14 Of The Best Concerts To Book Now

If you can’t wait to hear your favourite bands in action again, or just want to discover some new music, the good news is there are plenty of live gigs coming up over the next few months. Here’s our pick of the best…
By Sherri Andrew /

Christina Aguilera, The O2

After a headline performance at Brighton Pride, Christina Aguilera (now known as Xtina) will continue her tour around the UK. Over the last two decades, she’s established herself as one of the world’s biggest and most successful superstars, having sold over 43m records worldwide and being named as one of the 100 greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. Fans can expect to hear iconic hits such as ‘Dirrty’ and ‘Fighter’, as well as her new Latin-inspired singe ‘Pa’ Mis Muchachas’. 

Greenwich; 5th August

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Tiwa Savage, O2 Brixton Academy

Nigerian-born artist Tiwa Savage is widely regarded at the queen of Afrobeats. In the last few years, she’s been handpicked by Beyoncé to appear on The Lion King: The Gift, was named Best African Act at the MTV European Music Awards and performed alongside Ed Sheeran, Chris Martin and Jay Z at the Global Citizen Festival. Fans can enjoy hearing her biggest songs like ‘Ma Lo’ and ‘Koroba’, as well as the new track ‘Hold Me’ with Dice Ailes.

Brixton; 13th August

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Meg The Stallion, O2 Brixton Academy

Houston rapper Meg The Stallion started preforming in 2016. Four years later, her record-breaking hit ‘Savage’ (which she re-released with Beyoncé) became the sound of lockdown 1.0. Her confident lyrics, smooth rap style and signature dance moves have since catapulted her to global fame and made her a respected name in the male-dominated rap world. Fans can look forward to ‘WAP’ alongside tracks from her two albums and recent hit with Dua Lipa, ‘Sweetest Pie’.

Brixton; 24th August

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Lewis Capaldi, The O2

Lewis Capaldi won the Critics' Choice Award at the 2019 Brit Awards. Since then, the Scottish singer-songwriter has gone on to win two more Brits and make history with his song ‘Someone You Loved’, which became the longest-running top 10 UK single of all time by a British artist. Since rescheduling his tour to September, Capaldi has been busy creating new music which fans can expect to hear alongside songs from his first album, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent

Greenwich; 1st-2nd September 

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Tiwa Savage
Lewis Capaldi

Arcade Fire, The O2

Arcade Fire released its sixth album to critical acclaim back in May. Now, the Canadian indie rock band is continuing its world tour in the UK. Over the last two decades, they’ve established themselves as one of Canada’s most successful bands, and won multiple Grammy and Brit awards to prove it. Their debut album Funeral has been called one of the most important albums of the noughties, while their sixth album We takes a more political stance.

Greenwich; 8th September 

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Craig David, Trentham Live

King of UK garage Craig David gained worldwide attention with his debut single ‘Fill Me In’ in 2000 when he was just 19 years old. Two decades later, he’s still topping the charts – but with a softer pop and dance sound influenced by big-name collaborators like MNEK, Galantis and Kaytranada. As part of his 20th anniversary tour with Bastille and Big Narstie, Craig David will play at Trentham Festival in Birmingham in September – a must-see for old-school garage fans.

Birmingham; September 3rd

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Teyana Taylor, O2 Brixton Academy

Harlem-born Teyana Taylor helped choreograph Beyoncé’s ‘Ring The Alarm’ music video and featured in several films before releasing her own music years later. Over the last decade, the R&B singer has collaborated with the likes of Kanye West, Meek Mill, Jadakiss and Pusha T – to name a few. Expect to hear her top hits like ‘Gonna Love Me’, ‘Bare Wit Me’ and ‘Rose in Harlem’.

Brixton; 4th September

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Warehouse Project

The Warehouse Project, Manchester

The Warehouse Project has just released tickets for its 2022 season, with dates every weekend from September to December. The iconic music venue has hosted countless global acts over the years, as well as performances as part of Parklife festival. This season, a string of top DJs and artists are set to perform, including Peggy Gou (21st October), Worried About Henry (4th November), Hacienda (12th November), plus a special Halloween performance from Annie Mac (29th October). 

Manchester, 10th September-31st December 

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Rema, O2 Brixton Academy

In 2019, Barak Obama shared his favourite songs of the summer which included ‘Iron Man’ by Rema. Today, the Nigerian songwriter is a frontrunner in the Afrobeats genre and has collaborated with Skepta, AJ Tracey and most recently FKA Twigs on the song ‘jealousy’. With nearly 9m monthly Spotify listeners, expect to hear songs like ‘Dumebi’ and hits from his new album Rave & Roses.

Brixton; 18th September

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Swedish House Mafia, The O2

You might have heard Swedish House Mafia and Fred again..’s new song ‘Tun On the Lights’ at the DJ’s Boiler Room performance last week. As well as collaborating with some of the world’s biggest DJs and artists and headlining Coachella earlier this year, the electronic trio recently released their first album in a decade – Paradise Again, which features the hit song ‘Moth to a Flame’ with The Weekend. Electronic fans will be treated to tracks from both albums, plus new dance remixes.

Greenwich; 2nd October

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Kendrick Lamar
Craig David

Sampa The Great, Koko

Zambia-born Sampa The Great fuses classical music with hip-hop and South African house in her eclectic style. Her 2019 album The Return features contributors like Skepta and Slowthai, and has been championed by the likes of Annie Mac and Anderson .Paak. After a sold-out tour and performances at Coachella and Glastonbury, she’s added a new date at the recently refurbished Koko in Camden.

Camden; 15th October

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Kendrick Lamar, The O2

Kendrick Lamar, the most celebrated rap artist of his generation, blew fans away last month with his powerful closing performance at Glastonbury. Kendrick made history when he won the Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album DAMN – not to mention his 14 Grammy wins along the way. In November, he returns to the UK to play three nights at the O2 when fans can hear songs from his impressive discography, including those from his new album Mr. Morale and The Big Steppers

Greenwich; 7th-9th November

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Arcade Fire

Lil Nas X, Eventim Apollo

Multi-platinum, award-winning artist Lil Nas broke the internet with his debut single and music video ‘Old Town Road’ back in 2019 – the longest running number one single in Billboard history with over 900m views on YouTube. Over the past three years, the 22-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia, has cemented himself as a gay icon and has received countless awards and nominations. 

12th November, Hammersmith

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Bicep, Alexandra Palace

Bicep are an electronic duo from Belfast, consisting of Andrew Ferguson and Matthew McBriar. Signed to Ninja Tune, the pair’s second album, Isles, expanded on the energy of their 2017 self-titled debut, while digging deeper into the sounds, experiences and emotions that have influenced their lives and work – from early days clubbing in Belfast to their move to London a decade ago. If you can’t make it to Ibiza or Mykonos this summer, this could be the next best thing.

Alexandra Palace, 2nd-3rd December

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