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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Loud Women Festival; Samsung KX; Cassie Kinoshi; LHASA

12 September, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Alto-saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi plays the Roundhouse on September 15

IT is not always easy to tell from the many, many, male names on festival line-up posters but there is no shortage of talented female musicians out there. Loud Women Festival at Tufnell Park Dome on Sept 14 is one such celebration of the talent that is bubbling away and this year’s line-up brings together artists from all over the world including Petrol Girls, Lilith Ai, T-Bitch, Vaginas, What Else?, I, Doris, Jemma Freeman and the Cosmic Something, ARXX, Hurtling, The Menstrual Cramps, Peach Club, Secondhand Underpants, The Txlips, The Baby Seals, Gaptooth, GGAllan Partridge, Pleasure Venom, Personal Best, The Cleopatras, Nervous Twitch, Samba Sisters Collective and Hello Delaware. There’s also an afterparty with DJs, food, zines, records and more.

Everything’s a gimmick now. Pop and R’n’B star Mabel apparently played the world’s first vertical stage gig last week entirely aimed at the Instagram crowd. Performing at Coal Drops Yard from a 30ft high, three-storey stage – designed specifically as a result of research showing the majority of smartphone users film vertically – in front of 2,000 fans, Mabel, her band, DJ and dancers made use of the multiple levels to celebrate the grand opening of Samsung KX, the brand’s new 22,000sq ft experience space. Visit for a list of the many workshops, talks, gigs and other experiences slated for the new venue.

• Garage kings DJ Luck & MC Neat team up with Shola Ama and Kele Le Roc for a very special Freshers night at Egg on Sept 13 plus DJ set from Simeon NVP. To make the night student friendly, tickets start from £1 for the early birds – though tickets are limited.

• Experimental pop band Departure Lounge celebrate the 20th anniversary re-issue of their three LPs Out Of Here (1999), Jetlag Dreams (2001) and Too Late To Die Young (2002) by playing their first live dates in 17 years, stopping off at The Lexington on Sept 14.

• Enjoy an evening of conversation, live performance and collective listening with award-winning London-based composer, arranger and alto-saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi as she explores traditions, legacies and spirituality at the Roundhouse on Sept 15. Cassie is best known for her work with jazz septet NÉRIJA, Afrobeat band KOKOROKO and her own ensemble SEED.

• Widely acknowledged as one of the global pioneers of reggae, Trojan Records favourites The Pioneers were one of the first groups to have international hits in the genre. Sydney, George and Jackie play Jazz Café on Sept 15 while Friendly Fire Band support.

• Swedish guitarist JJ Marsh, long term collaborator of ex Deep Purple and Black Sabbath man Glenn Hughes who was recently forced to postpone his tour due to illness, plays a solo show at The Unicorn on Sept 16. JJ’s trio is completed by Paul Bones (bass) and Pip Mailing formerly of The Quireboys (drums). Helen Hurd and The Mavericks support.

• LHASA – a live project originally conceived at 37d03d festival in Berlin in August 2018 – comes to the Barbican on Sept 17, celebrating the life and work of Mexican-American singer-songwriter Lhasa de Sela, who dies of breast cancer aged 37 in 2010. An eclectic line-up of artists including Andrew Barr (The Barr Brothers), Bryce Dessner (The National), Clarice Jensen (American Contemporary Music Ensemble), composer Dustin O’Halloran, musician Emma Broughton, musician and composer Joel Shearer, singer-songwriter Leslie Feist (Feist); singer-songwriter and guitarist Melissa Laveaux; Pauline DeLassus (Mina Tindle) and musician Todd Dahlhoff will bring Lhasa’s multi-lingual songs and music to life.

• Rapper, multi-instrumentalist and sometime singer Disraeli takes hip-hop to new terrains at Jazz Café on Sept 17.

• Manchester rapper and songwriter Aitch plays a sold-out show at Islington Academy on Sept 17, ahead of a newly announced gig at The Forum on December 16.

• London-based musician and composer Klein present a rare DJ set at the Serpentine’s first ever off-site Park Night at COS in Coal Drops Yard on September 18.

• Fast rising London trumpeter Mark Kavuma celebrates the fifties Miles Davis Birth of the Cool period with his group The Banger Factory at Jazz Café on Sept 18. Along with the songs from this album, Kavuma and band will also be performing music from other Miles Davis albums of the period including Kind of Blue, Round About Midnight and more.

• Manchester trio Badgirl$ play 100 Club on Sept 13.

• Former Leicester busker Jake Warner plays Islington Academy on Sept 18.

• Cambridge rapper Big Heath, who has supported the likes of Nas, Jay Rock, Token, DJ Semtex and Rag ‘n’ Bone, plays Camden Assembly on Sept 19.


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