The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips output seems almost as varied as it can be freaky: boasting Beatles covers, unlikely hook-ups with Miley Cyrus and, in my opinion, one of the greatest songs ever written (‘Do You Realise?’). But what doesn’t really waiver is the Oklahoma group’s dedication to making their live shows as far-out and entertaining as possible. Here’s a checklist of things you can expect to see at a The Flaming Lips show:

  1. Wayne Coyne zorbing over the top of the crowd.
  2. Wayne Coyne talking about mysticism/the universe/odd things you can’t really understand.
  3. People getting on stage to dance (sometimes in costume).
  4. Confetti cannons fire. 
  5. Lasers.

If that sounds amazing, well, it is. Go, dance and be merry.

Listen to: Do You Realise?, Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell.

Melkweg, 11 November, Tickets

Gruff Rhys

Another entertainer who isn’t always content to stand on a stage and play some songs, in recent years former Super Furry Animals has spent time on stage exploring a historic quest to find Welsh-speaking Native Americans and performing songs about his love for the EU. For his latest album, ‘Babelsberg’, he recruited the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to add an extra layer of texture and warmth to his already cosy compositions. Though it’s unlikely he’ll fit the whole of the ensemble into Paradiso, a night spent in the company of one of pop’s loveliest eccentrics will never let you down.

Listen to: Frontier Man, American Interior

Paradiso, 28 November, Tickets

Julia Holter

Holter’s 2015 album ‘Have You in my Wilderness’ might just have been one of my favourites of the year, a sparkling fusion of eerie avant-garde sounds and singing mixed with crystalline melodies that soared to peaks most artists could only dream of scaling. Though she seems to be mining denser, darker ideas on latest album ‘Aviary’, it’s no less capable of serving up songs that plunge you headfirst into pools of lush instrumentation and ideas.

Listen to: Feel You, I Shall Love 2

Paradiso Noord, 26 November, Tickets

White Denim & BC Camplight

It’s not usually my style to tell people to go to a gig just to see a support act, but that’s exactly what I am doing here. White Denim have a worthy reputation as a stellar live band, but it’s the billing of BC Camplight which is going to take me to this gig. Why? Because BC is brilliant, basically, crafting admittedly-sometimes-quite-weird songs from music’s best bits – think Wilson’s harmonies and classic rock ‘n’ roll swagger. Two great acts for the price of one! You’re welcome.

Listen to: You Should’ve Gone to School, Grim Cinema

Paradiso Noord, 10 November, Tickets


Seems like November might be the month for the outsiders, eccentrics and innovators. Certainly, Tunng are that, spending the last decade or so making folktronica records that lead listeners across pleasant pastoral landscapes made only more interesting by the dark diversions you have to negotiate along the way. Live this translates into hypnotic harmonies, fidgety samples and an improvisational atmosphere that sees the band toy with acoustic guitars, banjos, and their assorted electronica. Did I mention that they’re also joined on stage by a tweeting stuffed bird?

Listen to: Hustle, Abop

Bitterzoet, 2 November, Tickets

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