There’s a whole shedload of top-notch live music heading your way this month, from punk icons to red hot upstarts to alternative festival extravaganzas.
The most un-Googleable man in music and front-man of eccentric art-rockers Maximo Park takes his solo outings – 2010’s Margins, last year’s Frozen By Sight, and the soon to be released Contradictions – for a tour of the UK. Expect slightly less lively dancing from the Billingham native, although music far more exciting than its creator’s name would suggest.
1 September: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
2 September: King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
3 September: Deaf Institute, Manchester
4 September: Cluny, Newcastle
5 September: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
7 September: The Temple at The Institute, Digbeth
8 September: Boston Music Room, London
9 September: The Haunt, Brighton
We included Ought in our Alternative Sound of 2015 list for their shirts-untucked approach to post-punk, predicting big things for the Toronto band. Two thirds of the year in and the quartet are readying their second album in just two years (after last year’s More Than Any Other Day), due for release on September 18. They get a few UK shows under their belt before then.
1 September: Village Underground, London
2 September: Deaf Institute, Manchester
3 September: Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
4 September: End of the Road Festival
End of the Road Festival
This summer has seen a typically packed music festival schedule offering more choice than ever to music fans. There’s still a few about as we drift in to September, but as this Wiltshire festival says, we’re coming to the End of the Road. See out the outdoor music season in style with a strong line-up that includes Tame Impala, My Morning Jacket, Hooton Tennis Club, Metz, and more!
4 September – 6 September: Larmer Tree Garders, Salisbury
Only a handful of September dates for these highly influential space-rockers – but Jason Pierce and co. and well worth catching for the immersive experience they create. A couple of festival spots sandwich their most intriguing of shows; imagining Spiritualized’s expansive sound in the relatively cramped confines of Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club is giving us goosebumps already.
4 September: Moseley Folk Festival
25 September: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
26 September: Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia
Moseley Folk Festival
This Birmingham event is slightly more electric than you at first might think. With a line-up that includes Idlewild, Anna Calvi and The Polyphonic Spree, things are going to be a little more amplified than a few campfire singalongs. Celebrating its tenth year as a festival, tickets are still available for this laid back weekend treat.
4 – 6 September: Moseley Park, Birmingham
Earlier this year in May, Radio 1’s Big Weekend fixed the eyes of the pop world firmly on Norwich, bringing some of the biggest names to the otherwise neglected rural county. It seemed like a strange place to hold a pop party, but it’s not so out of the ordinary when you consider that Sundown Festival have been doing the same for a number of years. This year sees Nero, Ella Henderson and Rudimental as some of the big name contenders, with a host of up-and-comers and a second stage dedicated to dance music propping up the roster.
4 – 6 September: Norfolk Showground, Norwich
Brand New were the soundtrack to WOW’s formative teen years. An emo tinged pop-punk outfit that sound tracked many a defining emotional moment in our growing up. They matured with us over the years from bratty, angst fueled pop-punkers to the melodic rockers we have today, and with rumours swirling of an upcoming fifth album, we’re hoping for plenty of new material as the Long Islanders stop by the UK.
10 September: Albert Hall, Manchester
11 September: Alexandra Palace, London
19 September: O2 Academy, Sheffield
20 September: Empire, Middlesborough
21 September: Usher Hall, Edinburgh
22 September: Vicar Street, Dublin
Once cornerstones of a mid-00s grot-rock scene that included The Libertines and The Cribs, the ramshackle Dundee rockers have been somewhat unfairly forgotten in the years since. They still put on a good show, and if flying pints and myriad crowd surfers sounds like your sort of thing, then you’ll want to get yourself down to at least one date of their extensive tour. Expect cuts from upcoming album Ropewalk.
10 September: New Slang, Kingston-upon-Thames
15 – 16 September: Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
17 September: O2 Academy, Newcastle
18 September: Slade Room, Wolverhampton
19 September: Central Station, Wrexham
23 September: Electric Ballroom, London
24 September: Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
25 September: Leadmill, Sheffield
27 September: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
29 September: Gorilla, Manchester
This Cardiff noise-pop troupe formed in 2010 at the suggestion of an anger management class. That sould be all you need to know about Joanna Gruesome, whose snarling nu-gaze transitions to the stage so well you wonder if it was all written with blistering live shows in mind. Their first full tour since recruiting new vocalist Kate Stonestreet, expect cuts from this year’s amazing Peanut Butter LP.
18 September: Islington Mill, Salford
19 September: Head of Steam, Newcastle
20 September: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
22 September: Scala, London
23 September: Summerhall, Edinburgh
24 September: Glad Cafe, Glasgow
25 September: Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
26 September: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
29 September: The Haunt, Brighton
Public Image Ltd.
Far from just “Johnny Rotten’s other band”, PiL went on to be arguably more influential than their Sex Pistols forebears (although with obviously less infamy). Melding all sorts of external influences to their own brand of post-punk, expect a challenging night of listening from one of their upcoming tour dates, though one you’ll be glad you attended – and subsequently became more musically educated at.
18 September: O2 ABC, Glasgow
19 September: Academy, Manchester
20 September: Riverside 1, Newcastle
22 September: Fibbers, York
23 September: Copper Rooms, Coventry
25 September: O2 Academy, Bristol
26 September: Tivoli, Buckley
27 September: Sub89, Reading
29 September: De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-On-Sea
30 September: UEA, Norwich
These London indie-rockers have been doing the rounds for over ten years now, so you’d imagine they know a thing or two about delivering their taught post-punk revival wares in the best possible way. With their new album Hope Fading Nightly due for release on the brilliant Alcopop! Records imprint, they’ll be airing most of it during this pretty extensive run of dates.
18 September: St Pancras Old Church, London
19 September: Joiners, Southampton
20 September: Hope and Ruin, Brighton
21 September: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
22 September: Fruit, Hull
23 September: Bumper, Liverpool
24 September: Firebug Bar, Leicester
25 September: The Anvil, Bournemouth
26 September: Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
27 September: Lexington, London
These alt.rockers from Florida will be bringing the sunny disposition of their three albums (most prominently this year’s 1000 Palms) to some intimate venues up and down the country towards the end of the month.
24 September: Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
25 September: Broadcast, Glasgow
27 September: Cluny, Newcastle
28 September: Arts Centre, Norwich
30 September: Tufnell Park Dome, London
Another band that have drifted somewhat from the thoughts of music fans since their bouncy debut A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation back in 2007, The Wombats are back to let us know why we should still care about them. Just in time for Freshers’ week, they hit a couple of universities, plus a huge homecoming show at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
24 September: Keele University
26 September: Echo Arena, Liverpool
27 September: UEA, Norwich
28 September: Rock City, Nottingham
30 September: Guildhall, Southampton
This 80s influenced indie-pop duo released their latest album Bad Love a few months ago, and they’ll be taking in a few stops of the UK at the end of the month to show off its wares.
25 September: Bleach, Brighton
27 September: Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
28 September: Night and Day Cafe, Manchester
29 September: Village Undeground, London
Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia
The Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia is quickly becoming one of the events of the psychedelic calendar. A genre that is cementing itself as a cult favourite in recent years, psychedelia has expanded from the stereotypical image of 60s flower-power to encompass everything from shoegaze to fuzzy garage rock. Whatever area of it takes your fancy, you’ll be sure to find something to suit your needs in Liverpool this month.
25 September – 26 September: Various Venues, Liverpool