Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Spiritland; BST; Afro Cuban All Stars
12 July, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
Tame Impala will be at the Citadel festival this weekend
YOU never know quite what will happen at King’s Cross vinyl haven Spiritland. Apparently Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston turned up recently to launch their new orchestral album with a listening session and Q&A hosted by BBC 6 Music presenter Shaun Keaveny.
• It was good of Drake to step in for DJ Khalid’s no-show at Wireless last weekend. The superstar was a worthy substitute, and most probably a more popular choice for many of the crowd, although organisers, who were aware of Khalid’s unavailability for some months, should have informed ticket-holders – and perhaps a longer set from Drake would have turned a surprise appearance into a fitting headlining set to finish the day.
• Hyde Park’s British Summer Time continues this weekend with Michael Bublé (July 13), Bruno Mars (July 14) and Paul Simon’s farewell tour (July 15).
• Fifteen years after the release of Jet’s debut album, Get Born, the band are bringing their Get Re-Born tour to The Forum on July 17.
• Two more London Festivals take place at Gunnersbury Park this weekend with Lovebox featuring Skepta, Childish Gambino, Bonobo and many more (July 13-14), and Citadel featuring Tame Impala, Chvrches, Goat, The Horrors and more on (July 15).
• Multi-instrumental folk trio TEYR and baroque-folk ensemble The Twisted Twenty join forces for a double bill of tales, melodies and musical journeys as they offer different perspectives on British folk music, exploring new and old ley lines through traditional music at Heath Street Baptist Church tomorrow (Friday).
• Punk/glam band Randy Savages, who built their studio in two disused shipping containers in a secret Camden Town location, play Lock Tavern tomorrow (Friday).
• Curtis Stigers and Ronnie Scott’s Big Band are set to recreate the Vegas magic of Sinatra at the Sands, where old blue eyes and the Count Basie Orchestra performed at the Sands Hotel and Casino back in the day. Stigers et all will reinterpret Sinatra’s repertoire at London Palladium on July 15.
Afro Cuban All Stars
• Afro Cuban All Stars, who were largely responsible for bringing Cuban music into mainstream consciousness in the 1990s, play a rare show at the Barbican on July 15, bringing together a line-up of recognised Cuban musicians and players from a younger generation.
• Hailing from the days of ‘70s soul-disco, alongside bands such as The Four Tops and The Temptations, The O’Jays original members, Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, have remained with the group since the beginning and still enjoy performing their hits such as Love Train, Backstabber and I Love Music. The trio – currently completed by Eric Grant – appear at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on July 15.
• Renowned Californian cosmic country rockers I See Hawks in LA play the Green Note on July 19 in support of new album Live and Never Learn.
• Original cow-punk girl band The Well-Oiled Sisters have reformed after 25 years and play 100 Club on July 19.