British Sea Power continue their tour of the UK with new album Let the Dancers Inherit the Party at The Trades Hebden Bridge. Date: 28th July. They are also a recent addition to Green Man Festival in August.
If you can't get away once school has started in September, On Blackheath in south London might do the trick over the weekend of the 9th and 10th. Travis, Libertines, Seasick Steve, De La Soul, Metronomy, Steve Mason, Tusks.
Mark Harrison caught my attention at Ealing Blues Festival - he's a singer songwriter with great originality and sensitivity. A wonderful guitar player too. Check out his website here for live performances over the summer, including the Gloucester Blues Festival on July 29th.
Alabama 3 offshoot, O'Connell & Love are back playing live. They were superb at the 100 Club a couple of years ago after releasing their album Minesweeping. Check out their gig schedule from July 28th in Hastings (FREE entry), plus Lewes festival on the 29th, followed by Belladrum Inverness.
Wilko Johnson plays The Albert Hall in London on 26 September - it's a 30th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT + 70th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. Appearing as a special guest is John Cooper Clarke. Wilko will be joined by his band members Norman Watt-Roy (bass), Dylan Howe (drums). Tickets are available from TheGigCartel.com, Royal Albert Hall, WilkoJohnson.com and from the 24 HR Ticket Hotline: 0844 478 0898.
The accolades for The Orielles keep coming. After the stunning proggy 8 minute Sugar Tastes like Salt comes a new track I Only Bought it for the Bottle. The Heavenly-signed 3some are playing live at festivals over the summer including Sea Change and Port Eliot. Check out their facebook page here
Steve Mason has a host of appearances over the summer months, including Westonbirt Arboretum, Festival No 6 at Portmeirion (where he played an intimate gig in 2014 in collaboration with the Joe Duddell Ensemble) and Standon Calling. Find his touring schedule here
London Grammar played a couple of intimate gigs in May, the Glasto style ticketing system succeeded in pissing off a lot of people - maybe they misjudged their popularity. There's a Europe tour happening in Autumn, with new dates to be added soon, so keep an eye out on the schedule.
Manchester Art Gallery has a new exhibition coming up called True Faith, opening 30th June, which explores the ongoing significance and legacy of New Order and Joy Division through the wealth of visual art their music has inspired. Look out for several events to coincide with the exhibition, such as Peter Hook to play a series of intimate gigs, plus Joy Division documentary and discussion with Grant Gee, at HOME Manchester, 11th March.
Peter Hook seems to be on a 'never-ending tour', Dylan style. He's just released a series of live dates for December around the UK. Tickets went on sale on Friday 24th March - still not completely sold out.
Ride ride again. Charm Assault (video below) is lush and dreamy but with an edge. The band were on great form in Brixton a couple of years ago (even if it was the loudest gig in living memory) and still have what it takes. Long-awaited new album Weather Diaries is out now - and they are playing live, including Green Man Festival in Wales this summer.
Julia Jacklin - Pool Party
Charm Assault - Ride