After the unpredictable year that uprooted everyone’s expectations from reality, planning has become practically meaningless. However, things are starting to look brighter now that the vaccine rollout is in full swing. A sense of relief is on the horizon – and what’s better for lifting our spirits than awaiting the comeback of live music?

May 17th is the day music lovers (or literally anyone who appreciates freedom to enjoy life) will rejoice as that’s the first day gigs will be allowed in the UK after the long months of collective quietness. If all goes according to plan, indoor events will be allowed to happen in spaces with capacity of up to 1,000 people or 50% of their total capacity, whichever means a lower number of people. Outdoor seated events are set to welcome a maximum of 10,000 (or 25% of their total capacity) and 4,000 people (or 50% of their capacity) at other outdoor events.


There are two concerts planned for this date in Camden (as of March 22nd). Given that two out of the four London concerts planned for this day are set to take place in Camden is a testament to the legacy of a vibrant hub that values culture and the fullness of life.

Jonathan Bree, a co-founder of the 90’s indie pop group Brunettes, famous for his dreamy pop, will celebrate the return of London concerts at Dingwalls. His hopeful, rhythmical soundscapes are the perfect fit for uniting an audience starved for a collective sonic experience. Purchase your tickets via Songkick here.

For those who like their beats to hit harder, the hardcore Sheffield band While She Sleeps will be performing at The Underworld on May 17th. Bring all your unvented rage and jump it out! Find the tickets via Songkick here.

More live music events will be announced by the time May 17th comes, so if these artists aren’t really your jam, worry not. The good news is that legendary Camden spots like the Camden Assembly, the Dublin Castle or The Fiddler’s Elbow have been saved from extinction thanks to the emergency government funding for grassroot venues, issued back in August 2020.

So keep your eyes peeled, your body ready to bounce – and we’ll see you on the dance floor!

P.S.: If you still need a little something to help you with your gig withdrawal symptoms, here’s a reminder to check out virtual music events by browsing Twitch, Eventbrite, or following your favourite artists to see when they’ll be doing livestreams.

Article written by Martina Krajňáková.

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