Grooves: Fightback; Ana Silvera; Riz Ahmed; Doc ’n’ Roll
06 November, 2020 — By Róisín Gadelrab
SO, we’re back to making entertainment at home again – and then the distraction of Christmas will be upon us. But can anything quite emulate the experience of being physically there, in the moment, experiencing music live and in your face and crawling into your brain? Take Brittany Howard at BBC 6 Music Festival at the Roundhouse in March. Brittany stepped in to headline in place of Michael Kiwanuka and stole the moment as she lived every note with her entire body. Her vocal quality is apparent in TV performances but those shivers that come from unfiltered raw live shows do not translate through the airwaves. Once we can once again experience live music safely, when distancing is no longer required, no doubt everything will sound so much sweeter and we will relish our rediscovered freedom to experience life as it happens – Netflix and chill to be replaced by Get the hell out and be! In the meantime, we continue to send good vibes to and encourage support for those in the music and events industry who are badly affected by these restrictions. As ever, this is a reminder to seek out those music industry fundraising efforts or, you can always invest in some Fightback lager, which raises money for struggling music venues.
• The immensely talented Primrose Hill musician Ana Silvera released her latest EP Light, Console Me on Wednesday, a three-movement piece exploring themes of grief and mourning, inspired by the Mourner’s Kaddish – an Aramaic prayer from the Jewish tradition. “It seemed relevant, given what was unfolding in the world,” Ana says. Available to buy on Bandcamp, the EP moves from Departing, to Awaiting and then finally, to Mourning. “I turned the challenge of writing a response to the Kaddish over and over in my mind as the lockdowns, closed borders, infection and death counts rose. “I was in Copenhagen when this all began and I’ve been here ever since, feeling the strange dislocation of watching events unfold in my homeland from a distance,” says Ana, adding: “I hope these songs provide comfort, space to reflect, maybe even form precious pictures in your own minds.”
• Rapper and critically acclaimed actor Riz Ahmed had to postpone his performance of album The Long Goodbye at Lafayette London earlier this year. So, while we await his rescheduled 2021 live show, we will be tuning in to his one-off livestream performance of the thought-provoking album on December 19. Tickets on sale from December 1.
• Don’t forget Doc ‘n’ Roll festival continues into November, with an incredible selection of music films and documentaries available for streaming. See www.docnrollfestival.com/films/