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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Stevie van Zandt; Doc’n Roll; Spiritland

09 November, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Stevie van Zandt

IT sounds like Paul McCartney made up for lost time on Saturday when he joined Stevie van Zandt for a surprise appearance at The Roundhouse. Telling the crowd he wanted to “finish some unfinished business”, Stevie invited friend McCartney onstage at his Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul gig, where they went on to perform The Beatles’ I Saw Her Standing There. The last time they performed together was at Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Hard Rock Calling gig in Hyde Park in 2012, when the plug was pulled on them mid-song. Stevie told me last week:

“We’ve been thrown out of a lot of gin mills, the plug has been pulled a lot of times, but it’s certainly never happened to us before when we were playing with Paul McCartney. At the time I thought it was the police so I did some famous tweets so I had to apologise. It turned out to be the promoters who were scared to death of the local residents’ organisations, it was literally three minutes past the curfew, another two minutes we would’ve been done… It was a funny incident at the time. But we laughed about it.”

• Spiritland bar and restaurant (above), in King’s Cross, has established itself as a haven for the aficionado of recorded music with its specially commissioned speakers (including mini versions in the toilets) and special guest DJs playing throughout the week. This week, the venue announced the opening of the new Spiritland Headphone Bar in Burlington Street, Mayfair, where they say they stock a selection of some of the best headphone and audio players in the world in their “endless pursuit for musical nirvana”. Apparently, you can also pick up a decent glass of whisky from the bar at the same time.

• The fourth Doc’n Roll Film Festival is underway with screenings of music documentaries at cinemas across London. Running to November 19, the diverse programme aims to give prominence to below-the-radar documentaries and films celebrating music subcultures. See the full programme at

• Cerys Matthews will host this year’s On Mass (above) event at the Roundhouse on Nov 12. The project, aimed at “stripping away borders and breeding unity through creative collaboration between international groups of young talent”, will involve groups including carnival band Kinetika Bloco, Breakin’ Convention, Roundhouse Choir, Street Circus Collective, Battersea Arts Centre’s Beat Box Academy, Roundhouse Audio Collective and Roundhouse Music Collective, and feature their interpretations of a specially written song by Grammy-winning artist Angelique Kidjo, who will perform with the groups on the night.

• Old-skool hip-hop collective Juice Crew ft Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, Craig G, MC Shan and Roxanne play one of their first UK shows in 20 years at The Forum tomorrow (Friday).

• Familia celebrates five years of its monthly residency at Egg on Nov 11 with Monika Kruse, Metodi Hristov and Skober.

• Hear a celebration of music from Game of Thrones at London Palladium on Nov 12.

• Notable gigs this week: Hawklords, The 100 Club; The Slow Readers Club (above), The Garage (Nov 10); Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith, The Cellar Upstairs Folk Club, Calthorpe Arms (Nov 11); OMD, Roundhouse; Amelia White, Green Note (Nov 13); Together Pangea, Thousand Island; The Cadillac Three, The Forum (Nov 14).


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