Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: All Points East; Kenney Jones; VNV Nation; Wireless
31 January, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab
IT looks like The Strokes will be bringing their fuzzy riffs back to London this spring as they have been revealed to be completing the opening weekend of All Points East festival in Victoria Park on Saturday, May 25. This will be the band’s first UK show in four years. Also playing on the same day are The Raconteurs, Interpol, Johnny Marr, Parquet Courts, Jarvis Cocker, Courtney Barnett, Connan Mockasin, Anna Calvi, Bakar, The Nude Party and Viagra Boys. Some exciting names have also been announced to join the Chemical Brothers on May 24, including Róisín Murphy and Petite Noir. Joining Christine and The Queens on May 26 will be James Blake, Kamasi Washington Joy Orbison and Princess Nokia.
• Last Shadow Puppet, former member of The Rascals and solo musician in his own right, one of my favourite Scousers, Miles Kane, will be playing an acoustic set at Fred Perry in Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, tonight (Thursday). The show will mark the brand’s third collection with Miles, who will apparently be hanging around after the set to meet fans and sign albums. Get there early – marked for 5pm-6pm, it sounds like it’s going to be short and sweet.
• Wireless Festival, which is returning to Finsbury Park on July 5-7, has sold out its 135,000 tickets within hours of announcing this year’s line-up. Headliners include Cardi B and Migos on Friday, Travis Scott on Saturday and ASAP Rocky on Sunday.
• Make Mondays mellow as Monday Jazz nights returns to Kentish Town’s The Oxford where a selection of skilled musicians have been lined up.
• Lose yourself in four rooms of drum ‘n’ bass at Red Bull Music Presents: Refractions at Egg on Feb 1. Special guests include Dub Phizix & Strategy, Randall, Alix Perez, Fabio (Liquid Classics set), Lenzman and many more. Advance tickets only £5.
• Drummer Kenney Jones (The Small Faces, The Faces and The Who post-Keith Moon), brings his band Kenney Jones and the Jones Gang play 229 tomorrow (Friday).
• Massaoke – the mass sing-along phenomenon – debuts its latest incarnation A Night At The Musicals at Koko tomorrow (Friday). With no karaoke spotlight, the night encourages visitors to sing along with a versatile live band, guided by giant video lyrics, as they play hits from well-loved musicals including Mamma Mia!, The Greatest Showman, Grease, Frozen, Dirty Dancing, Evita, Cats, Phantom Of The Opera and The Lion King.
• The European-based Ronan Harris’ alternative-electronic project VNV Nation bring their Noire tour to Electric Ballroom on Feb 3.
• Award-winning Swedish folk duo Symbio (above) play original compositions combining folk, minimalistic art music and electronic dance music to create a cinematic experience for the listener. See them at Green Note on Feb 4.
• Ten Tonnes may be George Ezra’s brother but he’s definitely got his own sound. Make up your own mind at Scala on Feb 5.
• California rockers Rival Sons play Roundhouse on Feb 6.
• To mark the 30th anniversary of King Tubby’s death, dub innovator Dennis Bovell will pay tribute to one of the leading figures in Jamaican dub with A brief History of King Tubby at Jazz Cafe on Feb 6.
• Next week’s Dublin Castle Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club, on Feb 6, features author Tony Drayton in conversation with Tony Gleed, and Daniel Rachel in conversation with Julie Hamill. Drayton is the author of Ripped and Torn: 1976 – 79 The Loudest Punk Fanzine in the UK, which relives one of the first punk fanzines in the UK, running for 18 issues, all of which are reproduced in the book. Daniel Rachel’s Walls Come Tumbling Down charts the period between 1976 and 1992 where politics and pop music came together, following the rise and fall of three key movements of the time: Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone, and Red Wedge and including interviews with over 150 key players of the time. There will be music from punk, new wave, post-punk and proto-punk concept act Radio Generation, handpicked to complement the evening’s books.
Jealous of the Birds. Photo: Vivian Wang
• Notable gigs this week: Low, Barbican; Jealous of the Birds, Apple Store, Regent Street (Feb 1); Anna Calvi, Roundhouse; Collateral, Black Heart; This Wild Life, Union Chapel; King King + Sari Schott, Koko and Estrons, Scala (Feb 7).