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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: 30 years of Lamacq; DMC World DJ Finals; The Zombies

28 September, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab

IF there is one man who really knows his music, it’s DJ and journalist Steve Lamacq (above). Ever true to music’s roots, he can often be spotted at small gigs around Camden. Lamacq celebrates 30 years in the music industry with a one-man show, Going Deaf For a Living, at The Roundhouse on October 5.

• Expect some serious DJ skills at Koko on Oct 1, where the DMC World DJ Finals take place. Headlined by original UK hip-hop crew London Posse, who will give a special live performance as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations, the show will also include a collection of DMC alumni and UK turntablists for a special tribute performance in memory of DJ Daredevil, who passed away recently after a public battle with cancer. Amongst the finalists who will be competing on the day are the US’s first ever female finalist, DJ Perly, and Japan’s DJ Rena, who is to become the youngest ever DJ to compete at just 12 years old.

• Here’s something to herald in autumn: Jon Boden launches new album, Afterglow, with an acoustic campfire gig and lots of mulled cider in the gardens of Cecil Sharp House on Oct 3.

All four surviving members of cult 60s group The Zombies (above) (Colin Blunstone, Rod Argent, Chris White and Hugh Grundy) mark the 50th anniversary of classic album Odessey and Oracle, playing it in full at London Palladium on Sept 29.

• Iration Steppas claim to be the vanguard of dub, playing dubz “inna year 3000 style”. They play Scala on Sept 29 alongside the Jah Youth Sound System, The Roots Ambassador and Roots Family and The Mighty Aba-Shanti.

Katee Kross (above) was “discovered” by Seasick Steve’s wife after she posted a cover of the singer’s Purple Shadows on YouTube. She plays The Harrison, King’s Cross, on Sept 30.

• Jamiroquai percussionist Sola Akingbola hosts a special benefit gig for Grammy-winning conga player Giovanni Hidalgo (above) at Jazz Cafe on Oct 4. Hidalgo, who has been unable to perform for nearly two years due to debilitating diabetes, will give his first UK performance since 2009 alongside some of the UK’s top percussionists in a night of explosive Afro-Latin jazz-funk.

Festival hit Tubular Bells for Two (above), where Australian multi-instrumentalists Daniel Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts juggle more than 20 instruments in a spellbinding performance of Mike Oldfield’s 1973 debut album, is reprised at the Union Chapel on Oct 5.

• Dutch psych-pop trio My Baby (above) play Dingwalls on Oct 4.

Notable gigs: Jibba Jabba, The Monarch (Sept 29); Anteros, Camden Assembly (Oct 2); Flamingods, Jazz Cafe (Oct 3); The Milk + New Street Adventure, Koko; Kings of the South Seas, Cecil Sharp House (Oct 4); All Them Witches, Koko; Snowboy & The Latin Section + Jen Kearney, 229 (Oct 5).

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