Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Silence for Manchester; Return of Kitty, Daisy & Lewis; Colliery Band at KOKO
25 May, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
MUSIC venues across Europe have put together their own response to the terrible attack in Manchester this week. Music Venue Trust, Live DMA and music venues everywhere are encouraging gig-goers tomorrow (Friday) night to observe a minute of silence at 9.59pm to remember the victims, followed by a minute of noise at 10pm to show “we will not be silenced”.
• Kentish Town siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis return with an intimate appearance at The Lexington on May 30.
• Nordoff Robbins Trust has reopened its new music therapy centre in Kentish Town – the world’s first purpose-built music therapy space, continuing its efforts to change lives through music.
• What better time to head down to the sun-trap that is the new King’s Cross development than this week when the skies are blazing and Green Man’s Courtyard Beer Festival is well underway. Running from May 25 to 29, expect more than 140 Welsh beers and ciders, a packed Green Man music line-up from the likes of Bill Ryder-Jones (The Coral) and Dutch Uncles, Huw Stevens on the deck, food, performances and more.
• Twenty-first century East London brass supremos the Hackney Colliery Band play KOKO tomorrow (Friday).
• Bugbear and Brotherhood kick off their first night of FFS At The Constitution, an evening of raconteurship and acoustic punk folk and fun on May 26. Expect a Q&A, One Deck Disco, radio recordings, Fake Fireside Favourites and more with songwriter JC Carroll and special guests.
• Surprise guests are promised at this week’s release of The Unthanks’ new album Diversions Vol. 4 – The Songs And Poems Of Molly Drake (above), at Barbican this weekend. The unannounced visitor will perform live at the band’s two shows on Sunday (May 28), and will also join them for an exclusive Q&A during the album launch on Saturday, hosted by acclaimed actress Maxine Peake.
• Mollie Marriott, the daughter of Small Faces and Humble Pie singer/guitarist Steve Marriott, plays The Borderline on June 1 with special guests Pocket Dragon and Anna Krantz.
• The Roundhouse Last Word Festival continues until June 10 with a packed line-up of spoken word performers, collaborations and musical performances.
• Manana//Cuba: A Night of Afro-Cuban Collaborations featuring DJ Tennis, Plaid, Ariwo, Soundspecies and Obbatuké, Racubah DJs and Alayo, takes place at Barbican Hall on May 26.
• Following his recent arena tour supporting James Arthur, singer Matt Gresham (above) plays his debut UK headline show at The Islington on May 26.
• Expect some serious flowing hair around The Roundhouse tomorrow (May 26) when Hawkwind come to town.
• Simple Minds’ acoustic tour stops at the Palladium on May 27 with support from The Anchoress.
• Shooglenifty play The Water Rats on May 27 alongside Eilidh Shaw (The Poozies).
• Guitar duo Striking Matches play Borderline on May 28.
• Notable gigs this week: The Primitives, 229 (May 26); Erasure, The Roundhouse (May 29); Public Service Broadcasting, Electric Ballroom; Louis Berry, Koko (May 31); Royal Trux, Electric Ballroom (June 1).