Ten Gigs To Restore Your Faith In 2013
September. Temperatures are plummeting, the nights are closing in, and the only remaining relic of the festival season is the fast-fading tan mark where your wristbands once were. Alas, summer is over. The good news? 2013 is just getting started.
We’ve handpicked ten of the most badass shows the final quarter has to offer – and it’s enough to deter even the most soporific amongst us out of hibernation and back into the moshpit!
Having played over 150 shows last year, it’s been a comparatively quiet 2013 for M83 with just one solitary performance to date. To that end, it’s pretty safe to assume Anthony Gonzalez and co have been hard at work behind closed doors. Anticipation will reach boiling point on Sunday night as the band take to the stage for the first time in five months. Backed by the Hollywood Bowl orchestra, a capacity Los Angeles crowd are sure to be in for something special. What’s more, support comes from none other than Phantogram.
THE FLAMING LIPS & TAME IMPALA / Terminal 5, NYC / October 1st & 2nd
Forget R. Kelly and Phoenix, enter the double-billing of the year. Two bands – whose latest records have propelled them around the globe – come October will share a headline slot at New York’s Terminal 5. With precious few collaborative dates to follow (just Philadelphia & Columbia post-NY), this fanfare of psych-rock simply can’t be missed.
KINGS OF LEON / House Of Blues, Chicago / October 2nd
With a sixth effort due for release next week and a mojo in need of rediscovery, the stage is set for Kings Of Leon to take us all by surprise. One thing that’s for certain – their live show speaks for itself, and this Austin-City-Limits-warm-up-gig promises to blow the socks – and cynicism – off House of Blues Chicago.
NICOLAS JAAR / The Barbican, London / October 5th
A billing that’s had London buzzing for months – this October New York’s Nicolas Jaar occupies the unique space of the Barbican Centre in a collaboration with The Joshua Light Show, ‘pioneers of the psychedelic experience’. If you fancy trading in the rain, wind and desolation of the outdoors for a large dose of escapism, this one’s for you.
DISCLOSURE / Postbahnhof, Berlin / November 2nd
The meteoric rise of Disclosure shows no signs of slowing down. With a mammoth US tour penned for the new year, followed by their biggest headline show to date at Alexandra Palace, the boys from Surrey (represent) are cementing their place at the top of the hype hierarchy. Our pick for 2013 is a night in Berlin, EDM capital of the world, at the painfully cool Postbahnhof (though slots at Pitchfork Paris and Treasure Island deserve honourable mention).
EDIT: This is cancelled! Doh! If time, money and hangovers were no object, we’d be spending every remaining weekend of 2013 at Manchester’s Warehouse Project. And with a schedule boasting The Prodigy, Four Tet, Chemical Brothers, Major Lazer and The Knife – in the post-apocalyptic setting of the Victoria Warehouse – who could blame us. But the stand-out event comes in the form of a UK exclusive from Parisian titans Phoenix. Take their huge, Coachella-conquering sound, paired with a supporting cast of Jagwar Ma, Bipolar Sunshine and Now Wave DJs, and our mouths are watering at the prospect.
MY BLOODY VALENTINE / Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC / November 11th & 12th
It may have taken the world’s biggest perfectionist 21 years to release this year’s follow up to the seminal Loveless, but boy was MBV worth the wait. Kevin Shields and co might not be the world’s most groundbreaking visual spectacle, but sonically they’re in a league of their own. Expect everything from guitar lines that sound like a plane taking off to the (in)famous, sometimes thirty minutes long “holocaust” section, so dubbed for the decibel-meter shattering volumes levels it reaches. Bring earplugs.
THE NATIONAL / Alexandra Palace, London / November 13th & 14th
No introduction necessary. The National return to the UK this winter for their biggest shows ever on these shores. It’s testament to band’s versatility that the same songs that will erupt through Alexandra Palace in November were debuted at an album release show in a Brooklyn flower shop. We simply can’t wait for this one – see you at the front!
KANYE WEST / Barclays Center, NYC / November 19th & 20th
As Jay-Z looks to burn his bridges with Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Kanye West is set to raze it to the ground. Granted, the gig of the year hangs in the balance – its fate resting in the hands of a jury on October 10th. But if Kanye can indeed dodge the swift hand of justice, a gargantuan US tour showcasing Yeezus awaits. Support comes from the inimitable Kendrick Lamar.
THE XX / Tulum, Mexico / December 31st
Now try telling us NYE is overrated. The last few breaths of 2013 will see The xx headline a starstudded party amongst the Mayan ruins on a beach in Mexico. For real. In a year that’s taken them to sell-out shows in Russia, China, Japan, Singapore and beyond, the three-piece will be beckoning in the ball-drop in the company of Grimes, Chairlift, Four Tet, Sampha and more. If you’re running out of places to spend your lottery winnings, add this to the list.
Which gigs are you still looking forward to this year??