Don’t believe us? Well, the proof is in the pudding as they say – so get ready to get your lighters up! Here’s our roundup of the best gigs in London you really can’t miss in March 2022:
March 1: Dave
Winner of the Mercury Prize in 2019, an Ivor Novello and a number one album (‘Psychodrama’), British rapper and singer-songwriter Dave is kind of a big deal. He just won the best hip-hop, rap and grime act at the BRITS – no surprise then that he’s playing two gigs in London at the O2 Arena.
March 2 and 3: Simply Red
With hits including ‘Holding Back the Years’ and ‘If You Don’t Know Me by Now’, Simply Red are something of a 90’s institution. No wonder then that they’re playing two gigs in Greenwich’s O2 Arena – get your vocal chords ready to sing your heart out to all their classics.
March 2 and 3: Mica Paris
A celebrated soul singer and star of Eastenders, Mica Paris has made quite the name for herself since she first burst onto the scene. She’s performed alongside the likes of Bananarama, Boy George, Erasure, Europe, Imagination, Jason Donovan and UB40, and she adds another one to her roster this month when she supports Simply Red at the O2 Arena.
March 2: Foxes
Louisa Rose Allen, better known by her stage name Foxes, is back with a bang this year after the success of her 2014 album ‘Glorious’. Her third LP, ‘The Kick’, came out on February 11, and she’s playing Islington Assembly Hall to show off her catchy tracks. Expect to be singing along to ‘Sister Ray’ come the end of the show.
March 2, 4 and 5: Disclosure
Since they first burst onto the scene with their Sam Smith collaboration ‘Latch’, Disclosure have gone from strength to strength. Now with three albums under their belt – and hit singles including ‘White Noise’, ‘My High’ and ‘Holding On’ – they’re taking over Heaven, the O2 Academy Brixton and Ally Pally over the course of three nights.
March 4: Lupe Fiasco
“If you are what you say you are, a superstar…” Now that was a banger. Grammy award-winnng rapper and producer Wasalu Muhammad Jaco – better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco – returns to the London stage with a show at the O2 Forum Kentish Town. Expect a mish mash of classic tunes and some newer material too.
March 4: The Lumineers
Another worthy addition to this list of gigs in London, the American folk band The Lumineers bring their medley of hits to the O2 Arena this week. No doubt you’ll soon find yourself singing along to their hits including ‘Stubborn Love’ and ‘Ho, Hey’.
March 4: Kojey Radical
Kwadwo Adu Genfi Amponsah, better known as Kojey Radical, is a triple threat. A London based poet, musician and mixed media visual artist, he kicks off his debut album tour with a show at Rough Trade East on the graffiti-covered Brick Lane. You’ll be in for a treat here, with a smorgasbord of grime, hip-hop, spoken word and alternative rap.
March 4, 11, 18 and 25: Mike Skinner
Lead singer of The Streets and all around legend, Mike Skinner is hosting four DJ nights in the legendary Shoreditch nightclub XOYO. He’ll be spinning the decks along with a whole host of guest performers, including Bassboy, Plastician and Slimzee. Time to get your rave on.
March 5: Toploader
Who can forget this band’s legendary hit ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’? The Eastbourne-based band – who reached number two in the charts with their hit single ‘Onka’s Big Moka’ – return to the stage this month at the O2 Academy Islington to play their plethora of hits.
March 9: James Arthur
X-Factor alumni James Arthur has had four top-ten albums – including one number one LP – five top-ten singles and a whole host of collaborations with various different artists. He returns to London with a show at the magnificent Royal Albert Hall.
March 9: Shygirl
Blane Muise – better known by her stage name Shygirl – is an English rapper, DJ, singer, songwriter and founder of record label and collective NUXXE. Combining elements of hip-hop, grime and club music, her show is definitely gonna be one to remember. She’s playing at Heaven, one of London’s most influential LGBTQ+ venues, in Charing Cross.
March 10: The Coral
Since their debut back in the early noughties, Merseyside-based rock band The Coral have proven themselves to be one of the most consistent bands in the retro-rock scene. Expect great hooks and a rock’n’roll atmosphere at their gig in the O2 Forum Kentish Town – their first in over three years.
March 10: Maverick Sabre
This Irish-English singer-songwriter’s breakthrough came in 2011 when he featured on collaborations with Professor Green and Chase & Status. His debut album ‘Lonely Are The Brave’ was released to critical acclaim in 2012, and introduced the world to the hit singles ‘I Need’ and ‘No One’. He’s playing Ally Pally and even though tickets are currently sold out, you can join the waiting list.
March 11: Lola Young
This 20-year-old south Londoner burst onto most people’s radar when they heard her cover of ‘Together in Electric Dreams’, which was played during last year’s John Lewis Christmas ad. Expect an evening of surprises when she plays Islington Assembly Hall – she’s recently been in the studio with Grammy, Brit and Oscar-winning record producer Paul Epworth.
March 11: Tribute to Lady Gaga
“Hello, hello, baby you called, I can’t hear a thing”… calling all Lady Gaga fans. This unique experience will give you the chance to hear all of Gaga’s biggest hits by a classical pianist right by the River Thames. This one at The Little Ship Club is certainly going to prove memorable. You can get your tickets here.
March 15: The Wanted
Fresh off the release of their greatest hits album, hunky boy band The Wanted take over the O2 Arena to give their rendition of hits including ‘Glad You Came’ and ‘All Time Low’. With two brand-new tracks, it promises to be quite the show.
March 16: Chvrches
Scottish synth-pop trio Chvrches released their fourth-album, the critically acclaimed ‘Screen Violence’, in August of last year. They’re hitting the O2 Academy Brixton in order to play tracks from off of it, as well as some of their biggest hits including ‘The Mother We Share’.
