Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Camden Rocks; Solomons’ Yard; Skepta
30 May, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab
THERE are just a matter of hours to go until Camden Rocks Festival rolls into town and takes over our streets (June 1-2). The entire weekend will be consumed with rock, punk, indie – guitar music of many varieties as more than 400 bands take over 20-plus Camden venues. Get ahead of the game by planning your day in advance with the aid of the helpful timetable at https://camdenrocksfestival.com/festival-info/stage-times/
• Summer is promising to be here soon and with it comes Camden Market’s new summer series, Solomons’ Yard. Launching on June 22, expect an immersive 1920s alfresco night out with live DJs, street food, craft beer and cocktails, all overlooking the Regent’s Canal at sundown. Running for 10 weekends, the series – which is inspired by Peaky Blinders’ Camden character Alfie Solomons – will include performances from the likes of DJs Eton Messy & Friends, Grandmaster Flash, The Sugarhill Gang and guest night takeovers, including Supadupa Fly and Simon Dunmore and Melvo Baptiste (Glitterbox) and South London Soul Train. 1920s dress code is encouraged (but not essential). Book tickets on Dice.
• Kentish Town musician Lili Caseley appears at The Slaughtered Lamb on May 31 – go along and wish her a happy birthday! Her new video and single, Nothing Left Of You, is out now.
• Keep your eyes open for Skepta’s latest video – Bullet From a Gun – which is filmed in Camden Town station.
• Brooklyn’s The Budos Band are back in the UK for the first time in three years to launch their first new album since 2014, The Budos Band V, at Islington Assembly Hall tomorrow (Friday).
• All Points East festival continues this weekend: MAY 31 – Bring Me The Horizon + Architects + Run The Jewels + Nothing But Thieves + Idles + Alice Glass + While She Sleeps; JUNE 1 – Mumford & Sons + Villagers + The Staves + Leon Bridges + Dizzee Rascal + The Vaccines + Villagers + Marika Hackman; JUNE 2 –Bon Iver + Mac Demarco + Jon Grant + The Tallest Man On Earth + Ezra Furman + Bill Ryder-Jones, plus many more on all days.
Eimear McGeown, James Carty and Sinéad Egan
• A new traditional and contemporary Irish trio, featuring Eimear McGeown, James Carty and Sinéad Egan, make their London debut at The Green Note on June 3 where they will be performing an eclectic mix of rare old traditional tunes researched by James and Eimear, some classic folk songs and some more contemporary compositions.
• Internationally renowned singer-songwriters Findlay Napier, Bella Hardy and Greg Russell present an intimate evening of storytelling and song, inspired by stories from the archives, and those collected from Doncaster people through Doncaster 1914-18 at Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead, on June 4 – War and Peace, Tales of Love, Loyalty and Loss from First World War.
• Irish traditional quartet Artisan Row perform at The Harrison on June 6.