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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Beastie Boys; The 1975; BST; Judith Owen

30 November, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Neil Young is amongst the headliners for next year’s BST

AT around this time of the year we are inundated with press releases promoting numerous Christmas number 1 hopefuls that generally fail to make a dent in the charts. But then there are some that warrant consideration. Daylight Centre in Islington has created a studio space for adults with learning disabilities who can write, record and experiment with music. The first EP to come out of this process – This Morning – is released next week (Dec 7) with aims to clinch the Christmas number one spot to raise funds for the centre.

• Expect queues outside The Forum tonight (Thursday) as the remaining two-thirds of the Beastie Boys – Adam “Adrock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond – hit The Forum in support of the release of the Beastie Boys Book. Each night of Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct will feature readings, conversations between Mike D, Adrock and more – all with a live score provided by Mix Master Mike. Sonos will provide the sound, playing a mixtape curated by Adrock and Mike D and mixed by Cut Chemist.

• 150 – the collective age of the first headliners to be announced to jointly play Hyde Park’s BST Concerts next year. Bob Dylan, 77, and Neil Young, 73, will take to the Great Oak stage on July 12.

Grammy Award-nominated Norwegian singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Jarle Bernhoft, and his latest incarnation Bernhoft & The Fashion Bruises (above), play Islington Assembly Hall tomorrow (Friday).

• Step into the heels of your rock heroes as bespoke punk and indie covers crack team The DPRK– AKA Democratic Punk Rock Karaoke – open their massive book of songs to all to perform live onstage at the Dublin Castle. Punk Rock Payday Karaoke is a chance to live the dream … for about three to five minutes.

Actress and singer Lola Kirke (above), who has starred in David Fincher’s Gone Girl and Noah Baumbach’s Mistress America, has released two timely Christmas songs – original song Cross You Off My List, and Little Drummer Girl, an updated feminine take on the classic Little Drummer Boy. See her at The Lexington tomorrow (Friday).

• Sadly, the late Oscar-nominated Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who created soundtracks for Arrival, The Theory of Everything and Sicario, passed away in February this year shortly after his upcoming concert at the Barbican was announced. After consultation with Jóhann’s family and estate, it was decided the performance at the Barbican on December 1 should go ahead in his honour. His latest work, Last and First Men, based on the cult science-fiction novel of the same name by Olaf Stapledon, combines film – featuring narration by Tilda Swinton – and music, with a score performed live by the LSO under conductor Daníel Bjarnason. Jóhann will not be replaced with another musician in this concert, but recordings that he made of his own parts will be used instead.

Belshazzar’s Feast

Belshazzar’s Feast (Paul Sartin of Bellowhead and Faustus, and Paul Hutchinson of Hoover The Dog) bring their Two Wise Men tour to Kings Place on Dec 3. Their celebrated Christmas show mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, classical, pop and music hall, completed with wry humour and audience participation.

• Acclaimed singer-songwriter Judith Owen and her husband, actor and humourist Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, Spinal Tap) will once again spread their special brand of Yuletide cheer for the 12th anniversary of their Christmas Without Tears show at the Crystal Room at the May Fair Hotel on Dec 3. Throughout the evening, they will be joined by Rob Brydon, Ali McGregor, Clinton Baptiste (Alex Lowe), Julia Fordham, Miss Hope Springs, Kansas Smittys House Band, Lizzie Ball and Gabriella Swallow as performers and surprise guests drop into Harry and Judith’s onstage living room and share a song or a joke.

Beans On Toast launches latest album A Bird In The Hand at Rough Trade East on Dec 3.

• Barfly may no longer be with us, but that isn’t stopping The 1975 returning to the scene of their first show way back in December 2012. The band will play a special anniversary gig for their top Spotify listeners at The Camden Assembly (formerly Barfly) on December 4.

Monumental drum & bass label Viper Recordings return to Egg for its third Friday night takeover with Matrix & Futurebound’s Album Launch party tomorrow (Friday). They will be joined by the likes of DJ Hype & IC3 + AMC, Audio and Koven.

• The Old Queen’s Head honours actor, director, Grammy-winning artist and musician Childish Gambino with a party in his honour tomorrow (Friday). Expect Gambino masks, a giant teddy (see 3005 video) and more Donald Glover-themed fun.

Jennings Couch (above) and his luscious locks play The Fiddler’s Elbow on Dec 1.

• Harpist and singer Brona McVittie plays Kings Place on December 5.

Notable gigs this week: Lydian Collective, Camden Assembly (Nov 30); The Heads, 100 Club; Dinosaur Pile-Up, Electric Ballroom (Dec 1); The Wildhearts, Koko; Brothers Osborne + Lucie Silvas, The Forum (Dec 2); Jesse Jo Stark, Shacklewell Arms (Dec 3); Molly Burch Lexington; The Interrupters, Electric Ballroom (Dec 4); The Good, The Bad and The Queen, Hackney Arts Centre (Dec 4-6); The Magic Numbers, Islington Assembly Hall (Dec 5); Broken Hands, Boston Music Room (Dec 6).

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