First up is the Lets Get Lyrical Festival. A bit more cerebral than your average stale beer-scented alternative music show, and hopefully as far as possible from the Drew Barrymore/Hugh Grant carnival of horror you see illustrated on the right.
Their full lineup of events can be found here, although sadly the King Creosote/Ziggy Campbell one at the Caves to tomorrow is apparently sold out. And then I am away down South for the rest of the week. Arse.
On the plus side, though, I am away down South to do a wee interview with BBC Introducing on Wednesday and then hang out with some of my long-neglected London pals for the next few days, so it should be an extremely good week for me, I reckon.
Thursday 3rd February: Born to Be Wide Music Photographers Night at Electric Circus.
This is almost sold out, apparently, so if you want to go I would recommend getting your tickets in advance. Sitting through seminars may not seem like the best way to go about doing something which most people do as a creative outlet, but I promise you that these things can be extremely useful either the more you go to, or the more specific the
Friday 4th February: Esben & the Witch, Trophy Wife & Wintergreens at Sneaky Pete’s.
Presumably because of the name I think I dismissed Esben and the Witch as just another London (slightly)alternative folk band, but actually they are a bit more of a somewhat shoegazey guitar band. I’m not massively familiar with the album yet, but what I have heard sounds really quite promising. The Wintergreens are an Edinburgh band who are a little less loud, but who also make rather promising sounding atmospheric guitar songs – they’ve been around for a while actually, and I have still not managed to see them play live. Shame on me, I think it’s safe to say.
Friday 4th February: The Go Team at the Liquid Room.
This should be really quite fun. I’ve always been a passive fan of the Go Team for ages – never wildly excited, but nevertheless happy to enjoy their stuff as and when it has crossed my path. They have a new album out shortly too – in a week, I think – which I will review as and when I have had a chance to listen to it, which isn’t quite yet. Still, there’s a four hour train ride to London to deal with.