Music of the fall: the season’s loudest concerts in London

05.09.2023Matvey Kotov

"Winter" asked its chief musicologist, Matvey Kotov, to flip the calendar and curate a poster again. To make it easier for you to navigate, it is divided into three parts: in the first part there are big and well-known artists whose performances cannot be missed, in the second part there are relatively new names for those who are looking for alternative sound, and in the third part there are native and therefore fondly loved performers.


Photo: Luke Dyson

The National

Going to see The National in concert in the fall couldn’t be better. The indie rock band from Cincinnati, especially the song Lean they wrote for the soundtrack of the second Hunger Games and their fit with Taylor Swift’s Coney Island, is very closely associated with the general mood of the era. A pleasant bonus: young American performer Soccer Mommy will be responsible for the warm-up on September 26 and 27 at Alexandra Palace.

P.J. Harvey

Among the performer’s many regalia can be found an Order of the British Empire and a Doctor of Music degree, and the scale of her influence on the industry’s modern image is so great that it is extremely difficult to overestimate. Fingers crossed hoping to hear Down by the Water at the Roundhouse on September 28 or 29.


How can you not think of that very baseball game scene from the first Twilight? No matter what anyone says, there’s no denying it: in the last couple of years, the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s vampire saga has been living the so-called “Twilight Renaissance” and only strengthening its position in the popular affection. Oh yes, Muse themselves will appear on stage at the O2 Arena on October 1 and 2.


Commercial success has long been synonymous with the pop diva’s name, and October’s sold-out shows at the O2 Arena are proof of that. But don’t get upset ahead of time: there can always be a resale and there’s still the additionally announced December 5 and 6.

Melanie Martinez

As a master of lyrical images and now unrecognizable transformations, Melanie Martinez feels more confident and free than ever in conquering new heights of musical Olympus. You’re advised to hurry up and buy tickets for her Nov. 9 show at OVO Arena, because world tour dates in support of Portals’ extreme release are getting sold-out obscenely fast.

The Prodigy

Though no longer without Keith Flint, the founding fathers of electronic music continue to do their thing and tour to the delight of millions of devoted fans. Later this fall, the iconic band will shake up the British capital at Alexandra Palace on November 24 and 25.

On trend

Fred again.

The second part of the poster opens with young Englishman Frederick Gibson, whose pseudonym was recently chanted throughout Glastonbury. It is so nice to see this rare musical talent get the recognition it deserves. We hope that some of our readers will be lucky enough to catch his September DJ sets at the same Alexandra Palace.


A little bit ahead of time, let’s say that today each member of the British indie rock band The xxest has a solo record: In Colour by Jamie, Hideous Bastard by Oliver and now Mid Air by Romy. That said, solo sailing doesn’t stop everyone’s favorite band from recording their next longplay. We’re inspired by this support for each other and meet at Rough Trade East on September 10 for the singer’s debut album launch.


An indie icon in the flesh with already seven studio works, but the impression is as if the Old World is just getting to know her. Perhaps we’ll keep the intrigue alive: to get to know the artist, head to the Everyman Cinema on September 7 for an early listening session of her upcoming album The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We, followed by a performance at Union Chapel on October 11.


In the time since the release of 2017’s major banger Raingurl , this NYC-based Korean has gained a reputation as a promising DJ, vocalist and producer. On Nov. 11, the girl will appear on the Roundhouse stage as part of the Pitchfork Festival, and she’ll be accompanied by several artists including Jesse Lanza and George Riley.

Victoria Monet

Powerful self-esteem artillery from Wanna Be on Top – that would be the only true description of Victoria Monet. Without further ado, we return to the Roundhouse the day after Yaeji, and we may still see you on Nov. 15 at Koko.

Baby Queen

If you haven’t seen Netflix’s absolute quirky hit A Fluttering Heart, we’ll forgive you for the first time, but we respectfully ask that you correct that misunderstanding first thing after seeing the poster. You can see the star of its soundtrack, Arabella Latham, not only in the season two finale, but also on November 15 at Forum Kentish Town.


Synecdoche Montauk

As early as September 20 at The Steel Yard, experimental project Synecdoche Montauk will bring a sensual blend of theater and performance art to the London stage. In confidence, let us tell you to follow our updates: in the coming days you will be waiting for a big interview with its founder Savva Rozanov.

Time machine

“We should not bend to the changing world, let it better bend to us” – words to live by and that’s it. We remember how the living legends of Russian rock recorded at Abbey Road and buy tickets to Troxy on October 10.

Noize MC

It’s simple: just a couple of clicks and a “pass” to Vanya’s October 15 concert in the heart of Brixton is yours.

Irina Kairatovna

For anyone unfamiliar with “Irina Kairatovna”, we recommend Yura Dudya’s two-hour interview with this very special hip-hop and rap collective from Kazakhstan back in 2021. You can enjoy social satire in a musical sketch format on October 19 at The Clapham Grand.


When one’s music is so closely intertwined with events in one’s personal life and the life of an entire country, it’s pretty hard to maintain a neutral tone. Liza fell in love with several generations at once, and with the outbreak of the invading war in Ukraine, she became the voice of the Russian anti-war movement. Like they say, protect this kid at all costs. The date is November 22, and the venue is Electric Brixton.


The repertoire of Ukrainian rock band Evgeny Milkovsky seems something so painfully familiar. It’s worth turning on their top songs on Spotify, and you’re showered with a romanticized 2010s vibe. At the end of November, London audiences will have a great opportunity to hear the musicians at the 229 Club.

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