Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Jimothy Lacoste; Massive Attack; James Lavelle
30 January, 2020 — By Róisín Gadelrab
SOME good news for music venues this week as, thanks to mammoth campaigning from the Music Venues Trust and supporters of the scene, the Government has announced plans to cut business rates for small and medium-sized music venues by 50 per cent. Hopefully this will give struggling venues breathing space and allow those all-important stages to continue to be made available to artists as they develop. But these places rely on an audience, so get out and enjoy some live music – there’s enough choice out there to satisfy even the most discerning listener.
• Cult Camden figure Jimothy Lacoste, who attracts a huge underground crowd with his quirky views and approach to songwriting and music videos, joins Master Peace and Rose Gray to play BBC Introducing at the Lexington on Feb 6.
• Massive Attack (above) are the latest act to be revealed to headline All Points East on May 24. They will be joined by Nils Frahm, Young Fathers, Fatoumata Diawara, Neneh Cherry, Skinny Pelembe, Mad Professor and many more.
• The man from UNKLE, James Lavelle, brings his Living In My Headphones night to The Social on Jan 31 as part of Independent Venue Week, where he will be joined by fellow Soho Radio DJs Jay Carder and Steel Worker. Also marking the week will be Tokyo Taboo, Healthy Junkies, Yur Mum and Run Into The Night at The Dublin Castle.
• Said to be Barack Obama’s favourite violinist, Damien Escobar stops off for two nights at the Jazz Cafe on Jan 31-Feb 1.
• West Coast rapper and actor The Game plays The Forum on Feb 5.
• Turkish musician Okay Temiz looks like a character. Now in his 80s, he appears at the Jazz Cafe with his Oriental Wind Ensemble on Feb 5.
• AMP London (March 4-7) has announced the second wave of shows across a number of London venues, including St Pancras Old Church and the Underworld. Lianna La Havas, The Murder Capital (above), Caroline Polachek, Avelino, The Magic Gang and more have joined the line-up giving platforms for exciting new acts and an opportunity to witness underplays from some established favourites. There will also be a one-day conference at Camden House on March 6, curated by Annie Mac and featuring discussions around the next generation of music industry figureheads. Tickets on sale at 10am tomorrow (Friday).
• Anonymous collective Sleep Token play Islington Assembly Hall on Jan 31.
• Nashville’s Grammy-nominated, all-female string band Della Mae (above) play Kings Place on Jan 31.
• From The Style Council (above), a seven-piece band featuring former members of The Style Council – bass and guitar player Anthony Harry and singer Jaye Ella-Ruth (formerly known as Jaye Williamson) – play hits from the band’s career at The Water Rats on Jan 31.
• Marillion guitarist Steve Rothery joins the Dave Foster Band (above) at Dingwalls on Jan 31. Support from Norway’s Oak.
• Notable gigs this week: Joe Gideon, The Islington; A Celebration of House: Bob Sinclair & Kid Creme All Night Long, Egg; Bamily, Kudu Blue and Porij, Camden Assembly (Jan 31); Beverly Knight, Roundhouse; The House & Garage Orchestra, Roundhouse; The Wildhearts, The Forum; The Felice Brothers + Carson McHone, Islington Assembly Hall (Feb 1); Black Pumas, Islington Assembly Hall (Feb 2); Stephen Fearing, The Green Note; Anti-Flag, Islington Academy (Feb 4); Chris Ingham, Crazy Coqs (Feb 5-March 5); Aurora D’Amico, The Harrison, King’s Cross (Feb 5); Atomic Rooster, 100 Club; Omar Souleyman, EartH (Feb 6).