September live music guide: the best gigs and tours to see this month

2016’s festival season is far from over as we move into autumn, and there are plenty of touring greats too

Don’t pack up your tents just yet. As we roll into September and gig season starts up once more, there’s still a number of open-air events peppering the schedule.

Here are our top picks for what’s worth checking out this month:

End of the Road Festival

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You can file End of the Road under ’boutique’. Taking place in the picturesque Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset, and presenting a truly eclectic line-up of acts both new and established, there’s something for everyone at one of the last major festival events of the year. The bill this year features Animal Collective (pictured), Joanna Newsom, Savages and Thurston Moore.

September 1 – 4: Larmer Trees Garden, Dorset


Sundown Festival


You wouldn’t expect Norwich to play host to one of the UK’s best pop music line-ups, but that’s exactly what’s happening with Sundown Festival, which returns and brings with it a bill full of stars, including Jason Derulo, Dizzee Rascal and Years & Years (pictured).

September 2 – 4: Norfolk Showground, Norwich


Bingley Music Live


This Yorkshire event has been slowly but surely creeping its way up the festival ranks, and this year doesn’t just provide the usual big names, but introduces some genre diversity with the inclusion of Tinie Tempah (pictured) as headliner. He joins Echo & The Bunnymen and Travis at the top of the bill. Elsewhere pop acts like All Saints rub shoulders with We Are Scientists.

September 2 – 4: Myrtle Park, Bingley


Teenage Fanclub

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They’re embarking on a more extensive UK tour in support of new album Here later in the year, but September offers fans of the Scottish indie stars an early chance to catch them live. Expect the usual marriage of bonafide pop tunes with an indie crunch.

September 3: Fleece, Bristol
September 5: Islington Assembly Hall, London
September 6: Liquid Room, Edinburgh
September 7: Gorilla, Manchester


The Libertines

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While it might not be as big a deal as their Reading and Leeds headline sets of last year, gracing the stage at Brixton’s Academy is a pretty major talking point. Expect newer cuts from last year’s Anthems for Doomed Youth nestled in among classic hits at this one-off show.

September 7: Brixton Academy, London




The legendary grungers make only their second stop in the UK since their 2014 reformation. Expect lots of snarling, crunching riffs and the delightfully titled ‘S***list’ to make an appearance.

September 10: O2 Ritz, Manchester
September 11: O2 ABC, Glasgow
September 12: Corporation, Sheffield
September 13: O2 Forum Kentish Town, London


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Primal Scream

A music, arts and food festival which takes place in both the capital and Leeds, the London leg sees Primal Scream (pictured), Hot Chip, Belle and Sebastian and James topping its bill, before relocating to Roundhay Park for the first time ever the weekend after, with Primal Scream, James and Wolf Alice in attendance.

September 10 – 11: Blackheath, London
September 17: Roundhay Park, Leeds




Stockport’s indie-poppers are probably still pinching themselves after their debut album went straight in to the charts at number one a few weeks ago. “From the scaffolding yard to the top of the charts, who’d have thought it?” they commented. Fans of their 80s-indebted rock-pop, that’s who. Catch them at a venue near you.

September 23: O2 Institute, Birmingham
September 24: Bierkeller, Bristol
September 26: Junction, Cambridge
September 27: Waterfront, Norwich
September 29: O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
September 30: Academy, Manchester



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