Grooves: Elton John; Jedward; Jack Valero; Pride; Fellow Pynins

Thursday, 30th June — By Róisín Gadelrab

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Jack Valero plays the Green Note on July 11

WHEN you’re on the 233rd show of a tour that has lasted several years, towards the end of a decades-long touring career, with fans who will follow you in your own image to the end, every stage must feel like your personal living room. So why shouldn’t Elton John perform his encore in a dazzling dressing gown – he’s earned it! Elton’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour stopped off at Hyde Park on Friday with the kind of set you’d expect from someone with such an illustrious career – packed with the faves, plenty of nostalgia, a nod to lost friends and new collaborators and some out-there graphics on the Great Oak Stage. On Sunday our Dan Carrier was there to see Robert Plant and Eagles. See our reviews online plus a special interview with The Wandering Hearts, who were also on the bill – Hyde Park’s BST Festival continues for longer than usual this year with Adele, The Rolling Stones and Pearl Jam each playing two nights. In between, on nights without big gigs, Open House returns, opening the site to all for free with a packed programme of open-air cinema, live music, comedy, fitness with Joe Wicks, a huge street food market and several bars – the weather forecast for next week is made for times like these.

This year’s Wireless Festival takes place over three sites – Birmingham, Crystal Palace and the one we all know, Finsbury Park (July 8-10) where the line-up includes Cardi B, SZA, Nicki Minaj, Burna Boy, Mahalia, Megan Thee Stallion and much more.

• If TV stars / actors turned musicians are your thing, you’ve got Irish X-Factor twins / Tara Reid’s bessies / activists and allies Jedward at Camden Assembly on Saturday (July 2). Fans of The Office US may recognise musician and actor Creed Bratton, who played a fictionalised version of himself on the show, and who introduces his ninth album Slightly Altered at The Garage on July 3; then, those familiar with the soon-to-be-defunct Aussie soap Neighbours may be interested to see Alan Fletcher, who plays long-serving doctor Karl Kennedy on the show, play new Chalk Farm venue The Camden Club on July 5. He introduces his EP Dispatches, which features new song Meet Me On The Steps Of The Bombed Out Church inspired by Liverpool’s St Luke’s church, famously bombed in the May blitz of 1941. Support from Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes and Matt Spracklen.

Get to know more about actress-singer Jane Birkin at the Barbican’s screening of Jane by Charlotte, a candid portrait by Birkin’s daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg that looks beyond Birkin’s celebrity and life with Serge Gainsbourg to focus more on who she is today. The screening will be followed by a special ScreenTalk in-person appearance from Birkin, hosted by film critic Jonathan Romney. Then, on June 9, Birkin will be performing songs from her latest album Oh! Pardon tu dormais… at Barbican Hall.

• Ex frontman of The RMPs and son of Billy Bragg, Jack Valero plays Green Note on July 11.

London is full of great Pride events this month – here are two you can go to on the same night and party until the morning. First, Horse Meat Disco mark 50 years of Pride at Roundhouse on Saturday (July 2) with a packed line-up to include Lucy Fizz, Tete Bang, Yung Rennie, Prinx Silver, Ashraf Kaiden, Dak Attack and a DJ Set from Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard. Then if your feet can take it, head to Egg LDN for a Pride Special from 11am to super late with an international cast of DJs and performers featuring Boris (Ostgut), Cassie Raptor, Kyle R and Wax Wings and many more.

• Sunday Papers Live returns to Cecil Sharp House this week (July 3) with a busy line-up of authors, commentators and more bringing the broadsheets to life. This 19th edition includes appearances from Ed Miliband, musician Randolph Matthews and authors Helen Tupper, Geoff Dyer, Melissa Hemsley and many more.

Katy J Pearson plays Third Man London on July 7.

• Award-winning Portland, Oregon contemporary folk duo Fellow Pynins play The Harrison, King’s Cross, on July 9.

Get your Harry Styles fix at 229’s Harry’s House Party and 1D singalong tomorrow (Friday) where the DJ will be playing all three Harry Styles albums with his music videos, live performances, visuals and Harry-styled décor plus, as the name suggests, a singalong to the best of 1 Direction.

• Jazz Café has an exciting fortnight ahead with Grammy-winning neo-soul guitar prodigy Isaiah Sharkey + Raquel Martins followed by the start of Habibi Funk’s July residency featuring Gia Fu and House of Aafandi tomorrow (Friday); Scientist, considered to be the last of the classical Jamaican dub mixers, Scientist & The Uppercut Band (July 4); disco heroes Fatback band (July 6-8); Chilean tattoo artist turned queen of NeoPerreo and reggaeton Tomasa Del Real (July 9); African Altré electro fusion from Wurlde, who has written for Chris Brown and Mario (July 13) and two nights form radical dancehall innovator Eek-A-Mouse plus plenty more.

More upcoming gigs:
Jesse Malin + Kelley Swindall, Lafayette (July 2);
Mika, Roundhouse; Vandoliers, The Grace; Emperor Penguin, The Lexington; QUE GANAS DE VERTE, Palladium; The Beat, Koko (July 3);
Cory Henry, Koko (July 6);
The Glorious Sons + JJ Wilde, Camden Assembly; MF Tomlinson, St Pancras Old Church; The Record Company, Lafayette (July 7);
Somerset House Summer Series concerts (July 7-17);
Kelley Stoltz, Lexington (July 8);
Ibrahim Maalouf, Barbican (July 11);
Flume, Koko (July 11-12);
Nils Frahm – Music For London, Barbican (July 11-14);
Stanley Clarke Band, Koko; The Kut day-time in-store acoustic, FOPP London; The Weeping Willows with Copper Viper and Bau Cat, Green Note (July 13);
Madeon, Koko (July 14).

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