Grooves: White Lies; Madness; Glastonbury; Little Trumpet

Thursday, 20th May 2021 — By Róisín Gadelrab

White Lies

White Lies will play PowerHaus

THIS is the week music venues and live music fans have been waiting for. While there’s still a little time until full-capacity gigs restart, these next few weeks will be a chance to appreciate live music in a calmer setting, possibly even enhanced by the lack of bar chatter as smaller gigs proceed. Venues like the Jazz Cafe are making up for the thinner audience by putting on matinee performances and multiple shows from the same act.

The restricted capacity gigs will be a unique chance to hear the purity of the music minus the usual distractions but don’t worry, it won’t be long until dancing, chatter and all the buzz of a thriving venue returns.

As these socially distanced live gigs resume, we have listed a few of the closest gigs at the end of this column.

Last week’s guest editor Suggs spoke passionately about the need to support music venues and we wholeheartedly agree. To all the bands, singers, backstage crews, music venues and staff who have waited for so long to get back to normal – we wish you all the best – let the music commence!

A special congratulations to Vince Power’s latest venture PowerHaus, which finally holds its first ever full-capacity show on June 21 with an intimate show from White Lies. Formerly Dingwalls, the venue has since been renamed and revamped so this is a chance to check out the new look. Tickets on sale now –

• Madness this week announced its Ladykillers tour, culminating in a huge raucous live bash at the O2 Arena on December 18. With support from Squeeze, tickets go on sale on Friday.

For those not quite ready to venture out, you can still access some big shows from home. The atmosphere won’t be the same but no doubt both the Glastonbury livestream (May 22 and 23) and Eurovision Song Contest give rise to great themes for a very mini house/garden party. Glastonbury’s livestream includes live sets from Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Haim, Idles, Jorja Smith, Kano, Michael Kiwanuka, Wolf Alice and many more, as well as spoken word performances from PJ Harvey, Jarvis Cocker, KAE Tempest, George The Poet and other. More info from

• Once this weather clears, take a day trip out of Camden to see singer Little Trumpet aka Rose Georgia on her Re-Root eco-tour along the Thames. Having grown up in Camden playing music in community hubs and gardens, Rose is now bringing her husky vocals, ragga-blues rhythms and healing horn lines to a series of boat gigs along the river throughout the summer. Precise locations (June 12-13 – Windsor; July 10-11 – Marlow; August 11-12 – Henley-on-Thames; September 4-5 – Reading) will be revealed once tickets have been purchased and will take place on a big blue boat close to the nearest tube/Overground station.

Selection of upcoming live gigs:

May 19 – Fake Turins, 100 Club; An Evening of Cosmic Cocktails, Phoenix Arts Club;
May 20 – Moa Moa, 100 Club; Psychlona, Black Heart; Reuben James, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club;
May 21 – Pinty & friends, Jazz Café; Moa Moa, 100 Club; Shannon Hynes + Megan Rose, 229; Tokyo Taboo + Healthy Junkies, The Black Heart; Gruff Rhys, Islington Assembly Hall; Alan McGee + The Gulps, The Water Rats;
May 22 – James Yorkston, Jazz Café; Kurokuma + Game, Black Heart; Don Letts, Islington Assembly Hall;
May 25 – Hannah White, The Lexington;
May 26 – Immerse, Black Heart; Gwenifer Raymond, Islington Assembly Hall;
May 27 – Pet Deaths, 100 Club; Nubiyan Twist, Islington Assembly Hall.

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