It’s no secret that London has an absolutely incredible music scene, with many of the world’s most loved and celebrated artists first finding their feet and fame here. So it’s no surprise that there is always great gigs to go to throughout the year, even during the build-up to Christmas.
To help get you inspired and excited for your festive trip to the capital, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite must-see shows from the best global artists happening right here in December. Make sure you book before they sell out!
Speaking of selling out, make sure you check out our London hotel deals beforehand so you don’t miss out on great savings. The Devonshire London Paddington is a great choice for your stay if you plan on checking out some live music as it’s the best accommodation near Paddington, which is really well connected. You’ll be super close to a major train station, so jetting to and from the gig will be plain sailing.
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls – Alexandra Palace – 3rd
Frank Turner has an amazingly unique way of merging the genres of folk, punk and rock with his poignant lyrics to form soft yet anthemic music. Frequently defined as a social observer, the Bahrain born, Meonstoke raised songwriter brought out his first album ‘Sleep Is for the Week’ back in 2007, and it was received well by critics. He performed with The Offspring and The Gaslight Anthem on tours which built his reputation further. Now he’s back doing what he does best – performing live – in a series of gigs across the country with the band The Sleeping Souls. It promises to be an enthralling, enchanting evening.
Sigrid – Eventim Apollo – 4th
Firm festival favourite Sigrid Solbakk Raabe is a Norwegian singer and songwriter that tore up the stages at the likes of Glastonbury this year. Back in 2017, Sigrid delivered her debut EP Don’t Kill My Vibe, which later won the BBC Music Sound of 2018. On the 8th of March 2019, she released her debut album, Sucker Punch, which went to number one on Norwegian charts and number four on the UK Albums Chart. So it’s no wonder her tickets are selling thick and fast, so book early to avoid disappointment. She oozes cool, just like our modern hotels in London.
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Snow Patrol – Royal Albert Hall – 5th
Snow Patrol is a big favourite particularly with mums and dads in the UK, so if you’re looking to treat them to a great stay with us, it’s well worth booking tickets to this show, to round-off the trip with style. Their backstory is a good one – forming as Shrug while their singer and guitarist Gary Lightbody, bassist Mark Mclelland and drummer Michael Morrison were all studying at the University of Dundee, Snow Patrol started life as just a regular student indie rock band. They performed gigs in pubs and clubs to really small crowds and released EP’s that very few people purchased, and it took them three years to confirm to their first label. Their debut album “Songs For Polarbears” was issued in 1998 and after all that effort, the album bombed, though the critical notices it received were almost entirely positive. But, against the odds, they made it and have become one of the most celebrated bands in the UK, with a huge live following.
We Are Scientists – Roundhouse – 7th
Geek chic indie rockers We Are Scientists members Keith Murray and Chris Cain first met in 1997 at Pomona College, with the band’s guitarist and vocalist Scott Lamb. Their style is influenced by live musicians such as The Rapture and David Bowie. The sounds and musicians that influence the recorded material of the band include diverse acts such as Brian Eno, Velvet Underground, My Bloody Valentine and Fleetwood Mac. Now they’re heading back to the UK for a series of shows to celebrate a new release, though they’re sure to play old favourites, too.
Robbie Williams – The SSE Arena – 16th
Another favourite amongst British mums! Robbie Williams is all set to deliver a new album, The Christmas Present, which will be his first-ever Christmas album, sometime this November. He’s even announced details of The Robbie Williams Christmas Party, which will mark the pop star’s headline at London’s famous SSE Arena, Wembley on 16 December. This summer, Robbie performed as one of the headliners at the Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2019 festival, which drew massive crowds from all over. Though we all know that he first became a star as part of the wildly successful boy band Take That. During their early takeover between 1990-96, Take That brought out three studio albums and secured a whopping eight UK chart-topping singles. After much consideration, the band got back together in 2005 without Robbie, much to the dismay of the group’s most loyal fans. In July 2010, however, he announced he was returning to the line-up, and he joined them on both the Progress album and tour. After the band took a break between 2011-13, Robbie announced he was once again leaving the band.
The Libertines – o2 Academy Brixton – 18th and 19th
The Libertines exploded onto the UK music scene way back in 2002 with their first album titled Up the Bracket, which featured chart-toppers such as What a Waster and I Get Along. They also received a host of ‘new band’ awards at numerous ceremonies. However, the group parted ways at the end of 2004, just months after the release of their next album. And though some members of The Libertines got back together to perform in 2010, the whole group reformed in 2014 and sold-out shows at both London’s Hyde Park and Alexandra Palace. This resulted in them working on a new album, Anthems for Doomed Youth, which was released to huge critical acclaim in 2015. Now they’re working on another new album, and are touring to celebrate in December. So don your trilby and head to Brixton for a night of indie and beer-fuelled fun.