Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Sadiq Khan at MTV, Basement Jaxx, The Streets
17 February, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab
“LONDON is the capital of the Universe,” Mayor of London Sadiq Khan ambitiously declared to the MTV offices on Tuesday morning as he announced that this year’s MTV EMAs would be held at Wembley Arena on November 12 – it’s about time, it’s been more than 20 years since the awards were last held in the city. The launch also marked the completion of MTV’s Hawley Crescent studios’ latest building phase – the former Camden brewery bottle store has come far, now housing 10 per cent of Viacom’s operations worldwide and about 1,000 staff. MTV CEO David Lynn told the waiting crowd Viacom spends £170million per year on content, most of which goes to London’s suppliers and that, while international suppliers love coming here, “sometimes they raise a few eyebrows walking along Camden High Street” – they love it really.
• The BRITS/War Child gigs continue this week with Basement Jaxx (ab0ve) at Dingwalls and The 1975 at The Dome both on Feb 21.
• The Streets’ Mike Skinner and Manchester music and arts collective Murkage bring their Tonga house party to Camden Assembly on Feb 17.
• Guest DJs Dave Edwards and Giles Plumpton, from top London night Sidewinder, join regulars Gary, Lucienne and Danny to play the finest northern soul, mod, Motown, R&B, two-tone, ska and rocksteady, all on vinyl at Crawdaddy! at The Fiddler’s Elbow on Feb 17.
• It certainly costs to get access to pretty-faced reality talent show contestants these days. Union J, who came fourth in 2012’s X Factor, play at Islington Academy on Feb 17. Tickets start at £20 but, if you want selfies, a meet and greet, a personalised video message and more, the prices rise to £75.
• Kentish Town’s musical royalty Michael Kiwanuka (above), who, despite his humble thoughts, has won well-deserved critical acclaim, plays Union Chapel on February 21.
• Grammy nominee artist/producer duo The Chainsmokers play The Roundhouse on Feb 19, 24 and 25.