Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: DJ Sasha, London Posse, Red Hot Chilli Pipers
18 May, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers
IF you can’t make it to Green Man Festival, Green Man will come to you. The smaller Green Man Courtyard festival will be at Lewis Cubitt Square in King’s Cross, between May 22 and 29, showcasing more than 140 of the best Welsh beers and ciders from independent breweries. Expect a top line-up including country-rock legends Pinegrove, founding member of The Coral, Bill Ryder-Jones, The Wave Pictures and Huw Stevens on the decks, as well as weird and wonderful walkabout performances, installations and street food. Get your tickets soon.
• World class DJ Sasha takes a step back from the clubs for his Sasha: re-Fracted show at Barbican on May 20-21. Instead, Sasha is joined by a chamber ensemble as he explores a more introspective side to his music in a special performance of his Late Night Tales release, Scene Delete – filtering contemporary classical influences through the lens of house and techno, as well as reinterpretations of music from his back catalogue. The second half of the set comprises new interpretations of tracks from across the DJ’s career.
• Experience music in a multi-dimensional way at Sencity London at Islington Assembly Hall on May 20 where Gypsy Hill, New Town Kings and Rumpsteppers perform live while visitors are invited to hear, taste, feel and smell the nuances of music with the help of aroma jockeys and food artists.
• Camden’s foremost northern soul, mod, Motown, R&B two tone, ska and rocksteady vinyl night Crawdaddy! marks its seventh birthday at The Fiddler’s Elbow on May 19. Guest DJ Jim Watson (Soul On The Square) joins regulars Gary, Lucienne and Danny on the decks. Free Crawdaddy! compilation CDs for the first 60 people through the door.
• Bloc Party frontman Kele Okerere takes his first solo acoustic tour to St Pancras Old Church on May 22 – a rare chance to catch him in such an intimate setting.
• Homelessness charity Streets of London hosts a one-off fundraising gig at the Union Chapel on May 22 with a unique stripped-back set from Bastille backed by a string quarter and support from Billy Bragg.
• The hellacious Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind (above) are up at The Lexington on May 20.
• Movie soundtrack club night Soundtracks is holding a Dirty Dancing special to celebrate the movie’s 30th anniversary at The Monarch on May 20. Expect to hear every song from the soundtrack, a dirty dance-off, watermelon cocktails, free popcorn, Kellerman camp prizes, hair and make-up stand, Hula Hanas and more – free entry for anyone carrying a whole watermelon.
• Influential UK rappers London Posse first hit the scene back in 1987. Now, the remaining three members (Rodney P, Bionic and DJ Billy Biznizz), play their first show in 20 years at the Jazz Cafe on May 21.
• Now, bagpipes are not for everyone, but the Red Hot Chilli Pipers are something different. They mark 15 years of Bagrock – bagpipes with attitude and drums – at Islington Assembly Hall on May 21. Expect a fusion of traditional Scottish music with rock and pop anthems such as Don’t Stop Believing and We Will Rock You.
• Songwriting-savant Luke Sital-Singh brings his album Time Is A Riddle to the Union Chapel on May 23.
• Old-school hip-hop combo DJ Format & Abdominal play Electric Ballroom on May 24.
• The Green Note is transforming into the famous Bluebird Café for the night when Nashville artists Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic and Michael Logen join forces for Nashville in the Round, an evening of songs from the music city, on May 25.
•The Social celebrates 40 Years of The Fall on May 23 with live music from Meat Raffle and, an In Conversation with Austin Collings, Fall records all night, projections of classic Fall footage, and a pop-up bookshop of titles inspired by the group.
• You may recognise hard-rock band Inglorious’s frontman Nathan James from his appearances on TV singing competitions The Voice and Superstar. The band plays Islington Assembly Hall on May 19.
•Notable gigs: Aoife O’Donovan, The Lexington (May 21); KT Tunstall, Barbican (May 22); Twin Atlantic, Electric Ballroom; Kaia Kater, Green Note (May 23); Ron Sexsmith, Islington Assembly Hall (May 23-24); Brent Cobb, Borderline (May 24); Max, Islington Academy (May 25).