Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Lock Tavern; Notting Hill Carnival; Elsa Hewitt
24 August, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
The Notting Hill Carnival
FOLLOWING the story in the news pages of last week’s Camden New Journal, confirming that the Lock Tavern is not closing, it seems that music will continue to play a central role at the venue. The pub, which has been acquired by the East London Pub Co, will close briefly between August 29 and 31, and undergo a half-million-pound investment over the next six months while remaining open to the public. According to the new owners, the majority of staff will remain the same, with some taking a more central role in music scheduling – a new development after it was revealed that the existing booking company would no longer be engaged. It will also maintain a full schedule of live music and DJs on a weekly basis. Bradley Lomas, of the East London Pub Co, said: “The Lock Tavern has a fantastic history and we are looking forward to breathing new life into this Camden institution and honouring its musical heritage. The pub has been around for decades and host to some of the UK’s best up-and-coming and established talent, which is why we want to ensure music remains at the heart of this venue.”
• The Notting Hill Carnival is upon us again and there is no shortage of warm-up and general carnival parties to choose from. Tomorrow (Friday), there’s a carnival warm-up party at Camden Assembly while DJ Yoda + Chris P Cuts will play a Carnival set at the Jazz Cafe. On Saturday (Aug 25) there’s the GRM Daily Carnival Warm Up Party at Koko. Red Bull Music, famous for its underpass parties, returns to Notting Hill for a two-day celebration of Carnival past, present and future, bringing its sound system with a secret headliner and a huge line-up on Aug 26 and the Mangrove Float on Aug 27 to mark the mas band’s 40th anniversary. Also on Aug 26, Metalheadz will oversee a Carnival after-party at Egg.
• Musician Elsa Hewitt performs Portishead’s Dummy live with a quartet at the Jazz Cafe on Saturday, combining the album’s atmospheric sounds with bespoke visual elements.
• Quintet Pentagon Brass will be providing tunes from the ‘30s and ‘40s at Parliament Hill Lido’s 80th birthday celebrations on Saturday.
• Field Day takes over Street Feast’s Dinerama on Aug 26 with DJ sets from Foals, Bugged Out DJs, Wes Baggaley, Lou Hayter and more.
• New York trio Blonde Redhead play Islington Assembly Hall on Aug 27.
• California four-piece SWMRS first came together under the name Emily’s Army aged just eight years old, and had released two albums before finishing high school. They plan an intimate show at Electrowerkz on Aug 28.
• There’s a garage-fest at Egg with DJ Luck & MC Neat v Artful Dodger, Marky B and Oliver Rant tomorrow (Friday).
• Notable gigs this week: The 2 Bears, Jazz Cafe; The Truth, 100 Club (Aug 25); Seun Kuti, Jazz Cafe (Aug 27 + 28); Grandmaster Flash, Scala (Aug 28); Colter Wall, Scala (Aug 29); Arturo Tappin, Pizza Express Live Holborn (Aug 30-31).