Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Lafayette; Walk of Fame; 6 Music Festival
06 March, 2020 — By Róisín Gadelrab
THERE’S something special about a music venue that places you close to the acts wherever you stand. The Jazz Cafe has that, so has the Dublin Castle, Barfly and many of our other small music venues. Couple that with an amazing sound system, a programme of desirable gigs, plenty of bars and carefully selected street food set out in a New Orleans-inspired lobby complete with wrought-iron balconies on the mezzanine, and you have Lafayette – Ben Lovett’s latest venture, which has just opened its doors on Goods Way in King’s Cross. The exterior is subtle but the detail inside is impeccable. The gigs already announced – including Riz Ahmed on April 14, a Robert Glasper residency, D Double E, Black Lips, and Smoke Fairies – could fill this page weekly on their own. This may well become one of those venues that musicians aspire to play to – a unique intimacy that lets you fully immerse yourself in the music. Keep an eye on the venue’s website for further announcements.
• Camden’s Music Walk of Fame may have been years in the making, but now it has finally launched, it is progressing at a pace. The Who were the first to be honoured with one of the WoF’s commemorative paving stones back in November and this week, three true Camden acts – Madness, the late singer Amy Winehouse and Soul II Soul (who will be honoured tomorrow, Friday) – have been rightly given their own place on our well-trodden streets. But who will be next?
• The BBC 6 Music Festival takes place over this weekend (March 6-8) with a full programme of day and evening events across four Camden venues. We’ll be heading to Michael Kiwanuka at the Roundhouse tomorrow (Friday) and some of the other events throughout the weekend – don’t miss out.
• Bon Jovi’s Phil X & The Drills play The Underworld tomorrow (Friday) in support of fifth album Stupid Good Lookings Vol. 2, which features a different drummer on every song including the likes of Tommy Lee, Liberty Devitto, Kenny Aronoff and Ray Luzier.
• Underground NYC rapper Homeboy Sandman plays the Jazz Cafe tomorrow (Friday).
• Much-lauded singer and multi-instrumentalist Jon Boden (ex Bellowhead) plays Cecil Sharp House on March 7.
• Punk figure Glen Matlock teams up with Bowie guitarist Earl Slick and Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats) to bring their rock and roll tour to the 100 Club on March 7. The long-time friends play songs from Glen’s solo career as well as rockabilly versions of Sex Pistols classics.
• Recent Record of the Week selections Wolf Parade play Tufnell Park’s The Dome on March 11.
• Notable gigs this week: Patrick Watson, Barbican; Danny Avila, Egg (March 6); Example, The Forum; Anathema, Palladium (March 7); Thundercat, Roundhouse (March 9); OneRepublic, Palladium (March 10); Noisy, Camden Assembly (March 11); Tove Lo, The Forum (March 12).