November gig guide: 17 tours to check out this month

Gig season is upon us – of this there is no doubt.

It might be getting dark by 4 o’clock, perpetually dank and foggy outside, and Christmas is still over a month away, but you can be sure of a warm embrace down at your local venue, and with this many great bands pootling up and down Britain’s motorways over the next few weeks, you’ll never be too far away from your next ear-ringing experience.

Here are 15 UK tours you need to catch in the month of November.

(Avid readers will be rewarded for reaching the end of the post with a Spotify playlist of all the bands mentioned…)



Metz’ second album II was released back in May and was arguably even more frenetic than their first, and this month the Toronto punks pop over for a few UK dates as part of a bigger UK tour.

November 1: Scala, London
November 3: The Fleece, Bristol
November 4: Sound Control, Manchester
November 5: Stereo, Glasgow
November 6: Whelan’s, Dublin


Kagoule Press Shot

A recent WOW247 New Band of the Week, Kagoule’s debut Urth presented a wealth of post-hardcore influences that defied the Nottingham trio’s youth and stands up as one of the most genuinely interesting first listens of the year. In November, they laugh in the face of exhaustion and homesickness as they take on a 15-date tour.

November 2: The Cookie, Leicester
November 6: Islington Assembly Hall, London
November 10: Café INDIEpendent, Scunthorpe
November 11: Cavern Club, Liverpool
November 12: Cluny 2, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
November 13: The Studio, Hartlepool
November 15: Independence Festival, Southampton
November 20: Soup Kitchen, Manchester
November 21: Picture House Social Club, Sheffield
November 22: John Peel Centre, Stowmarket
November 24: Arts Centre, Norwich
November 25: Power Lunches, London
November 27: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
November 28: Start The Bus, Bristol
November 29: Mutations Festival, Brighton



Led by their intransigent frontman Bradford Cox, Deerhunter have never easily fit any indie-rock scene, but the Atlanta band’s recent seventh album Fading Frontier may just be the record that makes them a more mainstream proposition. Don’t believe us? Just listen to ‘Snakeskin’

November 3: SWG3, Glasgow
November 4: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
November 6: O2 Ritz, Manchester
November 7: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

Everything Everything

Everything Everything

With three falsetto-hitting, earworm-strewn albums under their belt, Everything Everything are back on the road again. If their recent performance on Later… with Jools Holland is anything to go by, you can expect zeitgesty guitar-pop of the highest order – and possibly even some co-ordinated outfits.

November 7 – Cardiff, Great Hall
November 8 – Bexhill De la Warr Pavillion
November 9 – Portsmouth, Pyramid
November 11 – Nottingham, Rock City
November 12 – Glasgow, ABC
November 13 – Newcastle, O2 Academy
November 14 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
November 16 – Sheffield, Leadmill
November 17 – Cambridge, Junction
November 18 – Bristol, O2 Academy
November 20 – London, O2 Brixton Academy
November 21 – Manchester, Apollo



Foals’ recent What Went Down LP had Mercury Prize written all over it, so how it wasn’t even nominated is beyond us. No matter, Yannis and co. will be bringing their insectoid indie-rock to a venue near you with an extensive list of live dates. They’ve announced some massive arena shows for early next year, so catch them at the smaller venues while you still can!

November 3: Hippodrome, Kingston-upon-Thames
November 5: Rock City, Nottingham
November 6: Olympia, Liverpool
November 7: UEA, Norwich
November 8: University Great Hall, Cardiff
November 10: Music Hall, Aberdeen
November 11: O2 Academy, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
November 13: O2 Guildhall, Southampton
November 14: Dreamland, Margate
November 15: Anson Rooms, Bristol
November 16: Corn Exchange, Cambridge



Slaves’ two-piece punk act has seem them achieve unlikely, snarling mainstream fame. Latest album Are You Satisfied? has only driven their fans’ numbers up more, so they’re hitting the road in November for a near month-long stint.

November 4: Limelight, Belfast
November 5: Academy, Dublin
November 14: Anson Rooms, Bristol
November 15: Student’s Union Y-Plas, Cardiff
November 16: Pyramids, Portsmouth
November 18: UEA, Norwich
November 19: O2 ABC, Glasgow
November 20: University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
November 21: Ritz, Manchester
November 23: Beckett Student’s Union, Leeds
November 24: O2 Academy, Liverpool
November 25: Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
November 27: Forum, London

Rolo Tomassi

Rolo Tomassi press shot

The thought of Rolo Tomassi taking to the stage at these relatively small venues frankly has us a little scared. We predict flying limbs, crowdsurfing galore and a stage diving revival as Sheffield’s finest hardcore heroes bring latest album Grievances out on the road. Expect them to leave a trail of destruction.

November 6: Green Door Store, Brighton
November 7: Tiki Bar, Plymouth
November 8: Louisiana, Bristol
November 9: Soup Kitchen, Manchester
November 10: Stereo, Glasgow
November 11: Bodega, Nottingham
November 12: Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
November 13: Oslo, London

We Are The Ocean

We Are The Ocean press shot

We Are The Ocean’s emotive rock goes through enough changes to keep them interesting, and they’ll be airing tracks from fourth album ARK released back in May. Support on all dates comes in the form of Tall Ships and WOW favourites Allusondrugs, so you won’t want to miss this one.

