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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Darbar Festival; Jesca Hoop; Hot Since 82; Whenyoung

03 October, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Jesca Hoop

THE Barbican’s Darbar Festival brings the best of Indian classical music to London, combining improvisation with masterful technique. The series, running from Oct 5-13, has lined up a whole lot of talent. The festival was first established in 2006 in memory of inspirational tabla teacher Bhai Gurmit Singh Ji Virdee.

• Creep Show is the magnetic combo of John Grant and the dark analogue electro of Wrangler (Stephen Mallinder/Phil Winter/Benge), who create captivating experimental pop and surreal funk. See them at Scala on Oct 9.

• California-born, Manchester-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Jesca Hoop has caught the eye of some heavyweights – discovered by Tom Waits, touring with Peter Gabriel as part of his band, and moving to England following a phone call from Guy Garvey. She performs old favourites and selections from her upcoming summer 2019 release at Barbican tomorrow (Friday).

British DJ and house music producer Hot Since 82 heads to the Roundhouse on Oct 5 to give a rare performance of Open To Close, as well as playing tracks from new album 8-track and selecting choice records from his collection that influenced his early career.

Hackney Colliery Band 

• East London brass pioneers Hackney Colliery Band celebrate their 10th anniversary with a collaborative live show at Barbican on Oct 5. It will feature guests who feature on from latest album, Collaborations: Volume One, including the father of Ethio-jazz Mulatu Astatke, and turntablist and producer DJ Yoda.


Return to the ‘90s with Indie Daze’s residency at The 100 Club (until Oct 4) before it sets up home at The Forum for an all-dayer featuring Therapy?, PWEI, Jim Bob and more.

• Barbican’s programme of innovative shows continue with Beatie Wolfe’s: Orange Juice for the Ears, From Space Beams to Anti-Streams on Oct 8. Described as a “musical weirdo and visionary”, Beatie Wolfe presents an experiential evening of film, live performance and conversation, exploring what music can look like in the digital age. Following the premiere of a documentary about her work, Wolfe will perform live and take part in a Q&A.

Watford alt-rock trio SINKA headline Camden Rocks’ latest all-dayer at The Monarch on Oct 5 ahead of the release of debut EP F.W.Y.K.

• Canadian power-trad trio De Temps Antan showcase their Quebecois cocktail of traditional and contemporary music with the use of fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and more at The Old Queen’s Head on Oct 6.

Punk band Black Flag – featuring the only remaining continuous member Greg Ginn and Mike Vallely, who has previously been guest vocalist with the band, later touring with them in 2014 – play the Electric Ballroom on Oct 7.

David Keenan

• Storytelling Irish singer-songwriter David Keenan plays The Islington on Oct 7. His first album, A Beginner’s Guide To Bravery, will be released on Rubyworks on January 10 next year.

Vocalist Noel McCalla, award-winning saxophonist Derek Nash and a band of world-class musicians, present Some Kinda Wonderful – The Music Of Stevie Wonder at Pizza Express Live, Holborn on Oct 7.

• Songwriter Jake Wesley Rogers plays St Pancras Old Church on Oct 7.


Austrian experimental-pop group 5K HD bring their mix of jazz, dubstep, breakbeats, funk and prog rock escalations to Thousand Island on Oct 7.

• Indie band Whenyoung have known each other since they were teenagers in Limerick. Although they played in different bands along the way, they eventually found their way back to each other several years later in London to form Whenyoung. They play Scala on Oct 8.

Cuban jazz piano sensation Alfredo Rodríguez and Cameroonian Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Richard Bona share the stage at the Union Chapel on Oct 8.

• Modern Soul-Disco vocalist Gloria Scott’ s debut 1964 single I Taught Home was produced and written by Sly Stone. She later went on to join the Ike & Tina Turner Revue along with P.P. Arnold and Maxine Smith as one of The Ikettes. See her at the 100 Club on Oct 9.

Notable gigs this week: Jon Bellion, Roundhouse (Oct 4); Sammy Wilk, Islington Academy; Chase Atlantic, The Forum (Oct 6); Reverend & The Makers + Dearly Beloved + Lona, Electric Ballroom (Oct 9); Sea Girls, The Forum; The Murder Capital, The Dome; Holy Moly & The Crackers, Scala (Oct 10).


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