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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Camden Rocks; Stevie Van Zandt; The Milk Carton Kids; All Points East

23 May, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Stevie Van Zandt of Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul 

REMEMBER the days when festival stage times were one big lottery? Roll up, wander around, guess and hope to catch something on your hitlist if you’re lucky? This year, Camden Rocks Festival (June 1-2) is giving you actual days to plan your two-day exploration. Nothing wrong with planning, but part of the beauty of these one-day multi-venue city festivals is the element of chance. So, choose your targets but don’t forget to look in on some of the many other venues on the way – you never know what gem you might discover. This year Camden Rocks runs for two whole days so you have a whole extra Sunday line-up to get to know – check out stage times here

• People pay good money to see atmospheric Icelandic band Sigur Rós play huge concerts. So Hyde Park BST Festival’s free midweek Open House event (July 8-11) has scored a coup by securing the Jónsi-fronted band to bring their Liminal sound bath to the park for the first time ever on July 9. The Open House programme is packed with free events, from live music to theatre and cabaret, open-air cinema, to Wimbledon screenings and yoga, all held together with a jovial street food market.

• Actor, musician, broadcaster and long-time Bruce Springsteen stage-mate, Stevie Van Zandt, brings his band Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul to The Forum tomorrow (Friday) to celebrate Summer of Sorcery, their first album of new material in 20 years.

• Arguably London’s first big park-based festival of the year, All Points East begins this weekend, with shows from the likes of The Chemical Brothers + Primal Scream (May 24), The Strokes + The Raconteurs (May 25) and Christine and the Queens + James Blake (May 26) and many more.

• Distinctive sibling-led Greek collective The Callas play The Lexington on May 25, alongside Weird Omen.

Howard Jones

• Synthpop pioneer Howard Jones celebrates the release of new album, Transform, and the 35th anniversary of the release of his debut album, Human’s Lib, with a show at London Palladium on May 26.

• King of one-string blues, Brushy One String, had to cancel a show at Blues Kitchen Camden last year due to visa issues. It looks like the problem has been resolved as the remarkable musician, whose track Chicken In The Corn was a huge YouTube hit, plays Blues Kitchen, Shoreditch, on May 27.

The Twang

• The Twang play an official comeback show at Borderline on May 28.

• Writer Nettie Baker, daughter of Cream drummer Ginger, discusses latest book, More Tales Of A Rock Star’s Daughter, at The Union, Soho’s Rock n roll book club, on May 29.

• Indie-folk duo The Milk Carton Kids, from Eagle Rock, California, perform intricate, close harmony Americana songs from their latest album, All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do, at Barbican on May 29. The duo will present new songs as well as material from their back catalogue, influenced by their lives and America’s current complex political landscape. Indie-folk singer-songwriter Rosie Carney performs her debut album, Bare, to open.


• Edgelarks – aka Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin – launch album Feather, written in a remote Cumbrian cottage, at Cecil Sharp House on May 30.

• Cabaret superstar Sven Ratzke presents an evening of his unique interpretations of David Bowie songs in new show, Where Are We Now, at Brasserie Zedel from May 30-June 1.

• Virtuoso slide guitarist Sonny Landreth brings his Recorded Live in Lafayette 16-song new album, his first live album in over 12 years, to Islington Assembly Hall on May 30.

• Nashville-based, Australian multi-award-winning singer/songwriter Tamara Stewart plays Camden Chapel on May 30.

• Eagle-Eye Cherry is back with his first shows in over 20 years and plays Islington Academy on May 30.

• Notable gigs this week: The Waterboys, Roundhouse (May 24); Lizzo, The Forum (May 27); Emily Mae Winters, The Water Rats (May 28); Southern Avenue, Dingwalls (May 29); Meshell Ndégeocello, Dingwalls; Carson McHone, Borderline (May 30); Dido, Roundhouse (May 30-31).


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