Handpicked by Gigwise
Cai Trefor
14:00 15th April 2019

James Blake

There’s no limit to our love for James Blake. Absolute hero. Being among the first to hear tracks from his new album live is something fans ought not to miss. It’s here we will see vulnerability and adrenaline in the band’s face that brings more fire to the stage as they still get to grips with new songs in the set.

17 April - London, Eventim Apollo (tickets)
18 April - London, Eventim Apollo (tickets)

These New Puritans

This Southend neo classical dark wave band are touring their first new album in five years and it's already looking set to litter most end of year lists. They've fans in Björk, Massive Attack and Elton John for good reason: their stunning arrangements, stark melodies and beautiful vocals add up to create a moving, unearthly whole.

17 April - London, Tufnell Park Dome (tickets)
18 April - Brighton, Patterns (tickets)
19 April - Bristol, Thekla (tickets)

Vök

Vök are a dream pop indie/electronica band from Reykjavik, Iceland and touted heavily as the next big thing to come out of the country that's already given us Björk and Sigur Ros. Catch them early and see if they live up to the hype. A member of Björk's old band The Sugarcubes tipped us off on them so they could be a good shout.

15 April - Glasgow, Broadcast (tickets)
16 April - Manchester, Yes (tickets)
17 April - London, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen (tickets)

Good Cop Bad Cop

The side project from Milburn's Joe Carnall and Arctic Monkeys' drummer Matt Helders have just released the debut Good Cop Bad Cop album which spawned a brilliant 80s dark wave and movie soundtrack inspired single called 'Silk & Leather'. They will wholeheartedly be worth catching live with plenty of experience between them.

15 April - Manchester, Yes (tickets)
16 April - Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall (tickets)
18 April - London, Hoxton Hall Youth Arts Centre (tickets)
21 April - Nottingham, The Bodega (tickets)

Suede

Only one of the best British bands of all time. The quality of the albums they've released this decade has meant they've transcended their 90s band pigeonhole and are now up there absorbing the kind of esteem usually reserved for The Cure and Radiohead.

15 April - Newcastle, 02 Academy (tickets)
17 April - Nottingham, Rock City (tickets)
19 April - Manchester, Albert Hall (tickets)
20 April - Manchester, Albert Hall (tickets)
21 April - Bristol, 02 Academy (tickets)

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