14 gigs and tours you need to see this May
roisin murphy

If you can tear yourself away from the beginnings of Summer for five minutes, you’ll notice that there is a fine selection of musical acts making stops up and down the country, looking to tempt you into gig venues and away from those rays of summer sun.

We’re not saying you have to sacrifice a garden tan for good music. But you’ve plenty of (some occasional) days of Summer weather ahead. Sunburn fades, cultural experiences stay with you forever.

After that little nugget of philosophy, check out the 14 gigs and tours you should get along to this month.

Super Furry Animals

The Welsh psychedelic rockers are taking their distinctive sound back on the road. Gruff Rhys and co. have already sold out their three hometown shows in Cardiff, but there are a few others opportunities to catch them in early May. The Super Furry’s are set to be supported throughout the tour by indie rockers The Magic Numbers.

May 1,2,3: University Great Hall, Cardiff
May 5: O2 Academy, Glasgow
May 6,7: Albert Hall, Manchester
May 8,9: 02 Academy, Brixton, London

Rozi Plain

Fresh from penning a great break-up album, Rozi Plain is set for some live shows throughout May – where her infectious personality and new material will no doubt win over plenty of new fans. We recently spoke to Rozi about the new album, touring and syrup tins.

May 1: Summerhall, Edinburgh
May 2: Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore
May 3: The Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin
May 4: Mono, Glasgow
May 5: The Lexington, London
May 28: The Cluny, Newcastle
May 29: The Studio, Hartlepool
May 30: The Lincoln, Scunthorpe
May 31: The Harley, Leeds

Belle & Sebastian

The consistently great Belle & Sebastian released their latest record Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance back in January, a solid ninth studio album that showed the group still had plenty of songwriting ability to share around. Their live shows are notoriously positive events and the Glasgow band are still out there revelling in making people happy. Never stop, Belle & Sebastian.

May 3: St. David’s Hall, Cardiff
May 4: Colston Hall, Bristol
May 5: Guildhall, Portsmouth
May 7: Corn Exchange, Cambridge
May 8: Open, Norwich
May 10: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
May 11,12: Westminster Central Hall, London
May 14,15: Albert Hall, Manchester
May 16: City Hall, Newcastle
May 18: Opera House, Buxton
May 19: Town Hall, Leeds
May 22: Hydro, Glasgow
May 24: Sound City, Liverpool
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The Prodigy

Two decades since scaring children by dancing around abandoned tube stations, Keith Flint and company continue to infatuate the British public, with their latest album The Day Is My Enemy going straight to number one in the UK album charts. It’s through their live shows that The Prodigy have built such a loyal following, a full raucous experience which has made them one of the most enduring acts on the UK music scene. We can’t promise there won’t be ‘Firestarter’ flashbacks.

May 4: O2 Academy, Newcastle
May 5: The Spa, Bridlington
May 7: O2 Academy, Birmingham
May 8: Cardiff Arena, Cardiff
May 9: Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
May 11: Rivermead, Reading
May 12: Brighton Centre, Brighton
May 14: BIC, Bournemouth
May 15, 16: Alexandra Palace, London


London-based singer-songwriter Astronomyy cuts a mysterious figure. The artist mixes elements of R&B, surf pop and electro into some seriously chilled-out jams. If you’re looking for a show to shake off those Winter feels and get lost in the possibilities of Summer tunes, then Astronommy is your guy. He’s playing a two inner-city festival dates this month, so make sure to place him on your ‘must-see’ list if you’re attending.

May 2: Live At Leeds, Leeds
May 5: Electrowerks, London
May 14-17: Sound City Festival, Liverpool


After featuring in our alternative sound of 2015 back in December, Slaves have continued to impress. Resembling two guys you might see hanging around a One-Stop – the duo dish out Crass-style crunchy punk sounds with a wry smile and plenty of distortion. Catch them live and get yourself lost in a mosh-pit whilst flicking your Vs at the world.

May 2: Live At Leeds, Leeds
May 3: Handmade Festival, Leicester
May 5: Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
May 6,7: Scala, London
May 9: Gorilla, Manchester
May 10: King Tuts, Glasgow
May 11: Cluny, Newcastle
May 13: Thekla, Bristol
May 14: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
May 15,16: Great Escape Festival, Brighton
May 19: Leadmill, Sheffield
May 22: Sound City Festival, Liverpool
May 23: Radio 1 Big Weekend, Norwich


This garage-rock group from Nashville, Tennessee fall somewhere on the spectrum between Pixies, No Doubt and Dinosaur Junior. If that’s not enough to get you hot under the collar, then listening to their actual music should be enough to push you over the edge. Their debut album Feels Like is set for release in June, but we think they’re well worth catching now on this current string of UK tour dates.

