Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Leonard Cohen; Koko; Queen; Bivouac
27 September, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
IT’S worth keeping an eye on The British Library’s eclectic programme of music focused events. On Oct 4, BBC arts editor Will Gompertz hosts Leonard Cohen: The Flame, an evening of readings and discussion in celebration of the late singer’s life and his final work, a collection of his last poems and writings. Fans from the worlds of music and literature including Cohen’s tour manager and friend Rob Hallett, writer and lyricist Polly Samson and singer and songwriter Kathryn Williams, who has curated recent tribute events, will be amongst the guests.
• If you have tickets for Koko in the near future, check the website in advance as the venue has had to close temporarily for urgent construction works due to structural damage. From what we hear, it hopes to reopen some time in October. So far, we know Peter Hook & The Light (Sept 28) has been moved to Electric Ballroom, while the remaining Antics and Guilty Pleasures September club nights have been cancelled. Several gigs in October including Jilted John and John Otway (Oct 8), The Coral (Oct 11) and Kamelot (Oct 12) have also been moved.
• It’s been a while since Wayne’s World introduced the Bohemian Rhapsody guitar solo to a new generation with their car seat mosh pit. To promote the release of upcoming Queen film Bohemian Rhapsody starring Rami Malek, an art installation and immersive exhibition will be unveiled in Carnaby Street on October 10. The cult street will be adorned with some of the band’s most memorable lyrics in dazzling neon illuminations. Look out also for the Queen pop-up shop and exhibition, where visitors will experience a showcase of band photographs, video footage and costumes. Carnaby shops and bars will also host a range of Queen-inspired menus, products and special offers. Running until January 2019 – what does this mean for Carnaby’s Christmas lights?
• Derby 90s three-piece alt-rock band Bivouac have played with Fugazi and Jesus Lizard and once danced onstage with Nirvana. Their short-lived stint in the spotlight ended in 1996, only to be revived in 2016 after comedian Stewart Lee awoke fans’ nostalgia with a mention of the band in a Guardian column. Now, the band play a special gig to mark the 25th anniversary of their debut album Tuber, by playing it in full at The Camden Assembly on Sept 28.
• Seize the chance to sing live on the Dublin Castle’s famous stage on Sept 28 for Punks Payday Karaoke, where DPRK (Democratic Punk Rock Karaoke) will be playing punk and indie covers. Get there early to catch The Bronsons’ last ever live gig.
• New Orleans hip hop duo $uicideBoy$ have amassed a cult following, scoring over a billion live streams and selling out The Forum earlier this year. They play the much smaller Underworld on Sept 28.
• Former Sly & The Family Stone lead vocalist Rudy Love, the subject of music documentary This Is Love, has been dubbed “the greatest musician the world has never known”. See Rudy Love and The Love Family when they play 100 Club on Sept 29.
• The She Street Band can only be an all-female Bruce Springsteen tribute act. They play Scala on Oct 4.
• The Wedding Present mark the 30th Anniversary of their first singles collection Tommy at 100 Club on Oct 4.
• Bruce Thomas, the longstanding bassist with Elvis Costello’s Attractions appears at The Dublin Castle’s Rock ’n’ Roll Book Club on Oct 3 to discuss Rough Notes: Dancing about Architecture, which follows his career from buying his first guitar to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2003 and beyond via some incredible showbiz encounters. The night also features Dave Philpott discussing his book Dear Mr Popstar focusing on humorous letters to pop and rock stars about their lyrics and their witty replies.
• Jazz Cafe is honouring celebrated composer Steve Reich with A Tribute to Steve Reich, by hosting a live interpretation of his piece Music for 18 Musicians on Oct 3, his 81st birthday. One-man band and electronic producer Chiminyo opens the show.
• Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan has teamed up with classically trained European musicians collective s t a r g a z e, for a concert featuring reworkings of songs from her three albums; Sea Sew, Passenger and At Swim at Barbican on Oct 4.
• Duo Afterhere featuring Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory and Berenice Scott, have been making a name for themselves with their TV and stage scores, most recently for ITV’s Vanity Fair. They play 229 on October 4.
• Folk / Americana artist Emily Mae Winters plays Cecil Sharp House on Oct 3.
• Welsh chamber-folk trio VRi launch their album at Aces and Eights on Oct 3.
• Award-winning soul and jazz artists Noel McCall and The Derek Nash Band perform Some Kinda Wonderful – The Music of Stevie Wonder featuring music from Wonder’s lifetime at Pizza Express, Holborn on Oct 3.
• Notable gigs: Spear of Destiny, Water Rats (Sept 29); The Bad Flowers, Borderline (Sept 30); The Hard Aches, Borderline (Oct 1); Sophie Ellis-Bextor Royal Festival Hall; RAY BLK, The Forum; They Might Be Giants, Barbican (Oct 3); The Interrupters, Electric Ballroom; ACRES, Boston Music Room (Oct 4).