Grooves: Lorde; BST Festival; The Night Owl; Mavis Staples

Thursday, 16th June — By Róisín Gadelrab


The Rolling Stones play the BST Festival on June 25 and July 3. Photo: Mark Douet

THE polite queue of Lorde fans camped out in front of the Round­house recently was surprising. Several youngsters were playing games, others reading books, a few having picnics and almost all had water or soft drinks. It was far from the many lairy, drunk queues I am more used to. Which begs the question, is it the choice of gig, a sign of a new generation or does Lorde just attract the most well-behaved fans? See her at Ally Pally on June 28.

The heatwave is coming just in time for the festivals to begin. Glastonbury starts next week and then we’re heading to Hyde Park’s BST Festival. It opens with Elton John on his farewell tour with support from Rina Sawayama + Gabriels + Let’s Eat Grandma (June 24), then three quarters of The Rolling Stones – the first of three acts to unusually play two nights at the festival – mark their 60th anniversary with support from The War On Drugs + Phoebe Bridgers + Vista Kicks + JJ Rosa + Kelly McGrath on June 25, and then with Sam Fender + Courtney Barnett + Christone Kingfish + in support on July 3. The reminiscence continues with Eagles + Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (June 26), then Adele on July 1 and 2 but no word on supports yet. Pearl Jam are supported by Pixies + Cat Power (July 8) and have a longer list of supports on July 9 including Stereophonics + Johnny Marr + Imelda May + Temples. The festival concludes with Duran Duran on July 10 with special guests Nile Rodgers & Chic. Check online for full details.

• Anyone who caught Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler’s entrancing recent Green Note set or their electric Jules Holland appearance will know that their Lafayette gig tomorrow (Friday) is not to be missed.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday) for Jessie J’s KOKO gig on July 26. Be up early if you want to grab a ticket!

• If a free beach festival is more your style, take a train to Lowestoft this weekend for the gratis First Light beach festival (June 17-19) – wild beach camping encouraged! With headliners including LTJ Bukem, Andy Sheppard, Juanita Euka, Charlie Dark, Secret Night Gang and many more, expect 24 hours of non-stop creative arts programming, food and drinks, film screenings, a silent disco, workshops and much more.

Finsbury Park venue The Night Owl opened in the middle of Covid restrictions and has since built up a loyal following. Situated opposite Finsbury Park tube station, the venue has launched a “Summer of Soulful Sounds” series. Tomorrow (Friday), DJ Chris Davies spins the discs at Disco Freaks, then June 18 Big Boss Man bring the funk, soul and heavy beats, then on June 25 Smiles Collective play some live funk and jazz. See the website for the full programme.

• Carrying on the soul theme, icon Mavis Staples plays two nights at Union Chapel tonight (Thursday) and June 17.

Artist collective Brass Against produce inspirational brass protest music with a political edge. See them at Electric Ballroom on June 20. Then, on June 24, Pet Shop Boys play the Ballroom as part of the Passport: Back to Our Roots project, which aims to support indepen­dent music venues by placing big acts in intimate spaces.

• Bellowhead founder members John Spiers and Jon Boden take their lockdown-recorded Fallow Ground album tour to Kings Place tomorrow (Friday).

Ministry of Sound presents a brand-new live show celebrating the best in disco and house performed by the 15-piece Ministry of Sound Soul & funk band with surprise guests. Join the fun at Islington Academy on Saturday (June 18).

• Arooj Aftab performs her album Vulture Prince combining ambient music, new jazz, Sufi influences and Urdu poetry at Barbican tomorrow (Friday). The Lahore-born musician will be joined by Somerset House Artist in residence Nabihah Iqbal fka Throwing Shade in support.

New band Sea Fever featuring New Order’s Tom Chapman and Phil Cunningham, fronted by Iwan Gronow (Haven, Johnny Marr) and Bethany Cassidy (Section 25) play 229 tomorrow (Friday) with support from Dublin-based psychedelic dreampop artist Keeley.

• Cult Syrian wedding singer turned global dance icon Omar Souleyman known for his techno dabke beats returns to Jazz Café on June 22.

More upcoming gigs:

• Pond + Gretel Hanlyn, Electric Ballroom; Chet Faker + Hard Feelings, Roundhouse; David Grubb, Betsey Trotwood (June 17);
Beck + JAWNY, The Forum; Nile Rodgers & Chic + Billy Ocean + Norman Jay, Kenwood; Ural Thomas & The Pain + Iraina Mancini, Jazz Café; The Spizz Annual Midsummer Party + Spizz Energi + Voodoo Radio + Neovenator + DJs We Got Killers, The Dublin Castle; Old Dirty Brasstards: Hits of the 80s, Lafayette (June 18);
• Johnny Hooker, Jazz Café; Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds + Jake Bugg + Confidence Man, Kenwood; The Rills + Anorak Patch + Saloon Dion + Shady Baby, 100 Club; (June 19);
• Jack Broadbent & Mike Dawes, 100 Club; Fat White Family, Lafayette; Twenty One Pilots Takeover tour, Camden Assembly (June 21);
• Gabriels, Koko; Herbie Hancock, Barbican; Isaam Alnajjar, Camden Assembly; Tems, Koko; Geese, The Dome (June 22);
• Marisa Monte, Barbican; Terry Reid, Jazz Cafe (June 23);
• Atmosfear, 100 Club (June 24);
• Coops, Jazz Café; The Dandy Warhols, Roundhouse (June 25),
• Irina Rhymes, 229; Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Jazz Cafe (June 26);
• Havana Musica with Osvaldo Chacon + Su Timba; Half Alive, Koko (June 27);
• Chrisette Michele, Jazz Café (June 29);
• The Primitives + Black Doldrums, 229; JoBoxers, 100 Club (June 30).

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