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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: The Rock Tour + Tea; GALAXIES 12×12; State of Access

13 April, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab

The Dublin Castle is set to host a day of punk, metal and grunge on April 15

SOME years ago I took a black cab tour of Belfast. I was taken around some of the city’s most iconic sites and murals, accompanied by an unforgettably raw narrative. Now, a similar concept has been picked up in London – but on a much lighter subject matter – and in more luxury. Rock Cab Tours and K West Hotel & Spa, two rock ‘n’ roll institutions, have collaborated to create the The Rock Tour + Tea – a glam-rock afternoon tea served on vintage record covers, with electric blue and pink teapots and teacups replacing the usual Bone China. “Rock & Roll Cabbie” Stephen Channell will chauffeur guests around the sights and shrines to music legends, taking in Abbey Road Studios, the former home of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, the location of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust album cover and Jimi Hendrix’s sixties Mayfair flat, among others. It runs at £211 Tea and Tour for four people and more for the full package – a stay in one of K West’s Executive Guestrooms – the hotel has hosted Bob Marley and The Wailers, Bowie, The Kinks and Roxy Music amongst others, with English Breakfast, Glam Rock Afternoon Tea and the two-hour Rock Cab Tour.

Thurston Moore

• Arch-experimentalist and Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore appears at Barbican for GALAXIES 12×12 – Music for Twelve 12 String guitars on April 14. Moore, as conductor and composer, leads a symphony of 12-string guitars in this two-part programme, the first half acoustic, the second electric. The highbrow description explains 12 guitarists will be arranged as one single instrument, exploring the depths and possibilities present in 12 steel strings, featuring Rachel Aggs (Trash Kit, Shopping Sacred Paws), Joseph Coward (Camp X-Ray), Eugene Coyne, Jonah Falco (Career Suicide, F**ked Up), Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine), James McCartney, Jen Chochinov, James Sedwards (The Devil, Nøught), Susan Stenger (Band of Susans, The Brood), David Troop and Alex Ward (N.E.W.), & projections by artist Radio Radieux.

• Industry heads and music venues gathered at the Roundhouse on Monday for the launch of a report aimed at improving accessibility to tickets for deaf and disabled audiences. Attitude is Everything’s State of Access report recommends five areas of improvement for the industry aimed at simplifying the ticketing process. The Roundhouse, which has signed up to the Ticketing Without Barriers Coalition, has been at the forefront of promoting accessibility, and has made ticket buying for customers with access needs as simple as possible by allowing all of our access seats to be bought online or over the phone, without imposing premium call rates.

• Be transported to the Emerald City at London Palladium on April 13 at a special screening of 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, accompanied by a 60-piece orchestra.

• Ever-youthful former JLS member Aston Merrygold is forging ahead with his solo career. He plays Koko on April 15.

• The Dublin Castle hosts a day of punk, metal and grunge on April 15 with Jack-Knife Supernova, Slack Alices, The Serpent Motors, The Strays, Gorilla Warfare, Thrashsquatch, Party Baggies, The Cycle Paths, A Void and Stoneflies – from 3.15pm.

• Notable gigs this week: Vince Vella Trio, Jazz Cafe; Dipper Malkin (above), The Green Note (April 16); KIOKO, The Monarch (April 17); Shame, Electric Ballroom (April 18); Gregory Porter, Royal Albert Hall (April 18-19); IAMDDB, Koko (April 19).

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