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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: BST’s big-hitters; ‘Camden is open!’; Mr Beatnick at Spiritland

14 July, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Elbow’s Guy Garvey on stage at BST festival in Hyde Park

HYDE Park’s BST festival ended on Sunday after three further days of huge gigs headlined by Kings of Leon, The Killers and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – and some big-hitting supports including Elbow and Stevie Nicks. The Killers’ set was probably one of the best of this year’s entire rosta, playing a powerful, incendiary show, full of crowd-pleasers, confident, polished – true Vegas rock stars – Brandon Flowers’ gleaming white teeth and shiny quiff shimmering under the bright lights. Kings of Leon turned in a professional if relatively uneventful set, while Tom Petty pulled in the nostalgia crowd. Click here to see what our reviewers, Alan Stafford and Bob McCabe, made of the shows.

• It was encouraging to receive a number of emails declaring “Camden is open” this week after the terrible fire that hit the Lock Market on Sunday night. Sadly, for some this is not the case and there are various funding pleas for the small businesses that have lost everything. One such business is Camden Guitars, the little musical instrument treasure trove that has traded from the top of the stairs above the building that burned down for eight years.

Owner Deicola Neves (above) told me he hasn’t been able to inspect the damage yet, but from photos he has seen, he suspects he has lost everything, including two extremely rare resonator blues guitars made be Italian artist Claudio Menci. The shop has attracted many musicians and stars over the years, including Hollywood actress Daryl Hannah, and has won an international cult following for its customised T-shirts. In the meantime, you can support the business by visiting its other branch on Chalk Farm Road, which serves coffee, cakes and has an open-mic session on Wednesday evenings.

• Game of Thrones fans can catch a glimpse of Hodor’s DJ skills when actor Kristian Nairn takes to the decks at Proud Camden on July 17 after an exclusive screening of Game of Thrones Season 7 Premiere and a Q&A with Kristian.

It seems London hasn’t had enough of Blondie’s resurgence. Fresh from playing Hyde Park BST and the Roundhouse, tickets for her Brixton Academy show sold out fast. But don’t despair, an extra date has been added on November 17. Tickets on sale now.

• Evocation, a new choir and jazz ensemble piece by upcoming jazz musician Jihad Darwish, premieres at St James, Clerkenwell, on July 13 to raise funds for London’s Air Ambulance.

The festivals continue with Lovebox at Victoria Park this weekend (July 14-15). This year’s line-up includes Frank Ocean, Jamie XX and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man.

• Hip-hop producer Mr Beatnick (above) has been making an impact with his move into the house and techno scene, in particular his epic musical odyssey Synthetes. See him at Spiritland on July 15.

Former Haircut 100 frontman Nick Heyward (above) plays 229 on July 19.

• Notable gigs this week: Barns Courtney, Camden Assembly; John Otway, The Islington (July 19).

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