Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Bill Murray; Camden Rocks; March of the Mods
30 March, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
Bill Murray and Jan Vogler. Photo: Peter Rigaud
TICKETS go on sale tomorrow morning (Friday) for the UK premiere of Hollywood actor Bill Murray’s debut album, New Worlds, in a one-off show at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on June 4. Created through a friendship between Murray and acclaimed German cellist Jan Vogler, the album explores American history and identity. Touted as a live “theatrical album”, Murray will perform various texts, including poems by Whitman and passages from Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast and Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, interspersed with instrumental pieces by Bach, Ravel and Piazzolla and classic songs from the Gershwin, Bernstein and Stephen Foster all the way up to Van Morrison – accompanied live by a chamber trio.
• The latest names to be added to the Camden Rocks line-up include British Sea Power, SikTh, Echobelly and Danny Goffey (Supergrass). Also announced to play the June 2 festival are The Rifles (acoustic), Eliza & The Bear, Raveneye and 35 other bands including Vex Red, The Lafontaines, The Amorettes, Black Map (ex DEDG/FAR), Rews, Dirty Thrills, Kris Barras, and The Luka State.
• Van Morrison, Bananarama (above), The Feeling and The Shires have been announced as support acts for Michael Bublé at Hyde Park BST on July 13.
• Fans of 80s nostalgia can bathe in synth heaven at Barbican on April 7 where Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, half of American experimental synth band S U R V I V E, perform music from Netflix original series Stranger Things.
• Watch out for the scooters around King’s Cross this weekend as the March of the Mods weekender comes to the Water Rats on March 30 and 31 in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
• Dan Bern (above) has released 18 albums, in the past 10 years focusing his talent on writing songs for movies including Judd Apatow films Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, and Get Him to the Greek. He plays the 100 Club on March 31.
• Making their debut at the Barbican’s Convergence festival on April 4, music producers James Ford and Jas Shaw (aka Simian Mobile Disco) preview album Murmurations in a one-off show featuring the Deep Throat Choir. They will be preceded by a new show from Berlin-based Kuwaiti conceptual artist and composer Fatima Al Qadiri, entitled Ja7eem, meaning “hell-fire” in Arabic, with visuals presented and performed by Emmanuel Baird, exploring the theme of hell-fire using archive footage of burning oil fires during the first Gulf War. Chris Parks and Saam Farahmand are also on the line-up.
• Expect a buzz around HMV Oxford Street at midnight on April 5 when Kylie Minogue (above) marks new album Golden at her first-ever UK HMV signing event. Enter HMV’s competition for tickets.
• Swedish female-fronted indie pop band In Deed (above) support Martin Rafferty at the Dublin Castle tonight (Thursday).
• Expect four nights of parties at Egg over the Easter weekend with appearances from The Magician, Boston Bun, DJ Luck & MC Neat Vs Artful Dodger, Wehbba, Thomas Schumacher, Aitor Ronda, Cosmic Boys, DJ Hype, Icicle and Zed Bias at different points between March 29 and April 1.
• Marseille musician Mathieu Hocine, aka Kid Francescoli, has been inspired by and compared to Ennio Morricone, Air & Sébastian Tellier. He brings his dreamy, cinematic indie pop to 100 Club on tomorrow (Friday).
• Grammy award winner Mya celebrates 20 years in the industry with a guest appearance at Trevor Nelson’s Soul Nation on March 31.
• International DJ and friend to Marc Ronson, Paris Hilton and P.Diddy, Guy Gerber (above) plays an all-night set at Koko on April 1.
• Eighteen-year-old Declan McKenna brings his alt-pop to The Forum on April 5.
• Notable gigs this week: RHYE, Koko (April 1); Yes Lad, Islington Academy (April 2); The Shackleton Trio, The Harrison (April 4); The Young ‘Uns, Cecil Sharp House; SUUNS + Ilk, Scala (April 5).