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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Dig It Sound System; Justin Robertson; Barenaked Ladies

26 April, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Anne-Marie will be at HMV Oxford Street on April 28

CAMDEN Town’s legendary Dig It Sound System are celebrating May Day next week (Friday, May 4) at the Skip Garden in King’s Cross. Expect their usual mash-up of styles to get the dancefloor moving, plus delicious food supplied by charity Global Generation. Free entry or three-course food and drink tickets for £18.

London-based DJ, musician and artist Justin Robertson, renowned for remixing work by Björk, Bryan Ferry and Noel Gallagher, brings his latest exhibition, It’s Alive, to The Book Club from April 26. Running until July 8, the free exhibition will challenge the concept of the machine mind by exploring what it is to be human, to be a conscious being and to what extent everything is “alive”.

• Biffy Clyro’s Roundhouse performance last November marks the UK relaunch of the MTV Unplugged series. The concert, which forms the foundation of the band’s first acoustic album, will be broadcast on MTV on May 25, the same day that the album – MTV Unplugged: Live At Roundhouse – is released in audio and video formats.

British-Ghanaian soul singer Andrew Ashong joins a specially curated line-up at Jazz Cafe on April 27 alongside Swiss brothers Dario & Mario of Alma Negra and finishing off with hand-picked selection from Esa, who has made his name in the underground dance music scene.

• Authors of the theme from Malcolm In the Middle and so much more, Barenaked Ladies play the Roundhouse on April 27.

We’ve gone on about these guys before but the Mexrrissey collective of top Mexican musicians from a number of different disciplines brought together by top producer Camilo Lara and putting their own Latin twist on music from The Smiths and Morrissey, is unmissable – particularly as the prospect of seeing Moz in the flesh with his increasingly less than personable views might be considered distasteful. So, here’s a way to bask in the music without deigning him with your presence – see Mexrrissey at Barbican on April 29.

• There have been further additions to the Kenwood Concerts line-up, with The Bootleg Beatles, Lightning Seeds and Kyle Falconer band being announced to perform on June 17.

HMV Oxford Street’s old-school in-store campaign continues with vocalist Anne-Marie due to perform and meet fans on April 28. See hmv.com for a chance to grab one of 400 tickets for the event – but don’t forget, it comes with the caveat that you must buy the album from the store on the day.

• Scottish duo Doghouse Roses first met Philadelphia native Joseph Parsons in a smoky Berlin bar, leading to this, their third UK tour as co-headliners. They play Green Note on May 3.

Bryan Ferry plays London Palladium on May 1.

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