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The Flaming Lips - Clash Gigs Of The Week - 20th May

Kathryn Williams @ Society of the Golden Slippers, Monday 20th May

Seeing your favourite artists at the best of times is always a treat; but seeing them in an intimate setting, stripped down to just the bare bones of voice and a few band members, sat on a cushion with a handful of other people... it often makes for that kind of gig that will stay with you forever. Tonight it's the turn of the wonderful Kathryn Williams. The Newcastle folkstress is bound to fill the small lounge of this Soho private members club with the sweetest of tunes. She's joined by fellow folkies Nick Mulvey and Raevennan Husbandes, who are already making waves on the folk scene.

Keep an eye on the Society. The are some very special gigs coming up over the next few months, including Denison Witmer from Sufjan Stevens' Asthmatic Kitty label next month.

Words: Gemma Hampson


The Flaming Lips @ Roundhouse, London, Tuesday 21st May

The Flaming Lips have been labelled as one of the bands to see before you die. And when better to see them than in the year they celebrate 30 years of making weird and wonderful music together? The Oklahoma band takes to the stage in the vast Roundhouse, leaving plenty of room for whatever antics they have in store. Last month saw the release of new album ‘The Terror’. Will there be new live madness for this ,or will the good old Lips stick with their brilliant and now-trademark show style, for what will inevitably a celebration of the past three decades of music? Either way, it's bound to be amazing.

Words: Gemma Hampson


Jonathan Toubin’s Soul Clap & Dance Off @ The Shacklewell Arms, London, Thursday 21st May

The thing we love about The Shacklewell Arms is the trifecta of fun you can have in there. Pub vibes at the front, fairy lit chill-out round the back, and a dark dancehall somewhere in the corridors. On Thursday, the dancehall will be the focus, as New York party overlord Jonathan Toubin brings his famous Soul Clap & Dance Off night across the pond for a night of east London debauchery. According to his recent mix for iCrates.org, you should be expecting "foreign fuzz, garage, psych and other ‘60s pop". We predict boogaloo.

Words: Joe Zadeh


A$AP Rocky @ O2 Academy Birmingham, Thursday 23rd May

Harlem’s former hoodlum, but reformed and newly-crowned face of rap, carries a heavy weight on his young shoulders. This is A$AP Rocky’s year. With comparisons to Wiz Khalifa and collaborations with the likes of Skrillex and Drake, it comes as no surprise that his first live shows since summer last year are receiving rave reviews, extra dates and upgrades to meet demands.

‘LONG.LIVE.A$AP’ was an ambitious album, and didn’t disappoint, entering top 10s all over the world. So if this latest tour has anything like the short temper and appetite for a scrap as its host, well then Birmingham may get wild for the night.

Words: Damien Fell


Field Day Takeover Weekend @ The Shacklewell Arms, London, Friday 24th-Sunday 26th May

Field Day stands alone as a Saturday-based beacon of fun, but thanks to The Shacklewell Arms, you can make it into a full weekend of new music debauchery. The Dalston pub will be hosting three nights of additional activity related to the festival, starting on Friday and finishing on Sunday. Live acts include Virals, Dark Bells and Charanjit Singh, plus DJ sets from Beach Creep, Because and Wild Nothing. Make it a big one.

Words: Joe Zadeh


Muse @ Emirates Stadium, London, Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May

Holloway Road tube station is likely to become a ‘Panic Station’ (sorry!) this weekend as Muse fans stream through its gates to The Emirates Stadium. Playing twice over the bank holiday weekend, Muse, known for their jaw-dropping stage shows, will no doubt showcase their sixth studio album ‘The 2nd Law’, as well as entertain an enthusiastic crowd with their huge back catalogue of stadium anthems. Their last tour saw a spaceship and acrobat floating overhead, so heaven knows what the rock three-piece have dreamt up for these shows. Support will come from Dizzee Rascal, Bastille and The 1975.

Words: Meg Hope


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