For those not partial to a bit of football, the next few weeks will prove to be a perfect opportunity to get out to a few gigs. Quiet bars, free run of public transport and plenty of live shows on offer to drown out any vuvuzelas. Here are our picks for the week ahead, and if that’s not exiting enough, we’re also giving away tickets to one of this week’s most anticipated shows. Read on for more…

Monday 18th: David Byrne (The Apollo)

Our hearts go out to those who bought tickets for this one before the World Cup fixtures were announced… The iconic David Byrne is in town with his “most ambitious show” since Stop Making Sense, supporting latest record ‘American Utopia’ The Apollo.

Tuesday 19th: Foo Fighters (The Etihad)

// Dave Grohl & Co. embark on another mammoth world stadium tour, though with only three dates in England, two of which are in That London. Those up North will have to settle for just the one night at the Etihad.

Wednesday 20th: Billy Idol (The Apollo), The Struts (Gorilla)

// Things get a bit glam on Wednesday, and we don’t mean that in a bad way. We’re looking forward to a visit from Derbyshire’s finest glam-rock outfit The Struts, while 80s star Billy Idol visit The Apollo.

Thursday 21st: Orchestre Poly-Rythmo (Band On The Wall),

// Africa’s oldest active orchestra, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo have recently been reignited in full polyrhythmic flair, five decades after its inception. Original members Vincent Ahehehinnou, Gustave Bentho and Loko Pierre will be leading the ensemble for what looks to be a very special appearance at Band On The Wall.

Friday 22nd: Free Vibes X Amazing Radio (Band On The Wall), Leftfield (Gorilla)

// This Friday sees legendary producer Neil Barnes drop into Gorilla as he tours his Leftfield DJ set around the world with an eclectic, contemporary set of house and techno tracks. The critically acclaimed electronic outfit will perform a special intimate show with support from Cream’s Stuart Hodson and Zutekh DJs, and we’re excited to be giving away TWO tickets! See here for more details. Elsewhere, Free Vibes returns to Band On The Wall offering a night of FREE music and London funk five-piece Mama’s Gun are hosted by Deaf.

Saturday 23rd: WhopperFest (Soup Kitchen), Yazz Ahmed (Band On The Wall), Black Celebration (Night & Day Café)

// Soup Kitchen offer a charity all dayer in the shape of WhopperFest, hosting an array of acts including Abattoir Blues, Rosey PM, Kyotoya, Spengler and more. We also return to Band On The Wall, where Bahraini-British performer Yazz Ahmed will continue to offer her take on modern jazz, and Night & Day host “The Definitive Tribute to Depeche Mode” with a visit from Black Celebration.

Sunday 24th: The Ex (Soup Kitchen)

// Our final destination of the week is Soup Kitchen, where Dutch post-punk stalwarts The Ex make a welcome return to the live circuit, still going strong in their 38th year of punk perfection.

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That’s your lot! Full event listings can be found here.

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