Coming up: the gigs, music festivals and albums not to miss in July

Our pop critic picks the month's musical highlights, from the Wireless festival to Jenny Lewis and the return of La Roux

1 Black Sabbath time

Guitarist Tony Iommi warns that this might be the last time Big Sab play live. Ozzy says he's up for another album and tour. Whoever is right, the kings of doomy blues-rock will be making the pigeons in London's Hyde Park feel uneasy come Friday. British Summer Time, Hyde Park, 4 July

2 Wireless

Le tout pop flocks to Birmingham (oh, and London) for the opening weekend of July and the highest-calibre urban fest of them all: Kanye, Pharrell, Drake, Bruno Mars, Iggy Azalea, plus our own Ellie Goulding, Rudimental and Clean Bandit. 4-6 July, Finsbury Park, London and Perry Park, Birmingham

3 Sia

All of pop is basically written by a cabal of men, many of them Swedish. One of the exceptions to this rule is a thirtysomething Australian woman, Sia Furler, whose list of A-list writing credits is vast (Rihanna's Diamonds, for starters). 1000 Forms of Fear is her sixth LP as an artist, and looks set to make her a star in her own right. Out 7 July

4 Reintroducing Jess Glynne

From featured vocalist to solo star – it's a path now worn smooth by Sam Smith. Jess Glynne was the voice of two No 1 singles (by Clean Bandit and Route 94); now, there's her own debut single, Right Here (produced by Gorgon City, no slouches in the hit department), and she plays her first London gig this month. 10 July, Courtyard theatre, London N1

5 Jungle arrive

You can't throw a rock without hitting umpteen hip digital duos in London. Jungle are genuinely special, their self-titled 21st-century soul debut channelling glacial disco, decayed house and an overriding froideur that belies the heat of this duo's chosen name. Out 14 July

6 Morrissey returns

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Morrissey: back with new album World Peace Is None of Your Business. Photograph: PR

Despite his US tour being cancelled due to ill health, Morrissey's long-awaited new album steams ahead. World Peace Is None of Your Business is frequently business as usual for the arch pop provocateur (likes Pamela Anderson; dislikes bullfighters). But that business, reportedly, hasn't sounded so good in years. Out 14 July

7 Chance the Rapper live

Chance the Rapper's 2013 mixtape, Acid Rap, made waves last year thanks to its novel jazzy, psychedelic approach. The 21-year-old Chicago native hits the UK for, yes, Wireless, but there's a one-off date at London's Forum for those who like roofs. 15 July, Forum, London NW5

8 Howlin' Fling

The island of Eigg played host to the bijou but atmospheric Away Game festival in years past. Starring Alexis Taylor, Beth Orton and Luke Abbott, this year's festival picks up where they left off, mixing folk and digital musics, campfires and natural beauty. 18-20 July, Eigg, Scotland

9 La Roux rebounds

Trouble in Paradise indeed: a split with songwriting partner Ben Langmaid was one of the delays keeping La Roux's long-awaited second album from release (there were panic attacks and voice problems too). Recently shared track Lay Me Down Gently bodes well for the 1980s revivalist's sleeker new direction. Trouble in Paradise out 21 July

10 Jenny Lewis

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Jenny Lewis: new album the Voyager is eagerly awaited. Photograph: PR

Rabbit Fur Coat, the 2006 debut solo album from the former singer of Rilo Kiley, was amazing. Now on to her third solo outing – The Voyager – Lewis mixes the first album's country vibes with a 70s pop bent to soundtrack an especially dark period in her life. Out 28 July


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