As the summer festival season sets in, bands’ schedules get increasingly more hectic.
While the bands may be out and about on the road, they’re stopping off at various festivals rather than taking in headline shows of their own.
With that in mind we’ve tweaked the format of July’s edition of the Gig Guide, and while there is a sprinkling of tours in there, we’ve also included some of the best festivals taking place this month.
So without further ado, here are 11 musical occasions to be marking in your diary right now!
Legendary record label Heavenly Recordings (home of such greats as Saint Ettiene, Edwyn Collins, the Manics, and the Vines) celebrate a quarter of a century of existence this year, and they’re neck deep into a 12 month long celebration. Back in January we had a Heavenly Weekend in Hebden Bridge at the West Yorkshire town’s Trades Club venue, and now we have an all day event taking place at the Kazimier in Liverpool. The line-up includes the Wytches, Hooton Tennis Club, the Voyeurs, and many more across the club and garden areas of the venue.
5 July: Kazimier, Liverpool
The American indie rock band, who previously counted former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr (see below) among their ranks, kick off an eight-date tour at Brighton’s Concorde 2 on July 8. Six years have passed since the band’s last album, the US number one hit We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, and although they have confirmed they are working on the follow-up, no release date has been revealed.
8 July: Brighton, Concorde 2
9 July: Bristol, O2 Academy
11 July: London, Roundhouse
12 July: Leeds, Leeds University Stylus
14 July: Gateshead, Sage 2
16 July: Manchester, Academy 2
17 July: Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
18 July: Birmingham, Library
One of the founding members of the legendary Smiths, Johnny Marr’s inventive guitar work basically laid the groundwork for the sound of modern day indie-guitar bands. One of the true modern day rock heroes, expect choice cuts from Marr’s recent solo efforts. Who knows, he may throw a few Smiths covers in there too if you ask nicely! Support in Wakefield and Nottingham comes from weirdo grungers Kagoule.
9 July: Wakefield, Warehouse 23
10 July: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
11 July: Summer in the City 2015, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester
T in the Park
Scotland’s premier music festival brings similarly big name line-ups of festivals like Reading, Leeds Festival and Glastonbury north of the border, and this year sets up shop for the first time at Strathallan Castle following a change of sites. With some of the best crowds on the festival circuit, you’re guaranteed an enthusiastic atmosphere at T In The Park.
Line-up highlights include: Kasabian, Avicii, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Cribs, Slaves, Idlewild, and Pinact
10 – 12 July: Strathallan, Perthshire, tinthepark.com
The heavy music icon and former Queens Of The Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri hits the road for an intimate solo tour. In an interview with WOW247 last year, Oliveri told us about his unique spin on the acoustic show: “I approach acoustic in a very different way from most people. There’s death-punk, death-metal – and this is death-acoustic!”
12 July: The Fleece, Bristol
14 July: Voodoo, Belfast
15 July: Audio, Glasgow
16 July: Portland Arms, Cambridge
17 July: Corporation, Sheffield
18 July: Boston Music Room, London
19 July: Moon Club, Cardiff
These scrappy Sheffield based garage-pop types have their long-awaited debut album (the amazingly titled Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane.) out on FatCat Records on July 10, and to celebrate they’re heading out on a nationwide tour. There are all sorts of pre-order bonuses to enjoy including this gorgeous limited edition splatter-paint vinyl, and even a custom skateboard deck from Suffolk’s own Smash Skates. All dates include support form emotive grunge-punkers Birdskulls.
13 July: Gulliver’s, Manchester
14 July: Louisiana, Bristol
15 July: Hope & Ruin, Brighton
16 July: Sebright Arms, London
18 July: Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
19 July: Broadcast, Glasgow
20 July: The Cookie, Leicester
This grunge-pop three piece are signed to the fast on the rise Clue Records (Allusondrugs, NARCS, Trash) and look to be going places with recent single ‘Antonio Banderas‘. You can go and see what you make of them as they head out on a four-date mini tour this July.
15 July: Old Blue Last, London
16 July: Soundhouse, Leicester
17 July: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
19 July: Castle Hotel, Manchester
At a time when starting a new festival was an expensive and risky business, Latitude managed to come back year after year and bigger and bigger. It’s not considered one of the ‘big’ festivals in the summer calendar (thanks in no part to being run by the same team behind Reading + Leeds), and its eclectic mix of music and arts names means there’s something for everyone at the ‘nicest’ festival of the year.
Line-up highlights include: Alt-J, Portishead, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Savages, Thurston Moore, Drenge, Gengahr, and Superglu.
16 – 19 July: Henham Park, Southwold, latitudefestival.com
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
This New York indie-pop band recall the very best of the shining jangle-pop of the C86 era. Two parts melody to one part fuzzy, lo-fi noise, the band make a few UK headline stops between festival dates. Make sure you catch them while you can!
16 July: Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes
21 July: Portland Arms, Cambridge
22 July: Rainbow, Birmingham
23 July: Garage, London
26 July: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
If standing outside in the baking sun proves too much for your fair complexion, you could always cart yourself off to Sheffield’s Tramlines festival which takes place (mostly) under the notable shade of the Steel City’s many music venues. There’s still a number of outside areas to explore if you do want to make the most of the good weather, and the once free Tramlines (tickets are still only a mere £30 for the whole weekend!) continues to go from strength to strength.
Line-up highlights include: Wu-Tang Clan, Basement Jaxx, The Charlatans, Buzzcocks, The Sugar Hill Gang, Erol Alkan, Kate Tempest, Slaves, Dutch Uncles, and Rolo Tomassi.
24 – 26 July: Various Venues, Sheffield
We can’t think of a more beautiful location for a festival than the Lake District, which is why Kendal Calling, with its exciting line-up to boot, has us yearning for the summer even more.
Line-up highlights include: Elbow, Snoop Dogg, Kaiser Chiefs, The Horrors, British Sea Power, Kate Tempest, and Turbowolf.
30 July – 2 August: Lowther Deer Park, Lake District
British Sea Power
It’s not often we’d include a band’s single gig in our monthly gigs and tours round-up, certainly not one that on first glance looks like ‘just another’ show in ‘just another’ town. But for British Sea Power, there’s no such thing as just another show, and when you take into account that Hebden Bridge’s Trades Club venues is one of the best small venues in the country, you know you’ll be in for a treat if and when you head to the West Yorkshire market town. The Brighton based eccentrics also keep themselves busy by playing a handful of festival dates.
31 July: Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Y Not? Festival
The festival season continues to offer an abundance of diversity as we take a look at Y Not? Festival, situated in countryside surrounds in the heart of Derbyshire. This one has truly one of the most eclectic line-ups going, as hip-hop heavyweights rub shoulders with up-and-coming guitar bands. Not one to be missed.
Line-up highlights include: Snoop Dogg, Primal Scream, Basement Jaxx, Johnny Marr, and We Are Scientists
31 July – 2 August: Pikehall, Derbyshire