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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Dj Rena; Beck; Beth Ditto

12 October, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab

DJ Rena on his way to victory at Koko

CONGRATULATIONS to Japan’s DJ Rena who, at just 12 years old, was crowned DMC’s youngest ever World Champion at Koko last week (Sunday). Witness his skills on our website. Japan also took the competition’s other top prize with DJ Yukichi taking the World Supremacy title with an intricate and technically flawless routine.

• Following a tiny appearance at Omeara on Sunday, Beck has announced a surprise show at the Electric Ballroom tonight (Thursday).

• Rapper and beatboxer Testament brings hip-hop, spoken word and beatboxing to the Roundhouse tomorrow (Friday) with his show, Woke, examining his prejudices against feminism and his experiences as a new father.

Eight innovative artists are bringing a cutting-edge new approach to the traditional church organ at a series of special performances at Organ Reframed 2017 at a three-day festival celebrating the iconic instrument at the Union Chapel (Oct 13 and 15). Expect appearances from Low, Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid and A Winged Victory of the Sullen), Claire M Singer, Gordon Monahan, James McVinnie & the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir with new commissions written by Tim Hecker, Phill Niblock, Mira Calix, Emily Hall & Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. Visit the Union Chapel website for full details.

• The Fireball Fuelling The Fire Tour – a celebration of punk-rock, ska and more – sweeps into The Forum on Oct 16 and 17 with a busy line-up featuring ska-punk outfit Reel Big Fish with support from Anti-Flag (above), Mad Caddies and River Jumpers (Oct 16 only) while Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017 winners Sweet Little Machine will open.

Texan singer-songwriter (with the hat to prove it) Jarrod Dickenson (above) plays St Pancras Old Church on Oct 18 following the recent release of album Ready The Horses.

• Martin Turner (ex-Wishbone Ash) plays The 100 Club on Oct 14.

Mr Scruff takes up residency at Koko for his 23rd appearance there on Oct 14.

• LA-based trio Moonchild (above) play Jazz Cafe tonight (Thursday).

Boston-based Ethiopian jazz-pop maestros Debo Band (above) play The Water Rats on Oct 15.

• Beth Ditto plays Koko on Oct 16 with support from Annabel Allum.

Aliens, the new project of Del Amitri’s Iain Harvie, launch new single, Baby’s Like An Alien (above), at Surya on Oct 19.

• Notable gigs this week: Bleachers, Koko; Dan Whitehouse, The Green Note (Oct 18); Desperate Journalist, The Dome; Tom Misch, Ronnie Scott’s; Shannon McNally, The Islington (Oct 19).

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