Now that the snow has melted away, the sun is slowly starting to appear and flowers are starting to bloom, it looks like spring and summer are finally on their way. This Sunday, March 25, is Daylight Savings Time – the day in which we change the clocks and welcome in the new season. So, if you’re as excited as us about the warmer weather and longer nights, then here are the perfect artists to soundtrack your mood.
For Fans Of: John Newman, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian
Man of the moment, Tom Grennan launched into our lives when he appeared on the huge anthem ‘All Goes Wrong’ with Chase & Status at the end of 2016. Since then he’s gone on to release several accomplished indie-soul singles, including ‘Royal Highness’ and recent addition ‘Sober’. With his debut album Lighting Matches on the way and his biggest headline show of his career so far happening in October, you can expect to hear a lot of this upbeat, cheeky-chap over the summer months.
O2 ABC Glasgow: Friday 23 March - SOLD OUT
O2 Academy Brixton: Tuesday 16 October - Buy Tickets
For Fans Of: Amber Run, COIN, Pale Waves
Coasts were a band made for listening to whilst the sun hits your back, even their name makes you lust after days by the sea, and you bet they have a song for that too. One spin of breakthrough single ‘Oceans’ will have you hunting for ice cream quicker than you can say “99 with a flake, please”. With two Top 40 albums under their belt and another in their works, Coasts are at the top of their game and their epic live shows are not to be missed.
O2 Academy Birmingham: Saturday 21 April - Buy Tickets
O2 Forum Kentish Town: Thursday 26 April - Buy Tickets
For Fans Of: Fickle Friends, Saint Raymond, The 1975
Following the release of funkalicious new single, ‘The Man That I Am’, Youth Club are set to bring the sunshine and good vibes to London, so you better pop on your dancing shoes. Combining effortlessly cool guitar twangs with pop sensibilities and soulful vocals, it’s impossible not to smile when you’re listening to this Essex quartet.
O2 Academy Islington: Thursday 26 April - Buy Tickets
For Fans Of: Jamie XX, Django Django, Maribou State
Known for their mesmeric modern soul, pop-art sound, Jungle are a collective of long-term friends who come together to create one-of-a-kind live performances. Their debut album, released in 2014, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and went Gold, selling over 500,000 copies globally. As they currently put the finishing touches to the follow-up, they’re taking some time out to hit the road again and reconnect with their fans, and who knows, you just might get a sneak peek of what’s to come.
O2 ABC Glasgow: Thursday 3 May - Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Bristol: Wednesday 9 May - Buy Tickets
O2 Ritz Manchester: Thursday 10 May - Buy Tickets
O2 Institute Birmingham: Saturday 12 May - Buy Tickets
For Fans Of: The 1975, Blossoms, Sunset Sons
Having dominated a double-header at O2 Academy Brixton earlier this year, indie-pop kings, The Hunna, are set for a string of intimate shows to celebrate the release of second album, Dare. The aptly titled ‘Summer’ and ‘Flickin’ Your Hair’ have already offered a taste of what the record will entail and by the sounds of it, it’ll be the perfect soundtrack for all the sunny days coming up.
O2 Academy Birmingham: Friday 25 May - Buy Tickets
O2 ABC Glasgow: Saturday 26 May - Buy Tickets
WALK THE MOON
For Fans Of: Maroon 5, Neon Trees, Bleachers
Walk The Moon have built up a dedicated following largely due to their ecstatic live shows and with songs like ‘Shut Up And Dance’ and 'One Foot' it’s easy to see why. Their infectious fusion of pop-rock is bursting with energy and passion and is just begging to be played at full volume in the sunshine. To make things even better, alt-pop band flor are joining them on their UK tour, their dreamy songs glisten as you listen, see for yourself here.
O2 Ritz Manchester: Thursday 5 April - Buy Tickets
O2 Institute Birmingham: Saturday 7 April - Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Bristol: Monday 9 April - Buy Tickets
O2 Forum Kentish Town: Wednesday 11 April - Buy Tickets
O2 ABC Glasgow: Sunday 14 April - Buy Tickets
For Fans Of: Bob Marley, Sizzla, Protoje
Reggae and sunshine go hand in hand, so having Damian Marley returning to the UK this summer is a match made in heaven. Continuing the legacy his Dad left, Damian will be bringing Caribbean rhythms aplenty, performing tracks from last year’s critically acclaimed album, Stony Hill.
O2 Ritz Manchester: Thursday 28 June - Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Leeds: Friday 29 June - Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Birmingham: Saturday 30 June - Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Brixton: Sunday 1 July - Buy Tickets
For Fans Of: The Big Moon, VANT, The Wombats
Indie rock stars Circa Waves have been surfing into the spotlight ever since the release of their debut album Young Chasers in 2015. Fuzzy guitars and gritty lyrics make up their sonic palette and with 2017’s full-length Different Creatures they’ve taken things to a whole new level. Kick off your bank holiday weekend the right way and catch the British rockers in their element.
O2 Academy Newcastle: Friday 4 May - Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Leicester: Saturday 5 May (Handmade Festival 2018) - Buy Tickets
For Fans Of: Prides, MUNA, flor
The wait for Fickle Friends’ debut album has been long, but boy has it been worth the wait. Sixteen tracks long, each one injected with a bubbly dose of pop vibes, Fickle Friends have proved that they’re the masters of melodies. Having recently completed a run of intimate shows, they’re back on the road in October and will be unleashing their new material for a night of dancing and a whole lot of fun.
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire: Friday 19 October - Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Birmingham: Friday 26 October - Buy Tickets
For Fans Of: The Vaccines, Sundara Karma, Wolf Alice
Possibly one of the coolest bands the UK has to offer, Blossoms have gone from newcomers in the Northern music scene to established rockstars in just a short amount of time (more on that, here). Their debut full-length topped the charts and having expanded their sound for their upcoming record, there’s no doubt that it will follow similar success. Catch it in all its glory when they perform live in May.
O2 Academy Leeds: Monday 7 May - SOLD OUT
O2 Academy Newcastle: Tuesday 8 May - Buy Tickets
O2 Forum Kentish Town: Thursday 10 May - Buy Tickets
For Fans Of: Gabrielle Aplin, BANKS, Rae Morris
Nina Nesbitt has undergone a transformation with her music, but one that is organic and undeniably catchy. Moving on from her acoustic-folk days and embracing her love of pop music, Nina’s recent singles, ‘Somebody Special’ and ‘The Best You Had’ offer a more sophisticated side to the singer, with brooding R&B elements flowing throughout, she’s created a sound that not only works for her, but will appeal to music lovers across the globe.
O2 Institute Birmingham: Wednesday 16 May - Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Newcastle: Wednesday 23 May - Buy Tickets
For Fans Of: Superfood, RAT BOY, The Cribs
Known for their romantic riffs and dancing drum beats, Peace are back and they’re better than ever. Armed with new album, Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll, the band are reinvigorated and ready to get back on the stage doing what they love. Already announced for several festivals across the summer, this tour will be the perfect warm up for all the field action to come.
O2 Forum Kentish Town: Wednesday 16 May - Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Birmingham: Thursday 24 May - SOLD OUT
For Fans Of: Bruce Springsteen, Leon Bridges, Alabama Shakes
Because one night of Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats is nowhere near enough, the Americana songwriter and his band are gearing up for a triple threat at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire next month. New album Tearing At The Seams expands on the retro soul sound found in his debut and smothers it in southern swagger, making for a stunning collection of songs. Slide on your boots and come along for a stomp and a sing-a-long.
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire: Wednesday 11 April - Buy Tickets
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