The UK is a hotspot for live music, with some of the world’s most iconic venues, festivals and artists. Whether you’re looking for rock, pop, hip-hop, R&B, indie, electronic, country, classical, metal, latin, folk, blues, jazz, funk, soul or reggae, there’s something for everyone in the UK’s music scene. Here are some of the most famous music and concerts and events happening in the UK in the end of November and December 2023.
Ed Sheeran at Royal Albert Hall
Ed Sheeran is one of the biggest names in pop music, with over 150 million records sold worldwide and four Grammy Awards. He is known for his catchy songs, acoustic guitar and loop pedal skills, and collaborations with artists like Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Eminem and Stormzy. He is also a philanthropist, supporting causes like War Child, Comic Relief and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Ed Sheeran will perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London on November 18 and 19, as part of his global tour for his fifth studio album, Equals. The album features singles like Bad Habits, Shivers and Visiting Hours, and is dedicated to his late friend and mentor, Michael Gudinski. The Royal Albert Hall is a historic venue that has hosted legendary acts like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Adele and Eric Clapton. Tickets for Ed Sheeran’s shows are sold out.
Jessie Ware at Alexandra Palace
Jessie Ware is a British singer-songwriter who blends soul, R&B, disco and pop in her music. She has been nominated for three Brit Awards and a Mercury Prize, and has collaborated with artists like Disclosure, Sam Smith, Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran. She is also a podcaster, hosting the popular Table Manners with her mother, Lennie Ware.
Jessie Ware will perform at Alexandra Palace in London on November 17 and 18, as part of her tour for her fourth studio album, What’s Your Pleasure?. The album is a homage to the disco era, with influences from Donna Summer, Chic and Grace Jones. It features singles like Spotlight, Save A Kiss and Ooh La La, and has received critical acclaim from publications like The Guardian, NME and Pitchfork. Alexandra Palace is a historic venue that has hosted iconic events like the first television broadcast, the Brit Awards and concerts by Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Arctic Monkeys.
Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park
Winter Wonderland is a festive extravaganza that takes place at Hyde Park in London every year from November to January. It features attractions like ice skating, roller coasters, circus shows, Christmas markets, food stalls and live entertainment. It is one of the most popular events in the UK, attracting over 3 million visitors annually.
Winter Wonderland will open on November 16 and run until January 1, 2024. It will feature performances by artists like Andrea Bocelli, Das Brass, Angélique Kidjo, Youssou N’Dour and Ibrahim Maalouf. Andrea Bocelli is a world-renowned Italian tenor who has sold over 90 million records and won a Golden Globe, seven Classical Brit Awards and four Grammy nominations. He will headline the American Express presents BST Hyde Park on July 2, 2024, but will also perform at Winter Wonderland on November 18 and 19. Das Brass is a London-based brass band that covers genres like funk, soul, pop, jazz and hip-hop. They will perform at Winter Wonderland on November 25 and December 2. Angélique Kidjo is a Grammy-winning Beninese singer-songwriter who is known for her fusion of African, Latin, Caribbean and Western music. She will perform at Winter Wonderland on December 9 and 10. Youssou N’Dour is a Senegalese singer-songwriter who is considered one of the most influential artists in Africa. He has collaborated with artists like Peter Gabriel, Sting, Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen. He will perform at Winter Wonderland on December 16 and 17. Ibrahim Maalouf is a French-Lebanese trumpeter, composer and producer who mixes jazz, classical, Arabic and rock music. He has worked with artists like Sting, Salif Keita, Amadou & Mariam and Matthieu Chedid. He will perform at Winter Wonderland on December 23 and 24. Tickets for Winter Wonderland are free, but you need to book them in advance on the official website.
Other notable events
There are many other music and concerts and events happening in the UK in the end of November and December 2023. Here are some of them:
- Louis Tomlinson, the former One Direction member who has launched a successful solo career, will perform at The O2 in London on November 17 and 18, as part of his World Tour 2023.
- Stereolab, the influential indie rock band that has been praised by critics and fans alike for their experimental and eclectic sound, will perform at Electric Brixton in London on November 17 and 18, as part of their reunion tour.
- LANY, the Los Angeles-based trio that blends indie pop, synth-pop and dream pop in their music, will perform at Rough Trade East in London on November 18, as part of their tour for their fourth studio album, gg bb xx.
- William Basinski, the avant-garde composer who is known for his ambient and minimalist works, will perform at The Broadway Theatre in London on November 18, as part of his tour for his latest album, Lamentations. Tickets are available on Dice.
- Jamie Jones, the British DJ and producer who is one of the pioneers of the tech house genre, will perform at DRUMSHEDS in London on November 18, as part of his Paradise event series. Tickets are available on Resident Advisor.