Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Spice Girls; Nick Cave; Elisa; The Dead Daisies
05 April, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
SPICE Girls fans are being asked to donate to the refurb of the famous Spice Bus that transported the brash girl band around town in their 1999 Spiceworld movie. The scheme is to coincide with #SpiceUpLondon – The Spice Girls Exhibition, which rolls into town over the summer, taking up residence at Angel’s Business Design Centre (July 28-August 20). The show will feature thousands of items of memorabilia and outlandish costumes and offer two-hour open top bus tours of key Spice spots in London.
• To mark 10 years since the release of debut album St Jude, Camden fans Courteeners have teams up with Camden Town Brewery to produce their own St Jude Pils – available in selected establishments only.
• Award-winning filmmaker David Barnard’s film, Distant Sky – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live In Copenhagen, is showing for one night only at cinemas across the country, featuring songs from album Skeleton Tree, alongside tracks from the band’s back catalogue. Catch the screening at Barbican and Picturehouse Central, amongst other cinemas, on April 12.
• Globally revered product brand Native Instruments’ Native Sessions event, BARS, brings grime, rap, MC culture and more to Barbican on April 11 featuring P Money, Ms Banks, Jaykae, Steel Banglez, DJ Target, Sir Spyro, and Flowdan in a series of workshops, Q&As, roundtables and live shows.
• Twin Peaks actress and longtime musical partner of David Lynch, Chrysta Bell (above), has announced a special show at 100 Club on April 6.
• Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, half of Austin based S U R V I V E, encapsulated the sound of the 80s when they drew up the score for Netflix spooky series Stranger Things – for which they won a Grammy Award. Hear them perform their soundtrack live at Barbican on April 7.
• The House of Song has opened a non-stop, late-night, audience-requested live music venue in Whitcomb Street, off Leicester Square. Following the success of its first live music concept, The Piano Works in Farringdon, Studio 88 has lined-up a six-piece house band ready to take any request. Now there’s a challenge…
• Italian singer songwriter Elisa collaborated with Ennio Morricone on Ancora Qui, which featured on Tarantino’s Django Unchained soundtrack. She appears at Jazz Cafe on April 8.
• Spiritland is teaming up with Radio 3 and Japan Sound Portrait for a night of live experimental music on April 11. Featuring the ultra cool-sounding Tomoko Sauvage, who works with water, hydrophones and electronics to explore the acoustic properties of water, Kyoto-born, Berlin-based MimiCof aka Midori Hirano, who presents music from album Moon Synch, created with the Buchla analogue modular synthesizer, and self-taught solo vocal performer Hatis Noit, the latest signing to Erased Tapes plus DJ sets by Nick Luscombe and presented by Verity Sharp for BBC Radio 3 Exposure.
• The Dead Daisies are loaded with musicians of some serious rock pedigree, featuring Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream), Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy), Deen Castronovo (Bad English, Journey) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink). They play Koko on April 10.
• Dublin boys Otherkin (above) have sold so many tickets that their upcoming Camden Assembly show has been moved to The Garage tomorrow (Friday). The quartet are promoting debut LP OK.
• Reggae rising star Romain Virgo brings his Lovesick tour to Scala on April 8.
• Notable gigs this week: Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Islington Assembly Hall (April 10); Girli, The Garage; The Sheepdogs, The Lexington (April 11).