Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Camden Rocks; To Kill A King; Eastern Barbers
26 January, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
BIG announcements on the city festivals front this week with Wireless Festival and Camden Rocks beginning to reveal their line-ups, while Victoria Park’s new All Points East completed its headliner announcement for its series of stand-alone gigs. Camden Rocks has revealed the first wave of acts due to play the June 2 event. Then, Wireless returns to Finsbury Park on July 6-8 with a stellar line-up including J Cole, Stormzy, DJ Khaled, Big Sean, Wiley, Wretch 32, Mabl, Kojo Funds, Giggs, Rae Sremmurd, Cardi B, Rick Ross, Lisa Mercedez and more. The line-up has already attracted some criticism from Lily Allen, who has pointed out that only three women appear to have been signed up so far. Finally, All Points East has announced Catfish and the Bottlemen with support from Blossoms, The Hunna, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Neighbourhood and The Amazons, will play Victoria Park on June 1.
• London five-piece To Kill A King play Islington Assembly Hall on Jan 27. Their new album, The Spiritual Dark Age, was released on January 12.
• Irish rock band Fangclub have been touring with some big names recently. See them headline Thousand Island on Jan 27.
• London brothers and multi-instrumentalists Eastern Barbers use throwback soul samples, lo-fi synth melodies and gentle jazz-guitar hooks to provide an inner-city soundscape, documenting the loss of communities and human connection. They play Koko on Jan 27.
• Video Jam x Basquiat, at Barbican on Jan 28, will be screening a series of Basquiat-inspired short films with original scores performed live by Young Fathers, Ibibio Sound Machine and more.
• Leading Uilleann Piper Calum Stewart and his Quartet play a rare London concert at Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead, on Jan 30.
• Roddy “Radiation” Byers, former songwriter and guitarist with The Specials, helped shape the 2-Tone generation. You can see him and his band Roddy Radiation and the Skabilly Rebels at The 100 Club on Jan 29.