Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Halloween; Oxjam; Howie Payne; Little Dragon
26 October, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab
• HOWIE Payne (above), of Liverpool faves The Stands, plays Borderline on Oct 28, the day after releasing Mountain, his first record in eight years.
• There’s no shortage of Halloween parties taking place over the weekend. Here’s a small selection of where the ghoulish fancy dressed-ones will be most at home…
Chicago’s latest breakout rapper and producer, SABA, headlines hip-hop, house and future beats night BURST at KOKO’s Halloween Ball on Oct 27 – with a Day of the Dead theme and support from Full Crate + Warren Xclnce;
Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes has a Quentin Tarantino Haloween Ball tomorrow (Friday) with dress-up competition, DJs and much more; Ultimate Power presents Bat Out of Helloween at The Forum on Oct 28 – be ready for the power ballads;
The Monarch has Soundtracks Sucks – Vampire Special (Oct 28) featuring the best songs from the best movies, The Dance of the Vampires bloodsucking dance-off, bloody cocktails, prizes, punishments and much more; And on the same night Club de Fromage + Burn Down The Disco present Zombies Ate My Dance Floor at Islington Academy.
• Oxjam Islington and Camden both take place on Oct 28, two one-day festivals with a packed line-up across multiple venues. See the website for full details. Oxjam Camden also extends to a Camden Market Music Trail and party at Lockside in the evening.
• Saturday nights at Camden Assembly are all about to be all about the women with new weekly club night, Who Run The World, where resident DJs will be spinning tracks from all the top R&B queens until the early hours. Guest list only so visit the website to add your name.
• Correction from last week: Courteeners frontman Liam Fray plays a special solo acoustic set at Koko tomorrow (Friday), promising Courteeners classics as well as some rarely heard songs from the band’s decade-old back catalogue.
• Swedish soul/R&B star Fatima and The Eglo Band play Union Chapel tomorrow (Friday). Fatima’s debut album, Yellow Memories, was voted Album Of The Year at Gilles Peterson’s 2015 Worldwide Awards and made No. 10 in Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 20 R&B albums of the year.
• Author, poet, punk and activist Penny Pepper introduces her book, First In The World Somewhere, her memoir spanning the mid-80s to the millennium, painting a picture of life, love, sex, music and more against the UK punk scene, at The Dublin Castle’s Rock and Roll Book Club on Nov 1. Pepper speaks to Julie Hamill, while DJ Tony Bugbear sets the scene with a musical trip through the book’s soundtrack.
• For those who have been counting down the days until Stranger Things returns, the original soundtrack featuring a compilation of 80s classics from series 1 and 2 is released tomorrow (Friday). And, for complete fanatics, Electric Brixton is hosting an orchestral performance of the soundtrack on the same date.
• Got any unwanted guitars/drums /ukuleles, etc, lying around? Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation’s Music Instrument Amnesty takes place on Oct 28 when donors are invited to drop off unwanted or unused instruments at the Frith Street club to be given out to charities which will distribute them to children in challenging environments in the UK and abroad. Each donor gets a tracking number so they can trace their instrument to its final destination.
• Kentish Town faves Kitty Daisy and Lewis (above) play Islington Assembly Hall on Oct 28.
• The Horrors (above) play Koko on Oct 29.
• Brazil’s iconic singer-songwriter Gilberto Gil brings his new project to Barbican on Oct 31 with Cortejo Afro, Nucleo de Opera de Bahia and chamber ensemble Orquestra Nova Lisboa performing together in specially commissioned arrangements from musical director Aldo Brizzi.
• Glaswegian brothers Hue & Cry have announced a special full band show at Islington Assembly Hall on Nov 1.
• Grammy-nominated outfit Little Dragon play the Roundhouse tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday.
• Notable gigs this week: Tom Misch, Ronnie Scott’s (Oct 19); Clay, Camden Assembly (Oct 29); Puppy, Boston Music Room; Tift Merritt, Roundhouse; Katchafire + Ben Russell and the Charmers, Islington Academy (Oct 30); Kat & Co, Green Note; Anteros, Camden Assembly; Alvarez Kings, The Forum; Yonaka, Camden Assembly (Oct 31); Jordan Klassen, Camden Assembly; Charlotte Carpenter, St Pancras Old Church (Nov 1); Justin Currie (Del Amitri) and the Pallbearers, Jazz Cafe (Nov 1-2); Slowcoaches, Boston Music Room; Bugzy Malone, The Forum; Kagoule + Catholic Action, The 100 Club; Bloody Knees, Camden Assembly (Nov 2).