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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Brexit; Niall Horan; Joe Talbot; Tones and I

27 February, 2020 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Tones and I

ONE of the joys of being a music fan is the ability to see your heroes in the flesh when their tour stops off at a venue near you. Be they an international sensation or an obscure band from somewhere you have never heard of, the possibility that they may just reach your town, city or country brings them much closer. Some bands are live trainwrecks, others come to life in a way you can never tell from their nicely produced recordings, and others have the ability to give one-off performances that will stay etched in your mind for eternity. But the only way to find out is to see them for real in the flesh. Venues we know and love rely on touring bands, musicians rely on an ability to cross borders to bring their music elsewhere, soak up influences from other shores and complete their line-ups with the best musicians for their vision, no matter their origin. Unless they are of exceptional means, most travelling musicians struggle to cover touring costs – and further restrictions on movement or more stringent visa demands will make things much harder. Proposed new visa rules will stifle this industry and many musicians and industry leaders are working to put pressure on the Government to rethink their measures. This could be a crisis moment for culture. Then again, in times of difficulty, creativity is known to flourish. For those who don’t want to take that risk, there are various petitions online seeking a debate on the issue.

Niall Horan

• Some post-St Patrick’s Day news for fans of former One Direction member Niall Horan. He plays a solo set at the London Irish Centre on March 23.

• Tones and I, responsible for global hit Dance Monkey, play The Forum on Feb 28.

See Idles frontman Joe Talbot in conversation with Creation Records founder Alan McGee at The Water Rats on March 2. Live music from post-punk band The Clockworks.

Henry Parker

• Emerging West Yorkshire folk artist Henry Parker plays The Harrison, King’s Cross, tonight (Thursday).

Neo-rockabilly band Restless mark their 40th anniversary with their first London show in six years at the 100 Club tomorrow (Friday). Support from Darrel Highan & The Enforcers and The Kopy Katz.

• Annie Mac’s AMP London takes place at various venues across London from March 4-7. Shows include panels, speakers and live gigs including – The Murder Capital, Working Men’s Club and Odd Morris, 100 Club; Caroline Polacheck and Joseph Lawrence & The Garden, St Pancras Old Church (March 4); Avelino, Knucks and Shaybo, The Underworld; Blossoms, Cabbage and Katy J Pearson, Lafayette (March 5) and many more.

Notable gigs this week: Bryce Vine, Scala; City and Colour, Palladium (Feb 28); Efterklang, Barbican; Beartooth + The Amity Affliction, Roundhouse; The Jade Assembly, Camden Assembly (Feb 29); The Sherlocks, Electric Ballroom (March 2); Shaed, Electrowerkz (March 3); Declan J Donovan, Dingwalls (March 4); Thumper, The Islington; Samantha Fish + Felix Rabin, Islington Assembly Hall; Marika Hackman, The Forum; The Vision, Colours (March 5).


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