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Grooves: Glen Matlock; Jazz Cafe; Marie Merlet; Little Simz; DMC

10 September, 2020 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Glen Matlock

LIVE gigs are gingerly making their way back into our listings with the latest being ex-Sex Pistol Glen Matlock playing a socially distanced set to a seated-at-tables audience at Electric Ballroom today (Thursday). Matlock, who isolated in lockdown with band member Earl Slick, will be joined by Chris Musto on drums, Jim Lowe on bass and special guest Neil X (Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Adam Ant, Marc Almond). Also coming soon to Electric Ballroom are Pet Shop Boys, who play Passport: Back To Our Roots, part of a series of one-off gigs by some of the UK’s biggest acts to support independent grassroots venues. Entry via prize draw and gigs will take place as soon as they can safely happen, when normal service can resume – not socially distanced.

ALSO reviving live shows is long time Camden staple the Jazz Cafe, with a fully seated, socially distanced, limited capacity arrangement, reliving the venue’s old school days. Reopening is an evening of Southern Soul with The Sierra Band, playing two sets of funk and soul hits from the likes of Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Dr John and more (Sept 18). Dele Sosimi, keyboardist and previous musical director for Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80, and friends follow on Sept 19 and on Sept 20 there’s an evening of animé film scores performed by piano and string quintet – from Stompy’s Playground string ensemble. This unique tribute to revered cinematic composer, Studio Ghibli’s Joe Hisaishi, is back with two intimate, fully seated shows with scores from Grave of the Fireflies, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and more performed live alongside a bespoke AV display. Hosted by Kidkanevil.

• FRENCH multi-instrumentalist and selector Marie Merlet aka Iko Chérie exclusively plays only records involving women. She brings her vast selection to Spiritland on Saturday. Spiritland’s Legends nights also continue monthly with DJs Sophie Uddin and Paul Noble playing solely Beck music on Sept 17 playing hits, deep cuts, remixes and more from his eclectic back catalogue. Free entry but reservations recommended.

CONGRATULATIONS to Islington’s Little Simz who has just been awarded a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Best Album for her breakthrough Grey Area. The musician recently announced the vinyl release of her critically acclaimed EP Drop 6, which was recorded during lockdown (out Nov 27).

• NORMALLY a hot event of tricks, scratching skills and clever cuts, this year’s 35th DMC World Championships has moved online. Launching this week, the Covid-friendly virtual competition runs to Nov 30, on a specialist online platform where freestyle DJs will compete in their own country to win a chance to represent their country in the World Championships. Performances will be filmed and staged entirely online in a series of heats, leading to the World Finals announced on Nov 30. Further info from http://2020.dmcdjchamps.com

BARBICAN has announced rescheduled dates for Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time – Thirty Years of The Divine Comedy, a five-night celebration of the Irish band, which was due to take place this month. It’s now been moved to Sept 1-5, 2021.


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