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Can’t let 2016 end without seeing these!

Music fan and blogger Mike Rotts shares a few key dates to mark in your calendar before the end of the year, as some of music’s greatest (and Justin Bieber) hit the London scene. You can’t let 2016 end without seeing there!

London is widely known for its concert life. There are days when a concert lover has to choose between up to 20 live shows scheduled on the same evening. This means that Londoners just love a good show, but this also means that they are spoiled – they have sophisticated tastes and high demands. Let’s see what London has to offer before 2016 ends.

DAVID GILMOUR

David Gilmour joined Pink Floyd in 1968 as a replacement for Syd Barrett. The choice proved to be quite worthwhile, since he was the one responsible for the consequent Pink Floyd masterpieces for which they are mostly remembered today – such as The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), and The Wall (1979). He also put out amazing solo works, the latest being Rattle That Lock (2015).

He was welcomed in both the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and UK Music Hall of Fame and landed at #14 of the Rolling Stone’s ultimate list of world’s greatest guitarists of all time.

When: September 29th

Where: Royal Albert Hall, London

McFLY

McFly is an English pop rock group formed in 2003. Their debut album Room on the 3rd Floor brought them fame, debuting at #1 on the UK Album Chart and certifying double platinum. They treat their status with respect, continuing to put out albums regularly without ever disappointing their fandom, even though they did take brief breaks several times.

Up to date, they have released 5 albums, and during their current Anthology Tour, they are going to play their whole discography in its entirety! This means that you will undoubtedly hear your favourite songs, because no song will be left out.

When: September 28th

Where: O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

JUSTIN BIEBER

This Canadian all-mid-adolescent-girl favourite needs no introduction. In spite of his voice having changed due to puberty, in spite of the controversial incidents he caused in public, in spite of experimenting with his musical style, in spite of all the haters, Justin Bieber remains big as ever.

His latest album Purpose employed the help of Skrillex. It was released last year and debuted at #1, despite mixed reviews from the critics. He is currently touring in support of the album, and the UK leg of the tour takes place this October and November to the joy of all our Beliebers.

When: October 11th

Where: The O2, London

NICKELBACK

Nickelback is arguably the most famous Canadian rock band of our time. Formed in 1995, they rose to fame after the release of their breakthrough hit “How You Remind Me” in 2002. This song remains their signature track up until today, even though they have never stop putting out new stuff ever since, and it has always been commercially successful.

Admittedly, they draw inspiration from old school hard rock and metal – such as Led Zeppelin and Metallica, so when a fan is going to see them live, s/he knows exactly what s/he is going to get – a solid hard rock experience.

When: October 20th

Where: The O2, London

BRING ME THE HORIZON

These Sheffield-based metalheads were formed in 2004. Their musical style can be described as an eclectic fusion of deathcore, grindcore, and emo. They never let their fans get bored, as their sound evolves from album to album, even though it raises controversy among fans and critics at times.

Last year they released their most controversial album That’s the Spirit. It is notable for more mature sound and more lyrical approach to songwriting: They have clearly outgrown the aggressiveness of their previous works.

The album also their biggest commercial success up to date. One can call them sell-outs, but it is not easy while watching their fandom only growing in numbers.

When: October 31st

Where: The O2, London

ROD STEWART

Sir Roderick David Stewart was born in London, but he wandered around quite a bit before landing as a lead vocalist in Jeff Beck Group in 1968. Having spent 2 years with Jeff Beck, he left the band and joined Faces, simultaneously trying himself as a solo artist. The former undertaking proved to be a better idea, which was proved commercially leading to him leaving Faces and focusing on solo career.

Baby Jane”, “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?”, “Maggie May”, “Sailing”, “You Wear It Well”, – these are only a few of his big hits. His records sold over 100 million copies, and he was recognised by the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame TWICE! – as the Faces vocalist and as a solo artist.

When: November 22nd

Where: The O2, London

SIMPLY RED

Mick Hucknall – the founder and unchanged leader of Simply Red – founded this band in 1984. They have grown to be known as one of Britain’s most soulful acts, and even their unique style is often dubbed as “blue-eyed soul”.

Throughout the their long history, the band has experienced several periods of hiatus and even break-ups, but such songs as “Holding Back the Years”, “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”, “Fairground”, and many others remain in our playlists. For instance, their 1991 classic album Stars celebrates the 25th anniversary this year, and Simply Red is currently on their 25 Years of Stars Tour to commemorate this fact.

When: November 27th

Where: The O2, London

JESS GLYNNE

Jess Glynne is an English singer-songwriter who originally got recognised after recording vocals for the tracks by club artists – namely the Grammy-Award-winning “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit and “My Love by Route 94.

Consequently, she got signed to Atlantic Records and recorded her debut solo album I Cry When I Laugh, released in 2015. The album has spawned 2 chart-topping singles in the UK: “Hold My Hand” and “Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself”. Other singles also charted in the UK, the US, Australia, New Zealand, and across Europe.

This November she embarks on her third tour, titled Take Me Home Tour.

When: November 30th

Where: The O2, London

THE CURE

The Cure is an English goth rock band formed in 1976 in a town with the likely name Crawley in West Sussex. With Robert Smith as the unchanged leader and sole constant member, the band has managed to phenomenally gain a cult following both underground and in the mainstream.

In the late 70s, along with the likes of Joy Division, Siouxsie & The Banshees, and others, they basically created the canons of post-punk and goth music.

With the 1987 release of their album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, they have outgrown their colleagues from the goth scene and took the mainstream charts by storm never to let go.

When: December 1st

Where: SSE Arena, Wembley, London

The 1975

The 1975 were put together in Wilmslow, Cheshire in 2002 by school friends Matthew Healy (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Adam Hann (lead guitar), Ross MacDonald (bass), and George Daniel (drums), and the four have remained together ever since.

Even though they are older now, they are much like a high school band – they play basically whatever they like with style ranging from electropop to alternative rock.

Their both albums – 2013 self-titled debut and this year’s I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It – have topped the UK album chart and also charted internationally.

When: December 15th

Where: The O2, London

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