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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: The Good Ship; Apple Music Festival, Draft House…

07 September, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab

North London indie pop band the Cosines on stage at The Good Ship

Sad to hear that The Good Ship is to shut down at the end of next month. The venue announced the news on Facebook on Monday stating that “the business is no longer viable since we had our hours cut at the end of 2016”. The venue’s last comedy show will be on October 23 headlined by Geoff Norcott, closing for good after the final gig by The Smyths on October 29. Maybe a timely reminder to support local venues before more may be lost.

• Sadly we saw this one coming too – the Apple Music Festival, formerly the iTunes Festival, which has taken place in September at the Roundhouse for a number of years, has been axed. In the last two years the event, which used to bring the biggest international names including Lady Gaga, Elton John and Pharrell Williams, to Camden, was slashed from a gig a night for the entire month to just 10 gigs, sparking rumours that Apple was plotting a strategic retreat. Hopefully this won’t be too much of a loss to the Roundhouse calendar.

The Draft House opens on the spot of the former Grand Union bar on Camden Road next week (Sept 14). Taking its lead from Camden’s musical history, the venue, which specialises in craft beers is launching with a night of music from the ages, a music quiz, beer prices slashed to the mid-90s prices of the golden era of Britpop and ending with a live set from DJ Alicat. Look out for the specially commissioned Camden Rock map, which takes up an entire wall of the venue commemorating pop-culture milestones and influential lost venues around the borough.

• Last year we told you about The Insiders, a duo formed out of a friendship behind the bar at The Oxford Arms in Kentish Town. The guys have been working hard to become known as original artists and now perform under the name of Daniel Yusouff as his solo project, playing 70s Americana with elements of blues and jazz. See them play alongside Eea, Aidan Dale and Tome Dulieu at The Pack and Carriage, Mornington Crescent, on Sunday (Sept 10).

Spiritland in King’s Cross – a venue dedicated to recorded music and haven for the music puritan – celebrates its first birthday this week. Check out the website for celebratory events.

Roundhouse has extended its licence to 2am especially for DJ, producer and label owner Guy Gerber’s extended set of house, techno and unreleased original music on Saturday (Sept 9).

• Seattle musician Noah Gundersen’s songs have featured on Sons of Anarchy, The Vampire Diaries and more. He plays Borderline on September 11 ahead of the release of his third album White Noise on Sept 22.

• Glasgow rockers GUN play a free one-hour set at The Big Red on Holloway Road on Sept 12 showcasing tracks from new album Favourite Pleasures, as well as a few fan-favourites.

• Adrenaline Animals, 485c, Oliver Shaw, The Homosexuals and Trent Miller play a charity gig at The Monarch in aid of Musicians Against Homelessness on Sept 12.

Notable gigs this week: Alvvays, Koko (Sept 8); Noah Gundersen, Borderline; Ímar, The Slaughtered Lamb (Sept 11); Bomba Estéreo, Koko (Sept 12); Level 42, Dingwalls; Sigrid, Scala (Sept 13);

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