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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: The Analogues; Hypnotic Brass Ensemble; A Certain Ratio; Johnny Lloyd

02 May, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

The Analogues

ALTHOUGH they perform Beatles music, The Analogues are not your standard covers band. Instead, this obsessive Dutch five-piece are Beatles devotees, dedicating their being to recreating albums The Beatles never played live and never intended to play live. Going to great lengths to recreate sounds precisely, they’ve amassed such an array of original instruments that they fill two trucks on tour. They play The White Album in full at The Palladium on May 4.

• The march of the mods continues, descending on Islington Assembly Hall on May 5 for the 40th anniversary of Mods Mayday. Expects live music from Secret Affair. The Truth, The Lambrettas, The Chords UK, The Vapors, Squire, The Circles and DJ Eddie Piller, plus rare videos shown on the big screen. The mod madness continues on May 6 with Quadrophenia at 40 – two screenings of the 1979 film based on the 1973 album by The Who, plus a Q&A with original cast members Phil Daniels (Jimmy), Leslie Ash (Steph), Mark Wingett (Dave), Trevor Laird (Ferdy), all in conversation with Eddie Piller.

• Antonio Sanchez, jazz drummer and composer for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s movie Birdman, performs the award-winning score live to a screening of the film at Barbican on May 4.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are not to be missed. This band of brothers grew up in unique circumstances, the subject of acclaimed documentary Brothers Hypnotic, rising through chance meets with Mos Def and others to become compelling performers on the scene – very street, very current and very cool. See them at the Jazz Cafe on May 5-6.

The Chemical Brothers

• All Points East has published the programme for its In the Neighbourhood event on May 27-30 – four days of free entry and free activities across Bank Holiday Monday and half-term week. Sandwiched between the APE big gigs featuring the likes of The Chemical Brothers, The Strokes, Christine & The Queens etc, the mid-week festivities include outdoor cinema, live music from 47Soul, London Contemporary Voices and Grand Union Youth Orchestra, a drag, circus, burlesque extravaganza from Mariah & Friends, creative workshops, street food, a craft beer fair, pop-up bars, panels and talks, sports and wellbeing, family activities and more. See the full timetable at

Original Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock and band, featuring Earl Slick, play 229 tomorrow (Friday).

• A Certain Ratio, who celebrate their 40th anniversary this year, play Islington Assembly Hall on May 4.

Camden singer and former Tribes frontman Johnny Lloyd plays Rough Trade East on May 4 the day after debut album, Next Episode Starts in 15 Seconds, is released on Banquet Records.

• Guitarist Kevin Armstrong has played alongside David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Morrissey, Prefab Sprout, Roy Orbison and many others. He plays The Lexington on May 5.

Desertfest, the UK’s premier stoner, doom, sludge and psych festival, comes to various venues in Camden for its 6th edition, running from May 3-5.

• Chicago-based singer-songwriter Michael McDermott plays The Green Note (May 6), then Aces & Eights on May 7.

Folk-Americana singer-songwriter Jess Klein plays Green Note on May 8 in support of new album Back To My Green.

Noel Gallagher

• Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds play London Palladium for the first time ever, with support from Gaz Coombes, on May 9.


Notable gigs this week: Chelou, Jazz Cafe (May 3); EGO, The Monarch; Lizzie Emeh + JB Rose + Grace Savage, Roundhouse; Omar Sosa, Jazz Cafe (May 4); Secret Affair, Islington Assembly Hall (May 5); Boyce Avenue, Union Chapel (May 6-7); James Yorkston, Islington Assembly Hall; Loyle Carner, Roundhouse; Alexandra Stréliski live at Kings Place (May 7); The Accidentals, The Garage; Death Blooms, Black Heart; C Duncan, Scala; Hand Habits, Lexington; Ela Orleans, Kings Place (May 8); DJ Premier + Rebel Kleff, The Jazz Cafe; Jodie Abacus, The Jazz Cafe; Asher Roth, Islington Academy; Lena Jonsson Trio, The Slaughtered Lamb (May 9).


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