Five must-see concerts coming up at Kingston’s Pryzm.
Future Islands – Jan 30, 6 pm and 8 pm 14+
Live settings have always been the place where Future Islands – a synth-pop quartet from North Carolina – thrive best. An impassioned performance of their song Seasons (Waiting on You) on the Late Show with David Letterman served as many fan’s introduction to the group. If you’re looking for a band who can combine dreamy synth pop, death metal-style growls, and alt-rock anthems all in one set, look no further.
The Last Dinner Party – Feb 2, 7 pm, 14+
In the nine months since they released their first single, Nothing Matters, London indie-rockers The Last Dinner Party have enjoyed the sort of success that most bands can only dream of – already racking up 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify. They’ve also won the coveted BBC Sound of 2024 poll and the Brit Rising Star Award – both awards that have proven predictors of future success for the likes of Sam Smith and Adele. Catch them in Kingston on the same day as their hotly anticipated debut LP is released.
Rick Astley – Feb 9, 7 pm
Described by one critic as “pop’s most wholesome entertainer”, Rick Astley is returning to Kingston’s Pryzm just months after his last performance there. His upcoming set is likely to include a mixture of greatest hits and songs from his latest LP Are We There Yet – an eclectic collection praised for its “raw immediacy”. Don’t miss out on the chance to see this consummate performer, who first and foremost promises not to let you down.
Yard Act – Feb 29, 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm, 14+
Two years removed from their highly praised debut, The Overload, which earned a rare five stars from Rolling Stone, Yard Act are set to perform in Kingston just one day before dropping their anticipated sophomore LP Where’s My Utopia? The Leeds-based post-punks promise a rowdy and spirited night when they come to Kingston.
Renee Rapp – 3 March, 5 pm and 7 pm
Fresh off the success of the Mean Girls film and a live performance on SNL, Renee Rapp’s victory lap will reach Kingston this March. A multi-faceted talent, Rapp gained a cult-following with her first album Snow Angel last Summer – which was critically acclaimed as “exuberant, hilarious and not afraid to go there.” Reviews of her concerts suggest a performer who is just as dynamic live as she is in the studio.