Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Polyfest!; Morrissey; Roddy Woomble; Beans on Toast
20 October, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab
CAMDEN’S most prolific songwriter, Beans on Toast (above), releases his umpteenth album, Cushty, on Dec 1, marking the launch with a show at Koko on Dec 10.
• Polyfest! – the annual celebration of the late X-Ray Spex frontwoman Poly Styrene – has pulled in a packed line-up for this year’s event, which takes place at The Dublin Castle on Saturday (Oct 21). The Rock’n’ Roll Rescue Fundraiser, hosted by John Robb, includes Dr And The Medics, Anita Harris, Ricky Vallance (Tell Laura I Love Her), Freak Party (ex-Smiths), Intastella And Jah Wobble, Jenny Belle Star, David Live (@DavidLiveUK), Youth (Killing Joke/The Orb/The Fireman), Gary Clail, Melanie Williams (Sub Sub) , Knox (The Vibrators), Brunk, Dominique Oliver, The Shakespearos, Dust Junkys Collective (with Nicky Tunes), The Homosexuals, Bobbie Peru, JC Carroll (The Members), Then Jerico, You The Living – with Dave Barbarossa, Imagination’s Errol Kennedy, The Jet Reds, The Stems, Linda Lewis, Saffron (Republica), Mankind (Dr Who), Nick Aslam, Dead Audio Saints and more.
• Kentish Town seems to be quite a draw for the pop A-listers. Rihanna discussed sandwiches with staff from Mem’s café backstage in 2012, and now Taylor Swift has chosen Kentish Delight kebab shop as part of the setting for one of her videos. Any bets on which K-Town establishment will be the next celeb haunt?
• Camden Market seems to be establishing itself as the place musicians set up a pop-up shop to coincide with a high-profile gig or release. The latest of these is Morrissey, who marks the release of solo album Low In High School, by opening a pop-up shop in the Provender Building next month (Nov 17-19).
• Also on the pop-up bandwagon, Metallica (above) have opened a shop at 45 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, running from Oct 18 to 23 and featuring new and exclusive collectibles. The band play O2 Arena on Oct 22 and 24.
• Wolf Alice have announced a last-minute show at the Jazz Cafe tonight (Thursday) as part of Annie Mac’s AMP night. Support from Bad Sounds and Hak Faker.
• Idlewild main man Roddy Woomble (above) is taking time to promote latest solo album, The Deluder, at Islington Assembly Hall tomorrow (Friday).
• Anti-Nowhere League play their last London gig of 2017 at The Garage tomorrow (Friday).
• Emmy and Tony award-winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth (above) – known for her run as Glinda in Wicked and for starring in Glee – runs through some of her musical favourites at the Palladium tomorrow (Friday).
• Crawdaddy! takes place at The Fiddler’s Elbow tomorrow (Friday) with special guest DJ Ian Jackson (Breaking Point), who has been working the mod and northern soul scene since 1984. Also on the bill is mod author Dave Dry, who will be talking about and signing copies of his latest book, My Generation, a memoir of his days as an original mod in the mid-60s at the cutting edge of both fashion and scooters.
• Flagship artists from independent Brighton label Tru Thoughts join the bill at an all-day festival to celebrate its 18th Birthday at the Roundhouse on Oct 21. Expect MCs, DJs and live bands across three stages, a curated craft beer selection, pop-up food vendors and a vinyl market with headline sets from Tru Thoughts artists Quantic (DJ set), Hot 8 Brass Band (above), Alice Russell and Rodney P alongside new signings Rhi and Flowdan.
• Folk queen and voice of Steeleye Span, Maddy Prior (above), is in concert with Giles Lewin and Hannah James at Kings Place on Oct 23.
• Musicians Tom Speight and Tom Forest will help launch Ellis Brigham’s week-long Snowfest music and snow sports festival at their Covent Garden store on Oct 24 – visit the store’s website for free guestlist.
• Courteeners frontman Liam Fray (above) plays a special solo acoustic set at Koko on Oct 26.
• Notable gigs this week: LTJ Bukem, Village Underground (Oct 20); Ibibio Sound Machine, Scala (Oct 23); Tom Robinson, The 100 Club; Brandy Clark, Union Chapel; Joey Bada$$, The Forum; HMLTD, Electric Ballroom (Oct 24); Reverend and the Makers, Electric Ballroom; Kele Okereke, Islington Assembly Hall; Marmozets, The Garage (Oct 25); Starsailor, Koko; Otherkin, Camden Assembly (Oct 26).