Handpicked by Gigwise
Cai Trefor
12:22 20th 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.

20 May - Leeds, Oporto
23 May - Coventry, The Tin Music and Arts

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.

21 May - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach (tickets)
22 May - Liverpool, The Shipping Forecast (tickets)
23 May - London, Studio 9294 
24 May - Manchester, Dot To Dot Festival
25 May - London, All Points East (tickets)
25 May - Bristol, Dot To Dot Festival
26 May - Nottingham, Dot To Dot Festival

A.Swayze & The Ghosts

Tasmania's A.Swayze & The Ghosts are a band who've come up the old fashioned way through honing their rock 'n' roll instrumentation at house parties and pubs before being signed (to Rough Trade, no less) for producing such an arresting sound. They may be using old equipment and conjuring a nostalgic aesthetic, but they've a fresh energy, and a timely political message: their single 'Suddenly' is attempting to subvert oppressive discourses on gender.

20 May - London, Old Blue Last

The Strokes

New York's best garage rock revivalists The Strokes are huge all around the globe but the band have a special place in their heart for the UK as the reception they get here is intense. Expect the rowdiest crowds blaring back nearly every word of their songs bar the new stuff for what's their first UK gig in four years.

25 May - London, All Points East (tickets)

The Raconteurs

'Steady As She Goes' goes hitmakers The Raconteurs will soon release their first album in eleven years: 'Help Us Stranger' is out 21 June via Third Man. These gigs are an exclusive opportunity to hear the new material before it's released and the Electric Ballroom headline show will be their first headline set in over a decade. YAK are in support. 

22 May - London, Electric Ballroom
25 May - London, All Points East (tickets)

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