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Make a lively start to the new year

04 January, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

The influential Patti Smith will be at In The Round on January 25

AS we emerge from the haze of a world where work doesn’t exist and come to terms with remembering the names of the days of the week, we have been seeking out new distractions from lean January times.

And what better to dull out the beige threats of Dry and Vegan January than to get out in the cold and hit some of the many gigs that have already been announced, while giving our beloved music venues the boost they need?

So we thought we’d give you a helping hand with a small selection of live music to look forward to in January, plus a brief look at some of London’s upcoming festivals until you have time to study the listings for yourselves.

• Begin with a gentle reintroduction to the live music scene on the 12th night when Matt Tighe and bodhran player Tad Sargent return to the Green Note, Camden, on January 7 for an intimate evening of folk and traditional music. At just 21, fiddle player Matt, of Irish and Trinidadian descent, has been fast making a name for himself on the scene. Tickets and details available via

• Ease into mid-January with some of the best emerging jazz, thanks to music charity Tomorrow’s Warriors at the Jazz Cafe on January 12. Founded by Janine Irons MBE and bassist Gary Crosby OBE, the charity has been nurturing aspiring jazz musicians since 1991 with the aim of improving diversity and equality through a pioneering development programme championing young jazz musicians from the African diaspora, girls and those whose limited financial circumstances might prevent them from pursuing a career in music. For this special celebration of the Warriors movement, Tomorrow’s Warriors returns to its birthplace at the Jazz Cafe to raise funds to keep their free Artist Developments Programme running in 2019. Five generations of Tomorrow’s Warriors will come together to premiere new commissions specially created by alumni for the next generation of Warriors, followed by a multi-generational Warriors reunion jam.

• Roundhouse In The Round (January 22-31). We’ve already previewed the Roundhouse’s upcoming series of one-off eclectic gigs, featuring a selection of influential artists all in the in-the-round setting for maximum intimacy. But just in case you’ve forgotten, here’s a brief recap of the line-up: January 22 – Portuguese fado artist Ana Moura (7pm, £15-£35); January 23 –Modern soul vocalist Fatima (7pm, £12-£20); January 24 – Prolific experimental creator Gruff Rhys (7pm, £15-£20); January 25 – An Evening of Words and Music with Patti Smith (7pm, £30-£50); January 26 – Swinging jazz band The Hot Sardines (7pm, £20-£35); January 27 – Sixties hit sensations Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes (7pm, £15-£35); January 28 – Sam Palladio (7pm, £15-£25); January 29 – Jim James (7pm, £15-£20); January 30 – This Is The Kit + Odetta Hartman; January 31 – Singer, folklorist and music historian Shirley Collins (7pm, £15-£30).

Ash are among the headline acts who are confirmed to play at the two-day Camden Rocks festival in June. Photo: Alex John Beck

• Camden Rocks Festival returns for two days on June 1-2 with promises of another huge line-up. We’re barely got into the first week of the year and early-bird tickets for Camden’s biggest festival have already sold out with more than 120 names already announced to play across multiple venues, all for the price of a single all-entry wristband. So far we know the likes of Ash, Ratboy, New Model Army, Wheatus, Carl Barat, Ginger Wildheart, The Virginmarys and Soapgirls have been confirmed to play, with many more expected to be revealed soon. We’ll be bringing you more details as they come to us but, in the meantime, further info can be found at

• After the success of its debut, All Points East takes its place in Victoria Park again this year (May 24-June 2), with the following gigs revealed so far: May 24 – The Chemical Brothers, Hot Chip, Primal Scream, Spiritualised, Danny Brown, Little Simz and Ibibio Sound Machine; May 26 – Christine and the Queens, Metronomy, Maribou State, Beach House, Honne, Kurt Vile and the Violators and more; May 31 – Bring Me The Horizon, Run The Jewels, Nothing But Thieves, Idles and more; June 2 – Bon Iver, Mac Demarco, First Aid Kit, John Grant and more.

• British Summer Time Festival continues its tradition of lining up super-heavyweight headliners to play Hyde Park. This year’s line-up so far includes Florence and The Machine, The National, Lykke Li, Khruangbin and Nadine Sham (July 8), Robbie Williams (July 13), with more to be announced. Details from


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