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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Koko; Atmosfear; Childish Gambino; Craig Finn

08 March, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Koko is closing for a £40million refurbishment 

GOOD luck to you, Koko! One of Camden’s most iconic institutions, the ornate scene of countless memorable performances, said a temporary goodbye with a bang on Tuesday night with a special show from Wiley. The venue will be shut for a year for a £40million refurbishment – and we’re expecting big things from the reopening party. In the meantime, we’re lucky Camden has so many other venues to choose from that events like the Camden Rocks festival is quite comfortable extending to two days this year, hosting 400 bands across the borough.

• The Club de Fromage imps are at it again, this time with Fromage on Fyre! at Islington Academy on March 9, paying homage to the infamous failed Fyre Festival. Join Slow Alfie and his personal A-list celebrity friends for a luxurious festival on the exotic, tropical island of….Angel Islington. NOT appearing at this much-hyped festival will be Blink-182, Major Lazer, Disclosure and Skepta. There will be no additional surprise special guest headliners and a guaranteed chance of not meeting top celebs. The first 20 people will each receive a gourmet dinner of one slice of processed cheese and two slices of white bread, while attendees will get the opportunity to win an inflatable bed – trolling at its best.

• The Hairy Bikers are an unlikely addition to this page as they have lined up rock group Thunder – who apparently have joined them on motorcycle rides – to join them at their Palladium show on March 9. We thought we’d give it a mention – a novel twist on the TV chef genre.

• Ferocious Dog (above), who play The Garage tomorrow (Friday), are so socially conscious that they organise a charity food drop for the homeless at their gigs, liaising with foodbanks in the areas they play and encouraging fans to bring non-perishable food, blankets and toiletries to their shows. Their album, Fake News & Propaganda, released last month, includes songs co-written with Jeremy Cunningham (The Levellers) and Nick Burbridge (McDermott’s 2 Hours) and tackles issues such as fracking, media brainwashing and mental health.

• Camden Assembly celebrates the work of Childish Gambino with a special party in his name tomorrow (Friday). Expect to hear all the hits from Gambino and friends such as Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Kanye West etc.

• The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn (above) plays the Electric Ballroom on March 8-9.

• Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and The Lafontaines play the Roundhouse on March 10. Shinoda’s second solo project, Post Traumatic, released last year, touched on the loss and grief of former band member Chester Bennignton.

• For those who like to link their fashion with their music. we hear Gorillas have teamed up with Levi’s x for a special collection in their Regent Street store.

• On the same note, Platinum-selling rapper Yungen and Timberland have partnered to launch a retro-inspired Brooklyn sneaker, accompanied by The Green Room against track ‘Myself ft. Àngel, a musical escape set in the Barbican – watch it here, if only to admire the Barbican’s famed conservatory.

• Brit-Funk group Atmosfear, famed for Dancing In Outer Space, celebrate the 40th anniversary of their seminal debut single at the 100 Club tomorrow (Friday).

• Notable gigs this week: James Mason, Islington Assembly Hall (March 11); Elles Bailey, Lexington (March 12); Ibibio Sound Machine (above), 100 Club (March 13); Bob Mould (Husker Dü) + PABST, Electric Ballroom (March 14).

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