London is by far one of the most interesting and culturally diverse city that Europe has to offer, and it is no wonder that it comes first in one’s list of favourite cities to visit around the world. With a rich architectural heritage and traditions that remain rooted in popular culture, there are lots of places to see and things to do, whether you’re visiting with friends or family.
But once you’ve gone over the routine of a tourist in London, apart from the everlasting array of great shopping outings and tea shops that never disappoint, what is there left to do ?
Well.. if you’re planning a trip to London in June, and can’t get enough of good music wherever you are, here’s what you shouldn’t miss :
- Right from the UK : Ed Sheeran at Wembley Stadium, June 14-17
Ed is back for his second world tour, and he’s better than ever ! His third tour comes in support of his latest album “ ÷ “ (pronounced “divide”), where all of the tracks were featured on the top 20 of the UK Singles Chart within the week they were released. Sheeran’s success as a pop star also has been reflected in the small amount of time in which he sold-out most of his dates, which led to more shows to be announced mainly in Europe and breaking several records in ticket-selling in Ireland and parts of Oceania. With a global total of 206 planned shows, this is one the major events you shouldn’t miss out on before there are no tickets left, especially if you enjoy his soft pop folk tunes.
- Rock vibes : Foo Fighters at London Stadium, June 22-23
Founded by the drummer of world-famous rock band Nirvana, David Grohl, Foo Fighters is undeniably one of the biggest names on the alternative rock scene, with Grammy Awards for four of their albums. The band began touring in June 2017 and began extending shows until October 2018 with the release of their ninth and newest album “ Concrete and Gold “. Their shows in London are an invaluable experience to (re)discover the deriving influences within their latest and most famous songs, notably from Pink Floyd, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, with defining roots to Nirvana.
- Pop music for all ages : Taylor Swift at Wembley Stadium, June 22-23
There’s no need to introduce this worldwide superstar and best-selling pop artist with more than 40 million albums sold, 10 Grammy Awards, 5 Guinness World Records, one Emmy Award, 23 Billboard Music Awards, and 12 Country Music Association Awards. She also appears year after year in Time’s and Forbes’ most influential people and top-earning women in music, and takes the world by storm with each of her new releases, despite her young age. In support of her latest album “ Reputation”, she embarked on a new tour with shows in June 22 and 23rd in London. If you enjoy her music, you’ll definitely love her acoustic solos on stage and the general fun atmosphere that her songs create.
- Unique and unmissable : Beyoncé and Jay-Z at London Stadium, June 15-16
Former Destiny’s Child singer and Queen of Pop Beyonce just announced this joint tour as a couple with equally famous American rapper Jay-Z. This is great news for fans, who had been waiting for her to come back on stage after an unexpected interruption due to her pregnancy, a little while after her much awaited appearance at the 2018 edition of the Coachella Festival earlier in April. Needless to say this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get to hear songs from two parallel music styles, from both Beyonce’s latest “ Lemonade “ album and the “ 4:44 “ album from Jay-Z. Both artists have ingeniously hinted at the perspective of being able to peek in the couple’s relationship whilst the heat of their love ignites the stadium.
- Jazz lounge with drinks : The Blackbyrds at Ronnie Scott’s, June 23
Believe it or not, London has a long history in jazz with several timeless stages that were built and promoted specifically to renew and expand the jazz culture in the UK. As such, Ronnie Scott’s jazz club has taken part in this tradition and frequently hosts high quality artists and bands that are bound to make you experience the best music that London has to offer. On June 23rd, make sure you don’t miss out on the rare occasion to see the Blackbyrds, formed by the legendary trumpeter’s protegees to create an equally legendary jazz-funk and R&B ensemble played live.