Oxfam’s annual month-long fundraiser, Oxjam, launches this week. The event sees thousands of local gigs taking place up and down the country, launched with a week of higher profile shows at the charity’s Dalston shop. Kicking off on Monday with a set from Graham Coxon, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Lucy Rose, Theme Park, Kyla La Grange and Hot Chip will also be putting in appearances.
Staying in Dalston, Birthdays will be hosting Jon Spencer Blues Explosion on Wednesday – it’s a tiny venue for someone lined up to play the Electric Ballroom in a couple of months so expect a super sweaty, highly charged set.
Following a residency at Café Oto, an expanded Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen, play at the Barbican on Saturday. The legendary cosmic jazz orchestra will swell to 20 members for this special show, which will include a specially-commissioned light show from Mystic Lights.
Monday 24 September
Graham Coxon // Theme Park – Oxfam, Dalston
James Yorkston, Queen Elizabeth Hall
Lucy Rose – Rough Trade East (free)
Tuesday 25 September
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Oxfam, Dalston
Race Horses - Lexington
Neil Halstead – Bush Hall
People Under The Stairs - XOYO
Choir of Young Believers - Rough Trade East (free)
Capital Cities – Water Rats
Wednesday 26 September
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Birthdays
Beth Jeans Houghton – KCSU
Dan Deacon – Scala
Cosmo Jarvis – Borderline
The Charlatons // DJs Norman Jay, Don Letts, Terry Hall – Garage
Lucy Rose – Oxfam, Dalston
Thursday 27 September
The Pooh Sticks – Buffalo Bar
Peace – Barfly
Carina Round – Bush Hall
Beans on Toast – Scala
Lights – Islington Academy
Hot Chip – Oxfam, Dalston
Friday 28 September
Mina Tindle – St Pancras Old Church
Beach Boys – Wembley Arena
The Miserable Rich – Kings Place
The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing – Lexington
The Pictish Trail – London Palladium
Tender Trap – Buffalo Bar
Saturday 29 September
George Michael – Royal Albert Hall
Eliza Carthy – Cecil Sharp House
Sun Ra Arkestra – Barbican
Death in Vegas // Toy – Electric
Sunday 30 September
Oneohtrix Point Never – St Luke’s
Mike Skinner unveiled the first single from his new project, The D.O.T, this week. His post-Streets project sees him teaming up with Robert Harvey from The Music, and their first effort, You Never Asked will be released on 8 October. The pair also hit the road next month, calling in at XOYO on 15 October.
The curators of next year’s spring and summer ATP festivals at Camber Sands have been announced as TV On The Radio, who take over the event in May, and Deerhunter, who’ll be picking the acts in June. Tickets went on sale on Thursday.
Ultraísta’s debut album is just weeks away – it’s set to hit the shelves on 5 November - and they’ve announced their first tour, that takes in Dalston’s Birthdays, the month before. The multimedia trio are best known for the Four Tet remix of their single Smalltalk, but expect big things from their self-titled release.
A series of live shows will showcase the acts up for this year’s Mercury Music Prize. The gigs will be free to competition winners and the first one, on 26 September will include Field Music, Lianne La Havas and Jessie Ware. More will be announced in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on theticketfactory.com for details of how to win tickets.
The Association of Independent Music (AIM) have joined forces with Club Fandango for a month of gigs in the run up to the AIM Independent Music Awards in October. The month-long Labelled with Love festival is a series of shows curated by indie labels including Fortuna Pop!, Fierce Panda and Too Pure at the Bull & Gate, The Victoria in Dalston and Dingwalls. Bands lined up include Ultrasound, Darren Hayman, Pseudo Nippon, Best Friends and Joyland. Find out more at theaimsocial.com