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Grooves: Everyman/Doc ’n’ Roll festivals; Save our venues!; Richard Dawson; Andrew Ashong

23 October, 2020 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Johnny Lloyd

IF you’re not quite acclimatised to the colder months yet but still want to indulge in some music immersion, there is plenty to look forward to in the next few weeks.

The Teddy Pendergrass documentary If You Don’t Know Me (available on BBC iPlayer) is a reminder of how affecting a good music documentary can be.

It’s a genre that can evoke memories, give meaning to performers and songs that were not previously appreciated and bring performances to life for an absent observer.

BBC4 has provided an invaluable selection of music docs over the years, particularly appealing for those, like me, who are nostalgic for times and moments they never lived.

And so, the return of two music film festivals is most welcome.

First, Everyman Music Film Festival runs until November 5, with films on Ronnie Scott, Stevie Nicks, Nick Cave, Billie Holiday and others showing across its screens in Hampstead, Belsize Park, King’s Cross and Screen on the Green (see website for listings).

And for those who want to enjoy the music from home, Doc ‘n Roll Festival also returns in hybrid form, with screenings in cinemas and also offered to stream.

The wide selection covers a range of subjects including Phil Lynott, Idles, Talk Talk, Sebastian Tellier, Rachid Taha and a diverse choice of genres. Visit

There has been good news for many of the venues that applied for the Government Culture Recovery Fund with places like the Roundhouse and Electric Ballroom managing to secure vital grants to help them continue.

Unfortunately, others, such as Egg and The Lexington, were not successful and so their fight for survival is not over.

Mark Davyd, CEO of Music Venue Trust, welcomed the awards to grassroots venues, adding: “As a result of this fund, the challenges facing the sector have been substantially reduced. Music Venue Trust will now shift its focus and will be announcing plans very shortly to tackle the remaining challenges facing sole traders, smaller venues that did not qualify for support, and the venues who were unsuccessful or were under-funded.”

• Camden band Tribes’ reunion shows at Lafayette may have been temporarily postponed but frontman Johnny Lloyd’s solo efforts continue. Second album Cheap Medication is out on October 30, and features members of Mystery Jets, The Kooks, Tom Odell’s band, plus guest vocalist Shelbi Bennet.

Get your fix of live music with Northumbrian songsmith Richard Dawson playing a special solo set at Barbican (Sunday); Andrew Ashong at Jazz Café (Monday) and Shaun Escoffery at Jazz Café (Nov 5-6).


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