The Skiddle Gig List: Upcoming gigs and tours across the UK

Check out this month's Skiddle Gig List to discover all the best touring artists over the summer months and beyond!

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 9th Aug 2023

Sure, it's festival season, and whilst you and all your pals are probably preparing to see your music in some remote field surrounded by tens of thousands of others, sometime, we either can't be arsed to do this or, simply just can't. If this applies to you, do not fear, as we here at Skiddle are back with our monthly gig list, where we scour our gig directory and pull out some of the very best gigs happening in the coming weeks and months with tickets still available. 

In the August edition, we've got some of the biggest names in indie, playing smaller venues than they may usually; an absolute hero of old-school US Hip-Hop, and a member of the Wu-Tang Clan, coming to London to spit some serious bars; one of the hottest bands in the Uk rock scene, heading out on tour to descend some rooms into endless pits; and even some classic 70s/80s bands, coming on tour to celebrate their 45th year. Basically, we've got it all no matter your taste.  

Take a look at the latest edition of the Skiddle Gig List below and make sure to secure your tickets before they sell out!


(Click or tap on the event titles, artists, and venue names for tickets and more information) 



Sun Ra Arkestra

When: Friday 11th August 2023

Where: The Forge Arts Venue in London

Composer, keyboardist, bandleader, philosopher, poet, and self-proclaimed extraterrestrial from Saturn, Sun Raled his "Intergalactic Arkestra" of thirty-plus musicians in a career that ranged from boogie-woogie and swing to be-bop, free jazz, fusion, and New Age music until his death in 1993.

The Sun Ra Arkestra still perform today under the direction of long-time Sun Ra collaborator and alto-saxophonist Marshall Allen. The Big Band playfully dressed in intergalactic garb influenced by the spirit of Ancient Egypt and will perform a selection of Sun Ra classics. They are a mesmeric spectacle to see live and this state at The Forge in London is not one to miss.


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GZA The Genius and the Phunky Nomads performing Liquid Swords

When: Thursday 17th August 2023

Where: Electric Brixton in London

GZA, aka the Genius, was the most cerebral MC in the Wu-Tang Clan, as well as perhaps the most acclaimed. His cool, precise flow and intricate, literate rhymes weren’t as theatrical as Method Man or Ol’ Dirty Bastard, but among hip-hop aficionados, GZA was revered for his flawless technique and lyrical dexterity and was considered by many to be the best pure rapper in the entire Clan.

At this epic show at Electric Brixton in London, GZA will perform his critically acclaimed Liquid Swords album with a full live band The Phunky Nomads. This is a bucket list gig for any fans of old-school Hip-Hop, just be wanted, tickets will go quickly for this one so don't hang about.


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Static Dress

When: Saturday 11th November 2023

Where: Rebellion in Manchester

One of the most exciting rock groups in the country, who has just signed with the legendary Roadrunner Records, Static Dress are on a trailblazing path right now and aren't showing any signs of stopping. This November, they are heading out on a tour of the UK and whilst many of the dates look top, this date at Rebellion in Manchester looks extra special.

The group are renowned for their monstrous live shows and even won 'Best Breakthrough Live Artist' at the Heavy Music Awards. So basically, you should have absolutely no doubts about this gig being an absolutely huge occasion. Tickets are low so grab them asap!


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The Sherlocks 

When: Wednesday 9th August 2023

Where: The Jacaranda Club in Liverpool

South Yorkshire's modern indie legends, The Sherlocks, are on the verge of releasing their fourth record, ‘’People Like Me And You’’ which is being released this week. In preparation for the release, the guitar-driven foursome are heading out to Liverpool's Jacaranda, at which they will be doing an exclusive album launch show, where they will be playing the album in its entirety, and signing records and merch afterwards!

If you are a fan of The Sherlocks, and live local to the area, there are few excuses that you can make to miss it!


