Grooves: Kenwood, StrEATlife, BST, All Points East festivals; London Django Collective; The Linda Lindas…

Thursday, 2nd June — By Róisín Gadelrab

The Linda Lindas_photo by Zac Farro

The Linda Lindas play the Islington Academy on June 7. Photo: Zac Farro

IT’S been a while, but London’s festivals are back and we are spoiled! After last year’s Kenwood concerts were disrupted – by Covid uncertainty and then awful weather – they are back this month (June 10-19).

The line-up includes James + The Charlatans + Get Cape, Wear Cape. Fly + The Sherlocks + Maximo Park (June 10); Rag’N’Bone Man + Raye + Will & The People (June 11); David Rodigan’s Outlook Orchestra + Freddie McGregor, Horace Andy + Bitty McLean (June 12); Culture Club + Bananarama + Lulu (June 17); Nile Rodgers + CHIC + Billy Ocean + Norman Jay MBE (June 18) Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds + Jake Bugg + Confidence Man (June 18).

Before that, Ally Pally’s free StrEATlife Festival brings the music and the eats (June 3-4), later, Hyde Park’s glorious BST gigs return with the huge names Elton / Adele / The Rolling Stones etc – and exciting support acts being announced all the time (June 24-July 10) and All Points East has a line-up ready to keep the cool kids happy Disclosure / Tame Impala / Nick Cave / Gorilla / Kae Tempest / Michael Kiwanuka etc (Aug 19-28). There’s barely time to breathe!

The final show in Gus Robertson’s Live At The Amadeus series takes place on June 10 with London Django Collective, a collective of musicians influenced by the musical legacy of Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt.

• Vigilante, The Replicators, The Bad Apples and Gift of Noise will play The Underworld on June 11 in aid of The Gift of Hope Trust which raises funds for educational projects.

• The Killers take over Emirates Stadium (June 3-4) – some lucky Islington residents should expect to hear them from their gardens!

• LA all-girl pop punk group The Linda Lindas bring an understated level of cool to their songs, full of catchy hooks and energetic student house party vibes. See them if you’re able to get a ticket at Islington Academy on June 7.

The Dublin Castle has lined up an apt way to close the Jubilee on Sunday (June 5) with The Queen’s Platinum All Dayer ft The Ska Brats + Blank Generation + The Glory + From The Gut + Tear Up + Concrete Bollocks + Benefit State + Aubrey Eels.

• Alan McGee’s newest signing The Gulps, who were Steve Strange’s last discovery, play Camden Assembly on June 7. Support from Dirty English, Naked RA and a DJ set from Alan McGee.

The Dublin Castle’s Rock’n’Roll book club returns for a two-day extravaganza this week – on June 15 with Nick Griffiths discussing his novel DeadStar about disappeared musician Garth Tyson, plus live set from Psycho Delia. Then, on June 16 Sebastian Wocker discusses his book The Joy of Addiction, with Q&A and a possible musical interlude from his band Ridiculous.

• All-star band The Curtom Orchestra, which features members of Jamiroquai, The Brand New Heavies and Incognito celebrate the life and music of Curtis Mayfield at Islington Assembly Hall on June 3. Then, on June 9, 23-year-old Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, the future of blues plays the venue, followed by American Idol singer Chris Daughtry’s band Daughtry (June 13) and Ravyn Lenae (June 15).

The Hollies take their 60th Anniversary tour to London Palladium (June 3-4), then Dionne Warwick takes the stage (June 5-6), Steve Vai (June 7) and Michael Ball (June 11).

• Remember Iceland’s quirky, woolly-jumpered Eurovision entry from 2021? Musician Dadi Freyr, whose Eurovision hit Think About Things became a global smash, plays Roundhouse on June 16 with Mickey Callisto.

• Suede have announced two dates at the Electric Ballroom in October (Oct 5-6) – get in there early.

• We have seen some treasured venues come and go over the years, often closing against their will due to factors outside their control. So, it’s always great to see the Music Venue Trust’s innovative Own Our Venues scheme, which aims to help our institutions preserve their futures. Investors are encouraged to buy community shares to help raise £3.5m to put nine venues into community ownership so they won’t be beholden to unsympathetic landlords. While the chosen pilot venues are not in London, if the scheme is successful, the aim will be to widen it out to other venues in future. Investors may accrue interest on their shares but are not able to sell, trade or transfer them. It’s an imaginative scheme and one I hope succeeds. The first round closes on Sept 30.

Rapper Knucks gave two fans a huge surprise at his Koko show last week with the gift of a Bitcoin (worth around £23,000 at the time) to share, which they can either cash in or use part of to create a fund where they can invest in NFTs and crypto. Knucks was joined by Loyle Carner and Stormzy on stage at different points during the show. Other upcoming Koko gigs this month include DJ Shadow (June 5), Nick Mulvey (June 10) and Omar Apollo (June 16).

More upcoming gigs:

• Ghost Note, Jazz Café (June 4);
• Crowded House Roundhouse (June 4-5, 7-8);
• JC Stewart + Ellie Dixon, Islington Academy; King Solomon Hicks + Toby Lee, 100 Club (June 7);
• Erland Cooper, Barbican (June 8);
• Loshn, The Harrison; Fatherson, Islington Assembly Hall; Crash Test Dummies + Mo Kenney, The Forum (June 10);
• Gregor Barnett, The Garage (June 11);
• Luidji, Jazz Café (June 12);
• Bikini Kill, Roundhouse; Deftones + Grandson, The Forum; Dominie Hooper, The Grace (June 13);
• Blood Red Shoes, The Garage; Tiago Nacarato, Jazz Café; Fiona Bevan, Stone Nest (June 14);
• Interpol + Orlando Weeks, Roundhouse (June 14-15);
• The War and Treaty Jazz Café; Genesis Owusu, Underworld; Cautious Clay + Tayo Sound, The Garage (June 15);
• Masta Ace, Jazz Café; PiL + Brix Smith, The Forum; Bob Mould, Islington Assembly Hall (June 16);
Mavis Staples, Union Chapel (June 16-17).

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