London in summer is a spectacle to behold – food, booze, bare skin and most of all, great live music. Here are our top picks for the best places to soak up the vibes this summer
21st June – Royal Albert Hall, Knightsbridge
The electro pioneers invented gigs via laptops before laptops even existed. Kraftwerk have influenced everything from hip hop to techno and beyond with their innovative soundscapes. They bring their 3d immersive live experience to London for one night only and we can’t wait.
1st July – Hammersmith Apollo
Popcaan’s ubiquity has done little to dampen is credibility. If anything, his cropping up on everything from Gorillaz to Drake has made him the hottest ticket in town – your go-to-guy to bring tropical grooves to the dancefloor. Expect party vibes and good times paired with articulate, hook laden songwriting and some special guests to boot.
14th July – Lovebox Festival in Victoria Park
The big one. Frank Ocean is as elusive as he is brilliant and his Lovebox appearance is one of only 3 U.K appearances, adding to the hype and mystique. The gig will be one of the first times his critically acclaimed 2016 smash ‘Blonde’ is heard live, and we’re stoked. Rumours that Lovebox blew its entire budget on securing Ocean are somewhat invalidated by the appearance of Solange opposite him on the bill – another coupe for the festival. We’re still trying to work out the logistics of seeing both!
De La Soul
29th August 2017 – Clapham Common
Although the ever popular SW4 festival is taking place the two days prior, we’re even more excited about De La Soul’s appearance on the August bank holiday Monday as part of the new House of Common festival, curated by ska band Madness. The veteran New York hip hop trio are a revered live tour-de-force and are as effervescent as when they emerged three decades ago.
20th September – Hammersmith Apollo
To call this late September treat a summer gig is certainly optimistic, but we can’t imagine anything better than bidding the warm nights farewell to the atmospheric strains of this Icelandic group. An ethereal end to a great British summer.