With the UK Festival season in its dying embers as we reach September, the live music touring circuit begins to kick into life with bands and artists swapping the fields for venues up and down the country through the winter months. To help you get back into the swing of things, we’ve picked out some of the top live shows you can indulge yourself in over the course of September. Expect a flurry of hip-hop, psychedelica and indie essential listening.
On Roundhay, Roundhay Park Leeds
Saturday 17th September
Seminal may be a word bounded around a little freely in this day and age when referring to full length studio works. However, it takes pride of place when referring to Primal Scream’s 1991 Screamadelica. Swapping the gloomy lo-fi for uplifting psychadelica, frontman Bobby Gelespie’s decision to leave The Jesus & Mary Chain and go full time with Scream birthed an acid wave akin to the hedonism emerging from the club and dance scene in the late 80s. Still very much an active entity in 2016, Primal Scream’s ability to create music drenched in soul marked them out as one of the top recording and live bands of the 1990s. Be prepared for a similar spiritual experience when they take to the stage in Roundhay September 17th.
Wednesday 28th September
Armed with distinctive vocals and some serious synthesiser know how, Wild Beasts have emerged as a band willing to push the artistic boundaries of indie. Now a decade into their career, their most recent release Boy King sees the four piece building on the imagery and spectrum of dreamy sounds that have been pivotal to their identity amongst a heavily crowded scene. Incorporating a more pop driven focus on their most recent album, Wild Beasts look set to make another step up on the ladder in 2016 following their break through into the Top 10 on the album chart.
Belle & Sebastian
OnBlackheath, Blackheath Common London
Sunday 11th September
Delicate and sincere, Belle & Sebastian have been the musical accompaniment for the many indie dreamers wandering from the 1990s and into the bright and chaotic 2000s. Known best for the joyous stories that emerge from their 1998 album The Boy With The Arab Strap, the Glaswegian ensemble vividly provide a sketch of society through varied instrumentation and harmonies. Still plugging away in the studio, the band’s most recent effort in 2015 provide more reasons to catch them when out on the road. Expect a mix of heartfelt classics and new material.
Ibiza Rocks Hotel
Wednesday 14th September
Since 2012, Wolf Alice have shaken off the shackles of musical obscurity and rocketed to the airwaves of Radio 1, donning some of the biggest stages on offer along the way. Driven by leading lady Ellie Roswell and backed by a barrage of fuzz, The North London band serve as the perfect crossover for fans wanting to cautiously take on something a little heavier than their usual tastes. An accessible record on all front, the success of their debut album My Love Is Cool in 2015 sound Wolf Alice out as one of the leading Rock bands the UK has to offer in 2016. A headline spot at Reading & Leeds may not be all that far away.
Pete Rock & CL Smooth
The Garage & The Jazz Café, London
2nd & 5th September
Leaving your mark on hip-hop in the 90s was no easy feat given the amount of rappers and producers on the scene during the golden age of the genre. Pete Rock did more than leave his mark alongside his partner in rhyme CL Smooth, together they influenced an entire decade of sample based records thanks to their jazz and soul infused early releases All Souled Out and Mecca And The Soul Brother. This September the awesome duo has reunited to transport us back to a time and place when the pair reigned supreme. Laid back beats which the rhymes to match, this is not one to miss for the true hip-hop heads out there.
Words by Elliot Ryder
Photos courtesy of Windish Agency - Wolf Alice