Best Gigs In London – 25th to 31st May 2015

Best Gigs In London

Childhood @ The Windmill 25th May 2015

Overblown saw London based indie rockers Childhood support Palma Violets at Club 85 in Hitchin just before Reading last year, and they were balls of energy and fun. Not quite as laconic as on their debut album Lacuna, the band have some nearly great songs which are even better live! Tickets here.

Babes in Toyland @ Brixton Academy 26th May 2015

Minnesota punks Babes in Toyland are back with their first UK shows in something like 18 years. Seen as inspiration for the riot grrrl movement of the 90s that spawned bands like Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, and Bratmobile, the trio will probably tear the ceiling down from Brixton Academy. Be there or be square. Buy tickets.

Novella @ The Victoria 26th May 2015

We really like London dreamy jangle pop quintet Novella here at Overblown. In fact, we’ve been meaning to write about them for ages, but we dropped the ball. Sorry gang. At any rate, they’ll be sharing their take on C86 in The Victoria this week, and undoubtedly a very fucking delightful time will be had by all. Seven quid. Bargain.

C Duncan @ The Islington 26th May 2015

Glaswegian singer/songwriter C Duncan has become a bit of a favourite here at Overblown over the last six months. Writing intimate, and yet at the same time oddly expansive, folk and 60s tinged pop, Duncan is quickly becoming someone to keep an eye on. One wonders how he can reproduce his multi layered sound live. Head to The Islington on Wednesday to find out. Nine quid!

Swervedriver @ Scala 27th May 2015

Unless you’ve had your head under a rock, you’ll know that this is a big year for Oxford shoegaze legends Swervedriver. They’ve been back touring and whatnot since 2008, but in March of this year they dropped their first album in 17 years. It’s called I Wasn’t Born To Lose You, and it is a corker. Go see them at the Scala where they’re bound to mix new and old songs alike. Get yer tickets!

PINS @ The Lexington 27th May 2015

Man, we love The Lexington. Some great bands play there. We’ve seen Protomartyr, Yuck, and Sleaford Mods there over the last year. Sweaty as fuck though. Manchester quartet PINS are the latest to get the Lexington treatment. They’ll also be supporting Babes in Toyland at Brixton Academy! Their new album Wild Nights is out June 8th via Bella Union. Tickets are only nine fucking quid!

Fucked Up @ The Shacklewell Arms 28th May 2015

Toronto anthemic post-hardcore punks Fucked Up are completely and utterly fucking awesome. Overblown is gutted we’ll be missing this gig, but we’ll be dominating Primavera Sound instead. Life is tough, man. Can you imagine the euphoric, and glorious, punk of Fucked Up blowing the rough off the confined dance hall of The Shacklewell Arms? Gig of the week by far. Buy tickets now.

Desperate Journalist @ The 100 Club 28th May 2015

Desperate Journalist are two guys and two girls. Desperate Journalist are from London. Desperate Journalist play a tense and terse post-punk. This gig is the launch party for their latest single ‘Hesitate’. We recommend. If you can’t make this gig, make sure to head to Indietracks this summer to check them out there! Eight pounds!

Colleen Green @ Hoxton Bar & Grill 29th May 2015 and @ The Windmill 30th May 2015

Los Angeles based indie rock/pop singer song writer Colleen Green is signed to Seattle’s Hardly Art Records. That is reason enough to like her. Another reason is that she writes pretty sweet songs. She’s gifting London with not one but two gigs next weekend. Legend, eh? Can also catch her at Indietracks this summer. Best. Festival. Ever. Anyway, tickets for Hoxton Bar & Grill are seven pound fifty, while tickets for The Windmill are six pound.

Mudhoney @ The Forum 30th May 2015

What more can anyone say about Seattle garage rock legends Mudhoney? They came, they saw, they couldn’t be bothered conquering so they drank cheap beer, and made snide comments about the people at the bar. Grunge often had a reputation for being overly earnest and maudlin, but Mudhoney showed that you could have a sense of humour without becoming a joke band. Get yer tickets, mate.

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