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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Lock Tavern; Gabrielle; The Kut

16 August, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab

The Kut

LAST week we mentioned that Jamaican singer Brushy One String was forced to cancel his Blues Kitchen gig due to visa issues and now dub/reggae master Horace Andy – also known for lending his voice to tracks across Massive Attack’s five studio albums – has had to pull out of his Jazz Cafe show on August 19 “due to visa issues at the consulate in Jamaica”.

This seems to be a more common occurrence at the moment, with visa issues affecting many musicians hoping to perform in the UK. Perhaps it’s time to review the policy for visiting musicians to make sure artists and other members of the creative arts are able to bring their much-loved talents to the UK.

In the meantime, the Dub Asante Band will perform in Andy’s stead, with the Matic Horn Section, saluting Horace Andy and playing their own selection of tunes. They will be joined by Little Roy, Earl 16, Lorna “Sutara” G and Askala Selassie w/ Fenomeno Show.

• First we hear that The Lock Tavern is no longer hosting live gigs and now there are reports that the Camden Institution is closing down. More to come on this in due course but, whatever happens, we need to get out there and support grassroots venues before they disappear forever. 

UPDATE: The Lock Tavern’s new owners, the East London Pub Co, tell the New Journal that it will not be closing and will continue to host live music. 


• Our lead story this week gives details of a special charity concert in Islington for World Mental Health Day. And now, The Roundhouse has announced its own special concert – Music 4 Mental Health, put on by award-winning mental health campaign #IAMWHOLE – on November 18, with the first acts revealed to be Anne-Marie and Olly Murs with many more to follow.

Nineties R&B queen Gabrielle launches new album Under My Skin at the Jazz Cafe tomorrow (Friday). She will be showcasing new material and all the hits, from Out Of Reach and Sunshine, to Rise and Dreams – which is 25 years old this year – feeling old?

• The brains behind Coffin Dodgers Disco have come up with another novel concept – Indie Kids’ Kids, an afternoon party for grown-up indie kids and their kids from 12pm-2pm at The Finsbury on August 18. Bring your children as Cliff Gloom and the gang spin Britpop, soul, rock ‘n’ roll up to the latest almost chart-troubling indie tunes. Expect the usual games, balloons, confetti cannons, and join the indie/air guitar band, wave your glo-stick to Blur’s Tender, get stuck in with the balloons, watch out for the confetti cannons and nominate your mum/dad/responsible adult for the best indie dancer. From 12pm-2pm.

Rising Atlanta rapper Lil Gnar (above), the latest young talent to be spotted by DJ Semtex, will be added to a long list of hot hip-hop artists to perform at DJ Semtex’s ARRIVAL at Borderline on August 19. Lil Gnar, whose latest single Drop Ten Benz ft Lil Skies has over six million streams, started his own skater fashion brand, GNARCOTIC, before breaking into the music industry.

• All-girl trio The Kut play The Islington on August 19.

Princess Nokia has been selling out venues across the globe. She brings her live show to The Forum on August 20.

• US internet boy band Brockhampton came together over an online forum. They play Koko on August 20-21. The boys clearly have a handle on inspiration with their first three albums – all released last year – being named Saturation, Saturation II and Saturation III.


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