June gave us torrential downpours, blistering heat and just about every type of weather in between, but as well as that we had some amazing festivals and some even better live shows. Here’s some of our favourites from the month gone by.
O2 Academy Bristol | Saturday 1 June
Making a stunning return to the UK in June was reggae legend, Damian Marley. The energy within the room was bubbling over before he even took to the stage and as soon as he made his entrance, the love and respect for his music was felt from every person. Playing an extensive set of tracks from latest album, Stony Hill, as well as older hits and nods to his father, it was a wonderful coming together of reggae music and friendship, as his band, backing vocalists and personal flag bearer all put on a mesmerising show.
Credit: Martin Thompson
O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester | 11 + 12 June
Following the release of their landmark album, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1, Foals took to O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester for two blistering sold out performances. Further proving their status as soon-to-be festival headliners, they made their way through an epic setlist of new favourites and anthems from across their 10+ years together. With their new, two-part album, they’ve created their most ambitious project to date and their live shows follow a similar fashion. Never ones for the ordinary, everything about their performance was bold and electrifying and the reactions from the crowd were all the evidence you needed to prove that this is a band at the very top of their game right now.
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O2 Academy Leeds | Tuesday 11 June
Before they took to the expansive Heaton Park for a huge hometown show, the Courteeners made things a little more intimate and played a special warm-up date at O2 Academy Leeds, which unsurprisingly, sold out in minutes. Adored for their straight-up indie bangers and effortless swagger, we knew this was going to be a wild one and we weren’t wrong. From the moment they stepped foot on stage there were people bouncing along to every beat, beer flying everywhere but nobody cared a bit. This was a gig full of mates living their lives to the fullest, chanting back every word and showing their appreciation for one of Manchester’s finest.
O2 Academy Brixton | Monday 17 June
Fresh from the standout set at Download Festival, Die Antwoord stopped by O2 Academy Brixton for a one-off, sold out headline date before heading home. Chaotic from start to finish, this was a Die Antwoord show and then some. Playing many of their viral hits, including ‘Banana Brain’ and ‘Enter The Ninja’, they also treated the crowd to some of their new material, bringing out G-Boy to perform recent release, ‘DntTakeMe4aPoes’, sending the fans rocketing into a whirlwind of excitement. Also joining the band was their long-term friend and collaborator, DJ Hi Tek, who played some classics along the way and added to the brilliantly bizarre energy of it all. Unable to take our eyes off the stage for a single moment, the entire performance was a spectacle, with Ninja crowdsurfing multiple times and everyone having the most bonkers night of their lives.
O2 Academy Liverpool | Friday 21 June
Grammy-nominated Swedish DJ and producer, Alesso, brought the sunny Ibiza vibes to O2 Academy Liverpool this month, putting on a mind-blowing show of the biggest dance anthems. Transforming the venue and providing the ultimate clubbing atmosphere, his set was accompanied by intense lasers and confetti canons exploding throughout, amping up the energy with each burst. Taking tracks from his 2015 debut and his more recent mixtapes, it was a full-throttle showcase of how far the DJ has come in recent years and is a night that fans won’t forget in a long time.
TAKING BACK SUNDAY
O2 Institute Birmingham | Thursday 13 June
Emo heartthrobs, Taking Back Sunday, made their return for a very special set of shows in June. Honouring their 20th anniversary as a band, they took to O2 Institute Birmingham to perform their debut album, Tell All Your Friends, in full. Featuring era-defining tracks such as, Cute Without the 'E' (Cut from the Team)’ and ‘You’re So Last Summer’, the show was the perfect nostalgia trip for all the misunderstood teens of the noughties. Throwing in pretty much every hit from their career as an added bonus, there wasn’t a song unsung from the crowd, who lapped up every single moment of the band’s performance, knowing that they’d never quite experience anything like this again.
O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester | Wednesday 26 June
Continuing the old-school skater nostalgia were Sum 41, who took over O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester before heading to Download Festival. Giving fans a taste of new album, Order In Decline, ahead of its release, it was evident that the fire is still well and truly burning inside them as they thundered through their latest punk anthems. Of course, though, it was the classics that received the loudest cheers, with ‘Fat Lip’, ‘In Too Deep’ and ‘Still Waiting’ causing mayhem down on the floor.
O2 Academy Brixton | Saturday 29 June
On the last and hottest weekend of the month, Weezer rolled into town for a one-off UK date at O2 Academy Brixton. With temperatures reaching 30 degrees outside, we knew it was going to be a sweaty one but GOOD GOD everyone was dripping. The temperature only raised more once the band hit the stage as they started dropping *fire* tracks such as ‘My Name Is Jonas’ and ‘Hashpipe’. Well-known for their covers, having surprise-released an entire album’s worth earlier this year, it was much to our delight that they chose to perform a good handful of them, including TLC's ‘No Scrubs’, A-HA's ‘Take On Me’ and Toto's historic, ‘Africa’.
The giant glowing W behind them was all the showbiz staging they needed, and when they returned for the encore with a barbershop-style version of ‘Buddy Holly’, we all knew we’d done the right thing by embracing the heat and watching one of the most iconic indie-rock bands in history.
O2 Academy Islington | Thursday 20 June
P Money is one of the most exciting grime MCs around right now and his headline show at O2 Academy Islington was a seriously hyped about event, with good reason as well. As soon as he was on the stage the crowd was alight with phones trying to capture every moment, voices loud as they rapped along with P Money, who then stunned everyone by bringing out Dizzee Rascal for ‘Stop Dat’ and ‘I Luv U’. The special guests didn’t stop there though, with Giggs, JME, Jammer and more all showing their faces on the night. There was merch being thrown out for the fans, the were some of the biggest drops London has ever seen and there was a whole new level of respect left for P Money by the end of the night.
Glastonbury was the talk of the town in June and what a weekend it was! If you’ve got the post-festival blues, why not grab tickets to one of the many acts who played that are on tour soon? Or, stick on this playlist and re-live your favourite moments from the festival.
Two Door Cinema Club - 'Talk'
Sigrid - 'Don't Feel Like Crying'
Mac DeMarco - 'Nobody'
Gerry Cinnamon - 'Sometimes'
Lewis Capaldi - 'Someone You Loved'
slowthai - 'Nothing Great About Britain'
Easy Life - 'Sunday'
Fontaines D.C. - 'Sha Sha Sha'
Freya Ridings - 'You Mean The World To Me'
Babymetal - 'Starlight'
Idles - 'Great'
Pale Waves - 'One More Time'
Hot Chip - 'Melody Of Love'
Tom Walker - 'Just You & I'
Kate Tempest - 'Europe Is Lost'
SG Lewis - 'Dawn'
Camelphat - 'Panic Room ft. Au/ra'
Jade Bird - 'I Get No Joy'
Midland - 'Mr Lonely Line Dance'
Dermot Kennedy - 'Lost'
Elvana - 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'
Maverick Sabre - 'Slow Down ft. Jorja Smith'
Keane - 'The Way I Feel'
Aurora - 'The River'
Gojira - 'Stranded'
Billy Bragg - 'Between The Wars'
This Is The Kit - 'Hotter Colder'
FKJ - 'Vibin' Out With ((( O )))'
Ibibio Sound Machine - 'Wanna Come Down'
Hussain Manawer - 'Gone Too Soon'
Jamie Lenman - 'Hardbeat'
Nilufer Yanya - 'Paradise'
Fat White Family - 'When I Leave'
Headie One - 'All Day'
The Dead South - 'Diamond Ring'
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