Best upcoming London Music concerts
By Mike Rotts from Ticket Select
September is the wonderful time of year when the season of open air music festivals is over, and a regular concert-goer can take a deep breath, relax a bit, and go to see the favourite artists live at a more so-to-say civilised venue. Let’s take a look at the shows the opening month of Autumn 2016 has to offer us.
#1 Billy Joel (10 SEP 2016, 7:00 pm, Wembley Stadium)
Dubbed as the Piano Man, Billy Joel has been spawning numerous hits ever since the early 70s. This New Yorker has broken quite a few records and set quite a few standards throughout his prolific career. Not everyone can boast having sold over 150 million records sold worldwide, 23 Grammy nominations, and the first live rock broadcast from the Land of the Soviets in history. It’s no surprise that he’s included in both Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Even though he hasn’t been actively recording new material since the early 90s, he continues to tour, and you have the chance to hear him performing songs from all eras of his career live.
When: 10 September, 7:00 pm
Where: Wembley Stadium
Cost: from £ 54
#2 David Gilmour (23 SEP 2016, 7:45 pm, Royal Albert Hall)
One of the creative engines behind that fueled the genius of Pink Floyd, Sir David Jon Gilmour stood behind such culture-defining pieces as The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, etc. The cultural impact of his music is inescapable.
His services to music were recognised by him being included in both the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and UK Music Hall of Fame, made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and ranked #14 in the Rolling Stone magazine’s ultimate list of world’s greatest guitarists of all time.
2015 saw the release of his 4th solo album Rattle That Lock. Despite the tour in support of the album was officially over last spring, David Gilmour keeps touring and sharing his unique atmosphere.
When: 23 September, 7:45 pm
Where: Royal Albert Hall
Cost: from £65
#3 McFly (26 SEP 2016, 7:00 pm, O2 Forum Kentish Town)
This English pop rock band has been on track since 2003. They have skyrocketed to stardom in 2004 with their very first album Room on the 3rd Floor and have pretty much remained there ever since, despite several cases of hiatus.
Having released 5 original studio albums up to date, McFly have prepared a great present for their fans this September. In the upcoming Anthology Tour, the four chosen cities of the UK – London, Birmingham, Glasgow, and Manchester – will host 3 concerts each, giving the fans the opportunity to see McFly’s each and every single song from each and every album performed live.
When: 26 September, 7:00 pm
Where: O2 Forum Kentish Town
Cost: from £54
#4 Ronan Keating (29 SEP 2016, 6:30 pm, Eventim Apollo)
Ronan Keating is one of those lucky former boy band members who have proven to have what it takes to have an actual career and image of his own outside the boy band trope, having that in common with the likes of Justin Timberlake and Robbie Williams.
At the very end of the last century, the Irish boy band Boyzone has disbanded, and the lead singer Ronan Keating has ignited a solo career with his hit single When You Say Nothing at All that was the lead track in the popular romantic comedy Notting Hill.
Having 10 albums behind him, at the moment Ronan Keating is heavily touring in support of his latest album Time of My Life, covering an excessive amount of venues and places all over the world, including the UK.
When: 29 September, 6:30 pm
Where: Eventim Apollo
#5 Milburn (23 SEP 2016, 7:00 pm, KOKO)
Milburn are Sheffield-based indie rockers who have gained some serious success in the 00s. Despite the fact that their success was to large extent limited to the underground scene, they have had a considerable impact on such renown acts as Dead Sons, Reverend and The Makers, and, of course, Arctic Monkeys.
Back in 2008, their fans were devastated to know that Milburn decided to call it a day. Good for us, it wasn’t a feud of any sort, so they kept in good relations and even collaborated on several occasions.
This year, to the satisfaction of their fans, Milburn have announced that they were to reunite for a tour.
When: 23 September, 6:30 pm
Cost: from £24
#6 Primal Scream at OnBlackheath Festival (10 SEP 2016, 12:00 pm, Dartmouth Field)
Since their formation back in 1982, Primal Scream have grown to be one of Scotland’s landmark music acts. The founder and all-time leader of the band Bobby Gillespie abandoned his position as a drummer in The Jesus & Mary Chain in early 1986 to explore new artisan horizons with Primal Scream, and one can safely say that he had placed his bet wisely.
Primal Scream took the mainstream by storm in 1991 with their album Screamadelica, and all their consequent albums have been successful without repeating themselves.
Their latest album Chaosmosis, released earlier this year, follows this good tradition, and we have the opportunity to hear it live this September, on OnBlackheath Festival.
When: 10 September, 12:00 pm
Where: Dartmouth Field
#7 Against the Current (30 SEP 2016, 7:00 pm, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire)
Against the Current were formed in 2011 in upstate New York. They have employed YouTube to rise to fame by posting cover versions of songs they liked. After getting exposed to mass audiences on YouTube, they have wisely moved on to recording some original songs.
After 2 EP’s of original material and several years of extensive touring, ATC have finally come up with the debut full-length album In Our Bones in May 2016. This, of course, does not mean that the above mentioned extensive touring phase is over. Quite the contrary, this September we can witness them in the UK live in all their glory again – in Bristol, Glasgow, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Belfast, and, of course, London.
When: 30 September, 7:00 pm
Where: O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Cost: from £24
About Mike Rotts
Mike Rotts is a melomaniac from London, actively pursuing a full-time career and attending a wide range of live music concerts all over the UK. Eventually, his music addiction brought Mike to Ticket Select.
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