Whether you prefer ambient noise or filth-coated grime – or you fancy a bit of both – there’s a ton of great stuff going on all over the UK this week. Once again, we’ve hand-picked some of the most exciting line-ups (along with some visuals to prove how good they are in the flesh) so you can see what gigs our eyes are on this week.
Wednesday 23rd January
- Tropa Macaca – The Sebright Arms, London
André Abel and Joana da Conceição are Tropa Macaca, an ambient noise duo whose EP we premiered last August. Watch an ambient, enigmatic performance of theirs at OUT.FEST in Portugal below.
- Stubborn Heart – Berkeley Suite, Glasgow
Luca Santucci and Ben Fitzgerald, AKA Stubborn Heart, set ears ablaze with their self-titled full-length back in November, which pens a love letter to melancholy synth pop. Catch the London and Oxford-based duo in Glasgow for a paradoxically uplifting dose of sadness.
- Flume – XOYO, London
The Sydney producer, whose video we featured recently, is taking to the decks at XOYO on Thursday. Watch an energetic Flume drop his remix of Hermitude’s HyperParadise at Triple J’s House Party.
- Herbal Mafia 7th Birthday with Serial Killaz, Elijah & Skilliam – Fibbers, York
Herbal Mafia kick off 2013 by celebrating their seventh year of representing York’s underground scene. Featuring D’n‘B dons Serial Killaz, Rinse / Butterz grime champions Elijah & Skilliam plus other local talent, the night is set to be a celebration of the last seven years in bass-related music.
- WHP Events & Drop The Mustard present: SBTRKT (DJ set), Actress, Bicep, Daniel Avery, xxxy, Koreless, Clean Bandit – The Warehouse Project, Manchester
Although famed for his incredible live instrumental sets, SBTRKT is also pretty handy on the decks, as this footage of him at The Turntable Lab proves. Joining him will be dance royalty including (recently announced Rinse DJ) Daniel Avery, Actress, Bicep and many more.
- Untold / Illum Sphere – Mint Club, Leeds
Catch Hemlock head honcho Untold spinning alongside Illum Sphere this Friday at Mint Club in Leeds, and to get yourself prepared, watch him drop a bit of Eats Everything in this live set below.
- Outlook Festival London Launch Party – Cable, London
Get a taster of Croatia’s number one dub/reggae/soundsystem culture festival with the London launch at Cable. Even if you can’t make it in August, you can still see some of the major acts from Outlook’s line-up including Calyx & Teebee, Alix Perez and Phaeleh. Watch this video of the latter performing at the festival in 2011.
- RL Grime – Thekla, Bristol
LA producer RL Grime will be playing at Thekla in Bristol this Friday. Watch LA’s Boiler Room get lively in this set which features more than a few interesting characters.
- Ben UFO – The Bullingdon Backroom, Oxford
Hessle Audio’s Ben UFO is taking to the decks at Oxford’s Bullingdon Arms along with Copy Paste Soul on Saturday. Watch an enigmatic set of his at Proud, Camden: