Grooves: The Libertines; Club de Fromage; Dublin Castle; Crawdaddy! Christmas knees-up; Jazzie B; Roundhouse

Friday, 17th December 2021 — By Róisín Gadelrab

The Libertines Roger Sargent

The Libertines plays The Forum, December 17-19. Photo: Roger Sargent

THE Libertines recently cancelled a number of gigs on their Giddy Up a Ding-Dong tour due to Covid protocols but were determined to keep their dates at The Forum (December 17-19). As long as all is well, expect to see them living it up in Kentish Town from Friday 17th.

Those behind Islington Academy’s popular Club de Fromage night have transposed the usual Fromage daftness with a little winter twist to Fromage on Ice at Alexandra Palace (December 18, 19, 26 + January 1-2).

• Stuck for a last-minute present for a live music fanatic? How about naming a seat in the Roundhouse after a loved one? Prices vary and seats are named for 10 years. You don’t get free gig tickets but can be safe in the knowledge that you have invested in supporting one of London’s great music venues – and the bums of the strangers who deign to choose your pew over a decade of gigs. ttps://

• Witness an original line-up show from The Vibrators at The Dublin Castle on December 18 sharing the bill with Essex delta rock ’n’ roll trio Steve Hooker Stripped Down Stompin Band plus Damage UK and DJs We Got Killers, then get into the Christmas spirit with The Pogue Traders’ annual Christmas hoolie show playing a selection of The Pogues classics with guest appearance from Paul McGuiness (ex The Popes) plus sets from PollyPikpocketz and Kontrol Freaks (December 19).

• Over at The Fiddlers Elbow the Crawdaddy! Christmas knees-up has guest DJ Alan Handscome joining Gary, Lucienne and Danny playing the finest northern soul, mod, Motown, vintage r’n’b, two tone, ska and rocksteady all on vinyl (December 17). Then on December 21 poet philosopher Fin Boswell aka Time, The Good Delusions, Hot Doggy and TFMC Squared (Micky C) take to the Fiddlers stage.

Jazzie B

Jazz Café knows exactly how to usher in the party season: Jazzie B presides over the DJ booth spinning funked out house, old skool soul and r’n’b jams (December 17); If you missed hip-hop activist Lowkey on Wednesday, he marks 10 years of album Soundtrack to the Struggle on December 18; Movimientos presents the Congolese and Cuban rhythms of Grupo Lokito and Congolese-Argentinian musician Juanita Euka for a Christmas Fiesta on December 23; Black Voices Quintet take on the mighty back catalogue of Aretha Franklin with Aretha’s Anthem on Boxing Day and de-stress with post-Christmas reggae special This Is Lovers Rock (December 28-29).

• Cecil Sharp House presents Teeside trio The Young’uns on December 22, playing hard-hitting trad and self-penned harmony folk songs with a modern edge.

• Shed Seven mark 25 years of album Maximum High at the Roundhouse on December 17-18 with support from The Lottery Winners then, on December 19 and 20, Ocean Colour Scene finally perform their rescheduled show from last year with support from Tom Clarke of The Enemy.

• Upcoming gigs: Dave Brubeck’s Time Out with Darius Brubeck, Jazz Café; Theatre of Hate + Spizzenergi, 229; Sarah Darling – Special Christmas Show, The Green Note (December 19); Wise Woman, The Green Note (December 20); Eliza Carthy & Jon Boden “The Wassail”, Union Chapel (December 21).

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