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Grooves: Beans On Toast; #saveourvenues; Van Morrison; Camden Unlocked

13 August, 2020 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Beans on Toast. Photo: Lee Ramsay

WHILE the brakes have been put on further easing of restrictions, the music industry continues to find ways to innovate.

Camden’s prolific folk poet Beans On Toast has lined up socially distant gigs in Devon and Bristol this weekend and last weekend headlined a campfire session at We Are Not A Festival – a wholesome non-festival featuring a modest list of other live music acts, as well as sessions in yoga, meditation, lantern making and plenty more.

In the absence of a traditional festival, this may be one of the few alternatives out there and for those who missed it, the Sussex festival has proved so popular, that new dates have been announced for August 28-31 and Beans is back on the line-up – an outdoor opportunity to hear from his vast back catalogue. Further info from

LAUNCHED just two years ago to raise money for grassroots music venues, Fightback Lager donates 5p from every pint sold to the Music Venue Trust.

And now that the industry needs help more than ever, the brand is launching a full range of beers and ciders to support MVT’s #saveourvenues campaign available to order so fans can support the industry from the comfort of their own homes.

AT the time of writing there were still some tickets available online for Van Morrison’s intimate distanced gig at Electric Ballroom on September 5 and 6.

Playing to a below-capacity audience, this may well be a unique opportunity to see Van in unusual circumstances.

CAMDEN Market’s Camden Unlocked series of ticketed outdoor music events continues this weekend with Mae Muller (Aug 15) and The Puppini Sisters (Aug 16).

BLOSSOMS have announced their rescheduled tour dates following a disruptive 2020.

The Liverpool band, who play three nights at The Forum on March 29-31, have also just announced that their double album In Isolation/Live From The Plaza Theatre, Stockport, featuring tracks recorded over the last few months in isolation and a full live set from the Foolish Loving Spaces album launch show, will be released on October 23.

BANG Bang Romeo have been announced as headliners for next year’s Loud Women Fest 5, which showcases women-powered bands and takes place at 229 on March 20.

AUG 30: Norman Jay, DJ Yoda and more headline UNLOCKED, a 60 per cent capacity outdoor gig at Alexandra Palace on Aug 30. Ticket prices start from £20.


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