Performances in London 2022: the 25 most popular tickets to book


ondon’s live music scene is starting to look a lot more like its usual brilliant self. While we’re not quite out of the woods just yet, the coming months are packed with blockbuster performances, many of which have already sold out – including Adele, Olivia Rodrigo, Elton John and Michael Kiwanuka.

But don’t worry – there are still plenty of tickets left for some smashing performances. And if a show is fully booked but has a waiting list, put your name down: A little silver lining to all self-isolation is that ticketholders are more likely to drop out at the last minute than ever, meaning there’s always a chance you’ll get it off their hands. can take. They get their money back, you get to see your favorite artist and the audience loses nothing. sorted.

Here are 25 of the hottest shows in the capital.

The smile

We’ve been waiting to hear more from The Smile – a supergroup made up of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood featuring Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner – since they debuted as surprise guests on the Glastonbury livestream last summer. The trio plays three shows in 24 hours here.


The last time Dave led solo shows in London in 2019 was at Brixton Academy. No small feat, but it’s nothing compared to the two arena dates the Streatham rapper has booked here, performing in front of 40,000 people both nights.

Laura Mvula

Keeley Forsyth

Scarcely powerful and deeply personal, Keeley Forsyth’s music is a feast for the eyes, especially in the live setting. During this performance, the Oldham-born artist will dig up her hauntingly brilliant 2019 album Debris and explore her upcoming release Limbs, out on February 25.


Named a Rising Star at the BRIT Awards last year, there’s been a lot of buzz around this 21-year-old — anyone who’s heard her heartbreak single Black Hole and then had the chorus permanently stuck in their head for weeks will understand why people are so excited.

slow thai

Like much of his music, Slowthai’s live shows are always spicy affairs; don’t be surprised if you get swept up in a mosh when the rougher tunes are broadcast. But on the latest album TYRON, the Northampton artist also showed his softer side, making these Brixton performances a fascinating prospect.

japanese breakfast

Be Sweet, the lead single from Japanese Breakfast’s new album Jubilee, has an honest claim to be one of the best pop songs of 2021; a sweet, addictive snack of a number. The whole LP actually turned out to be a winner and will be celebrated here in North London.

Construction law

The four-part Yard Act from Leeds sold out so quickly at Shoreditch’s Village Underground in February that they were booked for just a few months at its larger sister venue EarthH. Off-center instrumentals and darkly comedic, sharp social commentary are on the menu here.

Kojey Radical

Kojey Radical feels like he’s way too late for his chance. The Hoxton rapper dropped his first project in 2014 and has since proven himself to be a potent artistic force, but we’re still waiting for his debut album – it’s due out in March, coupled with this biggest headline performance ever.

wet leg

A fixture on virtually every “ones to watch for 2022” list, the Isle of Wight duo Wet Leg is truly the next big thing in the indie rock world. A burst of smart, punchy, sardonic singles have all been dazzlingly received, and this show at the recently reopened Koko is (unsurprisingly) sold out. Put yourself on the waiting list and keep those fingers crossed.

Dua Lipa

Even the most foreboding of Covid fortune tellers probably wouldn’t have imagined that we would have to take this long for a big old arena party to celebrate Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia. Released all the way back in March 2020, the upbeat album is finally getting the gigs it deserves with two nights at the O2.


It’s been 10 years since Metronomy released The English Riviera, which earned them a Mercury Prize nomination and fully established them as a force on the British music scene. In the decade since, they’ve pushed their sound in all different directions and will be tying it together in this massive Ally Pally performance.

Charlie XCX

Finally free of the five-album deal she signed with Atlantic as a 16-year-old, Charli XCX seems poised to move forward with the experimental hyperpop style she’s helped popularize so successfully in recent years – we’ll be hearing the fruits of that. all that here.

Years & Years

After breaking all our hearts with his role as Ritchie in the deeply moving TV series It’s A Sin in 2021, this year Olly Alexander will turn his attention back to being an arena-sized pop star. He is bringing his hit Years & Years project to Wembley to mark the release of a new album, Night Call.


Kiwi megastar Lorde will be playing four shows in London – three at the Roundhouse, followed by one at Ally Pally a few weeks later – and it’s no surprise they’re all sold out. However, all four performances have waiting lists, so if you’re desperate to see her live, add your name to the queue.


There aren’t many artists these days who can book 10 nights at the O2 (Prince still holds the record with 21), but Queen is one of them. The legendary rockers, fronted by Adam Lambert, are coming to London as part of a worldwide tour that began in 2019.

Billie Eilish

Speaking of musicians who have the power to sell out a string of shows in London’s biggest arena: check out Billie Eilish. The last time the 20-year-old made a solo performance in the capital, in 2019, was at Kingston nightclub Pryzm. Now that the pop world has been conquered, she returns for six O2 appearances.

The Meltdown of Grace Jones

The Grace Jones curated edition of Meltdown – the long-running Southbank Center concert series – was first scheduled for 2020, then 2021 and now 2022. Jones’ own performance has already sold out, but the others still have tickets left: Solange in particular, alongside Peaches, Meshell Ndegeocello and Oumou Sangare.

John Grant

John Grant, an artist whose sound changes and takes on new forms with each project, continued his journey with the early 2021 release of his fifth solo album, Boy From Michigan, back catalog, in Shepherd’s Bush.

Diana Ross

The tragedies of not having a ticket to Glastonbury are many, and not being able to see Diana Ross in the Sunday Legend’s closing on the Pyramid Stage is certainly one of them. You can beat the FOMO a bit by getting a ticket for when the famous singer comes to London instead for these two nights.

Ed Sheeran

After breaking records with his latest world tour (260 shows raking in over half a billion pounds), Ed Sheeran has said this upcoming series of stadium appearances may well be his last for a while. If that turns out to be true, he’ll go out with a bang: five nights at Wembley Stadium as part of a European victory round.

Saint Vincent

Annie Clark, AKA St. Vincent, has always been someone to look forward to with her innovative approach to guitar music, but on her latest album Daddy’s Home she took inspiration from the past: particularly the deep-grooved guitar records of the 1970s where she made with. like a child. Expect a rock show with a twist in Hammersmith.

snail mail

Moved to February thanks to the vocal cord surgery Lindsey Jordan underwent late last year, this North London gig should see the indie rock favorite back in good spirits with her solo project Snail Mail, which has her heart-on-sleeve anthems popping out.

Sam Fender

North Shields guitarist Sam Fender is now – to use a technical term – absolutely damn massive. He already has sold-out performances at Wembley Arena in April, and he will follow it up with this 40,000 capacity outdoor show, backed by a stellar cast of Fontaines DC, Declan McKenna, Beabadoobee, Goat Girl and more.


LA sisters Haim are another group that has been patiently waiting for their chance to play some major London concerts amid the pandemic, having twice canceled and rescheduled their plans. Undeterred, the band promised fans last year that they’ll “go even harder once we get to play for you.” Sounds like a plan.


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