We Recommend: Contemporary Music


Tue 20 Mar

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

So far the South African musician and actor hasn't been widely known outside his home country but he's set to reach a whole new audience with his undoubted charisma, extraordinary vocals and the frank songwriting on new album You Will Not Die.

Contemporary Music


Fri 23 Mar

Moth Club

Imarhan are the latest sensations to breeze out of the Sahara, intent on dismantling the ideas western listeners have about popularised Tuareg music. They're back in London supporting their fantastically funky second album on City Slang, Temet.

Contemporary Music

Rone (supporting Vessels)

Wed 28 Mar

Oval Space

Producer Erwan Castex’s (aka Rone) latest album, Mirapolis, is a haven of wonderment on the fringes of the indie rock, club and electronica, a journey through childhood memories of a now-demolished French theme park and the classic Fritz Lang film Metropolis.

Contemporary Music

Kid Francescoli

Fri 30 Mar

The 100 Club

Matthieu Hocine's classy, gliding electro-pop group play their first ever UK show. Hocine is once again joined by vocalist Julia Minkin, who inspired previous album With Julia and with whom he continues his musical partnership on Play Me Again.

Contemporary Music

Oui Love

Wed 4 Apr


The club night returns for the first time in 2018, showcasing the best in French pop. Live music comes in the form of La Féline's highly acclaimed progressive pop, the ineffably cool 60's-styled indie of Juniore and the fresh, NME-tipped Keep Dancing Inc.

Contemporary Music

Mélissa Laveaux

Fri 13 Apr

Rich Mix

The Canadian singer is getting some much-deserved UK recognition for latest album Radyo Siwèl, on French label No Format. Inspired by Haitian activist and singer Martha Jean-Claude, it blends Haitian kompa guitar with calypso and soca into a joyous whole.

Contemporary Music


Wed 25 Apr


Along with Petit Biscuit, Théo Le Vigoureux aka Fakear is one of the figureheads of a richly melodic new French electronic sound. He's back in London with new tracks to air from an album set for release in April, including single Lost In Time.

Contemporary Music

Halo Maud

Tue 15 May

Sebright Arms

Recently signed to UK indie label Heavenly Records, Halo Maud - a former member of Moodoïd - is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer of enchanting, synth-tinged guitar pop. Having supported Baxter Dury on tour, she's back for her second London show.

Contemporary Music

The Great Escape

Thu 17 - Sat 19 May

Various venues

The showcase festival brings more brilliance to Brighton. Among the international treats are the lazy Danish grooves of M.I.L.K., French psych-pop from Aquaserge and Halo Maud, the rockier The Psychotic Monks and Last Train, and Afro-punk vibes from Tshegue.

Contemporary Music

Johnny Mafia

Sat 26 May

The Fiddler's Elbow

The scuzzy French rockers, who are renowned for their ferocious live energy, are returning to support a second album recorded with American producer Jim Diamond, who has worked with The White Stripes and garage legends The Sonics.

Contemporary Music