Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Massaoke; Lime Cordiale; Marky Ramone
25 July, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab
CAMDEN sing-along sensations Massaoke are returning to home ground for a special one-off 1980s show at the Electric Ballroom on July 27. For those who have never experienced Massaoke, imagine a huge party with a live band, giant lyrics and videos, and classic anthems. Saturday’s extravaganza will run through those ‘80s faves. Get into the spirit with ra-ra skirts, rolled-up jacket sleeves and a dash of eyeliner. Massaoke has also arranged free entry to club night Guilty Pleasures at the same venue afterwards.
• Reggae Collective Easy Star All Stars, known for their reggae-style interpretations of classic albums, play Islington Assembly Hall tomorrow (Friday). For a taste of what they do, listen to 2006’s Radiodread, their take on Radiohead’s OK Computer, or 2012’s Thrillah – you’ve guessed it, a reggae version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. For their Islington show, they will be performing Dub Side Of The Moon, their interpretation of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, and much more to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Support from Prince Fatty.
• Sydney band Lime Cordiale, who play Islington Academy on July 30 on their debut UK tour, are attempting to reduce their carbon footprint on tour by requesting no plastic backstage and no food on their rider that includes any plastic. They also choose never to buy new clothes, instead only buying second-hand items.
• Wiyaala, one of Ghana’s biggest pop stars, gives a special guest performance at the Jazz Cafe on July 30 in support of new album Sissala Goddess, which is sung partly in her home village Funsi’s dialect of Sisaala, one of the world’s most endangered languages.
• Punk-rock drummer Marky Ramone performs the best picks from The Ramones’ discography, accompanied by Bad Religion/Circle Jerks guitarist Greg Hetson at Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg at The Garage tomorrow (Friday).
• Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams performs her critically acclaimed album, Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, in full at The Barbican on July 27, followed by a second set of songs from her celebrated career. She will be joined on stage by long-time backing band Buick 6.
• Cuban singer Omara Portuondo brings his show Omara Es Cuba – El Último Beso, to Barbican on July 28. Portuondo originally rose to fame in the 1950s in pre-revolutionary Havana in the vocal group Cuarteto D’Aida, before becoming a huge name worldwide, later achieving acclaim as one of the original members of the Buena Vista Social Club in the 1990s, with whom she still performs with today.
• Americana singer-songwriter Rachel Harrington plays the Green Note on July 28 in support of new album Hush the Wild Horses, her first album proper in more than seven years (out September 6).
• Following her recent sell-out European tour, multi-platinum Italian artist Elisa plays Union Chapel on July 30. The tour celebrates the release of her brand-new EP Secret Diaries.