Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Guns N’ Roses; The Primitives; Last Word Festival
29 June, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
Claire Sweeney performs at Crazy Coqs at Zedel on July 2, 3, 5 and 9
GUNS N’ Roses sparked all sorts of reunion rumours when a mysterious billboard appeared in Camden Town a few weeks ago. Now, they are at it again, as a G N’ R pop-up experience comes to Camden Market this weekend to mark the re-release of the band’s debut album, Appetite For Destruction. Taking place at Camden Stables from tomorrow (June 29) until Sunday, July 30, there will be special edition branded drinks, exclusive merch (wallpaper, doormats etc), rare archive photos, a tattoo parlour, and a big screen showing their Ritzy gig from 1988.
• The Emergence Series – showcases put together by AIM members including labels, agencies and management companies – is on at Camden Assembly until July 30 with all proceeds going to War Child UK. Highlights include Grime MC Laughta, Plastic Mermaids, Naomi Banks, HAUS, Team Picture and Tusks.
• Eighties indie-pop band The Primitives mark the 30th Anniversary of their debut album Lovely with a special appearance at The 100 Club tomorrow (Friday).
• Eleni Foureira, this year’s Eurovision entry from Cyprus, was one of the favourites with her scorching outfits, “hairography” and song Fuego. She appears at Koko tomorrow (Friday).
• Queens of The Stone Age headline their own mini-festival at Finsbury Park on June 30. Iggy Pop, Run The Jewels, The Hives, Deap Valley, Miles Kane and Brody Dalle support.
• Musician, DJ and producer Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, co-founder of award-winning hip-hop dance company Boy Blue, brings a fierce combination of music, dance and video to the Barbican on June 30 with new work Outliers, part of the Barbican’s 2018 season The Art of Change.
• Dust off the reflective gilets as the popular bottomless brunch is given a drum ‘n’ bass twist at Fabric on June 30 where DJs Hype and Optical, Fabio & Grooverider provide the beats to the launch of a new monthly gathering. Saturday afternoons will become a greasy rave with a classic drum and bass soundtrack, 90s-themed games, illegal rave dress code (think airhorns and bucket hats), bottomless fried chicken by BIRD Restaurant, dance-offs, doughnuts, chocolate brownies and rum punch, loads of super-crisp free-range fried chicken and fries – all hosted by a comedian, with MC Karaoke, prize draws, a hot-wing eating contest and followed by a fully choreographed stage and light show.
• As part of the Roundhouse’s The Last Word Festival, American rapper, poet and singer-songwriter Saul Williams performs a night of global work from his multimedia project MartyrLoserKing on June 30.
• Former Brookside actress turned West End stage star Claire Sweeney performs at Crazy Coqs at Zedel on July 2, 3, 5 and 9.
• Multi-instrumentalist Terry Edwards discusses his book One Step Beyond, an in-depth look at Madness, at their spiritual home The Dublin Castle’s rock ‘n’ roll book club on July 4. Terry will take a Q & A with writer Julie Hamill alongside Mark ‘Bedders’ Bedford from Madness and tunes from DJ Tony Bugbear.
• Longtime Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra drummer Gilson Lavis, who was also the original drummer for the band Squeeze, presents his new London art exhibit, Gilson Lavis: From Drums to Canvas, at the Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel from July 5 to August 12.
• Notable gigs this week: Wiz Khalifa, Roundhouse (July 1); Thomas Wynn and the Believers, The Black Heart (July 4).