Handpicked by Gigwise
Cai Trefor
11:00 13th May 2019

Micah Erenberg

Winnipeg-based indie rocker Micah Erenberg is in the midst of his first UK headline tour. After feeling the quality of his two latest singles - 'Do It For Love' and 'Somewhere Beyond The Ocean' - we couldn't recommend you get out to see this cathartic, natural born songwriter heavily enough. Melodically, he’s up there with the likes of Kevin Morby and Sparklehorse and he’s got such an impressively natural way with the electric guitar that he’s never in danger of aping his influences too heavily.

14 May - The Chambers, Folkestone

Viagra Boys

With deadpan pub-rock looking backing musicians and a frontman who looks like he fell out of a Guy Ritchie gangster film, these Swedish post-punk's certainly look the part. The simplicity of the guitar chords is often offset by some cosmic jazz on sax, giving it a psychedelic-tinge. Heavy, wild stuff here.

13 May - London, Rough Trade East

Fat White Family

Leaving the big smog for a give-bedroom house in Sheffield to make their first album for Domino Records and the band's third, Fat White Family truly made the most of their time off touring and nailed their eclectic album Serfs Up!. Many believe it positions them as the best band in the country at the moment. Their live shows are always an intense experience. Don't miss it.

14 May - Norwich, Waterfront
15 May - London, O2 Forum Kentish Town (tickets)

The Specials

Ska legends The Specials released Encore, their first album in 37 years earlier this year and score a number one with it, beating Busted to the top spot. Live, with hits such as ‘Ghost Town’ and ‘Message To You Rudy’ they remain one of the most fun bands to see live on the planet.

13 May - Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
14 May - Margate, Margate Winter Gardens
16 May - London, O2 Academy Brixton
17 May - London, O2 Academy Brixton
18 May - London, Kentish Town Forum

Louis Cole

The Brainfeeder-signee is one of Los Angeles' best musicians: an insanely talented drummer, singer, band leader, and humorous lyricist. Cole's best known for his track 'Bank Account', a lo-fi ode to be being skint that became a viral internet video. But on his album Time he shows jazz chops that put him up there with the greats. Plus, Flying Lots signed him - don't miss this show.

16 May - London, Heaven (tickets)

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