All the biggest venues in London and Uk: Guns’n’Roses, Lana Del Rey, Jeff Lynne, Eminem, PJ Harvey and other. All the links and Info
Guns and other venues. we publish an extract from The Guardian. com
Guns N’ Roses
The reformed Slash/Axl Rose/Duff McKagan lineup – once mired in such acrimony that the thought of them sharing a stage was the stuff of hell-freezes-over impossibility – fetch up in London. The reunion tour arrives trailing rave reviews and ecstatic testimony from Guns N’ Roses diehards, a subsection of rock fandom who have put up with a great deal over the past 15 years. One US writer even reported that the unthinkable had happened and that the notoriously tardy Rose had actually come on stage early.
• 16-17 June, London Stadium.
Awful Records Club Night
MIA’s curation of this year’s Meltdown festival has proved controversial in some quarters, less for her decision to host a speech from Julian Assange – the WikiLeaks founder will appear via live link – than for the apparently wilful obscurity of many of her choices. There’s surely something splendidly incongruous about the venerable Royal Festival Hall hosting a three-hour rave curated by alternative Atlanta hip-hop label Awful. Label founder Father and KeithCharles headline, Night Slugs’ Bok Bok is among the UK contributors.
• 16 June, Royal Festival Hall, London. Box office: 020-3879 9555.
Jeff Lynne’s ELO
• 24 June, Wembley Stadium, London. Box office: 0800 783 1440.
A keenly curated three-day festival held in the middle of some Hertfordshire woods, with the emphasis very clearly on dance music: big names including Todd Terje, Booka Shade and Floating Points line up alongside veterans including General Levy and Terry Farley. There’s also hip-hop yoga, guided meditation, and – if that seems too spiritual – the prospect of something called Hot Tub Wonderlandia.
• 13-15 July, Bygrave Woods, Hertfordshire.
Lana Del Rey: Lust for Life
And so Lana Del Rey’s fifth studio album hoves into view, apparently offering a musical departure from its predecessor, 2015’s Honeymoon, “while maintaining the same aesthetic”, and featuring collaborations with the Weeknd, Stevie Nicks and Sean Lennon and bearing the influence of 60s girl groups such as the Shangri-Las. Her recent track, the mind-blowingly titled Coachella – Woodstock in My Mind, in which she considers the state of the world while watching the “children” in the audience at the California festival, may indicate a new, socially conscious direction.
• 21 July, Polydor/Interscope.