Well, isn’t it another fine week in the finest city in the world. Gigging season is well and truly getting back on track, Shambala hangovers may still be lingering, but we can shake those off with a tinny and a shimmy or two. Feast your eyes and ears on this week’s best live shows.

Thursday 29th August

Sasami + Kate Stapley + Ketibu – Louisiana

Based out of LA, Sasami brings luxury to luxurious synth-pop music. After playing across the Los Angeles area, from taking over the french horn in orchestras and playing keys and guitar in local rock bands, she’s finally found her own unique sound. It feels ambient while still being very present, special among a sea of same-same synthesisers. She stops off at the Louisiana on her European tour this Autumn. More here…

Friday 30th August

Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers + Frank Iero and the Future Violents – O2 Academy

Off the back of their latest releases, Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers and Frank Iero And The Future Violents come to the O2 Academy as part of their huge co-headline UK tour. Prior guitarist of Against Me!, Laura Jane Grace now fronts alt-indie rockers whose riffs take no prisoners. Co-headliner Frank Iero (previously a backing singer for My Chemical Romance) joins with his band for a taste of nostalgic 2000s rock. More here…

The Futureheads – Rough Trade

Live and signing in-store at Rough Trade this week are The Futureheads, celebrating the release of their new album Powers. Quite simply the finest post-punkers to come out of Sunderland, this foursome sought their name from a Flaming Lips record and their sound from the DIY scene of their northern homestead. We’re very happy to have them back. More here…

Saturday 31st August

Festival Guide 2019

The Downs Festival – The Downs

Ms. Lauryn Hill, check. Grace Jones, check. Idles, check. Loyle Carner, check. The Downs is back baby, and it’s bigger than ever with a whole host of incredible headliners for one special (and hopefully dry) day. Alongside the tunes, there’s a host of family activities, poetry slams, talks from the Extinction Rebellion and more. More here…

She Makes War + Fey Militia + The Empty Page – Crofters Rights

A room full of badass artists including our very own Laura Kidd, better known as She Makes War. She brings her inclusive, politically-charged indie rock stylings to Crofters this week, alongside Fey Militia and The Empty Page. The event is hosted by drag super queen Dis Charge. Expect laughs, big F’s to Boris Johnson and big love to the LGBT community. More here…

Tuesday 3rd September

The Spook School + Leggy + Oh Peas! – Exchange

After eight years and three epic albums, The Spook School from Scotland are calling time. Throughout their lifespan as an indie-pop quartet, they’ve explored sexuality and gender, love and loss, and have taken their sonic-spiration from the greats like Bowie and the Buzzcocks. They play Bristol’s Exchange for one final big summer blowout. Don’t miss them. More here…

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