We are slowly making our way towards the glorious festival season and whilst typically there are fewer indoor gigs due to the vast number of outdoor festival slots for artists, there is still a plethora of artists that are performing around the UK. Some of these artists are on tour to promote new material, whilst others are using these gigs to warm up ahead of the summer but no matter what the reason is, we believe you should go and check out some of the artists on this list.
1. The Japanese House
Who?: Rising star Amber Bain aka The Japanese House is one of the most hotly tipped artists in the world, having gained huge support from The 1975 since 2015. Her blend of dark indie pop is rich with synths and effects and with more music coming soon, see her now before she smashes the music world.
When?: 12th-17th May
Where?: Manchester, Leicester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Nottingham & London
How Much?: £10-£12.50
2. Luke Sital-Singh
Who?: Vulnerable and honest vocals from one of the UK’s best singer-songwriters. With a new album coming out this week, expect more startlingly beautiful ballads to leave you weeping.
Where?: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Otley, Sheffield, Leeds, Bristol, Nottingham, Manchester, London, Brighton & Exeter
How Much?: £10-£14
Who?: One of Britain’s most loved electronic indie bands, expect style, 80’s synth pop and a whole lot of groove from the Devon four piece plus the chance to hear new material for the first time.
When?: 16th-19th May
Where?: Glasgow, Manchester & London
How Much?: £19.50-£25.35
4. Royal Blood
Who?: World conquering riff-heavy rock duo who look set to rise even more with their upcoming second album. Expect mosh pits, riffs and lots of noise.
When?: 17th-20th May
Where?: Cambridge, Newcastle, Southampton & Leicester
How Much?: £25
5. Ariana Grande
Who?: Former child TV star and now pop princess, Grande brings her highly praised Dangerous Woman Tour to the UK, which will provide hits aplenty alongside a fully choreographed spectacle.
When?: 18th-26th May
Where?: Birmingham, Manchester & London
How Much?: £35-£55
6. The Districts
Who?: Pennsylvania indie rock band who blend Kings of Leon with The Lumineers. 4th and Roebling will be sensational live and with a new album being released soon, their tour is one not to be missed.
When?: 20th-23rd May
Where?: Birmingham & London
How Much?: £13.50-£16
Who?: Icelandic singer-songwriter with one of music’s most iconic voices. His atmospheric tracks are propelled by staggeringly vocals and recent album release Afterglow is standing out as one of the most honest and beautiful records of 2017 so far.
When?: 21st-23rd May
Where?: Manchester, Bristol & London
How Much?: £15-£16
Who?: Raucous upcoming Dublin band who mix punk attitudes with impressive, swaggering guitar rock. Their live shows are known for their spirit and energy so you’re sure to have a great time.
When?: 22nd-25th May
Where?: Nottingham, Guildford, Leicester & Oxford
How Much?: £5-£6
9. Nothing But Thieves
Who?: Essex five piece rock band whose sound builds to stratospheric proportions. In Conor Mason, the band have one of the UK’s best vocalists and with a new album on the way, this is the best time to be treated to the upcoming spectacle of their second record.
When?: 23rd-30th May
Where?: Cardiff, London, Norwich, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Carlisle & York
How Much?: £11.50-£15
10. The Kills
Who?: The Alison Mosshart fronted duo provide heavy, swaggering indie rock which has gained them global praise from the likes of Foo Fighters and Muse.
When?: 30th May
How Much?: £25.50
11. Mac DeMarco
Who?: Iconic indie slacker who recently released his third album This Old Dog, DeMarco’s most impressive collection of music to date.
When?: 30th-31st May
How Much?: Sold out, but tickets are available on secondary ticket websites
12. Zara Larsson
Who?: Rising Swedish pop star who blends the best of pop, R&B and dance and has had huge hits like So Good and Never Forget You. Whilst appearing on many festival bills, this is a rare chance to see the singer performing a standalone gig.
When?: 7th June
How Much?: £20
13. The Avalanches
Who?: Cult electronic band who returned to music last year after over 15 years away. The Australian duo are known for their genre spanning sound that remains as timeless as ever.
When?: 15th-23rd June
Where?: Belfast, Bristol, London & Manchester
How Much?: £18.50-£24
Who?: Hayley Williams fronted emo-pop band who have reformed this year for a new record. Expect to hear their new, poppier direction alongside old favourites Misery Business, Ignorance and The Only Exception.
When?: 16th-22nd June
Where?: Belfast, Manchester, London, Bristol & Edinburgh
How Much?: £27.50-£49.50
15. The Maccabees
Who?: One of Britain’s finest rock bands over the last ten years, the London five piece’s iconic sound will be heard for the last time this year, following the announcement that they are splitting up. Expect all of the hits, and with a mini residency at London’s Alexandra Palace, the band will be bowing out in style.
When?: 22nd June – 1st July
Where?: Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester & London
How Much?: £28.50-£35
Who?: US indie rock band who returned this year with an infectious, addictive new album, certain to be a live spectacle.
When?: 27th-30th June
Where?: Manchester, Glasgow & London
How Much?: £22.50-£26
17. The Wombats
Who?: Legendary Liverpudlian indie rock band whose endless hits are known by millions. Their live shows are always an energetic affair and with the band celebrating the tenth anniversary of debut album A Tale of Love, Loss & Desperation, get ready to hear one of the most important debut releases in British music from the last fifteen years.
When?: 27th-30th June
Where?: Glasgow, Liverpool & London
How Much?: £27.50-£28.75
Who?: Highly energetic, politically charged band of misfits whose Rock and Roll antics have led to them becoming one of themes exciting upcoming bands in the UK.
When?: 27th June – 1st July
Where?: Birmingham, London & Manchester
How Much?: £12-£12.50
19. Linkin Park
Who?: Stadium rock giants, one of the original founders of Nu-Metal return to the UK after a long period away. Their iconic sound spans genres and their live shows rival the very best artists. This year signals a change in direction for the band so expect to see tracks from the upcoming album plus classics like Numb and In The End.
When?: 3rd-7th July
Where?: London, Birmingham & Manchester
How Much?: £52.50-£62.50
Who?: Californian alternative folk singer-songwriter whose track 1234 was a worldwide hit. Her London shows will be a perfect opportunity to see many tracks from the wonderful, raw new album Pleasure whilst including tracks that span across the artists career.
When?: 27th-28th July
How Much?: £22.50-£49.50