May 1: Chameleon, Nottingham
May 2: Live at Leeds, Leeds
May 3: Live at Glasgow, Glasgow
May 4: Westgarth, Middlesbrough
May 5: Harley, Sheffield
May 7: The Lexington, London
May 8: Start the Bus, Bristol
May 9: Night & Day, Manchester
May 10: Scholar, Leicester
May 14: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
May 15: The Great Escape, Brighton

The Maccabees

A generation of indie-kids have been awkwardly dancing in celebration at the news that The Maccabees are set to release a new album. Their new single ‘Marks to Prove It’ suggests a return to the frenetic energy found on their 2007 debut Colour It In and there’s a handful of shows this month to help you fall back in love all over again.

May 11: The Institute, Birmingham
May 12: O2 ABC, Glasgow
May 13: The Ritz, Manchester
May 14: The Coronet, London

Bryan Ferry

When Roxy Music decided to call it a day last November, we were bloody devastated. Luckily, lounge-lizard Ferry is there to pick up the pieces, mending our broken hearts with good suits and warble-voiced ballads. Having recently released a new album titled Avonmore , Bryan is set to play a number of dates across May. We’re hoping each town is already taking precautionary measures for the sudden increase of sexual magnetism in the local area.

May 6: Waterfront, Belfast
May 8: Corn Exchange, Cambridge
May 9: The New Theatre, Oxford
May 11: St. David’s Hall, Cardiff
May 12: Cliff’s Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea
May 14: De Montford Hall, Leicester
May 15: The Spa, Bridlington
May 17: City Hall, Newcastle
May 18: Palace Theatre, Manchester
May 20: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
May 23: International Centre, Harrogate
May 24: Usher Hall, Edinburgh
May 26: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
May 27: City Hall, Sheffield
May 29: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
May 30: Opera House, Blackpool

Roisin Murphy

Ex-Moloko frontwoman Roisin Murphy had built her solo career on a commitment to stretching electro-pop to its weird and wonderful limits. After an eight-year break, Murphy is set to make her return with new album Hairless Toys and shows up at a number of intimate UK venues before the beginning of a European tour.

May 12: Gorilla, Manchester
May 13: Concorde 2, Brighton
May 14: Trinity, Bristol
May 16: Roundhouse, London

Alabama Shakes

After becoming the band of 2012, Alabama Shakes are back with their own unique band of blues rock and a line-up that resembles a substitute teachers convention. With Sound & Color only just released, it will be interesting to see how this new material sounds live. The Shakes will be making three UK stops in Birmingham, Brighton and Manchester this May. Tickets are bound to sell out fast.

May 13: O2 Academy, Birmingham
May 15: Dome, Brighton
May 16: O2 Apollo, Manchester

Hot Chip

A live act that never disappoints, Hot Chip are returning with new album Why Make Sense? and are set to take their hefty amount of electronic machinery on tour. The new album sees them fully embracing those house music influences that have slowly crept into their sound and create something beautifully ‘Hot Chip’ with it all.

May 12: School of Art, Glasgow
May 13: Gorilla, Manchester
May 14: Oval Space, London

Young Fathers

After taking a haul of plaudits, including WOW’s best album of 2014 – Young Fathers hopped straight back into the studio for their latest record White Men Are Black Men Too which continues in the tradition of their scatter-gun approach to pop music, drawing influences from far and wide. The Edinburgh trio are making a return to UK venues after an extensive world tour – with plenty of chances to catch their vibrant and intense live shows.

May 20: Art School, Glasgow
May 21: Riverside Club, Newcastle
May 22: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
May 23: Knockengorroch, Galloway
May 25: Gorilla, Manchester
May 26: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
May 27: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
May 28: Koko, London
May 29: The Haunt, Brighton
May 31: Engine Rooms, Southampton

Foo Fighters

With Foo Fighters being a certified rock n’ roll behemoth, it’s all about packing out the big stadiums. Dave Grohl and the gang will be making a few stops in the UK this May, in preparation for some big festival spots over the summer. Expect huge atmosphere from one of the world’s biggest bands.

May 24: Radio 1 Big Weekend, Norwich
May 25: Stadium Of Light, Sunderland
May 27: Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Lancashire

Who will you be catching this month? Let us know on Twitter at @WOW247Music or comment on our Facebook Page.

Main image: Roisin Murphy (Getty Images)

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