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Beach Fossils

When: Friday 16th February 2024

Where: New Century in Manchester

New York indie surf rock icons, Beach Fossils, are finally back over in the UK at the start of the new year, and with their latest album 'Bunny' just being released (and being as good as it is) this is going to be a must-see gig for any fans of the band. Dustin Payseur and co have made themselves a staple of their surf-inspired corner of the indie rock scene, and their live performances are notoriously special. 

This one may be a while away, but if we were you, we'd be booking tickets now, as this will sell-out, and no one wants gig fomo now do they?


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The Style Councillors

When: Friday 20th October 2023

Where: The Garage in Glasgow

The Style Councillors are the world’s one and only tribute to The Style Council.

Formed in 2013 by Darren Fletcher (Paul Weller) and Steve Hayes (Mick Talbot), The Style Councillors have quickly built a loyal fanbase for the group which was Paul Weller’s home for the majority of the 1980s and where he wrote some of his finest songs. Dani Clay (Dee C. Lee) and Craig Read (Steve White) are joined by the Bad Manners Horn Section and a stellar lineup of musicians hell-bent on recreating the sound of The Style Council.

If you're a Style Council fan, then this is probably the best chance you'll get to see these songs live!


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When: Thursday 19th October 2023

Where: THE DEPO in Plymouth

Not many rappers can boast that their first ever live performance was at London’s O2 Arena, supporting hip hop legend, Nas. But Coops is a man who can, and he also happens to be one of the most underrated rappers in the game. The North London spitter is self-reflecting and conscious in his lyricism and has been killing the scene for years, often referred to as a rappers rapper. 

This October, the man himself is heading down to Plymouth to bring his conscious flow to the lucky punters in attendance, of which you can be a part if you grab some tickets below. Don't miss out on one of the UK's best hip-hop stars, and come see Coops at The Depo!


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Beenie Man

When: Saturday 12th August 2023

Where: Forum in Birmingham

Dancehall DJ Beenie Man recorded his first single by the age of eight and continued from that point forward to become one of the more internationally successful names in reggae for decades to come. Throughout the '90s he scored multiple hits with various producers, and was in a state of near-constant output with albums like 1995's hard-edged Blessed, balancing a ruff 'n' tuff gangster delivery with moments of lover's rock and undercurrents of humour.

He's an absolute icon, and one hell of a live act, if you like your reggae or dancehall, and you live in Birmingham, then this is one you simply have to be at, grab your tickets below!


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Two-Door Cinema Club

When: Monday 11th September 2023

Where: Keele SU Building in Newcastle-under-Lyme

There are a few more iconic names in modern UK indie music than Two Door Cinema Club. The Northern Irish group have been on a consistent climb ever since their epic debut 'Tourist History' and now, on their fifth album, they are still absolutely killing it, headlining festivals, and travelling the world to supply them with tunes.

This chance to see them at Keele SU is one, that if you live local, you have to jump on. Its rare two-door play venues this size nowadays, and it'll be an exclusive chance to see a band who are at the top of their game, in a size of venue that they have outgrown. Get on it now!


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A Certain Ratio

When: Saturday 11th November 2023

Where: The Ferret in Preston

Celebrating 45 years in the music biz, A Certain Ratio are heading out on tour across the country, and this data at the recently saved Ferret in Preston looks to be an awesome option to see them. 

The dates will see A Certain Ratio perform two separate sets each night: the first set will represent the early years of their career from their Factory releases, including ‘All Night Party’ Sextet and Force, through to the next stage of their journey when they joined A&M in the late ‘80s, with songs such as ‘Won’t Stop Loving You’. The band will then reconvene for a set representing ACR from the early to mid-‘90s period, with songs like ’27 Forever’ leading into their most recent releases with tracks from ACR Loco and 1982 and beyond to unreleased forthcoming material.

So don't miss your chance to see this epic spectacle of all things ACR, it's a one-of-a-kind gig that is unlikely to happen in the same way again. So stop what you're doing, grab some tickets, and get ready to boogie!


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Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.