March 16: Sigrid
The Scandinavian superstar Sigrid brings all her energy to Wembley’s SSE Arena this March. Recent releases ‘Burning Bridges’ and ‘Mirror’ have both made waves across the airways, and you can expect her to sing her smash-hit ‘Strangers’ too.
March 16: Maluma
The award-winning Colombian heartthrob Maluma finally makes his London O2 Arena debut in March after his last 2021 date was rescheduled due to COVID-19. The wait promises to be worth it, as his ‘Papi Juancho’ tour – named after his namesake 2020 album – smashed records all across Latin America.
March 16: Nina Nesbitt
Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt recently returned to the fore with the hit single ‘When You Lose Someone’, and she’ll be taking over famous Islington pub The Lexington on March 16, guitar in hand. You’ll most likely be able to hear her old hits – including ‘500 Miles’ and ‘Stay Out’ – alongside some new tunes.
March 21, 22, 23 and 31: Ed Sheeran
Another strong contender for this gigs in London roundup, multi Grammy award-winning Brit Ed Sheeran returns to the London stage for three nights of ‘warm-up gigs – his words – in Camden’s Electric Ballroom. He then returns to play his hits at Ally Pally on March 31.
March 22: Gabrielle Aplin
After amassing a following for her acoustic music covers on YouTube, English singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin has gone on to produce hits such as ‘Home’, ‘Sweet Nothing’ and ‘The Power of Love’, which raced to number one on its release. She’s playing the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, so you can expect all of the above and some newer tracks too throughout the course of the show.
March 22 and 23: Hans Zimmer
Earning himself a well-deserved spot on this gigs in London roundup, Hans Zimmer is arguably the king of film soundtracks. This is after all the man who has scored over 150 films, won an Oscar and four Grammys… Over the course of two consecutive nights, you’ll be able to hear theme tunes from famous films – such as The Lion King and Gladiator – at the O2 Arena. There’s also a candlelight concert on March 18 at Westminster’s beautiful Central Hall.
March 24: Tom Walker
Quickly rising to fame after the release of his 2018 single ‘Leave a Light On’, Tom Walker’s career has just gone from strength to strength. He’s playing Omeara in London Bridge which is currently sold out, but you can join the waiting list here.
March 24: Fred Again
After years behind the scenes as an award-winning producer, Fred Gibson – AKA Fred Again – has finally stepped into the limelight. Expect his hits ‘Lights Out’ with XX-alumni Romy and HAAi and ‘Marea (We’ve Lost Dancing)’ with The Blessed Madonna at his show in the Roundhouse.
March 24: Griff
Fresh off her Rising Star Brit award, the twenty-year-old Griff (yep, really) will be singing her hits ‘Black Hole’ and ‘One Night’ along with many new tracks off her highly-anticipated album with her gig at the O2 Academy Brixton. She’s also supporting Dua Lipa later in the year.
March 25: Skunk Anansie
British alternative quartet Skunk Anansie made history by being the first Black British-led act to headline Glastonbury, and their classic hits ‘Hedonism’, ‘Charlie Big Potato’, ‘Charity’ and ‘Weak’ have become hits all over the globe. They’re back with a bang at the O2 Academy Brixton.
March 27: Heather Small
Lead singer of famous 90’s band ‘M People’ and of the hit single ‘Proud’ – which was adopted as the official theme for the London 2012 Olympic bid – Heather Small is certainly not short of fans (including this writer). She brings her dulcet tones and fantastic stage presence to the famous London Palladium at the end of the month.
March 27, 28 and 29: Stormzy
This man certainly needs no introduction. Another Glasto headliner, Croydon-born Stormzy is one of the UK’s most successful artists and a must-add entry on this roundup of March gigs in London. With two number one albums to his name, you’ll find it hard not to be singing along to all his hits during his three shows in the O2 Arena.
March 28: Ezra Collective
Pioneering ‘the new wave of UK jazz music’, the five-piece Ezra Collective have made a hell of alot of noise – literally and figuratively – since they formed in 2016. Fusing elements of afro-beat, hip-hop and soul with jazz, their gig in Shoreditch’s Village Underground promises to be a memorable one.
March 28 and 29: Theophilus London
With a vast discography of hit singles and collaborations with Tame Impala, Azealia Banks, Solange, Dev Hynes and our very own Giggs, Theophilus London’s two shows at the Jazz Cafe promises to be pretty damn great. His latest album, ‘Bebey’, featured the hit singles ‘Only You’ and title-track ‘Bebey’ – both were complete bangers – and he’s slated to release a follow-up later this year.
March 30: Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Make sure you’ve got your sparkles on for this one. The queen of kitchen disco herself Sophie Ellis-Bextor brings all the glitz and glam to London’s iconic Palladium. She’ll be singing all of her hits, including ‘Take Me Home’, ‘Catch You’ and ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love’). Let’s just hope there’s no murder on the dance floor right?
March 30: Foy Vance
Hailing from Northern Ireland, singer-songwriter Foy Vance has made quite the reputation for himself since he first burst onto the scene in 2006. Signed to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Gingerbread Man’ record label, he’s since gone on to support Elton John on tour and has had his tracks feature in numerous famous films and TV shows. He’s playing Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo at the end of the month.
March 30: Slowthai
What better way to round off this list of the best gigs in London during March than this one? Following the release of his number one album ‘TYRON’, Tyron Kaymone Frampton – better known by his stage name Slowthai – brings his much-anticipated ‘Hell is Home’ tour to the O2 Academy Brixton. Expect a memorable show – this is after all the guy who once played a show with a dummy head of Boris Johnson.