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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Spotlight; Bowie Birthday Bash; Big Narstie

04 January, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab

The Luka State will be part of Spotlight at Camden Assembly

AS you will see from our main piece this week, there are so many great gigs coming up this year and we expect many, many more announcements to come. One of the most significant events that we haven’t included in the main round-up is Camden Rocks Festival (June 2), as the line-up hasn’t yet been announced. But this does not mean it should be overlooked. As well as the usual headliner names, the festival is designed for discovering new music and promoting new talent to the industry – another one for the diary. So let this be a good year for live music and, hopefully, for music venues too. Happy New Year!

• Before Christmas, we told you about Spotlight at Camden Assembly, a series of free gigs put together by carefully selected curators throughout January to showcase new talent. Hot acts to look out for, according to the venue’s promotions manager James Anniballi, include Nia Wyn with special guest Karima Francis, Beach Riot, The Luka State, Tiana Major, BBC Radio 1 extra curator DJ ACE and The Wholls. Details of how to get hold of free tickets can be found on the venue’s website www.camdenassembly.com

• Celebrate a departed genius at David Bowie’s Birthday Bash with Cats From Japan + Luiz Bruno + Dangerous Dinky + DJ Codename Sparrow at The Fiddler’s Elbow on Jan 5.

• Grime supremo Big Narstie presides over an evening of grime beats at Nambucca on Jan 6, sharing the bill with Capo Lee, Franko Fraize, Steph Stirling, Rye Shabby and Rats.

• Building on the success of multiple shows at Egg LDN, Mikael Nordgren – aka Tiger Stripes – returns alongside Emery Warman, Emile Popov and Egg LDN resident Kyle E on Jan 6.

• Tickets for Ronnie Scott’s Rebuild, Rise Up event on January 7, featuring 90s trip-hop group Morcheeba, Ayanna Witte-Johnson and Bankie Banx, may seem steep at £100-£150. But this one is for a good cause – a hurricane benefit concert to raise money for victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria that left parts of islands in the Atlantic basin devastated, with funds raised going to the Anuila Foundation. This is a rare show from Morcheeba and more acts are yet to be announced.

• Our reviewer Iain Doherty witnessed Solomun’s storming set at Koko on Jan 29. Read his review online at http://camdennewjournal.com/category/review/rock-n-pop

• West coast rapper Andy Cooper, of Ugly Duckling, performs at 229 on Jan 11 in support of his next solo album, The Layered Effect, out this month.

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