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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: The Garage; DMC World Championships; The Membranes; Dog Eat Dog

26 September, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Dog Eat Dog

SPARE a thought for the door staff who work our many music venues through all weathers, surviving on a diet of penny sweets and fizzy drinks as they smile in the faces of the colourful, varied and spirited crowds that flock to Camden, Islington and wider. One such person – a well-known face around Camden – is my friend and former flatmate Sina, who has become an essential figure in our bustling microcosm, someone who works tirelessly to ensure events such as Camden Rocks have the staff to make sure we all get our tickets – and stays on her feet until the bitter end and beyond. So, a special mention to Sina – a vital person in our world – and congratulations to Sina and Matt on their wedding last weekend. I hope you finally have a break.

• It’s all change again over at The Garage in Highbury Corner. The music venue’s upstairs room has undergone a number of transformations, the latest involving the replacement of Thousand Island with The Grace, a new late-night live music pub, which has been extended into the downstairs space, formerly the General Store.

• Relive the early years of grime with a special night celebrating the genre’s origins at The Forum tomorrow (Friday) where the likes of Chip (known as Chipmunk in those days), Devlin, So Solid Crew, Jammer and Newham Generals (D Double E and Footsie) will revive the music and culture of the scene as it emerged from pirate radio to the mainstream over the course of 2002-2006.

Scratchers, spinners and old deck hands (yeah, I don’t quite have the lingo) will be twirling the vinyl at the DMC World Championships at Islington Assembly Hall on Saturday – expect amazing feats, incredible dexterity, skill-expanding workshops and some incredible battles.

• Revered Lebanese composer and singer Marcel Khalifé returns to the Barbican on Sept 29 where he will be joined by son Rami Khalifé on piano and French jazz drummer Aymeric Westrich, reinterpreting his familiar music in a new way as a trio.

Iconic West African dance band Orchestra Baobab fuse Africo-Cuban jazz with Congolese Rhumba. They return to play The Roundhouse tomorrow (Friday) following last year’s sold out Barbican show.

• British post-punk pioneers The Membranes play 100 Club tomorrow (Friday) with support from Folk Devils and The Wolfhounds. They have also announced a tour with Mark Lanegan in support of their new album, What Nature Gives … Nature Takes Away, and will be stopping off at The Roundhouse on Dec 10.

DJ, producer and Circus label head Yousef launches album 9 Moore Drive, named after the Liverpool street where he grew up, at Egg tomorrow (Friday). Spanish DJ and producer Dennis Cruz and electronic artist Jansons join the line-up for a party that will go on all night long.


• Irish rockers Otherkin play Camden Assembly tomorrow (Friday).

Electronica and techno producer Max Cooper presents his project Yearning For The Infinite – about the human obsession with the unobtainable and its embodiments in the modern data explosion – at Barbican on Saturday. This will be followed by post-show sets from electronic musician, sound designer and new media artist Rob Clouth and electronic artists Llyr.

• Is it really 25 years since New Jersey crossover band Dog Eat Dog made their debut with All Boro Kings, from which came hit single No Fronts? The band are back to mark the album’s anniversary with a special show at Underworld on Saturday and the release of a renewed edition.

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• Singer-songwriters Jess Morgan and Nels Andrews, who both have illustrated books to accompany their new music, co-headline The Slaughtered Lamb on Sept 29, promising a concoction of songwriting, spoken word and visuals.

• Coco and the Butterfields (above) bring their Celtic-infused, folk-laden pop to Islington Assembly Hall on Oct 3.

• Notable gigs this week: Danny Star, Thousand Island (Sept 28); Sebadoh, Scala (Sept 29); Hollis Brown, Islington Academy (Sept 30); Hozier, Palladium (Oct 1, 3-5); Young Teflon, The Garage; The Howl & The Hum, Scala (Oct 2); Deafheaven, Electric Ballroom; Plastic Mermaids, Scala (Oct 3).


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