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Grooves: Jazzie B; All Points East; The Sundbirds; Aswad; Dabbla

26 August, 2021 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Rapper Dabbla

AS if the music industry and festival season hasn’t been hit hard enough, last week’s rains softened the ground at Kenwood so badly that the grounds were deemed unsafe for the stage setup for Heritage Live’s series of gigs featuring the likes of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Culture Club, James, Bananarama and David Rodigan. Having already been rescheduled a number of times due to Covid restrictions, sadly the new dates were called off at the last minute, as, despite their best efforts, it was not possible to proceed safely. At least we weren’t hit as badly as the Central Park Homecoming gig in New York last week, destined to signal a return for the music scene, the all-star event was called off as Barry Manilow began Can’t Smile Without You, initially seeming oblivious to the Tannoy calling out severe weather warnings and immediate evacuation as Hurricane Henri approached.

Dance your way through the Bank Holiday weekend at The Old Queen’s Head this weekend with three nights of DJs starting with a funk and soul set from Jazzie B (Aug 27), immerse yourself in hip hop and r ‘n’b on Saturday night (Aug 28) followed by a disco retrospective, tracing the music from the 70s through to the nu-disco era and beyond with DJ and producer Plastician on Sunday (Aug 29).

• Jazz Cafe has some delicious nights planned – a pick of the best: French house sensation Bellaire club night (Aug 27), Castanights, a night of live flamenco ft Ramon Ruiz, special guests, band and flamenco dancers (Aug 29); reggae from Aswad (Aug 30); Grammy-winning funk and soul producer/musician/composer and proponent of Philly Soul Dexter Wansel, who worked with The O’Jays, Teddy Pendergrass and Lou Rawls performing his back catalogue, support from Zola Marcelle (Aug 31); The Revolution Will Be Live, A Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron, Jazz Café (Sept 1); Benghazi pop pioneer Ahmed Fakroun (Sept 2) and Barnet rapper Dabbla + Sumgii and Illaman (Sept 9).

Two of London’s coolest festivals takes place this weekend as Field Day and All Points East return to Victoria Park. Foals, Celeste, London Grammar, Kojey Radical, Jamie XX, Kano, Loyle Carner, Bicep (DJ), Little Simz, Bombay Bicycle Club, Jade Bird, Nadine Shah, Ghostpoet and so many more will be appearing.

• And if that line-up isn’t for you, there’s also the Reggaeton Fiesta at Piccadilly Institute; Yam Carnival, Clapham Common; Eastern Electrics, Lee Valley; Alt+LDN, Clapham Common – all on Aug 28 plus Notting Hill Carnival Off The Streets – the carnival’s online presence.

Cecil Sharp House opens for autumn/winter with a programme of exciting folk artists including traditional folk musicians Tom Moore and Archie Churchill-Moss (Sept 22), Thea Gilmore’s first ever solo tour (Sept 30) and Irish singer Heidi Talbot collaborating with Boo Hewerdine (Oct 23) plus many more.

• Dave Hemingway, co-founder of The Beautiful South, brings new band The Sundbirds to Water Rats on Sept 1.

Other notable gigs: Superlove, Underworld (Sept 2); Heaven 17, Roundhouse (Sept 5); LUMP (Mike Lindsay and Laura Marling), Scala (Sept 6); Teenage Fanclub, The Forum (Sept 8); Arab Strap, Electric Ballroom (Sept 8); Emily Burns + Yours To Take + Nick Wilson, Powerhaus; The Wildhearts, Electric Ballroom (Sept 9).

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