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London Palladium is usually associated with high-budget West End musicals and variety shows, but it has a less famous but equally important history as a venue for pop and rock. This was where Beatlemania was born as fans rioted on Argyll Street, as well as hosting gigs by David Bowie and the Rolling Stones. There have also been famous riots by fans of The Smiths and Slade, causing thousands of pounds of damage following their bands gigs. Few venues can boast a history more rock n’ roll than this!

Idle Fret are now trying to reignite this legacy with a run of Friday night gigs throughout September and October featuring some of the brightest up and coming bands in London.

Friday 14th Sept: Wolf People, Monster Island, Crushing Blows + Rough Trade DJs ‘psychedelic haze of wondrous sounds’

Friday 21st Sept: The History of Apple Pie (guitar fuzz and dreamy lo-fi vocals), Martin Creed, Listing Ships + Howling Bells DJ set

Friday 28th Sept: The Pictish Trail, Randolph’s Leap + Josie Long DJ set ‘compulsory listening, charming and fresh’

Friday 5th October: The Lovely Eggs, Shrag, Giant Burger + Heavenly DJ set ‘art pop punkers and psychedelic trance’

Friday 12th October: Special Guests, Chips for the Poor, Sheen + White Heat DJ set ‘Harmony, melody, beauty and ferocity’

Who will the Special Guests be on the 12th? Idle Fret are playing their cards close to their chest but we are promised that it will be an explosive grand finale to their run!

All tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door with bands onstage at 8pm and a bar open til midnight. A great chance to see some awesome bands in a legendary venue that is part of the lifeblood of London’s music scene.

Val Parnell Room, London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, W1T