Grooves: Ana Silvera; Arcade Fire; The South; Sea Power; La Linea Festival

Thursday, 21st April — By Róisín Gadelrab

Ana Silvera Credit Alice Williamson

Ana Silvera. Photo: Alice Williamson

THE supremely talented Camden musician and composer Ana Silvera has returned to the borough after an extended stay in Denmark to launch her new studio album The Fabulist (out April 22). The first release since her acclaimed 2018 Oracles album, The Fabulist was produced with award-winning multi-instrumentalist Gerry Diver, and focuses on Ana’s love of story-telling – of “imagined others” and her own deeply personal experiences told through a folk-world sound. See her perform live at Bush Hall on May 19.

Arcade Fire are descending on Mornington Crescent on April 29 to help Koko seal its return to the London music scene as one of the capital’s foremost venues – and this time it’s got a whole lot more to offer. The opening weekend continues with Koko Electronic’s launch night featuring Swiss-Chilean DJ Luciano, joined by Isaac Carter and Fiorella (April 30) and continues on May 1 with two sold-out sets from Shepherd’s Bush rapper Central Cee. Keep an eye on the website for more line-up announcements.

• Mark the Bank Holiday weekend with an all-day knees-up round the fire at Dig It Sound System’s May Day party at Two Tribes Brewery’s outdoor Campfire venue in Tileyard Road, N7, on April 30 (2pm-1am, free entry). Note – this is on the Saturday preceding the May Day holiday.

La Linea London Latin Music Festival returns this week (April 21-May 2) across London featuring an extensive line-up of Latin singers – with a special focus on female singers this year – including Ana Tijoux + Fedzilla + DJ Cal Jader, Jazz Café, (April 26), Lina Raül Refree, Union Chapel (April 23), Roberto Fonseca, Jazz Café (April 24), Sara Correia + Babesa Cubana, Union Chapel (April 28) and more. Visit https://www.comono.co.uk/la-linea/ for the full line-up.

• Check out Harry Taylor’s Sea Power, Roundhouse, review and Dan Carrier’s take on Macka B at Jazz Café.

Tokyo garage punk trio The 5.6.7.8’s as seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol 1 take their inspiration from the 50s and 60s play 229 on April 22 with support from The Masonics. Also playing 229 on April 29 is singer-actress and co-founder of Diva Music Festival Heather Peace, who may be more familiar more recently as Stacey’s wife in EastEnders.

• DJ Spoony introduces Babylon, a film capturing the changing sounds and youth culture of south London told through the experience of second-generation Caribbean migrants, at Barbican Cinema on April 30 followed by a panel discussion with Brinsley Forde, Trevor Laird, Brian Bovell, Dennis Bovell and Beverly Michaels while Spoony and special guests will be spinning some classic reggae tunes.

Islington’s Emperor Penguin play The Water Rats on April 22 with Nick Frater + Whelligan.

• Remember the 80s with one half of Bros as Matt Goss plays London Palladium on April 23.

Veteran folk-blues singer-songwriter Sally Barker – familiar to some as Tom Jones’ 2014 finalist on The Voice – brings the songs of Joni Mitchell and Sandy Denny to Green Note on April 24. Then, on April 25, also at Green Note, Gutter Street Nights hosts six artists performing an original song, poem or monologue based on the theme of the month.

• Follow Madeleine Rose Witney through an evening of soulful blues, New Orleans rhythms and jazz era swing at Live At The Amadeus, Maida Vale, on April 22.

Internationally renowned folk / blues / Americana songwriter Sean Taylor introduces his new album The Beat Goes On joined by Mike Seal at St Pancras Old Church on April 27.

• The South (a nine-piece band featuring former members of The Beautiful South including singer Alison Wheeler and sax player Gaz Birtles), play songs from the band’s back catalogue at Pizza Express, Holborn on April 30.

More upcoming gigs: Nothing + The Waltz + High Vis, The Dome (April 22); Trish Clowes, Wigmore Hall; Jazzanova, Jazz Café (April 23); Lo Moon, Lafayette; Rachel Harrop, Ronnie Scott’s; Raul Midon, Jazz Café; Joshua Radin + Rachel Yamagata, Islington Assembly Hall (April 25); Pip Blom Islington Assembly Hall; George O’Hanlon, Camden Assembly; The Four Owls, Scala; Wet Leg, Electric Ballroom (April 26); Jose Gonzales, Roundhouse; GA-20 + PM Warson & DJ Diddywah, The Lexington (April 27); Bad Boy Chiller Crew, The Forum; Acid Arab, Fabric; English Teacher, Camden Assembly (April 28); Aldous Harding, Barbican (April 28-29); Red Guitars, 100 Club; Ride + bdrmm, The Roundhouse; Adeline, Jazz Café (April 29); Laura Evans, The Grace; Coco & The Butterfields + Gecko, Lafayette (May 1); Joe Satriani, The Shapeshifting Tour, Palladium (May 2); Jojo, Roundhouse; Saba, The Forum (May 3); Slum Village, Jazz Café (May 3-4); Ashley McBryde, Roundhouse (May 4); Girl In Red, Roundhouse; George Cosby, St Pancras Old Church; Live at the Lexington BBC Introducing Stone + Eli Smart + Bonnie Kemplay, The Lexington (May 5).

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