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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Jazz Cafe club nights; Salad Undressed; Q Awards

04 August, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab

London Gospel Choir

JAZZ Cafe is well known for hosting legendary acts but we don’t really talk about the venue’s many club nights, which run until 3am so you know where to go for a late-night party. Every Saturday night Soul City plays soul, funk, disco, house and Motown classics from across the ages. This week (August 5), London Gospel Choir will be bringing the sounds of the disco underground back to life. Then, on August 11 Beat of Brazil – At Night, a live samba band fronted by Heidi Vogel and Zero DB collaborator Josue Ferreira, will be joining Beat of Brazil resident DJs playing a mix of samba and Balao. On August 19, Soul City presents Soiree In Studio 54, reviving the vibe of the world’s most famous nightclub. And the best bit is the 24-hour tube is waiting when you leave.

• HERE’S a good excuse to stray a little further from home. Jamaica House at Indigo at the O2, between August 5 and 13, is a week-long celebration of Jamaican music and its influence. Featuring a variety of artists including Freddie McGregor, Ziggy Marley, Luciano, OMI, Nesbeth, Protoje, Krishane, Stylo G, The Skints, Nadia Rose, Yungen and Melissa Steel, the event is timed to coincide with Usain Bolt’s final races at the World Athletics Championships, which will be screened at the event.

Reggie and Donny 

• COFFIN Dodgers disco, the club night for the over-28s, is about to undergo a few changes. It celebrates its fourth and last birthday at The Phoenix on August 4. Resident hosts Don and Reg will then hand over the reins to their younger and imaginatively named counterparts, Donny and Reggie, who will bring the night back as Age Against the Machine on September 1. From what we can see, not much will have changed, apart from the name of the night, the age of the fake hosts and the playlist, which has widened slightly. Don’t forget to bring ID – if you can’t prove you’re 28 or over, you’re not getting in! Plus any OAPs (over-65) get in for free.

Paul Kennedy and Marijne van der Vlugt

ONE for the indie nostalgia crowd: Singers Marijne van der Vlugt and guitarist Paul Kennedy of 90s band Salad have reformed as Salad Undressed and appear at The Forum as part of the indie Star Shaped Festival, alongside The Bluetones, Sleeper, Space, Dodgy and My Life Story on August 5.

• SINGER, songwriter and producer Josh Tenor is just 16 years old but that hasn’t stopped him grabbing attention from the likes of Kwabs and Bless Beats. He plays The Camden Assembly on August 7

• THIS year’s Q Awards will take place at The Roundhouse on October 18, followed by a post-awards gig featuring – as far as we know to date – Manic Street Preachers (above) and Sleaford Mods.


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