Patti Smith tour
Horses, Smith’s landmark 1975 album, turns 40. Smith will be taking her wild steed to a smattering of festivals this summer and some select dates in cities.
Tour starts Dublin 1 June, ends Glasgow 9 June
Like everyone else, electronic popstress Shura is playing London’s Field Day. But you can see the hotly tipped Touch singer on three intimate summer warm-up dates in Brighton, Manchester and Glasgow.
Tour starts Brighton 2 June, ends London 6 June
Wu-Tang Clan tour
After a successful 20th anniversary tour last year, A Better Tomorrow, the Wu’s comeback album of last December, was pretty good. A quorum of clan members returns to drive the point home this month.
Tour starts Newcastle 2 June, ends Bournemouth 8 July
The Replacements come over
Having semi-reunited (with two original members) for Stateside dates, the cult Minneapolis band, a huge influence on artists as diverse as the Hold Steady and Green Day, make it over to the UK for a two-night stand.
London Roundhouse 2 and 3 June
Jessie Ware’s drummer, tipped for his sharp R&B as long ago as 2013, is finally hitting his stride. He warms up for Glastonbury in a tiny venue.
London Fields Brewery 11 June
Leon Bridges album
With an unlikely helping hand in the form of Texas punks White Denim, who talent-spotted him, this Sam Cooke disciple unleashes his album of vintage loveliness just in time for porch weather.
Coming Home is out 23 June on Columbia
Wolf Alice debut album
Giant Peach, Wolf Alice’s recent single, bodes well for the London indie band’s long-awaited debut album: sassy, noisy, melodic and full of twists and turns.
My Love Is Cool is out 22 June on Dirty Hit
Meg Baird album
Don’t Weigh Down the Light is the third accomplished solo album by fingerpicker Meg Baird, formerly of underground outfit Espers, a leading light of the leftfield US folk scene.
Out 22 June on Wichita
Taylor Swift tour
Swift had the crowd at Radio 1’s recent Big Weekend eating out of the palm of her hand; her 1989 World Tour looks set to provide humour, hits and digs at her exes.
Tour starts Glasgow 23 June, ends London 27 June
Australia’s premier riff factory could, conceivably, go on without retired bassist, Malcolm Young; his nephew is touring is in his place. Then again, this could be a good time to go and see them.
Tour starts 28 June, ends 4 July