Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Jack White; Irvine Welsh; 2ManyDJs
23 March, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
The Aces play Thousand Island on March 29
LOCK up your phones, Jack White’s coming to town. The singer has reportedly banned phones from his gigs and insists that they are kept in a locked pouch. So, if you managed to get a ticket to his sold-out gig marking new album, Boarding House Reach, at The Garage on March 28, be prepared to experience him and his music IRL.
• Prophet of the international Rastafari movement, an icon of the Black Power movement and one of the original innovators of reggae and dub, Lee Scratch Perry brings his film, Lee Scratch Perry’s Visions of Paradise, to KOKO on March 26. Perry will also be making a rare live performance with his full band.
• Author Irvine Welsh (above) meets Miranda Sawyer at Spiritland on March 29 for a discussion of his musical inner life to celebrate the publication of Dead Men’s Trousers, the latest chapter in the Trainspotting story. DJ support comes from Simone Marie (Primal Scream).
• Head to JW3 on March 22 for Baladi Blues (above) in concert, a rare first-time collaboration led by percussionist and bandleader Guy Schalom, featuring Egyptian master musicians the Baladi Blues Ensemble and the renowned dancer and choreographer Serena Ramzy, alongside other international and UK guest dancers, based on live music from Schalom’s latest CD: TEN.
• Once known as the highly acclaimed Soulwax before taking on the alias 2ManyDJs (above), Belgian brothers David and Stephen Dewaele inject humour into their mixes of pop, prog rock, electro and classics. They make their Egg debut on March 23. Also on the list is Egg favourite Doorly.
• Sci-fi rock band Starset, who play Islington Academy tomorrow (Friday), have unveiled their augmented reality app, which includes Space-inspired visuals that fans can access throughout their interactive live show. The app features live music synced to AR content as well as a pre-show countdown clock. The band have a unique stage show with lead vocalist and engineer Dustin Bates designing much of the automated technology elements himself.
• Seventies Brit-Funk band Light of the World join D-Train at 229 tomorrow (Friday).
• Nineties boy band Damage play ULU tomorrow (Friday).
• Award-winning singer and harpist Rachel Newton is back on the road following urgent spine surgery. She and her band The Furrow Collective play Kings Place on March 25.
• Twelfth Day (above), described as a “two person quartet”, layer vocals, fiddle and harp as they mix folk, jazz and classical influences to their compositions and arrangement, blended with the folklore and inspirations of their Scottish background. They play The Old Queen’s Head on March 28.
• Armagh rocker Martin Rafferty funded his latest tour by giving guitar lessons to children in his native Northern Ireland. Now, Martin Rafferty and the Northern City Lights will play The Dublin Castle on March 29. The band will release their debut mini-album, Last Brigade, and single, The Way We Used To Be, tomorrow (Friday).
• Seventeen years ago Rod Picott gave up his construction job, picked up an acoustic guitar and released his first album, Tiger Tom Dixon’s Blues. Hear him at The Slaughtered Lamb on March 29.
• Clubbers can indulge in four days of dance-floor madness as Egg LDN’s Easter weekend parties take place from March 29-April 1 featuring The Magician, Boston Bun, DJ Luck & MC Neat Vs Artful Dodger, Wehbba, Thomas Schumacher, DJ Hype and more.
• Marseille musician Mathieu Hocine, a.k.a. Kid Francescoli, brings his dreamy, cinematic indie pop to the 100 Club on March 30.
• Musician Dan Bern (above) has released 18 albums and more recently branched out into witty songs for movies, including a number of Judd Apatow films. He plays 100 Club on March 31.
• Notable gigs this week: Barns Courtney, Scala (March 23); The Fratellis, The Forum; Freak Power, Borderline (March 24); Ady Suleiman, Koko; The Magic Gang, Electric Ballroom, The Aces, Thousand Island (March 29).