Róisín Gadelrab’s music news
09 June, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab
WHAT is it about Islington attracting Hollywood superstar actors moonlighting as musicians? Shawshank Redemption actor Tim Robbins brought his sea shanties to the Union Chapel back in 2010, Kiefer Sutherland is on his way to Islington Assembly Hall to play his country tunes on June 22 and it has just been announced that long-time musician and actor Russell Crowe is bringing musical collective The Indoor Garden Party with Alan Doyle, Les Mis star Samantha Barks, Scott Grimes and Carl Falk to the Union Chapel on September 28. Tickets are on sale now.
• Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor is leaving the synths and electropop hooks as he brings his solo piano work to LSO St Luke’s on June 9. His Listen With(out) Piano show features a selection of musicians he admires, including Susumu Mukai (Zongamin), Green Gartside (Scritti Politti), Betsy Taylor, Lung Dart, Mammalien (Emma Smith and Matt Rogers), Spring Heel Jack and more.
• Gravel-toned former Gomez frontman Ben Ottewell plays The Lexington on June 13 with support from Winter Mountain.
• Nineties Britpop faves Echobelly play Islington Academy on June 15 with support from October Drift.
• Spiritland’s eclectic programme continues with a Madness Q&A on July 2 – tickets for these events go soon.
• Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett, who recently released his country/Americana album West Coast Town, plays two acoustic solo shows next week – supporting Nick Cester at The 100 Club and headlining The Water Rats on June 14 with support from Sam Palladio.
• Poetry & Lyrics, the annual festival curated by Poet in the City, returns to Kings Place from June 9-10. This festival highlights how poetry, literature, music and song have been interwoven throughout history and counts PJ Harvey and Don Paterson among the line-up.
• London rave festival Tranzmission takes place at Finsbury Park on June 11.
• Garage duo DJ Luck and MC Neat, Mighty Moe (the Heartless Crew) and DJ Steady help turn the Roundhouse into a full-on garage rave, underscoring writer and poet Sabrina Mahfouz’s theatre show, With a Little Bit of Luck, at the Roundhouse on June 9 – part of the venue’s Last Word Festival.
• Glitter-rockers Glam Skanks are a sight to see – who said music doesn’t have characters anymore? Catch them at Nambucca on June 9.
• The Barbican is hosting a gala celebration of jazz musician Donald Byrd on June 9 with appearances from The Blackbyrds, Larry Mizell, Russell Gunn and Byrd’s son Donald Byrd III.
• Rapper, producer, director and visual artist MIA’s Meltdown Festival takes place at Southbank on June 9-18. The packed programme features the likes of Young Fathers, Crystal Castles, Afrikan Boy, Mykki Blanco and more, as well as free outdoor parties, hip-hop karaoke and a series of talks and debates.
• All Saints singer Mel Blatt DJs at The Old Queen’s Head on June 10.
• Ivor Novello-winning musician Scott Matthews headlines St Pancras Old Church on June 15.
• Notable gigs this week: The Strypes, Dingwalls; Nic Cester, The 100 Club (June 13); Terry Reid, Dingwalls; Rosie Hood, Cecil Sharp House; Otherkin, Camden Assembly (June 14); Thurston Moore, Scala (June 15).