Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Kerrang! Awards; Lost & Found; The Orb
14 June, 2018
Celebrating 30 years of The Orb, OrbFest takes place at the Roundhouse on June 23
ISLINGTON Town Hall concourse may look a little different on Thursday (June 21), as rock ‘n’ roll royalty head to neighbouring Islington Assembly Hall for the Kerrang! Awards.
• Crawdaddy! returns tomorrow (Friday) with guest appearances from official St Etienne tour DJs Kev and Linda from Recordsville 60s Social joining DJs Gary, Lucienne and The Marvellous Cheeseman standing in for Danny, to play the finest northern soul, mod, Motown, vintage R&B, Two Tone, ska and rocksteady, all on vinyl at The Fiddler’s Elbow.
• Lost & Found, written by Camden musician Ana Silvera (above) at the Roundhouse in 2016 and produced in collaboration with Islington charity Freedom from Torture, premieres at the Victoria and Albert Museum on June 17 as part of Refugee Week’s opening gala.
• The Orb’s 30th anniversary festival, OrbFest, takes place at the Roundhouse on June 23. The all-day event brings together some of the most exciting electronic music acts including Gas, Ulrich Schnauss, Leftfield, Chocolate Hills and System 7. There will also be a 30th Anniversary Greatest Hits set highlighting the best of the Orb, who will also debut tracks from new album No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds.
• Stone Sour, fronted by Slipknottt vocalist Corey Taylor play The Roundhouse on June 18 in support of new album Hydrograd.
• Carlene Carter, daughter of June Carter Cash and step-daughter of Johnny Cash, plays her only UK concert at Islington Assembly Hall on June 19.
• This month’s Rock n Roll book club at The Dublin Castle takes place on June 20, featuring Growing Up With Punk. Co-author Nicky Weller will be in conversation with Julie Hamill, plus music from DJ Tony Bugbear. The book, written by Weller, Barry Cain, Russell Reader and Den Davis, is packed with celebrity memories, paying tribute to the bands that inspired an entire generation.
Matthew Crampton and Jeff Warner
• Acclaimed storyteller Matthew Crampton unites with American folk musician Jeff Warner in a new show based on Crampton’s book, Human Cargo: Songs & Stories of Emigration, Slavery & Transportation, at Kings Place on June 15.
• Songwriter Denis King, who starred in early ‘50s and ‘60s boy band The King Brothers and composed the famous theme to Black Beauty, has collaborated with singer Sarah Eyden for new project Love Is In The Room, a collection of original songs from his archive and from the world of TV and theatre. He and Sarah will perform at the album launch at the Hippodrome on June 15.
The East Pointers. Photo: Jen Squires
• Juno-award winning, Prince Edward Island-based The East Pointers play Cecil Sharp House on June 19 following the release of new video Two Weeks.
• Rock supergroup The Hollywood Vampires, featuring Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp, play Wembley SSE Arena on June 20 with promises of surprises.
• Tony Christie (above) will perform two intimate gigs at St Pancras Old Church on June 21 and 22 with support from blind soprano, Denise Leigh.
• Soundtrack, a one-day music festival comes to Seven Dials on June 23 where, for one day only, the seven interconnecting streets will be traffic free, the dial covered by a pop-up lawn where there will be live musical performances on the open-air stage. Other highlights include a Hawksmoor pop-up cocktail bar, eco-friendly glitter facepainting from Gypsy Shrine, flash-mob performances from cult-hit festival choir Some Voices and a silent disco.
• Notable gigs this week: T-Pain, Koko (June 15); Tom Jones, Hampton Court Palace (June 21 and 22).