Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: House of Common Festival; Carnival; YBN Nahmir; The Stargazers
22 August, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab
Carnival takes over west London over the Bank Holiday weekend
MADNESS celebrate their 40th anniversary among friends this weekend (Aug 26) as House of Common Festival unfolds with a quality line-up including Jimmy Cliff, Ziggy Marley, David Rodigan, Horace Andy, Akala, Don Letts and many more. Children under 10 get in free and can enjoy dedicated entertainment at Minor Madness, an area set aside for the young ones with a special House of Fun play garden, giant funky inflatables and activities throughout the day, with special guest appearances from Shaun The Sheep & Hey Duggee. Also on the line-up are Craig Charles, Jah9, Children of Zeus and Papa Face.
• If you can’t make it to Clapham – there’s sure to be a very different atmosphere over in Notting Hill as Carnival takes over west London over the Bank Holiday weekend.
• Jamaica’s first dancehall superstar, Yellowman, ushered in a new era in reggae music following Bob Marley’s death, gaining wide popularity in the dancehall reggae scene of the 1980s. See King Yellowman & The Sagittarius Band at the Jazz Cafe tomorrow (Friday) with support from Manchester’s Peppery.
• US rapper YBN Nahmir plays Islington Academy on Aug 24 where he will be joined by JB Scofield.
• Camden glam-rock band Bexatron return with single I’m Trash, from latest album Hey You!, at the Camden Assembly on Aug 24.
• Rock-folk guitarist Arielle plays the Water Rats tomorrow (Friday). Her signature guitar “Arielle”, co-designed with Queen guitarist Brian May and based on the handmade Two Tone guitar she built when she was 16, will be released by Brian May Guitars early next year.
• Jazz giant Roy Ayers, fondly known as “The Godfather of Neo-Soul”, whose timeless hits include Everybody Loves the Sunshine and Searchin, has been so influential in the world of hip-hop that he is said to be one of the most sampled musicians ever, He plays a three-day residency at the Jazz Cafe on Aug 26-28.
• The Tearaways, featuring Clem Burke from Blondie, play the 100 Club on Aug 28 in honour of late bassist and manager John Ferriter. The Santa Barbara quintet will debut material from new disc We Grew Up On AM Radio.
• Eighties band The Stargazers released debut single Groove, Baby, Groove in 1981, splitting in 1983 and reforming in the 1990s. They launch new album, Carry On Jiving, at the 100 Club on Aug 24.
• Wookie, king of UKG and UK funky sounds, takes over the decks at the Old Queen’s Head on Aug 25 with his deep collection of rare grooves and bangers.
• Natasha Bedingfield plays Islington Assembly Hall on Aug 28.
• Laura Jane Grace and The Devouring Mothers hit Scala along with Frank Iero and the Future Violents and Mobina Galore on Aug 29. Grace is a musician, author, and activist best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist of the punk-rock band Against Me! Drummer Willard, also of Against Me!, has played in Rocket from the Crypt, Social Distortion and The Offspring. Bassist Hudson is a recordist and mixer at recording studio Rancho Recordo and the sound engineer for Against Me!
• Jazz Saxophonist Arturo Tappin and his all-star Barbadian band perform at Pizza Express, Holborn, from Aug 29-31.