Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: How The Light Gets In; Le Crxssing; Ridiculous
20 September, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
French pop connoisseurs La Femme headline Le Crxssing
IF you thought the festival season was over … how wrong you are. However, How The Light Gets In – the name inspired by a Leonard Cohen lyric – is definitely not your normal festival. Think highbrow philosophical debates, a long roster of speakers including Roger Penrose, Andrew Motion, Yassmin Abdel Magied, Peter Tatchell, Tariq Ali, Steven Pinker, George Galloway, Lowkey and many more, meals served on long banquet tables, comedy, workshops and music from the likes of Afriquoi, Rae Morris, Gabby Young, The Bloom Twins and Stealing Sheep and all under the grand setting of Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath. Sounds like a festival for people who don’t like festivals – and not a suggestion of camping in sight.
• SECONDS away from where the Eurostar departs, Le Crxssing – a celebration of British and French culture takes over King’s Cross on Sept 22. The Franco-British Festival aims to introduce artists from both sides of the Channel to new audiences with a line-up of musicians, comedians, gourmet chefs, filmmakers, top student fashion designers and talented young creatives. Headlining are Britain’s The Kills and France’s La Femme, with other music acts including Eddy de Pretto, Claire Laffut, Tshegue, General Elektriks and Jordan MacKampa, plus comedians Joel Dommett, Fern Brady, Airnadette, and Paul Taylor. Taking place at Central Saint Martin’s in Granary Square the festival will also include gastronomic expertise from Chef Gregory Marchand (aka “Frenchie”), art displays from Toqué Frères and commentary from gallery owner and street-art champion Magda Danysz, all brought together by ambassadors TV and movie star Antoine de Caunes and comedian and actor Eddie Izzard.
• IN the wake of what would have been Amy Winehouse’s 35th birthday, Janis Whitehouse talks to Julie Hamill about her book Loving Amy: A Mother’s Story at the Dublin Castle Rock and Roll Book Club on Sept 27 – a fitting location as this was one of the late singer’s regular haunts – on both sides of the bar, as well as the site of one of her most memorable performances in 2009.
• HAMPSTEAD supergroup Ridiculous is made up of some curious characters – Erran Barron Cohen has just soundtracked his brother Sacha’s controversial TV series Who Is America, Jon Moss is the drummer for Culture Club, Basti Wocker has been working on his book and bassist Pete Noone, who has played for the likes of Roger Taylor, Roger Daltrey and The Pretenders, completes the line-up. They bring their shimmering psych-pop to Pentameters Theatre on Sept 22.
• ZZ Top guitarist and vocalist Billy F Gibbons introduces his new solo album The Big Bad Blues with a live Q&A at HMV Oxford Street on Sept 25.
• HEAR new and established, rock, indie and alternative bands selected by Camden Rocks at their FEST residency every Thursday and selected Fridays.
• ELECTRONIC producer and Solid Grooves co-founder PAWSA plays a special extended six-hour house and tech house set at Egg on Sept 21.
• NINETIES rockers The Flaming Sideburns return to the UK in their original line-up for the first time since 2001 to play the Dirty Water Club, The Boston Arms on Sept 21.
• CRAWDADDY! returns to The Fiddlers Elbow on Sept 21 with Gary, Lucienne and Danny, plus special guests, playing the finest northern soul, mod, Motown, vintage R&B, Two Tone, ska and rocksteady, all on vinyl. This month, guest DJ Lisa Hurley joins the crew.
• Notable gigs: Sleaford Mods, Roundhouse (Sept 21-22); Boston Manor, Electric Ballroom; Anti Nowhere League, 229 (Sept 22); Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate, Fiddler’s Elbow (Sept 23); Nick Mason, Roundhouse; The Kris Barras Band, 100 Club (Sept 24); Andy Burrows & Matt Haig, 229 (Sept 25); KT Tunstall, Jazz Cafe; The Magic Gang, The Forum; Franz Ferdinand, Roundhouse (Sept 26); Dreadzone, Koko; Mean Mary, The Green Note (Sept 27).