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Grooves: Rag ‘n’ Bone Man; Jazz Cafe; Jarvis Cocker; Tara Minton

08 October, 2020 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Rag ’n’ Bone Man is down to play Kenwood next June

THE festival season seems so far away but announcements of some outdoor summertime gigs are providing a glimmer of light for next year. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s bass-heavy tones will send shivers across Hampstead Heath with an exclusive show at Kenwood House on June 20 with support from John Newman and Will and the People. Act fast and there’s still time to register for early bird tickets at
More central, Pearl Jam will headline two Hyde Park BST shows next July – Covid-allowing – with support from Pixies on July 9 and Idles (July 10). Expect more announcements to come.

It may take a change in our culture to get used to early, sit-down gigs with restricted sound levels and curfews that go against every fibre of our beings but in this new era compromise is the only way. While the battle to remove the 10pm curfew rages on, the venues that have been able to continue putting on gigs have been adjusting their listings to bring everything slightly forward. Jazz Cafe, for example, has matinee and evening shows where possible, with live music until 10pm. Others are doing the same so if you’re missing the live scene, check listings regularly.

• To celebrate Barbican Art Gallery’s first ever major exhibition on groundbreaking dancer and choreographer Michael Clark – Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer, Barbican is streaming Jarvis Cocker’s live set JARV IS, recorded within the exhibition, free on the venue’s website from October 16.

Teaming up with the Hampstead Jazz Club for an album launch event in October, harpist Tara Minton launches new album, Please Do Not Ignore The Mermaid, with a night of conversation and listening with the broadcaster Jonathan Wingate at Spiritland on Oct 13.

• Teenage Cancer Trust Unseen replaces the charity’s annual Albert Hall gigs this year with a series of exclusive live performances from Ed Sheeran, Muse, The Who, Sir Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Stereophonics, Pulp, Noel Gallagher, Rudimental, Them Crooked Vultures and The Cure. Running from October 8-18 the shows will be free to view and fans are encouraged to donate.

Incognito lead vocalist Tony Momrelle plays two shows at Jazz Cafe on October 9.

• Cult Irish chamber pop group The Divine Comedy present a selection of songs from across their career performed by a six-piece band, to mark the release of the Venues, Cupid, Folly and Time 30th anniversary reissues of their back catalogue this autumn. The band will return next September for a five-night residency performing as an 11-piece ensemble.


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