February Gig Preview

WHAT a month January was for gigs but February looks set to be bigger and better with all the gigs that are lined up. Whether they're local to you or not, make an effort to get down to the epic array of live shows we're tipping for this month. You won't be disappointed.

Fresh from supporting The Libertines on their UK arena tour, northern indie four-piece The Sherlocks are heading out on their headline tour in February and what a run that looks set to be. Catch the group responsible for the rumble of tracks such as 'Live for the Moment' and 'Heart of Gold' at The Joiners in Southampton on Thursday 4th for a night of indie bangers and madness. The group have evolved superbly over the last year or so and now the promise of a bright future beckons so get down to Hampshire's iconic venue and see them. Why wouldn't you? 

Tickets are £7.70 in advance and can be bought here

South Wales four-piece, Pretty Vicious have gone from strength to strength recently and are definitely going somewhere big but first they're stopping by Dingwalls in Camden on Thursday 11th for a headline performance as part of NME's Awards Shows 2016. This is one not to be missed as they tear through hits such as 'It's Always There' and 'National Plastics' that have already been released to national acclaim. 

Tickets are £11.66 in advance and can be bought here.

Brighton's The Hope and Ruin plays host to mind-boggling Mancunians, Spring King on Wednesday 17th. The band are on a rapid rise and are producing a romantic post-punk sound that begs to be heard. Having previously toured with Slaves, the spotlight if firmly fixed on them now and we can't wait to witness them impress on the night. 

Tickets are £7.70 in advance and can be bought here.

The infectious, upbeat indie of Fickle Friends are set to cement their position as worthy headliners at The Joiners in Southampton on Friday 19th. Everything they do sizzles infectiously with glory and ambition. Every track is a stand-out, however it's the likes of 'Say No More' and 'Could Be Wrong' that we're looking forward to hearing aired on the night the most. The five-piece, led by front gal Natti, are already conjuring up a storm and in the industry and with a record deal under their belts, they're going stadium. 

Tickets are £7.70 in advance and can be bought here

Symptomatic of the times are Little Comets, the indie quartet from Newcastle Upon Tyne, who inject funk-based fretwork fused with modern issues into the core of their tracks. The band will be bringing their catalogue of hits to Brighton's Concorde 2 on Sunday 21st and it's set to be a sell out; bag yourself a ticket whilst you still can. 

Tickets are £13.20 in advance and can be bought here.

The Joker in Brighton experiences a triple threat in the form of Sahara, Cavaliers and Howland as part of a special show by CloseUp Promotions. All three groups on the bill are Brighton-based and ready to thrill with impressive riffs and huge choruses. As some of the sweetest bands of the South Coast at the moment, you'd be foolish to miss these promising acts in an intimate setting before they really make it big, as we predict will happen soon enough. 

Tickets are £5 and can be bought on the door.

Words Lauren Wade

To give you a taster of what to expect from some of these eagerly-anticipated gigs, have a listen to Pretty Vicious' 'National Plastics'.

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