Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: The Underworld; The Fuzztones; Martin Creed; Ghetts
24 January, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab
THE Underworld has joined the digital fight against ticket touts, switching to mobile tickets via the DICE app. The touts that gather between the tube and Camden’s various music venues may soon be driven away as more and more venues adopt alternative ticketing methods to thwart their efforts. The app also has the advantage of allowing fans to get refunds on tickets to sold-out shows, with those tickets then offered to real fans. The Underworld’s Jon Vyner said: “Camden is known for its amazing musical heritage but we’re not stuck in the past. Music fans coming through our doors are tech-savvy and used to organising their lives through their smartphones. Ticketing should be no different. App-based tickets makes it easier for fans to discover our events and book tickets hassle-free.”
• That BBC documentary, BROS: After the Screaming Stops, became an instant cult hit over Christmas, sparking many office debates over whether it was real or scripted. The revived interest in the ‘80s twins has led them to announce a special headline show at Brixton Academy on July 5.
• Canadian diva Celine Dion takes a break from her Vegas residency to play her only European date of 2019, opening Hyde Park’s BST Festival on July 5.
• 2018’s Blues Music Award-winning Band Of The Year Rick Estrin & The Nightcats feature the world-class talents of harmonica master, songwriter and vocalist Rick Estrin, guitar wunderkind Chris “Kid” Andersen, keyboard wizard Lorenzo Farrell and dynamic drummer Alex Pettersen. They play 100 Club tonight (Thursday).
• NYC garage-psych punk group and CBGBs regulars back in the day, The Fuzztones return to London to play 100 Club tomorrow (Friday).
• Turner prize winner Martin Creed performs alongside Salomé Quartet in a concert at Milton Court Concert Hall tomorrow (Friday), which features the UK premiere of Work No. 2890: Bum piano; a new work for string quartet and music from Work No. 409: The Singing Lift. This concert forms part of the wider programming around Creed’s exhibition Toast, which runs at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery until Feb 9 and includes new sculpture, painting, drawing, tapestry, video, live action and music. Creed has become known for hugely varied work which is by turns uncompromising, entertaining, shocking and beautiful.
• Freak Power celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their most famous single, Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out, with a special show at 100 Club on Jan 26.
• France-based disco trio Gibson Brothers, known for huge dancefloor hits Cuba, Que Sera Mi Vida and Ooh! What A Life, bring their soulful, Latin infused party anthems to Jazz Cafe on Jan 26.
• Celebrating 10 years of the renowned WOO! club in Naples, Marcel Fengler, Jennifer Cardini, Aldoina and our own Kyle E celebrate an Italian dance music institution at Egg on Jan 26.
• Neville Staple Band, Roddy Radiation & The Skabilly Rebels and The Beat Goes Bang (featuring Everett Morton) will come together for the 40th Anniversary of a Ska and 2-Tone Celebration Concert at The Garage on January 26.
• In their heyday The Pack, formed in 1978 amongst the punk anarchist scene, were known for riotous shows, often ending in chaos and destruction. They return to play The Underworld on Jan 27 with special guests Desperate Measures.
• Marc Almond and long-term guitarist/sideman Neal X have recruited Iggy Pop’s rhythm section – Ben Ellis and Mat Hector – to form The Loveless. Drawing material from Marc’s immense back catalogue with nods to T. Rex, Iggy, David Bowie, ‘60s R&B and Garage Rock, they play 100 Club on Jan 27.
• Nashville star Andrew Combs will play Borderline on Jan 28.
• Grime veteran Ghetts plays Islington Assembly Hall on Jan 30 + 31.
• Toronto alt-rockers and labelmates of IDLES, Dilly Dally, play The Garage on Jan 30.
River Becomes Ocean
• Notable gigs this week: Gruff Rhys, Roundhouse (Jan 24); Azealia Banks, Koko (Jan 25); Hot Sardines, Roundhouse; Ministry of Sound Annual Classical, Royal Festival Hall (Jan 26); River Becomes Ocean, 229 (Jan 30); Shirley Collins, Roundhouse (Jan 31).