Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Katy Perry, Evan Dando, Natalie Imbruglia
12 May, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab
WE wouldn’t normally expect to see Katy Perry’s name amongst our listings – the singer is more suited to MTV Awards shows and playing big arenas these days. However, the singer, and former Mrs Russell Brand, is due to return to The Water Rats, where she first performed 10 years ago, to play a special show for Capital Breakfast Radio competition winners on May 25. Look out for a pap storm in King’s Cross on the day.
•More support acts have been announced for The Killers’ July 8 British Summer Time gig at Hyde Park. Cold War Kids, British Sea Power, Mew, Mystery Jets, The Strypes and Alex Cameron have all been confirmed to play.
• Not surprisingly, Spiritland’s latest high-brow talk – A Night of Nick Drake – with journalist Pete Paphides and record producer and writer Joe Boyd on May 14, is already sold out. Sounds like a special one – keep an eye on Spiritland’s listings to snap up tickets for future events.
• Frank Turner (above) and OneFest’s Lost Evenings festival takes place at The Roundhouse on May 12-15. Over the course of the four-day festival, Frank, who curates the event, will headline a series of gigs supported by a hand-picked selection of artists. There will be a series of smaller gigs and fringe events and not-for-profit organisation OneFest will host a series of panels and industry events to help newcomers break into the scene. See last week’s paper for more details.
• Our favourite Lemonhead is back. Evan Dando plays Scala on May 16.
• Malian musician Toumani Diabaté, widely known as the world’s greatest kora player, revisits Songhai – a collaborative project with members of leading Flamenco band Ketama – fusing Malian music, Flamenco, Jazz, Cuban Rumba, Griot and Spanish popular song, at Barbican on May 13.
•The Amy Winehouse Foundation works hard to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people, while also supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. See the results of their good work on May 14 at Boho on Inverness Street when the charity’s Amy’s Yard project, a 12-week programme helping vulnerable 18 to 25-year-olds to develop as independent musicians, showcases the work of its most recent participants.
• Soul-inspired seven-piece Stone Foundation’s latest album, Street Rituals, is produced by and features Paul Weller. They play a sold-out gig at Islington Assembly Hall on May 13.
• There’s another Camden Rocks all-dayer at at Proud Camden on May 16. The line-up features Fudge And The Frequency, The Shakers, Only Sun, The Indios, Winnie and The Rockettes, The Palumbo Phunk, Little India and KYOTI.
•Remember Tom Jones’s duo, Into The Ark, who appeared on The Voice earlier this year? The boys play Borderline on May 16.
• Manchester’s hip-hop super-group The Mouse Outfit play big beats and blazing brass and combine original material with medleys of classic hip-hop and b-boy breaks. They bring their nine-piece band to Islington Assembly Hall on Friday (May 12) with support from DJ Cheeba and Jungle Brown.
• Renowned young Jazz/blues/gypsy guitarist, Remi Harris, plays Green Note on May 17.
• Natalie Imbruglia plays Union Chapel on May 12.
• Notable gigs this week: The Bluebeaters, The 100 Club; George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, The Forum (May 13); James Hersey, Camden Assembly (May 15); The Cribs, The Forum (May 18).