Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: x Switch; Rogue Symphony; The Telling; Ginger Wildheart
13 December, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
THE newly refurbished Lock Tavern has confirmed that it has teamed up with Communion Music, founded by Mumford and Sons’ Ben Lovett, to bring the x Switch residency to Camden. Celebrating the reopening of the venue’s famous upstairs bar, which is now under the ownership of the East London Pub Co, it will host a number of acts throughout December to February under the x Switch residency, a free-entry club night advocating fresh and emerging new artists. The next show will be on tomorrow (Friday) and feature Banfi, Laky and Nico Cara.
• DJ Amir, one half of trailblazing DJ and compilation duo Kon and Amir, and now boss to his own label 180 Proof Records, brings his vinyl selections to Spiritland tomorrow (Friday).
• Iconic dub soundsystem Iration Steppas ft MC Mackay Banton appear at Jazz Cafe tomorrow (Friday), alongside Dom Servini. Note, the venue warns this is not a soundsystem show.
• Renowned 16-piece orchestra Rogue Symphony will recreate the full soundtrack to 2016’s smash musical film La La Land at Jazz Cafe on Dec 15. The orchestra will also perform a selection of other classic showtunes from the golden age of the great American songbook.
• Medieval music group The Telling present The Story of the Carol by candlelight at St Thomas More Church, Finsbury Park, on Dec 15. Expect to hear early carols from the Middle Ages along with traditional carols as the show traces the carol’s evolution from a simple dance form with chorus, into Christmas hymns, at the concert, which is in aid of Tottenham Refugee Alliance. The line-up includes Kaisa Pulkkinen (medieval harp & recorder), Clare Norburn (voice) and Ariane Prüssner (voice, harp, percussion).
• Alt-folk/indie musician Matt Watson plays Kings Place tomorrow (Friday). No stranger to an adventure, Matt spent part of last year touring venues all along the East Anglian coastline on foot, walking 134 miles with his guitar, fundraising and gigging at events along the way. His new album, Greetings From The Outside, is due out in early 2019.
• Reggae singers Janet Kay + Carroll Thomson, aka The Queens of Lovers Rock (above), bring their annual Christmas concert to 229 tomorrow (Friday).
• The Wedding Present mark the 30th anniversary of the release of their first singles collection, Tommy, at Islington Academy tomorrow (Friday). It features the band’s first four singles and accompanying B-sides, plus selected tracks from two early BBC Radio 1 sessions and was released in July 1988, on the band’s own record label, Reception Records.
• Female-fronted global dance music deconstructionists Underground System synthesize elements of afrobeat, new wave, dance music, and contemporary classical performance. Understand their influences as they take over the decks for a special DJ set at Spiritland on Dec 16.
• Ginger Wildheart’s Birthday Bash at The Garage on Dec 17 promises to be wild. We hear Ginger will be joined by an impressive as-yet unannounced impressive supporting cast.
• The announcement of Lily Allen’s upcoming Roundhouse appearance proved so popular that a second date was soon announced. She plays the Camden venue in support of latest album, No Shame, on Dec 17 + 18.
• American power-pop rocker Matthew Sweet performs at Islington Assembly Hall on Dec 18.
• Grammy-nominated pop icon Adam Ant is joined by Baby Teeth (Dec 19) and Ten Fé (Dec 20) for his upcoming Roundhouse dates on December 19 + 20. Adam Ant returns to our main space this winter due to popular demand.
• Razorlight are back. They play The Forum on Dec 14.
• Notable gigs this week: 36 Crazyfists (above), The Forum; Ridiculous, Pentameters Theatre (Dec 15); Theatre Of Hate Sensou tour, Islington Academy (Dec 16).