Grooves: Libertines; Rob Heron; Rare Beasts; Kenwood; Doc ‘n Roll

Thursday, 3rd June 2021 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Rob Heron and the Tea Pad orchestra photo-

Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra. Photo:

LIBERTINES fans who can’t wait for the band’s December residency at The Forum can catch Peter Doherty playing a 500-capacity set at newly rebranded PowerHaus (formerly Dingwalls), on July 3. Billed as “Live/Unlocked/Unrestricted” you never know what might happen when Peter’s onstage.

Congratulations to Parkway gem The Green Note and all the other venues that have finally been able to reopen to live, albeit limited, audiences once more. Many have hosted virtual gigs where possible and, while those have helped artists bring their music to more far-reaching audiences and some sort of an income to the industry, they cannot compare to the real thing. The Green Note’s first full-capacity live hybrid gig is on June 25 with Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra and will be simultaneously live-streamed. If there is any delay to the changes in restrictions, provision must be made to protect those venues and festivals that may have to cancel, change or postpone gigs where insurance companies won’t cover them.

• The Dublin Castle, a favourite of musicians, bands and their followers, features in Billie Piper’s new darkly comic romantic drama Rare Beasts – released in cinemas last week. Billie’s partner and Tribes frontman Johnny Lloyd (above) and regular collaborator Nathan Cohen have composed the movie’s original soundtrack, out now.

For a few evenings each year, the majestic rolling grounds outside Hampstead Heath’s dramatic Kenwood House, is the setting for some joyous evenings – one of the highlights of our musical calendar. This year’s Heritage Live Kenwood concerts open with James, Feeder, Maximo Park, The Snuts, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, The Sherlocks, Cruel Hearts Club and Shiiine On DJs (June 24); followed by Rag’n’Bone Man, Raye, Will & The People (June 25); Culture Club, Bananarama and Lulu (June 26) and closing with David Rodigan’s Outlook Orchestra, Freddie McGregor, Horace Andy, Bitty McLean, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Channel One Soundsystem, YoLanda Brown, Norman Jay MBE and Don Letts (June 27).

• Now that cinemas have reopened, Doc ‘n Roll Festival is returning IRL with a series of music documentaries at cinemas across the country. Doc ‘n Roll champions some incredible music stories and, while its latest series – covering the likes of Idles, Norwegian metal band Madder Morten (Howl of the Underdogs) and the fascinating story of Iceland’s 2019 Eurovision entry, the pro-Palestinian, anti-capitalist, BDSM-provocative, techno-punk performance art ensemble Hatari (A Song Called Hate) – are on the big screen, the website also has a great selection of intriguing documentaries available to stream for less than a fiver. See for more info.

Jazz Café has a packed line-up coming up including: New Orleans soul singer Acantha Lang (June 7); East London rising star Olivia Dean (June 9-10); Hip Hop artists Verb T + Illinformed launching album Land of the Foggy Skies (June 11); celebrated British Blues musician Errol Linton (June 13); and producer and multi-instrumentalist Conor Albert (June 16).

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