November 9: Asylum, Birmingham
November 10: The Globe, Cardiff
November 11: The Fleece, Bristol
November 12: Waterfront Studio, Norwich
November 13: Mine, Leeds
November 14: King Tut’s, Glasgow
November 16: O2 Academy 2, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
November 17: Sound Control, Manchester
November 18: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
November 20: Islington Academy, London

The Wytches

the wytches

Vicious rumours at the start of this year pointed to The Wytches rush-releasing a second album just one year removed from debut Annabel Dream Reader. Thankfully, all we got was the free EP Thunder Lizard’s RePrieve, which points to the surf-doom trio spending a bit more time honing those new tracks. We’ll find out soon enough on this extensive UK tour.

November 9: Headrow House, Leeds
November 10: Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
November 11: Adelphi, Hull
November 13: Music Hall, Ramsgate
November 14: Independence Festival, Portsmouth
November 16: Face Bar, Reading
November 17: Chinnery’s, Southend-on-Sea
November 18: John Peel Centre, Stowmarket
November 19: Esquires Club, Bedford
November 20: The Duchess, York
November 21: Corporation, Sheffield
November 22: The Hop, Wakefield
November 24: Mad Ferret, Preston
November 25: The Horn, St. Albans
November 26: The Garage, London
November 30: Bodega, Nottingham


FIDLAR press shot

LA’s gutter-punks FIDLAR preceeded the release of second album Too this year with one of the standout tracks of 2015 in ’40oz. On Repeat’. It has indeed been on repeat here at WOW, and we’re looking forward to that track – and many others – inciting chaos on their upcoming tour.

November 10: O2 Academy, Bristol
November 11: Ritz, Manchester
November 12: Garage, Glasgow
November 14: Forum, London
November 15: Institute, Birmingham


Spectres Press Shot

When they’re not trolling everyone with their own take on a James Bond theme, Bristol’s Spectre’s are crafting some of the most gloriously disorienting noise-rock available right now. Previous reports have spoken of nauseating walls of noise, so you may need your earplugs for this one.

November 13: John Peel Centre, Stowmarket
November 14: Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
November 19: Soup Kitchen, Manchester
November 20: Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
November 21: Broadcast, Glasgow


Wavves press shot

Slackerdom personified as Nathan Williams brings his Wavves to these shores for a showcase of latest album V. Gone are the days of the lo-fi production and scratchy garage-rock, replaced with some chunky rock hooks that could hang with the best of Weezer’s output.

November 13: Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
November 14: Bongo Club, Edinburgh
November 15: Stereo, Glasgow
November 16: Sound Control, Manchester
November 17: Institute, Birmingham
November 18: Electric Ballroom, London


Cheatahs press shot

Shoegazers Cheatahs have had a busy ol’ 2015, what with having released two EPs already and releasing a full length album at the end of October. It’ll give them plenty to choose from when picking the setlist for this short tour, which will no doubt be noisy and tuneful in equal measure.

November 17: Picture House Social Club, Sheffield
November 18: Soup Kitchen, Manchester
November 19: Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
November 20: Wharf Chambers, Leeds
November 21: Green Door Store, Brighton

Los Campesinos!

Los Campesinos press shot

Los Camp’s fervent fanbase sees them tour once more, despite not having had an album out for over two years. Perhaps that means we should expect a slew of new material from the tweecore icons. Either way, we’re excited for the Cardiff natives’ unique brand of party.

November 18: Exchange, Bristol
November 19: Stereo, Glasgow
November 20: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
November 21: Hope & Ruin, Brighton
November 22: Scala, London

The Maccabees

Leeds Festival Maccabees

After a triumphant festival season celebrating the release of latest album Marks To Prove It (criminally left from this year’s Mercury nominations too), The Maccabees hit the smaller venues for the first proper tour of the album. Sheffield’s Drenge support on all dates, so you know you’ll be getting your money’s worth with this one.

November 18: Rock City, Nottingham
November 19: O2 Academy, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
November 20: UEA, Norwich
November 22: Corn Exchange, Cambridge
November 23: Dome, Brighton
November 24: Guildhall, Southampton
November 25: O2 Academy, Leeds
November 27: Hexagon, Reading
November 28: Colston Hall, Bristol

Nine Black Alps

Nine-Black-Alps press shot

Nine Black Alps have been fairly inactive since last year’s Candy For The Clowns, which makes these one-off shows even more of a must see. After a year focusing on other projects (frontman Sam Forrest’s latest solo effort Candlelightwater for instance), getting back to the band should be a blast, with perhaps some new material on show.

November 24: Sound Control, Manchester
November 25: Boston Music Rooms, London

Built To Spill

Built To Spill press shot

Tempted over by the rejuvenated ATP series of holiday camp festivals, the indie-rock legends will be bringing latest album Untethered Moon with them, as well as cuts from their deep, 25-year long back catalogue.

November 25: Electric Ballroom, London
November 26: Concorde 2, Brighton
November 27: The Art School, Glasgow
November 28: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
November 29: ATP 2.0 Nightmare Before Christmas, Prestatyn

Listen to our playlist of bands on tour in November: