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Grooves: Yungblud; Beans On Toast; This Is The Story; Save our venues; DMC World Championships; EFG London Jazz Festival

20 November, 2020 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Beans on Toast

HANDS up who caught Yungblud’s sneaky appearance at the Roundhouse for the MTV EMAs last week? Flying through the rafters like a fallen emo cherub, this year’s MTV UK PUSH One To Watch award-winner made the most of the empty venue’s vast space. And for those who did not catch the EMAs, they were an example of how a little imagination and some clever tech can ensure large-scale productions can carry on.

• It is comforting to know Camden’s most prolific troubadour is carrying on with his tradition of releasing a new annual album around his birthday. But this year Beans On Toast is taking things even further, with two new records out next month (Dec 1). If simple tunes and witty takes on life are your thing, Beans’ poetic lyrics should satisfy in The Unforeseeable Future, recorded solo at home during lockdown, in his own words – “a succession of pinpoint social commentaries all inspired by the sh**show that has been the year 2020”. Or look back to gentler times with Knee Deep In Nostalgia.

• Shout out to new Camden band This Is The Story as they respond to lockdown with the aptly titled new track The Year of the Mask. Developed on the streets of Kentish Town, with contributions from neighbouring onlookers from their balconies and windows, the single reflects on Covid chaos and the future ahead. “The response to Covid by residents in Camden – and the CNJ must get a special mention – has been magnificent,” singer Frank Chalmers said, “but people are asking: ‘What next? We don’t want to go back to the way everything was.’ People want the government to tackle the big issues of our time. That’s what inspired us to produce this song.” Find it at youtube.com/watch?v=o8G4Bxzgdmg

King’s Cross 24-hour party club Egg LDN, Islington’s hub for great live music The Lexington and Camden’s Spiritual bar – where musicians jam the night away – are all under threat. Music Venue Trust has launched an emergency campaign to save them and others, deemed at imminent danger of permanent closure, lacking the funding required to help them survive Covid restrictions. If you don’t want to lose them look up the Trust or search for their crowdfunding pages online.

• This year’s virtual 2020 Technics/DMC World DJ Championships has the advantage of allowing the spectator to witness incredible mixing and scratching skills right up close – a rare opportunity. For details on the final on Nov 27 and to watch earlier rounds, visit http://2020.dmcdjchamps.com

Barbican continues with its livestreamed concert series, continuing coverage of the EFG London Jazz Festival, as well as continuing to update a curated mix of other livestreams, podcasts, playlists, films and more – visit the website for info.

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