pm – free)
Muscular Husker Du influenced indie from York – part of the Critical Heights all-dayer…
Dalston Shacklewell Arms
MKM - Fawn Spots
18/05/2015
Pity Sex
American Indie
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
MKM - Pity Sex
19/05/2015
Don McLean
Classic American songwriter *** MK’s TOP 10! ***
Royal Albert Hall
MKM - Don McLean
20/05/2015
Best Coast
Dreamy American indie duo
Camden Electric Ballroom
LE - Best Coast
Sophie Hunger
Ace Swiss singer/songwriter
Shepherds Bush, Bush Hall
MKM - Sophie Hunger
21/05/2015
The Primitives
Great tuneful late 1980s / early 1990s indie pop *** MK’s TOP 10! ***
Hackney Oslo
MKM - The Primitives
22/05/2015
Fairport Convention
Folk-rock pioneers
London Borderline
Brandon Flowers
Killers frontman
Brixton Academy
MKM - Brandon Flowers
Lucy Spraggan
A collision of acoustic folk and hip-hop!
London Heaven
MKM - Lucy Spraggan
The Membranes
Post-punk veterans
Kings Cross Lexington
MKM - The Membranes
23/05/2015
UK Subs
Charlie Harper’s punk icons
London 100 Club
MKM - UK Subs
24/05/2015
Paul McCartney
A former Beatle. Beyond essential!!!! *** MK’s TOP 10! ***
London O2 Arena
MKM - Paul McCartney
The Smyths
Great Smiths tribute band
Kilburn Good Ship
MKM - The Smyths
25/05/2015
Gov’t Mule
Southern rawk
Shepherds Bush Empire
MKM - Gov't Mule
26/05/2015
Toto
Slick AOR
Hammersmith Apollo
MKM - Toto
Gallows
Hardcore punk
Highbury Garage
MKM - Gallows
Babes In Toyland
Late 1980s American punk metal
Shepherds Bush Empire
MKM - Babes in Toyland
Novella
Ethereal indie *** MK’s TOP 10! ***
Dalston Victoria
MKM - Novella
27/05/2015
PINS
Pop-rock from Manchester
Kings Cross Lexington
MKM - PINS
Fleetwood Mac
Soft-rock titans
London O2 Arena
MKM - Fleetwood Mac
28/05/2015
Fleetwood Mac
Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express
Ex-Green On Red
Highbury Garage
MKM - Chuck Prophet
29/05/2015
Colleen Green
American Indie songwriter
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
MKM - Colleen Green
Brix and the Extricated
Mark E Smith’s ex-wife!!! Ace Rickenbacker wrangler!!!
London 100 Club
MKM - Brix and the Extricated
30/05/2015
Camden Rocks
A rockier Camden Crawl. What’s not to like?!!! *** MK’s TOP 10! ***
various Camden venues
LE - Camden Rocks 30th May!
Mudhoney
Grunge pioneers
Kentish Town Forum
MKM - Mudhoney
Colleen Green
American Indie songwriter
Brixton Windmill
MKM - Colleen Green
31/05/2015
Coal Chamber
Early 1990s American nu-metal band
Camden Koko