Whilst you’re eyes may be solely fixated on the stream of festival announcements coming their way at the minute, you can’t afford to miss out on the now thinking about the tomorrow, as there is still a multitude of incredible live music gigs happening across the country this year, and they need your support.
Below, you’ll find classic 90s hip-hop icons, coming to the Uk for the first time in years; a British heroine of the classical music genre, putting on the vocal performance of a lifetime; one of the coolest post-rock groups in the Biz, who may or may not be experts in cleaning clothes; and even an epic return from a group of cheesy pop icons who will be asking you to Stay Another Day.
So get scrolling through the latest edition of the Skiddle gig list, and secure your tickets in the boxes provided before it’s too late…
(Click or tap on the artist names for more information on each gig)
When: Thursday 23rd March 2023
For the first time in years, legendary American Hip-Hop group The Pharcyde will be travelling across the pond for a run of shows that will bring their classic singles like ‘Runnin’, ‘Passin Me By’, and ‘Drop’ to an adorning British crowd. Our pick of the lot is the Brighton date at The Arch, mainly due to how amazing the room is.
Known for infusing jazz, soul, and funk samples throughout their catalogue, the group, along with other hip-hop groups/artists such as De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and Souls Of Mischief, created a whole new lane within the hip-hop genre that crossed over to the mainstream and is seen widely across the genre today.
Tickets for The Pharcyde at The Arch
When: Thursday 18th May 2023
Everyone quick, go and grab yourself a long white coat with a fur hood, and get ready to stay another day, as East 17 are coming to the big apple for a cheesy pop extravaganza. Named after the postcode of their hometown Walthamstow, East 17 have eighteen top-20 singles and four top-10 albums to their name, and they were one of the UK’s most popular boy bands during the early to mid-1990s.
The group have achieved such cult classic status, that we really should have to sell you on it any more as everyone knows what to expect. Huge singalongs, classic throwbacks and unrivalled vibes. This event has an extra cherry on top, however. The Boisdale Of Canary Wharf has an award-winning kitchen, which you can pay extra on your ticket to get a delicious meal. What more could you ever want?
Tickets for East 17 at Boisdale Of Canary Wharf
When: Saturday 24th June 2023
Raucous and always ready to go, Bad boy Chiller Crew are one of Bradford’s finest new rap exports. Comprised of Kane, GK and Clive, the rap trio is influenced by the ‘bassline house’ clubbing heritage they grew up with in the North of England.
One of the most intriguing acts to emerge in UK rap, they’ve created something of their own new sound, with a harder bassline and quick lyrical fire. Embracing the term ‘charva’ as a way of life, together they channel the nuances and absurdities of northern street life into hugely addictive tunes. If it’s your scene, then there are few better touring acts on the circuit right now, and their live shows are always chaos of the best kind. Get those tickets asap.
Tickets for Bad Boy Chiller Crew at Rainton Arena
When: Saturday 4th March 2023
Formed in 1981, Big Country are a band steeped in a stunning catalogue of rousing hit songs such as ‘Fields of Fire’, ‘Chance’, ‘In A Big Country’, ‘East Of Eden’ and their biggest UK hit ‘Look Away’. Alongside the singles their albums have been just as big, the likes of ‘The Seer’, ‘Steeltown’, ‘Peace In Our Time’ all shot them to fame, but it was the triple Grammy–nominated, ‘The Crossing’ that made them what they are, and this March, you can experience the 40th anniversary of this album in their home country at the Reconnect Regal Theatre in Bathgate.
Their welcome blast of post-punk energy inspired huge crowds in their heyday, and this tour is seeking them all to come out of the woodwork together for one big celebration of times gone by, if you’re a fan, you just cant miss this.
Tickets for Big Country at Reconnect Regal Theatre
When: Thursday 25th May 2023
Since ironically exploding on TikTok, the incredible Vintage Explosion have been on a trajectory that can only be described as meteoric. this May, you can catch a chance to see the viral sensations live before they go global! The night will see you transported back in time for a night of authentic Rock n Roll, Swing and Rhythm and Blue, with some of the very best classics reimagined to their style
If you don’t believe us, then believe Sir Rod Stewart, who recently said: ‘I have just listened to the best white soul singer I’ve ever heard… The Vintage Explosion; I am dumbfounded at how good he is!’ If you needed convincing, you shouldn’t do now.
Tickets for The Vintage Explosion at 100 Club
When: Friday 26th May 2023
Welsh Superstar Mezzo Soprano Katherine Jenkins OBE officially became the world’s most successful Classical singer after she was crowned ‘The Biggest Selling Classical Artist of the Century’ by Classic FM, and now you have to chance to let your mesmeric voice permeate your eardrums, live in concert.
On Friday 26th May, she lands at Great Lines Heritage Park for the first time, and fans of both her and classic music alike are in for a major treat. This is unlike most gigs you will ever go to, and if you’re on the fence then take the plunge, it’ll be one of the best live vocal performances your ever likely to hear.
Tickets for Katherine Jenkins at Great Lines Heritage Park
When: Sunday 5th March 2023
Scouse indie darling, Louis Berry, is set to play at The Cavern, the iconic Liverpool venue where he played his first-ever gig and got signed starting his musical journey, for an electric performance that will act as a document for his amazing journey since his first performance here!
From his classics of old like ‘She Wants Me’ and ’25 reasons’ to newer work like ‘Caledonia’ and ‘It’s Gonna Take Take’ the strings of Louis Berry’s guitar will be alive with the sound of unabridged bangers, and we cant wait to see you down at the form with us.
Tickets for Louis Berry at The Cavern Club
When: Saturday 25th February 2023
Effortlessly cool and original, Dry Cleaning have been on a warpath in the post-rock scene since their debut album, New Long Leg, came out in 2021. Their knack for searingly observant lyricism, alongside dissonantly captivating instrumentation, has gained them a hardcore set of cultish fans, and you only have to give them a listen to see why.
Consisting of longtime friends Lewis Maynard, Tom Dowse, Florence Shaw, and Nick Buxton, the band initially formed after a karaoke party in 2017. Now touring their second album, the stomping record ‘Stumpwork’, the band look to have no signs of slowing down, and we can’t wait to catch a glimpse.
Tickets for Dry Cleaning at the O2 Institute
When: Tuesday 14th March 2023
Corella are a refreshing indie quartet from Manchester, made up of Joel Smith (Vocals), Ben Henderson (Bass & Vocals), Jack Taylor (Guitar) and James Fawcett (Drums). Their signature catchy melodic hooks, propulsive multi-layered guitar riffs, and reminiscent lyrics, relay a coming-of-age story of their own.
Their brand of upbeat indie rock has caught the hearts and souls of fans worldwide and having just come off the back of a UK headline tour, this gig at The ferret looks like one not to miss, as they’ll be few opportunities to see them in venues this size again. So secure your tickets, and make sure to donate to #SaveTheFerret, it’s a Preston institution that we cant afford to lose.
Tickets for Corella at The Ferret
When: Saturday 15th April 2023
Kyle Falconer is a solo singer-songwriter and founding member of the Mercury Prize-nominated band The View. With the View currently out of action, Falconer is focusing on his successful solo career and will be playing in Room 2 Live in Glasgow in April. Falconer and his band will be playing a set combining his solo music and classics from The View’s back catalogue, for a night that will live long in the memory of all those in attendance.
Whether you’re a frequent wearer of the same jeans, or you prefer to look up your family tree, the tunes will be incredible, and Kyle on top form. Just get the tickets, no one wants gig-fomo!
Tickets for Kyle Falconer at Room 2
Check out our What’s On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.