Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Beans on Toast; All Points East; Nick Heyward
24 May, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
Beans on Toast
ONE of Camden’s most prolific songwriters, the lovably rough-around-the-edges folk poet Beans on Toast, appears at Rough Trade East on May 31 for a special book signing and in-store gig. Expect tales from his humorous new memoir, Drunk Folk Tales, a collection of 10, short, true-life stories about songwriting, travelling and drinking featuring the likes of Billy Bragg, Banksy and The Cookie Monster. The event coincides with the ninth anniversary of his 50-song debut album, Standing on a Chair – it would have been a decade but he miscounted. Beans is about to embark on his Sitting on a Chair tour, which will inevitably include selections from his vast back-catalogue and, no doubt, tales of his misadventures.
• Victoria Park’s new All Points East makes it debut tomorrow (Friday) as the three-day festival brings the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Young Fathers to its stages. Starting with a three-day festival featuring Björk, The XX and many more, then a week of free community activities and ending with three days of stand-alone gigs from Nick Cave and Patti Smith amongst others, this looks like a London festival to rival all others. All Points East runs from May 25 to June 3.
• Former Haircut 100 frontman and ‘80s pop star Nick Heyward has been roundly praised for his new album, Woodland Echoes, his first in 18 years, which entered the UK Independent Album Chart at number 4. He plays Islington Academy tomorrow (Friday).
• Field Music bring a specially-staged concert to the Barbican tomorrow (Friday), featuring an expanded orchestral line-up with strings, brass, wind and percussion from the Open Here Orchestra.
• Estbel, made up of Estonian musicians Leana Vapper-Dhoore and Sänni Noormets, and Belgium’s Dhoore brothers, are said to create magic with their delicate arrangements and dainty harmonies. They play The Slaughtered Lamb, Clerkenwell, tomorrow (Friday).
The Slow Readers Club
• Manchester indie four-piece, The Slow Readers Club, close their tour at Islington Assembly Hall tomorrow (Friday).
• Hammond organist, singer and songwriter Fay Hallam brings The Fay Hallam Group to The 100 Club tomorrow (Friday) with support from Swedish soul vocalist Magnus Carlson and Paris-based mod quartet French Boutik.
• Dance music masters Creamfields mark their arrival in London with a massive 20-metre-high Steel Yard structure, under which a packed line-up of dance acts will preside at Finsbury Park on May 26-27. Headliners include trance trio Above & Beyond, Tiesto with Steve Angello and a DJ set from Faithless.
• Relive the magic of hit Hollywood musical La La Land with the help of a 60-piece live orchestra at Theatre Royal Drury Lane on May 27.
• Following the release of new album, Pocketful of Stones, Glaswegian brothers Hue & Cry play a special full band show at ULU on May 27.
• Roots powerhouse duo The Small Glories play The Green Note on May 31.
• Notable gigs this week: James Bay, The Roundhouse (May 29); The Fernweh, The Social (May 30); Doug Carn, 229 (May 31).