Weclome to the first ever 405 Gig Guide! Every week we'll be selecting the top ten gigs that you should be checking out. So sit back, have a read and get your credit card out! Monday Marianne Faithfull @ The Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London This one off special show promotes her March released album Easy Come, Easy Go. So…err if you haven’t got yourselves a ticket you better just grab the CD and a bottle of red instead. I’m pretty sure the fabulous album guest appearances from the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Cat Power and Keith Richards will maybe….just maybe make up for the beauty of the solo performance you could be missing from this icon. Cancel all tonight’s plans, there are still a few tickets http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/music/productions/marianne-faithfull-46228 Tuesday The Leisure Society @ Academy 3, Manchester Performing since 2006 these guys have been called England’s very own Grizzly Bear or Fleet Foxes. Tonight they perform tracks from this year’s eagerly awaited debut The Sleeper. For more tour dates click here www.theleisuresociety.co.uk For tickets head to www.seetickets.com Wednesday The Death Set @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London Electro-punk-hipster-noisesters….call them what you will these kids hit this suitably trendy Old Street venue just in time to brighten our mood while our weather is still shit. Definitely a band to check out while they are still mixing up the festival circuit with tiny, grimy east London clubs and the like! For more tour dates and festival appearances check here: http://www.myspace.com/thedeathsete For tickets head to www.seetickets.com Thursday Billy Bragg @ Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal If you’re not quite sure what you’re after this evening Billy Bragg is sure to provide a welcome mixed bag of traditional folk, punk-rock and anti-folk protest for the indecisive of us. For more tour dates see http://www.billybragg.co.uk/shows/ For tickets head to www.seetickets.com Friday Richard Thompson @ Waterside Centre, Leicester Folk veteran, who originally made his name with Fairport Convention, and was voted by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 guitarists, is playing venues and folk festivals up and down the country over this month and next. For more dates check www.richardthompson-music.com For tickets www.seetickets.com Saturday The Books @ St. Giles Chapel, London Join this New York based duo in the intimate church behind London’s Tottenham Court Road, for a night of what band member Nick Zammuto labels “collage music”. Intricate looping of vocals, thrift store cassette tapes, children’s toys, a cello, a banjo and a lot more in-between….Eclectic randomness or eccentric genius? Pop along and decide for yourselves. For more info on Paul de Jong and Nick Zammuto check out www.thebooksmusic.com Buy tickets at www.seetickets.com or www.wegottickets.com Sunday “Folk by the Oak” @ Hatfield House, Hertfordshire Enjoy a day with contemporary English folkies Jim Moray, Lau and Kate Rusby to name but a few. All for a charmingly reasonable price and set amongst the ancient woodlands in the Hatfield House grounds. For further events at Hatfield House see 7 http://www.hatfield-house.co.uk/Ticketing/Events.asp?S=7&V=1&P= Additions Tough Love Records 4th Birthday Party Saturday 25th July @ the Old Blue Last, London Here's what Tough Love had to say... Come help us celebrate with our all day event at the Old Blue Last, London. It will be a bittersweet affair, as it'll also be the final ever Favours for Sailors gig. Excitingly, there will be special Favours for Sailors record (a tape compiling all their demos). It's not just about Favours for Sailors though, as we've lined up a whole host of bands to help celebrate the momentous day. Favours for Sailors William Munch Munch Gold Panda The Bridge Gang Young British Artists Young Athletes League No Pain in Pop, Rockfeedback and Tough Love DJ's. Downstairs will be a special Zineswap workshop. Doors open at 1600 till late. Advanced tickets are available for £5 from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/52831