Best gigs and club nights for the Easter weekend around the UK
- Kirstyn Smith
- 4 April 2017
Spend your days off with Richard Ashcroft, Factory Floor and DJ Jazzy Jeff
Once you've eaten your weight in chocolate and watched some lambs gambol, what else is there to do over the Easter weekend? Loads, actually, but we're focusing on our pick of gigs and club nights if you've got nothing to do from Good Friday to Easter Monday.
Good Friday, 14 April
Kid Ink: LA-based rapper, also known as Brian.
O2 Academy, Birmingham. Also, Manchester Academy, Saturday.
Charlotte Church: Former 'voice of an angel' whose adult singing skills (and social justice chops) are just as angelic.
Oran Mor, Glasgow.
The Pictish Trail: Indie, folky goodness from the beguiling PT.
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds.
PINS: Goodtime jangly indie sounds from Manchester.
Broadcast, Glasgow. Also, Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh, Saturday; Beat Generator Live, Dundee, Easter Sunday; The Cluny, Newcastle, Easter Monday.
Brandon Block: Controversial DJ, Block, spins dance and electronica.
Channel One Soundsystem: One of the world's biggest reggae sound systems supplying dub and classics.
The African Arts Centre, Glasgow.
Cream Ibiza: Channel your summer holidays with Gareth Emery, Eddie Halliwell, Cosmic Gate, and more.
Saturday 15 April
Wilko Johnson: Dr Feelgood guitarist, feeling pretty darn good indeed after recovering from previously-believed-to-be terminal cancer.
Billy Ocean: Eighties soul fave known for 'When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going'.
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton. Also, Grimsby Auditorium, Easter Sunday; The Lowry, Salford, Easter Monday.
Bruno Mars: Your mum's fave soul and funk bloke. (Although, 'Uptown Funk' was a banger).
Liverpool Echo Arena, Liverpool.
Caro Emerald: Post-war jazz stylings from the dazzling Emerald.
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Also on Easter Sunday.
Kasabian: Laddish, indie rock foursome, good for generic festival headlining.
Newport Centre, Newport. Also, Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, Easter Sunday.
Easter Sunday, 16 April
Giggs: Young rap and grime upstart.
O2 Ritz, Manchester. Also, O2 Institute, Birmingham, Easter Monday.
Ed Sheeran: He's got the world entranced with his MOR ballad stylings. Take your little sister for your good deed of the year.
SSE Hydro, Glasgow. Also on Easter Monday.
PWR BTTM: Queer punky duo all the way from New York.
Exchange, Bristol. Also, The Haunt, Brighton, Easter Monday.
Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club: Telly face (Red Dwarf, Robot Wars, Corrie) flexing his funk, soul and R&B muscles behind the decks.