When it comes to live music, it pays to plan ahead. So take note and book something different into the diary – we’ve whittled down our list of must-see gigs kicking off in June and beyond. From Liam Gallagher to Robbie Williams, here are the music concerts to book now…
Live From Times Square: Jake Bugg
This summer sees the return of Newcastle's Live From Times Square series, for the third edition of the city's run of summer gigs. Last year welcomed Primal Scream and Catfish & The Bottlemen to the quay, and this year’s opening act is Jake Bugg. Watch him rock out to all his classic tracks in Newcastle’s Times Square this July.
Times Square, Newcastle NE1 4EP, 27th July, 6:30pm, tickets £33
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
After launching a new album, The Tourist in April, noughties indie rockers – one of David Bowie’s favourites – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are set to return to the UK this September, for a series of intimate gigs in Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, London and Dublin.
13th September at Thelka, Bristol; 14th September Manchester Gorilla; 15th September Whelans Dublin; 18th September Leeds Brudenell Social Club; 19th September London Village Underground; tickets from £17.92
Gavin Rossdale, The Voice judge and frontman of '90s alt-rockers Bush, will reform with his former band members to play a series of six UK venues this September. This will be their first European headline tour in four years. Indulge your nostalgia in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Norwich or Manchester.
Various dates and locations in September, tickets from £27.50
The goddess of dark R&B has announced she’ll be kicking off a brand-new tour later this year, with dates in Manchester, Birmingham and London. She’ll perform a heady mix of R&B and moody electronica, sprinkled with super-soft vocals, which are both menacing and mesmerising all at the same time.
22nd October O2 Institute Birmingham; 24th October Manchester Academy; 25th October Hammersmith Apollo; tickets from £26.25
Secret Garden Party
This hedonistic wonderland in the Cambridge countryside – which started out as a small party in the owner’s garden – has been going for 15 years. Sadly, this year marks the last ever Secret Garden Party “as you know it”. We think this might mean an end to its current location, so fingers crossed it will move to another venue soon. Having said that, if you want to catch the festival in all its original splendour, grab your tickets quick – they always sell out. Watch DJs and artists tucked away inside the trees, take a dip in the lake and watch the legendary burning on the lake at this woodland fairy tale promising endless amounts of fun. The theme this year is all things celebrity – and if previous SGP’s are anything to go by, expect frivolous fancy dress, face paints and lots of glitter.
Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 2LA, 20th – 23rd July, adult weekend tickets from £170
Hampton Court Palace Festival
This long-standing festival, set in the magnificent grounds of Henry VIII’s ancient Tudor Castle, is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the summer. This year, legendary rocker Bryan Ferry will kick off the celebrations, with performances to follow later in the summer from Will Young, Jools Holland, Amy Macdonald, Van Morrison and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Drink Pimms in the sunshine from the comfort of your deckchair, fire up the sparklers and prepare for possibly the most refined festival experience of your life.
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey KT8 9AU, 7th – 24th June, tickets from £45
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Gritty American rockers BRMC are back by popular demand, set to return with a lengthy tour later this year, spanning across Europe and the UK.
Various dates and locations in October and November 2017, tickets from £27.50
The Britpop icon that everyone loves to hate is hitting the stage for a series of solo gigs this June. With rave reviews from The Telegraph and NME, the show still promises the same level of arrogance and prowess you come to expect from the former Oasis frontman. Tickets are selling out fast, but there are a few dates still available.
10th June Olympic Theatre Dublin; 11th June Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow; tickets from £30.94
To coincide with his 11th solo album, which was released earlier this year, the ex-Take That star is set to play another huge stadium tour all over Europe and the UK, kicking off in Manchester this June.
Various dates and locations in June; tickets from £82.50
Ethereal LA art-rock quartet Warpaint are set to play as part of this year’s Summer Series at Somerset House. Their distinctive sound and harmonies will have you hooked from the very first riff. Utterly captivating and a must if you’re a fan of intricate guitar lines, hypnotic vocals and post-punk rhythms.
Somerset House, Strand WC2R 1LA, 10th July, 7:30pm, tickets £29.50
This brand-new festival, set in the heart of Glasgow, will be taking over from the legendary T in the Park whilst it takes a break from the festival madness. Kicking off in the height of the (hopefully) sunny summer, TRNSMT Festival has an impressive line-up of British rockers, including Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro. It’s a no camping affair, as it’s set in the city centre, so once the music’s over, there’ll be a glut of after-hours drinking dens awaiting your orders.
Glasgow Green, Greendyke Street, Saltmarket, Glasgow G1 5DB, 7th – 9th July, day tickets £59.50; two-day tickets £110; weekend tickets £155