Dizzee Rascal and Dua Lipa: this week’s best UK pop and rock gigs

The grime star is back on form and back on tour, while the much-hyped trop-popper is celebrating her No 1 single with a couple of south coast shows

1 Dizzee Rascal

This year’s critically acclaimed, razor-sharp Raskit album returned Dizzee Rascal to grime’s increasingly busy top tier following 2013’s disastrous, Jessie J-assisted The Fifth. Full of renewed energy and unafraid to speak his mind after years of trying to play the pop game, Boy in Da Corner-style Dizzee is back.
Liverpool, 2 October; Glasgow, 3 October; Newcastle upon Tyne, 5 October; Sheffield, 6 October; touring to 21 October

2 Dua Lipa

Having been tipped for success for what’s seems like a decade, Dua Lipa’s vibrant trop-pop finally hit paydirt with recent No 1 New Rules, essentially a handy guide to getting over someone (don’t answer their calls, whatever you do) set to gently pulsating Spotify-friendly dance.
Brighton Dome, 5 October; O2 Academy Bournemouth, 6 October; touring to 14 October

3 Sleaford Mods

Perhaps the best description of Sleaford Mods’ clattering, politically charged noise comes from the band themselves: “electronic munt minimalist punk-hop rants for the working class”. A vital, entertaining tonic to beige, apologetic indie.
O2 Academy Newcastle, 5 October; Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh, 6 October; touring to 9 November

4 Mabel

Pillow-soft R&B is the stock-in-trade of Spanish-born, Stockholm-raised, London-based Mabel, whose musical genes were created by her parents, actual legend Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey. There’s a lot more to her than famous family, however, with Finders Keepers a low-key highlight of 2017.
O2 Institute Birmingham, 4 October; O2 ABC 2, Glasgow, 5 October; Thekla, Bristol; 6 October, touring to 11 October

5 Tori Amos

Native Invader, Amos’s 15th album, muses poetically on all things political, maternal and spiritual, anchoring her position as music’s enduring agony aunt. See her do that thing where she plays two pianos at once on her first UK tour since 2014.

Royal Albert Hall, SW7, 4 October; Palace Theatre, Manchester, 5 October; O2 Academy Glasgow, 6 October


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