Grooves: Kenwood; Club de Fromage; Union Chapel; Grandmaster Flash; Sunday Service Live

Thursday, 18th November 2021 — By Róisín Gadelrab

James Surfing piclores

James are just one of the performers who play Kenwood on June 10

I FELT for everyone involved in the Kenwood concerts earlier this year after they were cancelled at the 11th hour thanks to heavy rains making the ground unsafe – a further blow to a slowly recovering music sector. But there is some good news on the horizon as not only has a new date been announced for the day headlined by James but the line-up has been strengthened by the addition of The Charlatans, who join Maximo Park, Get Cape, Wear Cape. Fly, The Sherlocks, Cruel Hearts Club and Shiiine On DJs for the new date on June 10, 2022.

Consummate party night Club de Fromage began when, fed up with neighbouring promoters nicking customers from their ultimate depressive Islington Academy night Feeling Gloomy, the founders decided to take over the upstairs room, launching what was to become their hugely successful pop night. Now celebrating its 15th birthday, Club De Fromage hosts a huge party at Islington Academy on Nov 27 with promises of cake, fizzy wine, balloons, confetti, a very messy stage show and much more.

• Fat Boy Slim and Frank Turner are among those donating items to support the Union Chapel’s crowdfunder, which launches tomorrow (Friday) in support of the valuable work it does to support the homeless. The Chapel’s charitable work helping those most in need relies heavily on income from gigs and events, which have reduced as a result of the pandemic. So, get online – – and donate. You could walk away with a behind the scenes sound desk session, backstage tours and much more.

Take a lesson in hip-hop history from someone who knows – Grandmaster Flash presents a live AV show at 229 on Nov 25, an interactive visual history of hip hop block party. Expect demonstrations of original breaks, original 70s record sleeves on screen, take a tour through Hip Hop, People, Places and Things with one of the pioneers of the scene.

• Amy: Beyond The Stage, an exhibition celebrating the legacy and creativity of Amy Winehouse opens at the Design Museum on Nov 26. Amy’s estate have waived its right to royalties in favour of the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

Introduce your children to Hip Hop, Disco, R ‘n B and more as Jazzie B and Spin Doctor control the decks at Colors Hoxton for Fun DMC, a daytime family club session. Expect tunes, soft play, dance competitions, graffiti train, hip hop colouring in and more – sounds like a whole lotta fun – remember adults, you must be accompanied by a responsible child!

• Fancy an afternoon of jazz and good food? Head to Goods Way for Sunday Service Live, a free weekly daytime forum for top jazz musicians to perform from the venue’s New Orleans-style balcony – right next to the venue’s delish street food stalls. Grab a ticket or just walk in. This Sunday be transported to Brazil with Luna Cohen’s Trio. Don’t forget EFG London Jazz Music Festival continues until Nov 21 with gigs across London and some great DJ sets from the best jazz selectors at Spiritland King’s Cross – see for full line-up.

Upcoming gigs: Dreadzone, Islington Assembly Hall (Nov 19); Terry & Gerry, 100 Club; The Blockheads, 229; Coco & The Butterfields, The Garage; Ghetts, Roundhouse (Nov 20); Lewis Barfoot, The Green Note; Jack Francis, Lafayette; Orlando Weeks, The Social; The Spitfires, Islington Assembly Hall; Birdy, The Forum (Nov 21); David Keenan, Islington Assembly Hall; Priya Ragu, Jazz Café (Nov 23); cleopatrick, Islington Assembly Hall; Wargasm Islington Academy; Me Rex Lexington (Nov 25): Billy Bragg, Roundhouse (Nov 27); Sweet, Islington Assembly Hall (Nov 28); Mr Jukes & Barney Artist Scala (Nov 29) The East Pointers, The Social (Nov 30).

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