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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Despacio; Lafayette; 6 Music Festival

13 February, 2020 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Despacio: LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, and Soulwax’s David and Stephen Dewalee

WE should know The Strokes well enough by now not to be surprised by their last-minute announcement that they are playing The Roundhouse next week (Feb 19), in support of new album That New Abnormal. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, so be ready to snap them up – it might even make the coolest Valentine’s Day gift – although you’ll probably never top that one, so why set yourself up for a lifetime of failure?!

• Mumford and Sons’ Ben Lovett’s new King’s Cross music venue Lafayette – complete with Sweetwater bar and street food hub – is due to open next week with a set from London five-piece HMLTD. When we visited, they were racing against the clock to complete the work before the opening date and there was still a lot to be done, very much aided by the army of contractors buzzing away in the background. See Lafayette’s website for upcoming gigs.

• The BBC Radio 6 Music Festival is fast approaching and with it, the announcements keep coming. We now know Paul Weller will be in discussion with Lauren Laverne at FEST (March 7), while a number of other artists from the festival will appear as special guests at podcast recordings from the venue. These include Jacob Hawley: On Drugs, Tom Neenan is Not All Men, and NB: My Non-Binary Life with Berlin-based electronic musician Planningtorock as special guest.

• LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, and Soulwax’s David and Stephen Dewalee’s Despacio project – a vinyl-only curation through a 50,000-watt soundsystem – has proven so popular that they have added a third night to their Camden shows. Despacio will take over The Roundhouse main stage from May 21-23.

• Spanish duo Estopa mark their 20th anniversary with a special Valentine’s Day show at The Roundhouse tomorrow (Friday) – their second-ever show in London.

• Vinicio Capossela, Italy’s answer to Tom Waits, plays a special show Bestiario d’amore for Valentine’s Day tomorrow (Friday) in the Union Chapel.

• Watford alt-rock power trio SINKA have been making waves on the Camden scene recently. They play The Fiddler’s Elbow tomorrow (Friday).

• If you’re looking for something a little different, how about some Argentinian Highland-inspired Celtic folk heavy metal – have I left out any descriptors? Founded in Buenos Aires in 2004, SKILTRON are masters of the folk-metal scene. Find them at 229 tomorrow (Friday). Support from Ethereal Sin.

• Camden’s favourite musical poet, Beans on Toast, brings his show – with band – to The Dome on Feb 15.

• Grammy-winning R&B star Mario Winans plays the Jazz Cafe on Feb 16. Support from Nula.

• The world premiere of composer Max Richter’s new work Voices (Barbican, Feb 17-18) demonstrates his response to the current changes in our global society through the concept of a “negative orchestra”, where high frequencies no longer dominate and the low frequencies of cellos and double basses take precedence. The first half of each show will be a live performance of Richter’s Infra, written in response to London’s 2005 terrorist bombings.

• Notable gigs this week: The Orchids + St Christopher + Jetstream Pony, The 100 Club (Feb 14); The Menzingers + Mannequin Pussy (above), The Forum; Chantae Cann, 100 Club (Feb 15); Gill Landry, Old Queen’s Head (Feb 19); Sigala + DJ Regard + Joel Corry, Roundhouse; Rising Presents Calva Louise + Youth Sector + Kid Jupiter, Roundhouse (Feb 20).


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