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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Dave; All Points East; Rebecca Ferguson

20 February, 2020 — By Róisín Gadelrab

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IT’S all too easy to dismiss musicians of today for not meeting the standards of “legends” of the past, with accusations that they are trite, disengaged or don’t understand the power of a decent tune that will stand the test of time. And while there is a whole lot of music out there – of varying degrees of quality – that’s the beauty of it. There is enough variety that there is surely something to appeal to everyone. From a light-hearted pop hit about a boy/girl crush, an irresistible beat-laden dance tune, an angst-ridden guitar lament or something so cutting edge you’re not even sure what you are listening to. And there’s nothing to stop the idols of days gone by from being thrown into the mix at a moment’s notice. To anyone who saw Dave’s updated performance of Black at the Brit Awards this week, or who has been listening to Stormzy – or many of his other counterparts over the past few years – don’t let it be said that musicians of today carry no meaning. There is a power in their poetry to match the greats of the past, writers and musicians alike, and it can be all too easy to dismiss them.


• Ben Lovett’s new Lafayette club opening may have been slightly delayed – and HMLTD’s gig tonight (Thursday), which was set to be the opening show, may have moved to The Garage, but it looks like all is back on track and the finalised first shows have now been confirmed. With a launch party on March 3 and the venue opening to the public from March 4 with a set from Grouplove, the venue’s live music listings continue with a strong line-up including Blossoms (March 5), a Robert Glasper residency (March 6-9) and Jordan Rakei on March 10. For up-to-date listings visit

• The Barbican celebrated strong female voices from across the water at Imagining Ireland on Feb 21, featuring a star-studded line-up including Imelda May, Lisa O’Neill, Radie Peat (Lankum), SOAK, and acclaimed writers Sinéad Gleeson, Deborah Levy, Denise Chaila, Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen and more.

The Kooks and the Wombats are the latest headliners to be added to this year’s All Points East line-up. Joining them on May 30 are Tom Walker, Jake Bugg, Gang of Youths, Gabrielle Aplin, The Lathums, Bloxx and Lauran Hibberd.

• UK dub godfather and owner and founder of the iconic On-U Sound label, Adrian Sherwood presents a live audio/visual show celebrating his 35-year adventure with the Mighty Upsetter, Lee “Scratch” Perry at the Jazz Cafe tomorrow (Friday).

California’s The Growlers play The Roundhouse tomorrow (Friday).

• Zoka The Author, who fuses contemporary hip-hop with R&B, plays Islington Academy tomorrow (Friday). Nicky Libero, Chantz Marie and Storie support.

As part of Brits week – and to raise money for War Child – Southend’s Nothing But Thieves play The Dome tomorrow (Friday). Also part of Brits week, Bastille will be performing their Re-orchestrated show at London Palladium on Feb 22 with a six-strong choir and a 19-piece orchestra.

• Seventies punk/new wave band The Rezillos play 229 on Feb 22.

Virtuoso guitarist and composer Cory Wong (above) plays the Electric Ballroom on Feb 22.

• These New Puritans (above), founded by twin brothers George Barnett and Jack Barnett, bring their latest live show, The Blue Door, to the Barbican on Feb 23. It features an expanded group of performers and includes reinstrumentations and reinterpretations of their work across all of their four studio albums to date – as well as new material to be released later this year.

British rock three-piece Molly Karloff launch their follow-up EP, Supernaturalation, at The Black Heart on Feb 27.

• Former X Factor contestant Rebecca Ferguson (above) plays Islington Assembly Hall on Feb 27.

Notable gigs this week: Hot 8 Brass Band, The Forum (Feb 21); Teedra Moses, Jazz Cafe (Feb 23-24); Mark Kingswood, Leicester Square Theatre (Feb 24); Aeris Roves, Scala (Feb 25); Girl Ray, Electric Ballroom (Feb 26); DIIV + Chastity, The Forum; Goo Goo Dolls, Roundhouse (Feb 27)


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