Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Hawley Arms; IDLES; Awate; Hannah James; Blackstreet

Thursday, 21st March 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Hawley Arms Camden Town 2019

The Hawley Arms

THE Hawley Arms is taking a stand for musicians and artists who play at their venues. The famous Camden haunt, which regularly puts on free gigs booked by its own in-house events manager, has put out a warning to musicians that it does not work with or support any promoters or companies who make offers of shows on a “pay to play basis”. “Any external promoters who we choose to work with are always reputable and fair, they say in a message telling musicians the pub’s free music policy, is to make music accessible to all and putting out a specific message to watch out for messages from promoters claiming to have been recommended to contact them.”


• IDLES have been making a stir for a while, so you probably wouldn’t expect to find the raucous band in DM’s Boot Room’s tiny, 60-person capacity venue in Camden Market, but that’s exactly where they will be playing what’s sure to be an explosive 45-minute set on Monday. If you didn’t manage to get a ticket for this one, sign up to hear about future events at www.drmartens.com/uk/dmsbootroom


• Camden Eritrean MC Awate performs his debut Happiness LP, dubbed a “British rap masterpiece”, at the Roundhouse Sackler Space on March 23. Support comes from Roundhouse resident Artist Truemendous and emerging solo musician DEMIGOSH.

R&B/neo soul group Blackstreet soundtracked many a ‘90s night out with their 1996 album Another Level, later going on to collaborate with Janet Jackson, Ja-Rule and Eve. They play three nights at the Jazz Cafe on March 25-27 with support from Peckham singer-songwriter Chisara Agor.

• Bonobo drummer Jack Baker plays SAE London on March 27.

Toby Kuhn and Hannah James

Award-winning folk musician, dancer and composer Hannah James debuts her never-before-seen brand new duo with French cellist Toby Kuhn at Tufnell Park’s Aces and Eights on March 27.

• There’s a whole mini-festival of edgy new music and talks happening in east London over the next few days. Annie Mac Presents: AMP London – four days of music and talks featuring over 40 live acts, two days of talks and discussions playing across 14 music venues – takes place on March 27-30.

Punk 4 Mental Health, which raises funds and awareness for charity M.I.N.D., hosts a fundraising gig at The Dublin Castle on March 22 with performances from alt-punk queen Tara Rez (featuring Ruts DC’s Seggs on bass, plus former members of King Kurt, Morrissey, Killing Joke, The Damned and Conflict) Bleach Boys, Jon Lamb & Pat Murray, Stella Wembley, Charles & The Big Boys and poets Cherry B, Andi and Steven Metcalfe, all MC’d by The Punk Professor.

• Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club heads to Soho’s The Union Club on Greek Street on March 27 for One Step Beyond, telling the inside story of Madness with author Terry Edwards and bassist and some-time Madness songwriter Mark Bedders Bedford, in conversation with Julie Hamill, plus music from DJ Tony Bugbear.

Come and hear five up-and-coming independent London artists play The Dublin Castle on March 27, selected from submissions to US-based music website SongBro. Dead Idle, Sparey, Darling Boy, Freya Alley and Pareace Laranza share the bill.

Erja Lyytinen

• Finnish slide-guitarist and European Blues Award winner Erja Lyytinen plays the 100 Club on March 26.

Forty years on from their inception, Belgian Coldwave band Siglo XX play the 100 Club tomorrow (Friday).

Mike Silver

• Veteran singer-songwriter Mike Silver launches his ‘best of’ album, Alchemy, at The Slaughtered Lamb on March 26.

Sports Team

Notable gigs this week: Sports Team, Electric Ballroom (March 22); Vampire Weekend, Islington Assembly Hall (March 22-23); The Claim, 100 Club (March 23); Dodie, Roundhouse (March 24); KT Tunstall, Roundhouse (March 25); FEWS, Lexington (March 27); Ray Blk, The Forum; Moya Brennan (Clannad), Pizza Express Holborn; Rachael McShane & The Cartographers, The Slaughtered Lamb, (March 28).

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