Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Mystery Jets; Russell Crowe; Roni Size; Kat & Co
21 September, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab
MYSTERY Jets (above) will set up residence at The Garage between Sept 25-30 with a five-night “jetrospective”, playing each of their albums in full for the first time. The running order is as follows: Making Dens (Sept 25), Twenty One (Sept 26), Serotonin (Sept 28), Radlands (Sept 29) and Curve of the Earth (Sept 30) – look out for some promised special guests.
• The VIP pricing for Hollywood actor Russell Crowe’s Indoor Garden Party on Sept 28 at Union Chapel is a little eyewatering. While standard tickets cost £55, VIP tickets – which include priority seating, a laminate, signed photo, meet and greet and drinks reception and photo opportunity with the band post-show – cost £295. The line-up, curated by Crowe, includes Canadian folk-rock singer Alan Doyle, chart-topping producer Carl Falk, and singers Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) and Scott Grimes.
• Elvana, Newcastle’s finest Elvis-fronted Nirvana tribute band, return to play O2 Islington Academy on Sept 22 – as weird as it sounds – check out the YouTube footage.
• Americana skiffle band The Dodge Brothers counts bequiffed film critic Mark Kermode in their line-up. The band, plus The Brass Souls, play The Blues Kitchen on Sept 22.
• Roni Size joins a bustling line-up of drum ‘n’ bass acts over eight stages across Finsbury Park for Hospitality in the Park on Saturday (Sept 23). Then once the D ‘n’ B heads have traipsed home, the clubbers should come out for the first-ever Abode festival on Sept 24 featuring the likes of Solardo, Lauren Lane, Darius Syrossian and many more.
• The relentless Mr Eazi (above) brings his one-day festival of West African Culture to Camden with Life is Eazi:Culturefest 2017 – a celebration of Nigerian, Ghanaian and UK culture, art, music, dance and fashion, culminating in a two-hour set from Mr Eazi himself, to the Roundhouse on September 23. Tickets between £25 and £60.
• To coincide with the 25th anniversary of Serge Gainsbourg’s death, Barbican will host Gainsbourg Symphonic with Jane Birkin on Sept 26. Conceived by his muse and long-term partner, Birkin, the concert will feature the Heritage Orchestra conducted by Geoffrey Styles. The tribute project is also available as an album titled Birkin/Gainsbourg Le Symphonique.
• Following his residency at Jazz Cafe, James Lavelle’s Camden takeover continues this week with an UNKLE show at Koko on Sept 26 and then When Things Explode, a night of UNKLE films at the Roundhouse on Sept 28.
• Hotly-tipped urban artist Lil Peep headlines Islington Academy on Sept 26.
• Brix & the Extricated is a new project from former members of The Fall. Featuring Brix Smith-Start (ex-songwriting partner and wife of Mark E Smith), The Hanley Brothers and Steve Trafford, the band launch their debut album Part 2 with a free show and record signing at Rough Trade East (Brick Lane) on Saturday (Sept 23).
• Those looking to discover new music won’t find a more generous offer than this weekend. Redrock Festival, an all-day celebration of emerging music, running from noon to midnight, takes place at The Dublin Castle on Sunday (Sept 24) – and entry is totally free, although donations are welcome and will be shared out among the bands.
• Finnish singer Erja Lyytinen (above) plays Borderline on Sept 25.
• BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year, singer and harpist Rachel Newton (above) and her band play Kings Place on Sept 22. Newton specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in Scottish Gaelic and English as well as writing and arranging her own music.
• Camden band Kat & Co (above), whose new album is Blues Is The New Cool, play The Green Note on Sept 23.
• Energetic band FolkLaw know how to put on a show. The rising stars of the folk, rock and roots scene bring their exhilarating songs and acrobatic fiddle playing to The Slaughtered Lamb on September 23.
• The Beautiful Game + Roofs play a special benefit gig to raise money for charity, Musicians Against Homelessness, at the Water Rats on Sept 22.
• Global superstar Norah Jones returns to her jazz roots for four intimate shows at Ronnie Scott’s on Sept 25 and 26.
• Notable gigs: KRS-One + Dozer Carter, Jazz Cafe (Sept 23); Tom Grennan, Koko; DZ Deathrays, Monarch (Sept 27); Old Sea Brigade, Scala; Rae Morris, Islington Assembly Hall, Suzanne Vega, Palladium; Sarah Teibo + Dire Pitan, Hard Rock Cafe (Sept 28).