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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Camden Rocks; 6 Music Festival; Suede; Simon Day

12 March, 2020 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Simon Day

CAMDEN Rocks Festival will not be taking place this year, founder Chris McCormack has confirmed. Although he had considered holding the festival later this year, Chris says he has now decided against it in light of the uncertainty over the coronavirus outbreak. Further updates to follow on this page.

• We often hear that Camden has had its day – and when you see the huge Sports Direct store dominating Camden Market you may just believe it. But BBC 6 Music Festival’s three-day residency, which not only hosted a series of exciting gigs, talks and events across the Roundhouse, FEST, Dingwalls and the Electric Ballroom, but also broadcasted the shows, talks and interviews on radio and TV over the weekend, was a fantastic reminder of the importance of the area to the music industry. From musicians discussing their first gigs and the venues that played such an important role to their formation, to radio DJs recalling their early days covering the gig scene, the concentration of venues of varying sizes, recording studios and creative hubs that still exist here make Camden a key place for burgeoning musicians. But this only lasts as long as we support the industry. Sadly, The Monarch – a venue that supported many up-and-coming bands, niche nights and after-parties, has closed in the past week. A popular and busy venue, it has in the past hosted the likes of Frank Turner, Ghetts, Man Like Me, and Disclosure – as well as being the scene for that eerie evening in 2008 when a dazed Amy Winehouse launched her Snakehips club night to a crowd more interested in snapping her on their phones than dancing. Hopefully the pub will remain a music venue if it ever reopens.

• Back To Back are bringing a full four hours of only Oasis tracks – no other bands, no other records – to Dingwalls tomorrow (Friday). Usually club nights dedicated to an act also bring in other tracks of the genre, influences and more but this will be pure Oasis, so be ready.

• Double Grammy award-winning trio Chick Corea Trilogy, featuring American jazz pianist Chick Corea, bass powerhouse Christian McBride and drum master Brian Blade, perform a selection from the American songbook and jazz classics from the likes of Miles Davis and Joe Henderson, alongside Corea’s own back-catalogue at the Barbican on March 16.


• The Dublin Castle celebrates 30 years of Suede (above) on March 14 with tribute band The Insatiable Ones, starring Suede insider and biographer David Barnett, a fan meet-up, a quiz and DJ The Boy. Profits to GoFundMe campaign for care and support to Suede friend John Brandham, who recently suffered a stroke.

Blue Americans are on the St Patrick’s Day line-up

• Camden Market’s St Patrick’s Takeover will be on March 14, with a live music trail and themes, street food and drinks.

• Cult Irish rapper Craic Boi Mental, who hails from Cork, makes his London debut at the Dublin Castle on Sunday (March 15). Alongside his wife Whip Girl, he’ll be playing all the hits for the fans, including Polo’s Is Life, Irish 2Pac, Yung Gowl and many more. Support from Legpuppy and Pat And The Pro’s. Continuing the theme, six-piece Irish folk-punk band NECK headline The Dublin Castle’s Paddy’s Night Party with special guests Sounds of the Suburb and Lace & Whisky.

Comedian, author and music aficionado Simon Day joins Spiritland King’s Cross for a night of music, delving into his record collection and conversation with friend and presenter Mark Webster on March 16. The founding member of The Fast Show was formerly in the band Simon And The Virgins, who supported the likes of Squeeze, The Ruts, Aswad and more in the late 1970s.


• Notable gigs this week: King Creosote, Barbican (March 14); Tori Kelly, Roundhouse; CocoRosie, Electric Ballroom (March 16); Kelis, Roundhouse (March 17); Blossoms (below), The Forum (March 17-19); Jamie Cullum, Palladium; Salt House, Cecil Sharp House (March 18); NF, Roundhouse; US Jazz titan Theo Croker, Jazz Cafe; Downliners Sect, 100 Club (March 19).


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