Whether you’re feeling a bit homesick, have a soft spot for music with an antipodean slant, or are just clued in to the fact that some of the best music in the world today comes from those sun-kissed lands far far away, there’s really nothing quite like catching your favourite Aussie and Kiwi bands live in London. Every month we’ll bring you the acts that are lined up to tour the UK and pay the capital a visit along the way. If we’ve missed any, please let us know in the comments or shoot us an email. We’ll always keep this page as up-to-date as possible, and any additions will pop up on our Facebook page and Twitter feed as well (make sure you like/follow us to get the latest).
Sat 2nd November (O2 Academy Brixton) Tickets
As far as Halloween shows go, it doesn’t get any bigger or better than this. “Haunted House” takes over the iconic O2 Academy Brixton, featuring a slew of acts at the forefront of the burgeoning electronic music movement . Taking centre stage are ex-Pendulum mates Knife Party, supported by Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, Monsta, Let’s Be Friends and Baratone.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Thu 7th November (Electric Ballroom, Camden) Tickets
The part- New Zealand part- American rockers (who are taking the indie world by storm right now) take to the stage with a headline show as part of Illuminations, the week-long series of uniquely curated music & arts events happening around London town this November.
Fri 8th November (Electric Social, Brixton) Tickets
“We’re only a two piece but we make a lot of noise…” Aussie lads Mathew Gill and John Courtidis have had a stellar year, taking the dance music scene by storm and even headlining Club NME at KOKO here in London earlier this summer. First coming to the forefront with their hypnotic dance number ‘Can’t Get Better Than This’ and its dazzling music video, they make their English return (and final UK appearance of the year) at the inaugural GET BAKED at Brixton’s Electric Social, the beginning of a new era of electronic music events in this fine city. With four phenomenal new acts on the bill and all at only £5, this is definitely one of our picks of the bunch!
Tue 12th November (Scala, Kings Cross) Tickets
The Jezabels knocked over more than 200 shows in 2012, cementing themselves as a regular highlight on the global touring circuit. And with their new album polished and due for release early next year, they’ll be taking a night out from supporting Depeche Mode on their national tour to play their own headline show in Kings Cross. If you miss them on the 12th then catch them when they return to London in support of Depeche on November 19th.
Fri 15th November (Coronet, Elephant & Castle) Tickets
Following his two recently sold out nights at London’s Heaven, where he premièred the Infinity Prism, Flume returns to the UK for a ‘all-nighter’ headline show at The Coronet, alongside some very special secret guests. This one’s going to be big!
Sat 16th November (Alexandra Palace) Tickets
The Aussie metal masters are poised for world domination with the release of their thrilling fourth album, Atlas, last year, and hit London as part of the Vans Warped Tour, taking over Alexandra Palace over the weekend of November 16th and 17th, alongside headliners Enter Shikari, Rise Against. And with Billy Talent, Sublime With Rome, Yellowcard and tons more also playing on the same night, all for a low £40, all you metalcore menaces would be mental not to make it there.
Mon 18th November (Village Underground, Shoreditch) Tickets
Melbourne-based Hiatus Kaiyote fuse neo-soul, hip hop and electronic beats along with elements of Latin, jazz and opera. Chosen as Best Breakthrough Act at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards in January, they’ll be in London as one of the highlights of this year’s London Jazz Festival, the capital’s biggest city-wide music festival, after making their live London debut to rave reviews earlier this year.
Thu 21st November (KOKO, Camden) Tickets
It’s been over 4 years since the release of the Perth prog rockers’ groundbreaking sophomore LP, Sound Awake, and with the release of Assymetry this April we saw a more honest, raw edge to their sound. Their live shows are renowned for giving their songs the chance to breathe, morph and thunder as they should in the live arena, and have gained them massive respect with fans all over the world. One not to be missed!
Tue 26th November (Oval Space) Tickets
With their funky fresh new album, Free Your Mind, dropping last week, the Aussie synthpop fiends will be playing a one-off London gig at Oval Space. Have a listen to the album’s beastin’ first single over at our awesome music blog mates Another Day.
MT (Many Things)
Thur 28th November (Oslo Hackney) Tickets
A brand new band playing at a brand new venue, both set for huge things! MT is the new project of Yves Klein Blue frontman Michael Tomlinson, and if their excellent new single ‘Alpha Romeo’ is anything to go by then we’ll be excitedly hearing a lot more from MT in the coming winter months. As a special offer on first tickets the band are selling tees for a fiver, with a free ticket to the show included in the deal as well. You can’t beat that!
The Naked and Famous
Sun 1st & 2nd December (O2 Shepherds Bush) Tickets
Fresh off the release of their new album, In Rolling Waves, the Kiwi five-piece bring their thumping rocked-up synth-pop to Shepherds Bush in back-to-back shows to close out their UK tour.
Sun 1st December (Islington Assembly Hall) Tickets
After a stunning sold out show at the Barbican earlier this year in April, Aussie singer songwriter Sarah Blasko is back in support of her current album, I Awake, for an intimate show at London’s Islington Assembly Hall.
Tuesday 10th December (Madame Jojo’s) Tickets
RüFüS have had a busy 18 months. Multiple sold out tours in Australia; remixes and originals for Kitsuné and Plant; playing sold out parties in NYC; high rotation singles, main stage festival appearances all over Europe and many hours locked in their home studio/dungeon writing their debut album, released this August to rapturous applause. They come to Madame Jojo’s brilliant weekly White Heat club night to showcase exactly why they’re one of the most talked about indie dance acts of the year.