By Ele Walton, Music Editor
I recently had the saddening experience of discovering simultaneously that The Killers were playing a gig in London this September and that all the tickets were sold out. Consequently, my first column in The Founder seemed like a good place to draw eyes away from the stunning sights of Egham and Englefield Green, and back toward London which, as always, has some cracking gigs lined up for the next few months. It is a well-worn joke that Royal Holloway is “Just 40 minutes from central London by train” at this point, but all jokes aside London is too close to excuse missing your favourite acts in some fantastic venues. There are hundreds of fantastic small venues across the capital that are great to explore, but for now we’re going to indulge in some of the more iconic options.
So, let us start with Ally Pally. If you’re lucky you snapped up tickets to see Lorde there on the 27th of September. If not, never fear, Royal Blood, Wolf Alice, and Enter Shikari are all playing in in the later end of November. Alexandra Palace is enormous space with a great atmosphere, loads of food options and a fantastic view of London, all easily within your reach courtesy of Wood Green Tube Station.
Then there are at least 5 different O2 venues in London and none of them are hard to reach by tube. The O2 Academy in Brixton hosts the likes of Dizzee Rascal, MØ (Of Lean On – Major Lazer and DJ Snake fame) and London Grammar this October, followed by Fleet Foxes and Rag’n’Bone Man in November. There is something for everyone.
If you’re looking for something a little more folk influenced then look no further than South African-English singer songwriter Johnny Flynn playing at the Roundhouse in October. If you were drawn to Holloway by Founders, a grade I listed building, you’ll be pleased to find that the roundhouse also boasts a status as a listed building and what’s better than enjoying beautiful music in a beautiful place? If you want a blend of rock and folk then Icelandic band Kaleo will also be playing in November.
Of course, these are but a handful of venues and an even smaller handful of artists performing at them in the next few months. Take it from someone who’s been here for 4 years now; there are so many incredible nights out waiting for you, you just have to put in the leg work, and the 40-minute train journey…but it will be so much more memorable than a night at the SU.
Featured image: Disclosure at Ally Pally